Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten (Thirteen!) Inspirational Quotes

April 14, 2015 Top Ten Tuesday 12

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

This weeks topic made me both VERY happy and VERY sad. Happy because I LOVE quotes, sad because no way would I ever be able to chose just ten! I may get a little bit deep at times, just to pre-warn you, as my favourite quotes are the ones that help me through the bad times.

So, here we go…

“It’s impossible to go through life unscathed. Nor should you want to. By the hurts we accumulate, we measure both our follies and our accomplishments.”

Inheritance – Christopher Paolini
This quote has been on my wall for quite a while, and I always seem to find myself reading it whenever something goes wrong or I mess up. I have learnt from many of the mistakes I have made it my life, and this quote always reminds me of that exactly when I need it to.


“There are so many ways to be brave in this world…Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life. That is the sort of bravery I must have now.”

Veronica Roth, Allegiant
Everyone goes through hard times. We loose people we love, we get hurt, we get given bad news…and the bravest thing we can do is learn to pick ourselves back up and carry on. This quote reminds me of that.
(This quote has been cut slightly, just in case you are thinking it looks a little small)


“Sometimes it’s the little things that count most.”

Alexandra Adornetto, Halo
Something that has been proved to me time and time again.


“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live”

J.K.Rowling, Harry Potter
When I was a kid I had so many dreams: I wanted to be a Spice Girl, I wanted to marry a Prince, I wanted a pet unicorn! Letting go of childhood dreams is easy, but as you grow up (and have more realistic dreams) it gets to let them go and move on with life in a different direction. It’s not easy to say goodbye to your dreams, but I guess they make space for new ones.


“I will be stronger than my sadness.”

Jasmine Warga, My Heart and Other Black Holes
I went through a period last year in which I really struggled. It took me a little while (and a whole lot of help) to get myself back on my feet. This year I read My Heart and Other Black Holes and upon reading this quote I immediately grabbed a pen and a piece of paper, wrote it down and stuck it next to my bed. Now when I wake up it’s the first thing I see.


“Life’s supposed to be a little hard. If your life is too easy, you’re doing it wrong.”

Seth King, The Summer Remains
This one just emphasises the motto I live my life by: Everything happens for a reason, both the good and the bad.


“People are rarely as attractive in reality as they are in the eyes of the people who are in love with them. Which is, I suppose, as it should be.”

David Levithan, Every Day
This one made me laugh as I remembered many a conversation I have had on girls nights out when we are gossiping about someone who is dating someone who in our opinion is just not good looking at all. The question “Does she/he really think he/she is hot?” comes up a lot, and this quote definitely answers that. 


“You can live your whole life not realizing that what you’re looking for is right in front of you.”

David Nicholls, One Day
I have always tried to pay attention to my life and the people and opportunities in it, determined not to miss out on anything that could potentially be amazing. I say this, but it took me months of serving the same guy at the bar that I worked at for me to actually realise that I like him and do something about it!


“The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again when you fall”

Vince Lombardi (Tillie Cole), Sweet Rome
This one may be a cheat, but I don’t care because it is one of my most favourite! Technically it was Vince Lombardi, a football coach, who said this. But Tillie put it in her book, so I’m counting it as a literary quote!


“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”

André Gide, Autumn Leaves
I hate fake people (really, what’s the point?!), and so in the theme of honesty I’m going to tell you that I have never read this book. Actually, I’m pretty sure it’s French, so even if I tried to read it, I wouldn’t get far. But as I was searching around Goodreads for some of my favourite bookish quotes, this one popped up on my ‘quote for the day’ and I just knew that it had to make my list.


“A home is not a place. It’s not a country or a town or a building or possession. Home is with the other half of your soul, the person who shares in your grief and helps you carry the burden of loss. Home is with the person who throughout it all never gives up on you and brings you eternal happiness.”

Tillie Cole, Sweet Home
I love this quote, and I can tell you now that when I own my own house in the future, this is going in a frame and will be the first thing you see when you walk in my front door.


“It’s amazing that a man who is dead can talk to people through these pages. As long as this books survives, his ideas live.”

Christopher Paolini, Eragon
I love this quote. It shows the power of books, it makes me happy that something I could read today can be read and experienced again in 100 years and that person could be feeling the exact same things as me. I just find that thought amazing, slightly overwhelming, but just so amazing at the same time.


“A toast… to taking a chance, because that chance taken may be the very path that leads you to your happily ever after.”

Tillie Cole, Sweet Hope
I’m all for taking chances, there are so many amazing things that I could have missed out on in my life if I hadn’t have had the courage to take a chance on them.


What do you think of my choices this week?

What’s on your list this week?

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12 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten (Thirteen!) Inspirational Quotes”

  1. Amanda Marie

    I love the Inheritance and Eragon quotes. They are both great. It has been years since I reread either of them.
    And I love that Harry Potter quote. Dumbledore says some of the best things.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Brocs Bookcase

      I know, it’s been years for me too. They are on my re-read list for this year! I could have filled this weeks list with just Dumbledore quotes. He really does say the best things! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • Brocs Bookcase

      There are so many more, you should check out the whole series! 🙂

  2. Chrissi Reads

    So many good quotes. I love the quote from Allegiant. I really enjoyed My Heart and Other Black Holes. It had some very quotable sentences within it. I don’t know if you’ve read it already but I highly recommend Matt Haig’s Reasons To Stay Alive for some wonderfully, raw, real reading about depression.

    • Brocs Bookcase

      That one has to be one of my favourite from the entire Divergent trilogy. And yes, I totally agree, there are so many in My Heart and Other Black Holes, I haven’t read Reason’s to Stay Alive but just checked it out on goodreads and although heavy it looks good. I’m actually sat in my library right now so will have to check if they have it! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Thanks, glad you like them. I got a bit worried at one point I was choosing all the kinda depressing ones! I’m guessing there are a lot of people with Harry Potter quotes on their lists this week! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense

    I love the My Heart and Other Black Holes’s quote you chose. I haven’t read this yet, but I really want to. I’m glad to hear you are doing better and I feel you with the whole Spice Girls dream. I always wanted to be Posh Spice.

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Oooo, you should definitely read it. It’s good! Haha I was always sporty, I was very tomboyish when I was a kid! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comment 🙂

  4. Nikki

    Some great choices there! I love this theme, it’s added a fair few books to my to read list…

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Top Ten Tuesday always adds books to my list! I really do love quotes so this was a great topic for me this week 🙂