Hi everyone, seeing as it’s Tuesday and I had so much fun doing it last week, I thought I would do this weeks Top 10 Tuesday topic too! It was created by That Artsy Girl and this week’s theme is Favourite Book Quotes. I really love quotes, I always write down ones I like or take photos on my phone, so this topic is perfect for me! I definitely have more than 10 favourite quotes, I always struggle to choose, but these are some of the ones I love. Please also share your favourite quotes in the comments below, so we can discuss!
1. Quote 1 is from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling:
“After all this time?”
It’s a very simple quote, but if you are a Harry Potter fan you will just understand. I adore the character of Severus Snape, he will always mean so much to me, and this quote makes me cry every single time I read it.
2. Quote 2 is from Matilda by Roald Dahl:
“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.”
Matilda has always meant a great deal to me, it’s one of my favourite books and movies ever, and this quote sums up Matilda for me. I love that it’s about books and how her young mind was so fascinating because of all the stories the authors have created. I love how Roald Dahl captured the importance of young people reading in such a beautiful way.
3. Quote 3 is from A Quite Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard:
“Here are three separate but similar things: shyness, introversion and social anxiety. You can have one, two or all three of these things simultaneously. A lot of the time people thing they’re all the same thing, but that’s just not true. Extroverts can be shy, introverts can be bold, and a condition like anxiety can strike whatever kind of social animal you are.”
I could have quite simply quoted the whole book here. This book is full of the most incredible quotes surrounding mental health, particularly anxiety. What I love the most about this quote is that Sara Barnard explores the difference between shyness, introversion and social anxiety. There is a lot of assumption that if you suffer from anxiety you must be an introvert who is really shy. This isn’t always the case, and that is why this quote is wonderful. Her lyrical writing is amazing, she speaks about difficult topics in the most beautiful, compelling way.
4. Quote 4 is from The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson:
“Besides,” Dad says, “who wants to be normal anyway? Fancy that on your gravestone. ” Here lies so-and-so. They were entirely normal.”
I love quotes which encourage you to truly be yourself. This quote is lovely, and when I read it in the book I just sat and smiled for a while. I also love supportive parents in YA fiction, so hearing a positive quote from a parent to their child made me very happy indeed. I think being who you want to be is so important in this world, we are only given one chance on earth, so why be what society thinks is “normal” when you can be yourself?
5. Quote 5 is from The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky:
“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”
Well this quote is just beautiful, I can’t even explain how glorious I think it is, it’s so short, yet so powerful.
6. Quote 6 is from Looking or Alaska by John Green:
“I know so many last words. But I will never know hers.”
I remember the first time I read this book and this quote made me feel so emotional. It is so heart wrenching, (if you have read the book you will understand why), and every time I hear the quote I am taken back to the first time I read it.
7. Quote 7 is from Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell:
“She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”
Rainbow Rowell just has a way with words. Her writing is always so poetic and gorgeous, and this quote shows just that. I love the way she explores how the best art is not always the prettiest; everybody has different opinions on what art is good/bad, but if it makes you feel something inside then it is wonderful, this is the same as people. It is the people that you truly make you feel something that matter the most.
8. Quote 8 is from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins:
“Some walks you have to take alone.”
Again, I think it is so short, yet so powerful. For me, being alone is so important, there are certain things you have to do on your own in life and that’s okay. Being independent isn’t a bad thing, being with just yourself for a while is great, you learn so much about yourself and have room to breathe.
9. Quote 9 is from The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord:
“But you grow up and you grow out of relationships. Even the ones you thought, at one point, might be forever.”
I think this quote is so important. Whether it’s a romantic relationship or a friendship relationship, they don’t all last and that is okay. Sometimes when you lose somebody in your life it feels as if there is some part missing and carrying on with life is difficult, but sometimes these changes are for the better. You do lose people throughout your life, but at the same time you meet new people, this will happen and it will be okay.
10. Quote 10 is from Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield:
“Because a butterfly with a broken wing can still fly.”
This is so beautiful and poetic and I adore Lisa Heathfield’s writing style, I love how positive this quote is; she tried to explore how even after things have gone wrong and as an individual you have been faced with things that have hurt you, you still have the capabilities to fly.
These are some of my favourite quotes from some books I have thoroughly enjoyed. I would love to hear what some of your favourite quotes are so please let me know! Have a lovely rest of your Tuesday!