Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Top Ten Inspiring Book Quotes

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday list (weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is the Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books.

I decided to participate in this weeks list, because there are so many quotes from books that don't just inspire me, but stay with me.  Sometimes it's just perfect timing, you read what you need to read at that moment in your life.

So here we go....

1.  "Most of our platitudes notwithstanding, self-deception remains the most difficult deception.  The charms that work on others count for nothing in that devastatingly well-lit back alley where one keeps assignations with oneself; no winning smiles will do here, no prettily drawn lists of good intentions."  Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Honestly, if you can't identify with this, you are the most self-confident person in the world, and I don't want to meet you.

2.  "Dear Scarlett! You aren't helpless.  Anyone as selfish and determined as you are is never helpless.  God help the Yankees if they should get you."  Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind 

Scarlett O'Hara.  My first literary bad-ass, and someone I still strive to channel when I need to square my shoulders and face the world.

3.  “It was good and nothing good is ever lost.”  Rosamunde Pilcher, The Shell Seekers

The ultimate love story for me.  About a woman who knew who her true love, while also loving herself and her life.

4.  “Sometimes words drew blood, they cut your tongue, they made you know things you couldn't unknow. ” Alice Hoffman, The Story Sisters

Alice Hoffman only speaks truth.  Always

5.  “When you're happy for yourself, it fills you. When you're happy for someone else, it pours over. It was almost too bright to watch.” Sarah Addison Allen, Garden Spells

I want to be so happy that it's too bright to watch.

6.  “I've learned that some broken things stay broken, and I've learned that you can get through bad times and keep looking for better ones, as long as you have people who love you." Jennifer Weiner, Good in Bed

Words that got me through my divorce.

7.   “You’re bored. And I’m going to let you in on a little secret about life. You think it’s boring now? Well, it only gets more boring. The sooner you learn it’s ON YOU to make life interesting, the better off you’ll be.”  Maria Semple, Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

I'm trying to remember this now, when my life gets too be too much about work and duty, rather than interesting experiences.

8.  “That is such crap. How dare you be so fraudulently flirtatious, cowardly and dysfunctional? I am not interested in emotional fuckwittage. Goodbye.”   Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary

I would still probably fall for Daniel and ignore Mark Darcy.  I'm that dumb.

9.  "You learned to accept, or you ended up in a small room writing letters home with Crayolas.”  Stephen King, Pet Semetery

Yep, more word to get you through the darker times of your life.

10.  “I can't stand lies. Probably no one can. Probably everyone is, to varying degrees, allergic to them, both spiritually and physically. Lies make me feel low and ignoble, and also itchy, like there's sand under my skin. The only thing that feels worse than hearing a lie is telling one.”  Maria de los Santos, Belong to Me

I'm deathly allergic to lies.  Hearing them and telling them.

What are your favorite movie quotes that you carry burned into your brain?

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