Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I thought this would be a fun way to share a condensed version of potential rambles and thoughts that I have.
This Week’s Theme:
Top Ten Inspiring Book Quotes
This is a dubious topic as I’m sure there are quotes I enjoy not listed in Goodreads and I’m way too lazy to flip through tabbed pages looking for quotes that best fits this prompt. Soooo…I’ll probably just pick and choose from the Goodreads repository. Many of these might not be inspiring (or my favourite) but they hit the feels—so that’s enough, right?
“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”
“It seemed funny to me that the sunset she saw from her patio and the one I saw from the back steps was the same one. Maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren’t so different. We saw the same sunset.”
“What’s your name,’ Coraline asked the cat. ‘Look, I’m Coraline. Okay?’
‘Cats don’t have names,’ it said.
‘No?’ said Coraline.
‘No,’ said the cat. ‘Now you people have names. That’s because you don’t know who you are. We know who we are, so we don’t need names.”
“The best books… are those that tell you what you know already.”
“If it’s a story I’m telling, then I have control over the ending…
But if it’s a story, even in my head, I must be telling it to someone. You don’t tell a story only to yourself. There’s always someone else. Even when there is no one.”
“I moved forward in the trace of their footsteps as in a waking dream where the scent of a newly blown poppy is no longer a perfume but a blossoming: where the deep red of a maple leaf in autumn is no longer a colour but a grace; where a country is no longer a place but a lullaby.”
“Don’t just act because you can; act because it’s the right thing to do. If you keep that in mind, you’ll be all right.”
“We are not quite novels. We are not quite short stories. In the end, we are collected works.”
“Don’t think you haven’t lived long enough to have a story to tell.”
“Real life is only ever just real life. Messy. What it means depends on how you look at it. The only thing you’ve got to do is find a way to live there.”
And to end in cynical fashion:
“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.”
Or just more Nessochism goodness:
“You do not write your life with words…You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.”
“Whatever the world looks like now. That’s not always how it’s going to look. There’s more. There’s always more.”
As you can tell, many of them are life-oriented. That’s just how I roll.
Any of you writers think that it’s pretty difficult to create inspiring quotes for your stories without making it seem too generic or pretentious (given the reigns of what leads to it). I mean, it’s fun and all, but I really do appreciate how people can just throw-down words of feel-inducing gold.
If you’re a writer, I’m curious as to hear some of your written inspiration!