Inspiring Book Quotes || Top Ten Tuesday #2

Today’s Top 10 Tuesday is “Favourite Book Quotes”!

It’s a really crazy time in the world now, so much suffering 😥but so much hope and love too! I thought I would share some meaningful quotes today to be able to bring some shine a little light in the darkness! 💡

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature by That Artsy Reader Girl where a topic is given each week and bloggers post their top 10. You can find out more here.

“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.”

All The Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)

“He lit the fourth candle, and the fifth.

For each, a life.

For each, a light.

He filled an entire shelf in the candle rack with flickering flame.

He saw his hands strike the matches and remembered these hands pulled the trigger. He knew he was openly weeping now, and that Hazel saw him, but it didn’t matter; nothing mattered; He didn’t matter.”

Lovely War (Julie Berry)

“A woman’s past need not predict her future. She can dance to new music if she chooses. Her own music. To hear the tune, she must stop talking. To herself I mean. We’re always trying to persuade ourselves of things.”

Before We Were Yours (Lisa Wingate)

“My life was narrated for me by others. Their voices were forceful, emphatic, absolute. It had never occurred to me that my voice might be as strong as theirs.”

Educated (Tara Westover)

“Fleurs du mal,” Eve heard herself saying, and shivered.


“Baudelaire. We are not flowers to be plucked and shielded, Captain. We are flowers who flourish in evil.”

The Alice Network (Kate Quinn)

“A story is like a giant jigsaw puzzle, a jigsaw puzzle that would cover the whole floor of a room with its tiny pieces. But it’s not that sort of puzzle that comes with a box. There is no lid with a picture on it so that you can see what the puzzle will look like when it’s finished. And you have only some of the pieces.

All you can do is keep looking and listening, sniffing about in all sorts of places, until you find the next piece. And then you’ll be amazed where that next piece will take you.

Suddenly your puzzle can have a whole new person in it, or it can go from being on a train to a hot air balloon, from city to country, from love to sadness to loneliness and back to love. Pieces can come to you at any time.

When you’re having a cup of tea or sitting on a bus or talking with a will be like a bell going off in your head. That’s what comes next you’ll think. And that’s why it’s serendipity. Serendipity is luck and chance and fate all tumbled into one.”

Finding Serendipity (Angelica Banks)

“I survived because I remained soft, because I listened, because I wrote.

Because I huddled close to my truth, protected it like a tiny flame in a terrible storm.

Hold up your head when the tears come, when you are mocked, insulted, questioned, threatened, when they tell you you are nothing, when your body is reduced to openings.

The journey will be longer than you imagined, trauma will find you again and again. Do not become the ones who hurt you.

Stay tender with your power.

Never fight to injure, fight to uplift. Fight because you know that in this life, you deserve safety, joy, and freedom. Fight because it is your life. Not anyone else’s.

I did it, I am here. Looking back, all the ones who doubted or hurt or nearly conquered me faded away, and I am the only one standing. So now, the time has come. I dust myself off, and go on.”

Know My Name (Chanel Miller)

“When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time.”

Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson)

“I don’t know what to say,” she said, after a pause. “I don’t want to tell you a lie, and I don’t know the truth.”

It was maybe the most honest thing anyone had ever said to me.”

The War That Saved My Life (Kimberly Brubaker Bradley)



“Do you think it was destiny that brought us together?”

He squinted and, after a thoughtful moment, shook his head. “No. I’m pretty sure it was Cinder.”

Cress (Marissa Meyer)

Thanks for reading! Okay, the last one was just for laughs (we love Thorne) but I hope that you could draw some strength from them and be reminded how meaningful books are.

What are your favourite book quotes?

41 thoughts on “Inspiring Book Quotes || Top Ten Tuesday #2

    1. Ah thank you! The one from Know My Name was a huge inspiration and encouragement for me! It was such an experience reading Chanel Miller’s memoir, have you read it?

      I know, the ones from Cress always make me smile! I LOVEE THE CREWWW!! Thanks for reading! 😊

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    1. Hahaha you noticed!! Yes I am a bit nuts about All the Light We Cannot See.❤

      Oooh Throne of Glass… that was the series that I planned to read to dive into the world of Sarah J Maas! Glad to know its a favourite of yours, I am now super excited to get to it! (hopefully I can find all the books in the library because I cannot wait in between when reading a series haha!) 🤩😊

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        1. Haha! Oh my goodness… 🤪

          I’m sure I will… the description has already hooked me in but I just have to find some way to get all the books at once.

          Ooh excited for you to read All The Light We Cannot See! 😊

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  1. I struggle with thinking of my favorite book quotes- I do know what one of them is. “They were the best of times, they were the worst of times”

    So much easier to think of favorite musical theatre quotes

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    1. Oooh… that is A Tale of Two Cities? I personally have not read it though I have it on my shelf! 😅

      Ah I have to disagree I have too many favourite musical theatre quotes, anything from Les Mis already makes me gush hehe. 🤪


      1. Tale of Two Cities- that’s the book it belongs to. I loved that book: just don’t know why

        There are a lot of incredible musical theatre lyrics

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  2. Cinder – The Lunar Chronicles as a whole – has some so wonderfully fun quotes! All the others were so inspirational and powerful, and the last two just made me smile. Love this list!

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    1. Indeed I couldn’t stop grinning when reading The Lunar Chronicles.

      Thanks so much for dropping by! 😊

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