Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books

Posted April 14, 2015 by Debby in Uncategorized

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I’m not a biiiig quote person, but I remembered correctly that in my favorite inspiring contemporary reads, there are some amazing passages that I really took to heart.

This Song Will Save Your Life
“You think it’s so easy to change yourself. You think it’s so easy, but it’s not. True, things don’t stay the same forever: couches are replaced, boys leave, you discover a song, your body becomes forever scarred. And with each of these moments you change and change again, your true self spinning, shifting positions– but always at last it returns to you, like a dancer on the floor. Because throughout it all, you are still, always, you: beautiful and bruised, known and unknowable. And isn’t that – just you – enough.” This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

heir of fire

“She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.” Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

“I was the Duff. And that was a good thing. Because anyone who didn’t feel like the Duff must not have friends. Every girl feels unattractive sometimes. Why had it taken me so long to figure that out? Why had I been stressing over that dumb word for so long when it was so simple? I should be proud to be the Duff. Proud to have great friends who, in their minds, were my Duffs.” The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.” The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky


“But sometimes life gives us those rare moments where we do see chance as it’s happening. And in those moments, we have a choice. And sometimes we have to take a risk. And it’s scary. It makes us vulnerable. But I know now it’s worth it.” Golden by Jessi Kirby

“And as the recession continues and our prospects look bleaker and bleaker, I’m excited. I look to the past to see what our future will be like. And in times of economic hardship and harsh governments, of pointless wars and mass unemployment, there was pop art and there was punk, there was hip hop and grafitti, there was acid house and riot grrrl. There was art and music and books that could bring you to your knees with their utter perfection. Because, when everything else is gone, all we’re left with is our imaginations.” Adorkable by Sarra Manning

Shut Out

“You can’t control everything. Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go a little and just let life happen.” Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

“Just… isn’t giving up allowed sometimes? Isn’t it okay to say, ‘This really hurts, so I’m going to stop trying’?”
“It sets a dangerous precedent.”
“For avoiding pain?”
“For avoiding life.”
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

This Song Will Save Your Life
“Sometimes people think they know you. They know a few facts about you, and they piece you together in a way that makes sense to them. And if you don’t know yourself very well, you might even believe that they are right. But the truth is, that isn’t you. That isn’t you at all.” This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

A Mad, Wicked Folly
“If I’m going to be a student here, treated on equal terms, then I have to be willing to do everything that they do,” I said. “There can’t be two sets of expectations, one for them and one for me, the only girl in the class. How will I earn their esteem if I don’t pose?” A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

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3 responses to “Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books

  1. I haven’t read any of these but some of the quotes sound awesome. I really need to start the Throne of Glass series.
    The Mad and Wicked Folly quote has me intrigued.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. You are really making me want to read This Song will Save Your Life. The quotes you shared are beautiful!

    Also, yes to your DUFF quote (I still need to read it BLEH!). I don’t get upset about the pretty BFF trope in fiction, because I feel that my friends are attractive, interesting, and a deep part of me thinks they are all better people than I.