This week we are talking about our top ten favourite inspirational quotes from books!
These quotes all make me stop and think. They put a smile on my face and warmth in my heart.
1. From The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
“Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them—if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.”
This quote is really meaningful for me at this point in my life. When I read it, I know I’m not alone in how I feel.
2. From Peter Pan by JM Barrie
“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”
This quote, like this amazing story, reminds me the importance of seeing things through the eyes of a child. It reminds me that, no matter what, there is always still a little magic in the world.
3. From Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by AS King
“Did all outcasts come to this realization at a certain point in life? That being an outcast from a bogus and pornographic society actually was a good thing? I hoped so. I hoped there was an army of us out there, smiling about it that very moment.”
You’re right, Glory. It is a good thing. I’m smiling about it right now.
4. From To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”
Thanks, Atticus Finch. And thanks Harper Lee for giving us this story and these characters. This is a lesson that we all need to stop and learn. Let’s all be courageous, win or lose.
5. From Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
“I am the happiest creature in the world. Perhaps other people have said so before, but not one with such justice. I am happier even than Jane; she only smiles, I laugh.”
She only smiles, I laugh. Have you ever been so happy that you just laugh? There’s nothing funny, but you can’t help but laugh? I call that smiling out loud. I’ve had a few of those moments. I’ll reach for more.
6. From Franny & Zooey by JD Salinger
“I’m sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody.”
Be comfortable enough with who you are not to care whether you’re an “absolute nobody.”
7. From The Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers by JRR Tolkein
“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.”
This always sparks hope when I’m feeling troubled.
8. From Please Ignore Vera Dietz by AS King
“…[T]he only thing you get from walling yourself in is empty.”
I’ve never been a social butterfly. It took me a long time to learn to open up to people. But it’s so important to let people into your life to truly live it.
9. From I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
“She comprehended the perversity of life, that in the struggle lies the joy.”
Without the darkness, you can’t appreciate the light. It’s like those cheesy motivational posters, but said more eloquently–it’s not the destination, it’s the journey.
10. From Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
This one is not so much inspirational as it is giggle-inducing. This is Mr. Tilney being kind of obnoxious, but it gives me a laugh when I want to feel slightly superior as a reader 😛
What do you think of these quotes? What are some of your favourites?