Discussion: quotes. What are your favorites? What’s their power? Where to find them?

Happy Thursday friends!

For today’s discussion I wanted to come with something dear to my heart: quotes and especially book quotes!

First question for you: do you believe in the power of quotes?

I do!

Be it from a book or a song, I think quotes can salvage your day and give you courage or solace. They can also make you smile or shed a new light on a situation.

Proof?

Maybe you know this but I have a huge fear of flying!

Yet I dreamt of going to the US and finally visit some of the places I read about in books. The only problem: going by car or by train is of course not an option from Europe and the boat would take too many days!

But five years ago, while I was listening to the latest Nickelback album, one phrase caught my attention: “What are you waiting for?”

The song goes on and on about seizing opportunities and this sentence was playing round and round in my mind for days until…I jumped and booked a flight because, yes, what was I waiting for?

This quote and that song was the kick in my rear that I needed to take the plunge!

Quotes can be inspirationals, motivating, funny ….

 

And when you think about it, it is so simple really!

We all know that words have power. Words can hurt worse than fists. When someone is telling you that you are worthless all the time and you are young, you believe it! But when someone shouts at you to “move your behind and give as good as you get” when you are in the middle of a volleyball game it motivates you like nothing else and you just want to “eat them!”.

Same when you kid tells you that you are the most beautiful mom in the world you feel like flying (and store these words for when they’ll be bratty teenagers ashamed of you!).

As readers we know that words are magic and that’s why quotes are so important!

 

Now I’ll give you some of my favorites and I hope that you will share some of yours so that I can add some to my list! 😀 

 

The one I asked Lonna from @Inkfury on Instagram to write in her gorgeous calligraphy on a taylor made book sleeve:

“Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed.
I am the master of my fate,
      I am the captain of my soul.”
This one is an excerpt of Invictus, William E. Henley’s poem and I discovered it while reading Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer.
It reminds me that I am strong. That I have power. That I have a choice.
Some quotes tell me that I have to dig deeper, not te be fooled by someone’s appearance but to give that person a chance:
“See past the surface to the tides below. ”
Grace Draven, Radiance
.
“Sometimes a beautiful face is false advertising.”
Amy Harmon, Making Faces
.
“You are easy to overlook. Slim and pale and so quiet. But now that I’ve studied your soft grey eyes and traced the fine bones of your face, now that I’ve kissed your pale pink mouth, I don’t want to look anywhere else. My gaze is continually drawn back to you.”
Amy Harmon, The Bird and the Sword
Some quotes show me that we matter
“Everybody is a main character to someone…”
Amy Harmon, Making Faces
.
Some quotes remind me that love is important and just make me swoon!
“Love had not made them poor. Love had made them wealthy. In that moment, they were royalty, a king of fortune and a queen of destiny, embracing a tiny prince of peace.”
Amy Harmon, From Sand and Ash
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“A home is not a place. It’s not a country or a town or a building or possession. Home is with the other half of your soul, the person who shares in your grief and helps you carry the burden of loss. Home is with the person who throughout it all never gives up on you and brings you eternal happiness.”
Tillie Cole, Sweet Home
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Some give me courage and are just uplifting:
“You don’t get to live your dreams by waiting around for someone to hand them to you.”
Mariana Zapata, Kulti
.
“If you’re going to live, you might as well do painful, brave, and beautiful things.”
Jeff Zentner, The Serpent King
.
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt
Some just make me laugh!
.

Sometimes I just want to laugh and brighten my days ..

“We have to be back in three hours,” Ronan said. “I just fed Chainsaw but she’ll need it again.”

“This,” Gansey replied “is precisely why I didn’t want to have a baby with you.”
Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys

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“He exhaled sharply, and his brow creased in puzzlement. “You don’t like French kissing?” “It makes me feel like a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish.” It was weird and far too personal.”
Helen Hoang, The Kiss Quotient
And this last one is the one I try to live my life by:
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle,”

Now it’s your turn! Do you like quotes? What are your favorite kind? Have you some favorites?

Thanks for reading!

Sophie

 

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10 Replies to “Discussion: quotes. What are your favorites? What’s their power? Where to find them?”

  1. I love, love, love quotes! Whether it’s from music or books, I fall so hard for them! I actually highlight, in my Kindle with different colors, so I can specifically go back and re-read my favorite quotes in a book. They are the color blue and when I need a pick me up I’ll grab a favorite book in my kindle and look through all my blue quotes. I’m so happy you love them so much too!

  2. These are great quotes! Some of my favorites are
    “ You usually can’t recall all the people you’ve shared laughs with. But you rarely forget the people you’ve shared your tears with.” from the V Girl By Mya Roberts,
    “Words can be terrible when the truth is unwelcome.” from the bird and sword by Amy Harmon
    “A fool is a man who sees his worth in a mirror, in the faces of a crowd, but is blind to it elsewhere. Where it most counts: in the eyes of those he loves and who love him” from Trick By Natalia Jaster.

    Great post! 🙂

  3. These are some great ones, Sophie! I loved the quote from The Raven Boys – how can you not laugh at that, right?

  4. I love the short and powerful quotes that we either know by heart or not. I think it’s all about the meaning we give them rather than what they try to convey. Sort of like art or poetry. If deep down you want that quote to change you, then you will let it change you! 😀 Great post, Sophie!

  5. That Eleanor Roosevelt one is a favorite of mine. It’s a good thing to remind myself of every now and again. I used to add so many quotes to my GR, but I have gotten lazy with my highlighting and whatnot. I wish I still tacked them like I used to

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I should save more of them on GR too Sam!

  6. Quotes have always been powerful for me. I have a few posts with my favorite book quotes. But song lyrics are the ones that stand out so much. I wanted to get a tattoo with lines from my 4 favorite bands, but it would be a book. I don’t know if I can pick just one because they all go together for me.

    State Champs: Rainy days make me feel like the dream is dead.

    With Confidence: Despite the weather, it gets better. You won’t do this alone.

    Sleep On It: Looking up I see the sun in my eyes. I feel it getting warmer as the darkness dies.

    Broadside: You will shine brighter than the sunrise. Dive right in. Stop coasting through your own life. Learn to value your time.

    I also have a couple other quotes from those bands and from other bands (like old Fall Out Boy) that I love.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you for these!!! Broadside reminds me of the one by Mariana Zapata or Nickelback. I love them because they help me make a decision and face my fears head on first!

      1. You’re welcome. It’s amazing what good music or book quotes can do to help us with things.

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