Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week – I’m thinking I might not take part every week but just see if a week takes my fancy. This week is Top Ten favourite Insiring quotes from books – now not all of these are inspiring per se but they might make you think or make you smile and I love them all for different reasons.
If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
– The Twits by Roald Dahl
If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
– Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Abandon the cultural myth that all female friendships must be bitchy, toxic, or competitive. This myth is like heels and purses – pretty but designed to SLOW women down. This is not to say women aren’t bitches or toxic or competitive sometimes but rather to say these are not defining characteristics of female friendship, especially as you get older.
– Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
P.S. Did you see that thing on the Weather Chanel last night? Why is it that people who attempt to drive through flash-flood-swollen rivers in their SUV’s always end up being people who don’t know how to swim?
– The Guy Next Door by Meg Cabot
I can’t stand seeing girls hate on girls. There’s enough of that in the tabloids.
– #scandal by Sarah Ockler
When the doorbell rings at three in the morning, it’s never good news.
– Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.
– Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling
He would have liked to know that somebody wanted to keep him alive, that someone remembered him. He used to say that we exist as long as somebody remembers us.
– The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
You forget all of it anyway. First, you forget everything you learned – the dates of the Hay-Herran Treaty and the Pythagorean Theorem. You especially forget everything you didn’t really learn, but just memorized the night before. You forget the names of all but one or two of your teachers, and eventually you’ll forget those, too. You forget your junior year class schedule and where you used to sit and your best friend’s home phone number and the lyrics to that song you must have played a million times. For me, it was something b Simon & Garfunkel. Who knows what it will be for you? And eventually, but slowly, oh so slowly, you forget your humiliations – even the ones that seemed indelible just fade away. You forget who was cool and who was not, who was pretty, smart, athletic, and not. Who went to a good college. Who threw the best parties. Who could get you pot. You forget all of them. Even the ones you said you loved, and even the ones you actually did. They’re the last to go. And then once you’ve forgotten enough, you love someone else.
– Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
You should always be taking pictures, if not with a camera then with your mind. Memories you capture on purpose are always more vivid than the ones you pick up by accident.
– Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion