Top Ten Inspirational Book Quotes

Hey everyone!  So last week was horrible for me, what with someone I trusted assuming I’d be ok with being treated badly while he benefited from it.  (Spoiler alert: I wasn’t ok with that.)  I had to make some really difficult decisions and, you know what?  I could use some inspirational quotes.  This Top Ten was perfectly timed.

I like to think of myself as a collector of quotes (I have 56 pages of quotes on Goodreads and 3 notebooks full of them), so it’s taken me a while to make this list.  But I hope you find something that strikes you in the here and now!

Top Ten Inspirational Book Quotes

1. “And that is how change happens.  One gesture.  One person.  One moment at a time.”  –Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing

2. “But if everything was always smooth and perfect, you’d get too used to that, you know?  You have to have a little bit of disorganization now and then.  Otherwise, you’ll never really enjoy it when things so right.”  –Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

3. “All this time I’ve hated myself for it.  I thought I’d given it up for nothing.  But if I hadn’t fallen, I wouldn’t have met you.”  –Becca Fitzpatrick, Hush, Hush

4. “The whole point of growing up is learning to stay on the laughing side.”  –Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

5. “A wish is a good place to start but then you have to get off your butt and make it happen.  You have to pick up a quill and write your own damn story.”  –Suzanne Selfors, Saving Juliet

6. “This is our life.  We get to decide the rules.  We get to say what goes and what stays, what matters and what doesn’t.”  –Sandhya Menon, When Dimple Met Rishi

7. “We don’t forgive people because they deserve it.  We forgive them because they need it–because we need it.”  –Bree Despain, The Dark Divine

8. “It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.”  –Agatha Christie

9. “Having to fight for the thing you want doesn’t mean you deserve it any less.”  –Anna Kendrick, Scrappy Little Nobody

10. “I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.”  –Brigid Kemmerer, A Curse So Dark and Lonely

Honorable Mention

(Let’s not lie–there were some I just couldn’t put on the list but are equally impressive.)

  • “What’s the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?”  — John Green, An Abundance of Katherines
  • “Sometimes you make choices in life, and sometimes choices make you.”  –Gayle Forman, If I Stay
  • “If God wanted a world full of saints, He never would have created adolescence.”  –Susan Beth Pfeffer, The Dead and the Gone
  • “He was fantastic eye candy and I earned the right to have a few cavities.”  –Lani Woodland, Intrinsical
  • “Stories let us see and hear and feel what someone else does.  They build bridges to the other islands.  That’s why stories are so important.  They create true empathy.”  –Cynthia Hand, The Afterlife of Holly Chase
  • “Sometimes we misjudge what is possible and what is not.”  –Aimee Carter, The Goddess Test
  • “We are a country built by immigrants, dreams, daring, and opportunity.  We are a country built by the horrors of slavery and genocide, the injustice of racism and exclusion.  These realities exist side by side.  It is our past and our present.  The future is unwritten.  This is a book about ghosts.  For we live in a haunted house.”  –Libba Bray, Before the Devil Breaks You

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