Hello, everyone! I didn’t originally plan to post anything today, but… this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt from The Broke and the Bookish is “top ten inspiring quotes from books” and OMG I JUST COULDN’T RESIST. I love quotes, all kinds of them, but especially inspiring quotes – I love them even more than funny quotes!
I thought about including some commentary with each quote, but in the end I decided to let the quotes speak for themselves. So it’s just a simple list this time, and I’ll do a wrap-up thingy at the very end, OK?
“What is honor compared to a woman’s love? What is duty against the feel of a newborn son in your arms… or the memory of a brother’s smile? Wind and words. Wind and words. We are only human, and the gods have fashioned us for love. That is our great glory, and our great tragedy.”
– A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
“I understand perfectly. Darquesse isn’t a separate entity. She isn’t another person. She’s you. If you make the wrong choices, if you stop loving the people who love you, if you allow the world to twist and turn and change you, then yes, the future we’ve seen will come to pass. But if you fight, and if you kick, and struggle, and refuse to give in to the apathy, or the anger, or the hopelessness, then you’ll change the future, and you’ll walk your own path. And I’ll be right there beside you, Valkyrie. I’ll always be beside you.”
– Mortal Coil by Derek Landy
“Our integrity sells for so little, but it is all we really have. It is the very last inch of us, but within that inch, we are free. It seems strange that my life should end in such a terrible place, but for three years, I had roses, and apologized to no one.
I shall die here. Every inch of me shall perish. Every inch, but one. An inch, it is small and it is fragile, but it is the only thing the world worth having. We must never lose it or give it away. We must never let them take it from us.
I hope that whoever you are, you escape this place. I hope that the world turns and that things get better. But what I hope most of all is that you understand what I mean when I tell you that even though I do not know you, and even though I may never meet you, laugh with you, cry with you, or kiss you. I love you. With all my heart, I love you.”
– V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd
“What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again.”
– Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
“Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. Maybe it’s just the opportunities we’re given, and what we do with them. I’m beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.”
– Cress by Marissa Meyer
“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”
– The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
“All of it was new to him. After a life of Sameness and predictability, he was awed by the surprises that lay beyond each curve of the road. He slowed the bike again and again to look with wonder at wildflowers, to enjoy the throaty warble of a new bird nearby, or merely to watch the way wind shifted the leaves in the trees. During his twelve years in the community, he had never felt such simple moments of exquisite happiness.”
– The Giver by Lois Lowry
“It is better to be alone, she figures, than to be with someone who can’t see who you are. It is better to lead than to follow. It is better to speak up than stay silent. It is better to open doors than to shut them on people.”
– The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
“I lifted the remote control, pushed the Play button, and started the video. I guess, in that moment, I also started my new life as Cameron-the-girl-with-no-parents. Ruth was sort of right, I would learn: A relationship with a higher power is often best practiced alone.
For me it was practiced in hour-and-half or two-hour increments, and paused when necessary. I don’t think it’s overstating it to say that my religion of choice became VHS rentals, and that its messages came in Technicolor and musical montages and fades and jump cuts and silver-screen legends and B-movie nobodies and villains to root for and good guys to hate.
But Ruth was wrong, too. There was more than just one other world beyond ours; there were hundreds and hundreds of them, and at 99 cents apiece I could rent them all.”
– The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
– Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde
So, the main thing I noticed after assembling all the quotes listed above is that… wow, I REALLY REALLY LOVE bittersweet quotes! All of the quotes here are a little bit happy, a little bit sad. And that’s what inspiration means to me, I guess: Pushing on even when you don’t feel up to it, moving on even though you might not be feeling your best. Because things will get better. My favorite inspirational quotes are generally from characters who’ve been through a lot of trouble and that’s what makes seeing their happy/proud/inspirational moments so lovely and worthwhile – because there aren’t very many of them, so you quickly learn to appreciate them!
What are your favorite inspirational quotes, and why do they appeal to you so much? Be sure to tell me in the comments, because I’d LOVE to know – I love finding beautiful new quotes to adore!