Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Quotes

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s focus is on favourite quotes, and oh boy do I have so many quotes that I have loved over the years. I even have a notebook dedicated to writing my favourites in every so often, so choosing just ten to highlight is no easy feat. I would also like to point out that these are in no particular order!

1. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Thought I would go with one of the most popular quotes on my list. This quote really resonates me especially as I battle my mental health issues, where you have to constantly look for the light in the dark, focus on that until its a blaze.

2. Roald Dahl – The Minpins

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

Roald Dahl has so written so many fantastic lines, but this is one I love above all else! It’s so true, those who don’t want to see the good in the world, which is why children can always see the magic!

3. John Green – The Fault in our Stars

My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”

As someone who is a massive overthinker, this just resonates with me on a very deep level.

4. Neil Gaiman – Coraline

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.”

Such a perfect way to lead into the story of Coraline, but also that tells us no matter how big the obstacle we are faced we can always overcome it.

5. Gayle Forman – If I Stay

Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.”

This just feels very powerful, points out that things can happen in life that are beyond our control and how the choices of others can leave irrevocable changes on those around them.

6. Amanda Palmer – The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help

“The Fraud Police are the imaginary, terrifying force of ‘real’ grown-ups who you believe – at some subconscious level – are going to come knocking on your door in the middle of the night, saying: We’ve been watching you, and we have evidence that you have NO IDEA WHAT YOU’RE DOING. You stand accused of the crime of completely winging it, you are guilty of making shit up as you go along, you do not actually deserve your job, we are taking everything away and we are TELLING EVERYBODY.”

I mean who hasn’t felt like such a fake, I know I currently feel it most days at my new job where I can feel completely out of my depth. However, you also have to try and shut down that voice, because we are all amazing!

7. Marissa Meyer – Heartless

“Sometimes your heart is the only thing worth listening to.”

This is just beautiful.

8. Morgan Matson – The Unexpected Everything

“You have to try. You have to take your chances. Go and attempt and see what happens. And even if you fail – especially if you fail – come back with your experience and your hard-won knowledge and a story you can tell. And then later you can say, without regret or hesitation… ‘Once, I dared to dare greatly.”

This book was a fun contemporary summer read, but this quote is just amazing and fills with the need to ‘conquer the world!’

9. Jennifer Niven – All The Bright Places

“We do not remember days, we remember moments”


10. Marina Keegan – The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories

“What we have to remember is that we can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over.”


What are your favourite quotes?

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