Happy Tuesday! It is time for another Top Ten Tuesday! The people over at The Broke and the Bookish have picked the theme of 10 inspiring quotes from books. I’m going to do a variation of that theme and do 5 book quotes that have stuck with me. Some have inspired, some have made me laugh, some have even scared me, but there is no doubt that they have stuck with me long after I have finished reading the books. Click below to check out my picks and leave a comment with your own quotes that you just can’t get out of your head.
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live” — Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
One of the reasons the Harry Potter series continues to be a world-wide favorite is because it has so many lines that speak to people on a deeper level than one would probably expect coming from a kids/young adult series. But this series is one of the best at showing that just because a book’s target audience is young doesn’t mean it can’t impact people of all ages (and it shows adults why they should be reading young adult books on a regular basis). I think everyone has a dream that if they spent as much time working towards as they did dreaming about it they would have already accomplished it by now. For me it is writing. This quote reminds me that it does no good to do nothing but dream about writing and forget to actually work on it. Life happens all around you, don’t miss it.
“Sugar and Caffeine. My willpower crumbled.” — The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
My name is Ashley and I’m addicted to sugar and caffeine. Ok, it isn’t that bad but still sugar and caffeine (especially in the form of coffee) are some of my favorite things. But even more than that this is just one of many quotes I could have used to show how much Rick Riordan books make me laugh. The Lightning Thief was such a pleasant surprise when I read it that many of the funny moments stuck with me.
“In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (and the ones you can’t Google)” — Fangirl by Rainbow Rowel
If I ever meet Rainbow Rowel I will probably hug her…then realize what I’m doing and act awkward the rest of the time. For anyone with social anxiety something as simple as going to a restaurant for the first time can be so overwhelming, finding someone who understands is a big deal. When I read this line it was like someone had voiced what I had always felt about new situations and I wished I could thank Rainbow Rowel for writing a character that was so real about her anixety (with a dash of humor thrown in).
“I am haunted by humans” — The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
If you read many of my lists you will find that this book appears often. It is my favorite book and truthfully it was hard picking one quote from it to represent the effect this book had and still has on me. I eventually choose this because it sums up not only how perfectly suited Death was as the narrator of this story but how I felt after I finished the book. Haunted.
“We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.” — The Giver by Lois Lowry
When I read this book in middle school I loved it but thought that the events that happen in it would never happen in real life. I just knew that we would as a society would see what was happening and stop it long before it ever got to where we were out of control with our efforts to control. Now that I’m an adult this quote actually scares me because I know as society we don’t always make the best decisions. It is up to individuals to make sure that we remember the lessons taught in this book so we don’t make the same mistakes.