Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Top Ten Inspiring Quotes

1. She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.
 - Heir of Fire, Sarah J. Maas
This is probably my favourite powerful quote - I put it on my phone case! It speaks to me in a way I'm pretty sure it spoke to 99% of the people who read this book.

2. A self is not something static, tied up in a pretty parcel and handed to the child, finished and complete. A self is always becoming.
- A Circle of Quiet, Madeleine L'Engle
Full disclaimer, I actually haven't read this one, but it's true and it's Madeleine L'Engle, so it's here.

3. She'd felt like being nice cost her something, even if it was just feeling a little bit lesser, every time she smiled without meaning to.
- Unmade, Sarah Rees Brennan
There's a reason why out of the many, many characters I've read if I had to pick the character that was me, I'd say it was Holly. This thought I have had so many times.

4. Believe me, when I say: There are two powers that command the soul. One is God. The other is the tide.
- Abarat, Clive Barker

I'm not a religious person, so the God here is more like a...something bigger than you. And for me the ocean (both literally and metaphorically) is kind of like that for me.

5. Enough, she thought, enough, enough: nobody was allowed to make her this unhappy. She didn't have to stay around him, any more than she had to keep her hand in a fire.
- Unmade, Sarah Rees Brennan
It's a reminder we all need sometimes and it came at a point when I needed it.

6. "My name is Celaena Sardothien," she whispered, "and I will not be afraid."
- The Assassin's Blade, Sarah J. Maas
For a very long time this was my favourite Sarah J. Maas quote and it was hair away from being the one on my case.  It just owns your fears...but the one that's on my case rages more. I basically just love Sarah J. Maas..this isn't the last quote by her on this list haha

7. Nature is never static, I understand. Change is ever-constant, clouds zipping across a sky. It is dynamic, complicated, tangled, mostly beautiful. A moving forward, something newly gained, means that something is lost, too.
- The Nature of Jade, Deb Caletti

This is probably my favourite contemporary YA novel (and more people need to discover the greatness that is Deb Caletti!!)  This is another quote that I discovered when I really needed it.

8. It's all very nice for Christians, yes? 'Angels' in Rome, 'demons' here. How neat, how tidy for the Western world view, and how wrong.
 - Dreams of Gods and Monsters, Laini Taylor
I'm a little surprised I didn't have more Laini Taylor quotes on the list because I LOVE how she writes.  I remember that when I read this I wanted to highlight and underline it and make posters out of it. I remember thinking YES. THIS. YESSSS because she nailed it, and I'd been worried when she chose those locations I'd wondered if she'd really thought about what she'd just done. Clearly, she had :)

9.  For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.
 - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
Because this list would NOT be complete without Douglas Adams, creator of the name of my blog.  And also because I consider this a quote to live by haha

10. "You could rattle the stars," she whispered.  "You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most."
 - Throne of Glass, Sarah J. Maas
It seemed fitting to round this off with another SJM quote. Surprisingly the only book I don't have on here by her is my favourite of the series!  Anyway, this quote is motivating - I try to tell myself this to make cleaning the dishes more appealing and epic sounding.


  1. You've got so many good inspirational quotes. Most are very empowering too. Great choices!

  2. I do tend to go for empowering quotes (although it's hard to find them in the multitude of sarcastic, snarky quotes I mark haha)

  3. lol there are a ton of great quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy xD Great list :)

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  4. Um. Love ALL of them. I got a good chuckle out of the dolphin one. SO, so true.

  5. The Adams quote is perfect:0). I love quotes that are funny and at their core, very wise. I also really like the Caletti quote! I tend to avoid contemporary YA so am not at all familiar with her but maybe I could be convinced. What's the book about?

  6. Three Maas quotes! I really have to get to the the ToG books I have on my Kindle. I can't remember if you have read ACOTAR yet. Some people are telling me to read that one first because I will like it better than the ToG books. Madeline L'Engle for the win! I am really loving that Dreams of Gods and Monsters quote, too. I should read some Laini Taylor. :)

  7. It was pretty hard only picking one! But I figured I can't use the one in my header since it's already there and a lot of my other favourites are waaaaaay long

  8. Sometimes I think Hitchhiker's Guide is just a lot of funny quotes Adams thought of and decided to smoosh them all into a book haha

  9. I think those tend to be my favourites too! You know contemporary YA is totally not my thing, so I feel you. Deb Caletti is my big exception because her writing is just so pretty!! The main story involves the MC who frequently has panic attacks and deals with them by going to the zoo (seeing the elephants calms her down). There's a lot of subplots and I can't remember if giving you any info on the love interest is spoilers or not so I'm not going to give them. It is a contemporary YA, so there is definitely going to be a focus on YA, but the thing I love so much about Deb Caletti is that it's never the sole focus of a story. All of her books have a solid grounding in family and/or relationships with friends, and all of those relationships are always really well crafted. A lot of complaints about this book are about how slow moving the plot is and how many other things are going on, but that's exactly why I love it haha. This is probably one of the more overtly philosophical of her books, because Jade's panic attacks often makes her feel like she's dying (even though she knows she's not) and so she has a lot musing on life/death, etc.

    I think it's something you'll like, but I'm not certain it's going to be an halleluia moment for you the way it is for me haha

  10. I haven't! I'm actually planning on pre-ordering it (I NEVER preorder books. I make an exception for SJM) - or rather have been planning to and have just been lazy about it haha. So I can't speak as to whether said people are right or not. I do think that Celaena might annoy you in the first book - she annoys a lot of people so if you don't love it (although I still think there's a high chance you will enjoy it) you should still give the next book a go! And Laini Taylor's writing is sooooo beautiful! Shannon super hated DoSaB though, so take me with a grain of salt haha. It does have angels, and I don't like reading about angels usually, but the feel is much more fantasy novel feel than paranormal if that makes sense?

  11. Ha ha. Angels are a sticky point for me too, but that is because of all the bad YA angels I have dumped. Lol. Speaking of angels have you seen the Wim Wenders angel movies. God I love them.

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