I got the idea for this post from Kristen Kraves Books blog (one of my favourites!) As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to do something similar. I love quotes; how they can pick you up, inspire you and make you feel positive. I don’t think there’s anywhere better to find inspirational quotes than in books. In fact, I actually have a little notebook that I write down all my favourites quotes that I’ve read. As Dumbledore says “words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic…”
Here’s a selection of my favourite quotes from the last few books I have read:
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
“Every woman is the architect of her own fortune”
“You are a stone, thrown upon a lake. But the ripples you create will never make you still”
“Everything Man sees he takes for a toy. Thus is he always, forever a boy”
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid”
“If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad”
“I read it [history] a little as a duty, but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars or pestilences, in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all — it is very tiresome: and yet I often think it odd that it should be so dull, for a great deal of it must be invention.”
Ikigai by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
“Sunday neurosis, for example, is what happens when, without the obligations and commitments of the workweek, the individual realizes how empty he is inside.”
“Life is not a problem to be solved. Just remember to have something that keeps you busy doing what you love while being surrounded by the people who love you.”
“Walk slowly and you’ll go far.”
Quiet by Susan Cain
“The highly sensitive [introverted] tend to be philosophical or spiritual in their orientation, rather than materialistic or hedonistic. They dislike small talk. They often describe themselves as creative or intuitive. They dream vividly, and can often recall their dreams the next day. They love music, nature, art, physical beauty. They feel exceptionally strong emotions–sometimes acute bouts of joy, but also sorrow, melancholy, and fear. Highly sensitive people also process information about their environments–both physical and emotional–unusually deeply. They tend to notice subtleties that others miss–another person’s shift in mood, say, or a lightbulb burning a touch too brightly.”
“…I also believe that introversion is my greatest strength. I have such a strong inner life that I’m never bored and only occasionally lonely.
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
Then I trickle,
Then I rush.
I am here; and here; and here. I touch this surface and also that.
I mingle, I quiver with a thousand voices, and all these voices my own. I am a great tumble of motion which torrents all in unison.
And learning and knowing are the same, and I am a mite, and we are all the space allowed to us.
And if I am made of grief, well! Here is joy, and if I am made a fury, here is peace. Rush, rush, we rush, a sparkling stream through rock and moss, deep in the cold stone of the earth. No daylight here, no dying breaths to catch up. We rush young and bright, and ever-widening, and these bitter atoms are lost in new-minted freshness. We hasten, hasten, onward to the boundless sea.”
What are some of your favourite quotes from books you have read recently? Let me know in the comments! (I’m always on the lookout for more quotes).
Love Zoe xx