Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010. It’s a fun way for bloggers all over the Internet to connect and post the things they love about books. This week we got to pick whatever topic we wanted to cover! I’m a huge fan of quotations (I have a whole list in my phone that I add to whenever I’m reading), so here’s a compilation of some of my favorites.
1. Christopher Robin
“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
I have this hanging across from my bed on a canvas I made myself to remind myself whenever I’m feeling down that I can do more than I believe.
2. Harlan Cohen
“Thousands of people will want you…millions will not.”
I actually read this in “The Naked Roommate” in preparation for college. (Yes, I was that person. No, it did not help.)But, it’s stuck with me ever since, and I think it’s an important reminder that not everyone will like you, but the important people will always be by your side.
3. Ponyboy — The Outsiders
“Maybe the two worlds we lived in weren’t so different. We saw the same sunset.”
This is one of those quotations that always reminds me to find the connections between myself and another person — no matter how different I think we are, I know I have something in common with everyone, even if it is just seeing the same sunset.
4. The Motto — 1984
“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”
It just gets you thinking about what other truths can be twisted.
5. Veronica Roth — Allegiant
“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.
But sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.”
This quotation always hits home with me. It always reminds me that I need to be proud of myself for just making it through the day sometimes. Not everyone can be a hero in the traditional sense, but to some, getting out of bed every morning is a heroic act in itself.
6. J.K Rowling
“But from that moment on, Hermione Granger became their friend. There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”
Nope, “Always” is not my favorite quotation, sorry. This quotation has always been my favorite because it gave me faith that I would find friends like this one day. Friends that had my back through everything. I always wanted to find friends like Harry and Ron.
7. Atticus — To Kill a Mockingbird
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
As I’ve mentioned before, I love seeing life from others perspectives, and this quotation encompasses that thought to the deepest root.
8. Stephen Chbosky — Perks of Being a Wallflower
“Things change. And friends leave. And life doesn’t stop for anybody.”
This became one of my favorite phrases after I had to do one of the hardest things in my life before freshman year of college. It’s just a little reminder that just because bad things, sometimes terrible things, happen, life doesn’t stop. You can’t hit the pause button no matter how hard you try, so you just have to keep living your life to the best of your abilities.
“The hardest things to explain are usually the most important ones.”
Funny story, I read this is my AP Government textbook back in high school.
10. Mrs. James — One Tree Hill
“We are going to have to be strong for everybody else who can’t be.”
I know this isn’t from book, but it’s one of the greatest quotations ever. I firmly believe that I am as strong as I am because I know I have to be for the people around me. This pushes me to be a better individual for the ones I love everyday.
Feel free to share some of your favorite quotations in a comment below!