Top Ten Tuesday- Inspirational Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blogging initiative hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl with new themes each week.

This weeks theme is Inspirational/Thought Provoking quotes.

This was actually tougher than I thought!

You may be surprised if you read my reviews that I don’t make a habit of writing down nice quotes whilst reading. I tend to choose the most apt quotations after I’ve formed what I want to say in the review. Though it may be a good idea to take it up!!

All bar two of these are from relatively recent MG reads, but two classics are in there for the love of the resonance

Strong Independent Female Wisdom

Book cover for Star Spun Web
Cover illustration by Sara Mulvanny

‘And if I do get locked in a tower, I’ll find my own way out, thank you very much.’

The Star Spun Web– Sinéad O’Hart

When anxiety is clouding your thinking

Cover Illustrations by Flavia Sorrentino

Despite her fear Suzy closed her eyes and forced herself to breathe deeply. It wasn’t much, but it calmed the storm inside her mind just long enough to let her hear the thought that had been there all along.

The train to Impossible places. PG Bell.

When I need to believe

Cover design by George Ermos

“Oh Come on Prue; the odds are better if you believe it’s possible! Just believe.”

Wildspark– Vashti Hardy

Sage life advice to be prepared

Darkling!…Now did you remember your…Oh and some spare pairs of knickers in case any get eaten by vultures or anything..’

Amelia Fang and the Half Moon Holiday- Laura Ellen Anderson

To never doubt your worth simply because of your past, pedigree or origins.

“Sometimes glass glitters more than diamonds because it has more to prove.” – The Truth- Terry Pratchett

To understand what it means to be loved

“Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams

To understand that it’s better to be free than live in a gilded cage

The kitten cannot take your name from you Maximilian.’…’as far as your life well would you really change what you have now to be in that kitten’s place?’

Maximilian thought about this. He thought about the kitten…it would live it’s entire life on a comfortable cushion in the window sill of Arlington Grove. It would never chase mice or see a Theatre show, or climb over rooftops or have a friend like Oscar.

…‘A cat needs space to feel alive’ and he started to feel sorry for the kitten with a bow.’

Max The Detective Cat– Sarah Todd Taylor

To remind that jealousy says more about the jealous than the envied.

Cover by Melissa Castrillon

‘But jealous, bitter people don’t suddenly find that those feelings go away when what they envy becomes theirs. they simply find something else to be jealous and bitter about, because it was never about what the other person had. It’s about what they themselves lack.’

A Pinch Of Magic– Michelle Harrison

When I need a Blakean style metaphor about existence

Cover illustration by Melissa Castrillon, illustrated throughout by Elsa Paganelli

The sky dances in the water, the silver moon and the firefly stars and the arc of the Milky Way. I see the whole universe in the tiny puddle and I smile.

The House with Chicken Legs- Sophie Anderson

When you consider going to IKEA with your other half.

Cover design by Helen Crawford White, Illustrations by Aleksei Bitskoff

‘I don’t know what it is about that shop- it brings out the worst in everyone.’ muttered Virgo.

Who Let The Gods Out? Maz Evans

How did you do with this task?

Are any of the quotes speaking to you?

30 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday- Inspirational Quotes

    1. Thank you, i struggled a bit this week then just decided to pick up a few books that I loved and flick through.
      The difficult thing with this was choosing a good quote that wasn’t spoilers!

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    1. I know I was sobbing typing it out!! I love the House with Chicken legs on a soul level, There were some tearjerkers from that too, but I decided to go with something a little different (and less spoilery!)


  1. This is a great one for those of us of a certain age: “Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”


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    1. Pratchett was a master of words and feelings. whenever he wrote about class, lack of privilege and about those who didn’t feel worthy he was a firestorm of inspiration- this quote is so powerful.

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    2. I strongly recommend you do- they are wonderfully witty, scathingly satirical, heartfelt and soul searching all at the same time.
      I would start with the Death stories (Mort is first ) or Guards stories (Guards guards) if this quote resonates with you.

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  2. How long did it take you to write this week’s post? I found the prompt pretty easy. It’s so interesting to see how different people react to the same prompt. I’m sure there are other prompts I’ve struggled with that you found easy. 🙂

    My TTT.

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    1. I had a few books/authors in mind then collected some other quotes over a couple of days but I didn’t sit down until last night to get the last few to make it up to 10.
      I think it was more daunting considering what I wanted to communicate or highlight than the finding itself though.

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  3. Oh this is a great list! And I love that WKTGO/IKEA one (I hate IKEA, but I seem to be in the minority – people go there for a nice trip out?!)
    I’ve only recently started nitubg quotes from books that I like as I read. Really just for me, rather than for the blog, though I have found them helpful when reviewing eveb though I don’t always include them in it.

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    1. Yes, I always intend to do it but I get distracted by the story!! Luckily I have a good memory for whereabouts a nice quote happened in the book so I can flip back later but I really should make my life easier!!!
      I don’t mind IKEA but with my mum (and Tinyfae she’s fine with it) if my husband or Littlefae are along it’s like a slow descent through Dante’s inferno!

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    2. 😆
      I have a shocking memory, I can barely remember character’s names after finishing a book let alone where a quote is! But also, I do like to read back through them a while after reading – so cheering, like little snapshots of friends!

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    3. It’s not as good as before the children but I have a semi eidetic memory when it comes to written things which is very lucky when I’m lazy and was a godsend when I did exams!

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    4. I must have had a good memory at some point as, like you, at school it all just went in – I’ve never known how to revise. Unfortunately, I would seriously struggle if I had to do any sort of exam now! Brain like a sieve!

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