Top Ten Tuesday: quotes worth noting

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday – hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl – is all about quotes that inspire you, make you think, move you, or challenge you. These are just a few of the words I’ve stumbled across that resonate with me! A lot of them are (surprise surprise) book-related; a few of them are about attitude and what I think is important in life, and a couple are about that good good L-O-V-E. So, without further ado:

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“I had been able to break the curse myself. I’d had to have reason enough, love enough to do it, to find the will and strength.”
Gail Carson Levine, Ella Enchanted

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“…[T]hat’s what Hermione does,’ said Ron, shrugging. ‘When in doubt, go to the library.’”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: you are not alone.”
Roald Dahl, Matilda

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“You can’t help what you feel, Moira said once, but you can help how you behave.”
― Margaret AtwoodThe Handmaid’s Tale

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“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird

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“Love is holy because it is like grace – the worthiness of its object is never really what matters.”
― Marilynne RobinsonGilead

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“What is the point of worrying oneself too much about what one could or could not have done to control the course one’s life took? Surely it is enough that the likes of you and I at least try to make our small contribution count for something true and worthy. And if some of us are prepared to sacrifice much in life in order to pursue such aspirations, surely that is in itself, whatever the outcome, cause for pride and contentment.”
― Kazuo IshiguroThe Remains of the Day

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“Critics who treat ‘adult’ as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.” 
― C.S. Lewis, On Three Ways of Writing for Children

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“Wishes don’t just come true. They’re only the target you paint around what you want. You still have to hit the bull’s-eye yourself.”
― Laini TaylorMuse of Nightmares

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“Wasn’t that the point of life? To find someone to share it with?
And if you got that part right, how far wrong could you go? If you were standing next to the person you loved more than everything else, wasn’t everything else just scenery?” 
― Rainbow RowellLandline

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Which of these resonates with you, and do you have a favourite quote? Comment below, and give us the links to your own quote-posts – we’d love to read ’em! 😀

13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: quotes worth noting

    1. Aaaaah, awesome! Yeah, I had *several* quotes from both Strange and Muse, and I had to whittle my choice down to this one 😂 But I actually wrote this one out when I first read it, so that ultimately made the choice for me!

      Yes, it was Scout when she was really small. She’d just started school and her teacher was upset that she was already reading so much (dumb teacher). Miss Caroline threatened that Atticus should stop teaching/reading to Scout at home because he didn’t know how to do it “properly” 😂

      Your list is brilliant! ❤

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