Today’s Topic is: Favourite Book Quotes (these could be quotes from books you love, or bookish quotes in general)
This time around I decided to give today’s T10T topic a unique and personal spin and went for my top 10 „Favourite Quotes That Influenced My Life“. I believe that words have power and there are a lot of quotes I know by heart because they didn’t just resonate with me but also with the way I see the world.
So without further ado, let’s take a closer look at those quotes! =)
1.) „The greatest thing you’ll ever learn, Is just to love and be loved in return.“ – Eden Ahbez
I think a lot of people might know this quote from „Moulin Rouge“ or from David Bowie’s cover song. In fact it’s from a song named „Nature Boy“ that was written by Eden Ahbez who was an American composer. Being the hopeless romantic that I am, I first heard it in „Moulin Rouge“ though. XD I love that movie like crazy because once you get over the first 20 minutes of craziness it’s actually a beautiful piece of art that teaches us about true love and how to hold it close to your heart. It’s as tragic as it’s wonderful and it will always hold a special place in my heart. ❤
2.) „Freely we serve,
Because we freely love, as in our will
To love or not; in this we stand or fall.“ – John Milton, Paradise Lost
Every day I go to work I think about this quote and what it means to me. I even have it next to my computer and I try to live by it whenever I „slip into my work shoes“. I believe that love is the force that moves the world and even if your life is shitty and everything goes wrong, you still have the love of your family and friends to pull you through. 🙂 (Hopeless romantic, I told you. *lol*)
3.) “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” – Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
For all of you who don’t know it already: I adore Oscar Wilde! ❤ He was a very wise man and a great writer. Plus he was gay (or bi, pan, …!?). Guess we’ll never know. Unfortunately at the time he lived it was seen as something unnatural and poor Oscar was convicted for „gross indecency“ that caused him to end up in jail for 2 years. The heavy labour was bad for his health and after his release he died at the young age of 46. 😦 In another time he would have been accepted. *sighs* Anyway, some of his quotes are still true! I’m a very honest person so the quote above speaks to me on a spiritual level and Oscar kind of nailed it, the truth is really never simple. 😉
4.) „Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.“ – Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. was right! We should always raise our voices in order to speak up against injustice! If we stay silent, if we accept things the way they are, nothing will change and even worse we give power to the people that do us wrong! I know there’s the saying: „The wiser head gives in.“ but in some cases that only means that you do what the dumber head wants. You should always question things and never accept them right away. And most importantly you should always use your voice! =)
5.) „For whither thou goest, I will go;
and where thou lodgest, I will lodge:
thy people shall be my people,
and thy God my God.
Where thou diest, will I die;
and there I will be buried:
the Lord do so to me, and more also,
if aught but death part thee and me.“ – Ruth, 1: 16 – 17
I’m sure some of you might know this quote from Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter series. She used it as the parabatai oath, but what most people don’t know is that it’s actually from the bible. Ruth says those lines to her mother-in-law after both of their husbands died and they decide to live together without marrying new husbands. Their strong bond isn’t only #friendshipgoals but probably also the first mention of a strong friendship that can overcome all obstacles. About a year ago I made two identity tags and engraved the first line into them. My bestie and I wear them all the time, because our friendship is as strong as the one between Ruth and her mother-in-law. And of course we’re parabatai too. ;-P
6.) „The mothers always jump.“ – Suanne Laqueur, A Charm of Finches
This quote speaks so much to me and whenever I pick up my little one and comfort her I think about it. In the book one of the characters explains that he was on a ski trip when a kid fell from the platter lift and its mother jumped right after it. The guy who operated said lift told him that „The mothers always jump.“ The fathers continue and yell that they’ll meet their kids at the peak, but the mothers? Well, they jump. And boy, if that isn’t the bitter truth then I don’t know! I’d jump right after my kid without hesitation. It’s pure instinct and I think this quote nails it. XD
7.) „Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.“ – Dylan Thomas
„Do not go gentle into that good night“ always reminds me of my grandfather. He fought until the end and if there was one person I know, that didn’t go gentle into that good night then it’s definitely him. He fought for every year he could spend with us and even though his death was so hard to take I’m still glad that we were able to spend those years with him. ❤ I miss him like crazy but there’s comfort in knowing that he fought for us. =) And wow, this TTT topic is getting really personal. XD
8.) „My words are unerring tools of destruction, and I’ve come unequipped with the ability to disarm them.“ – Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys
9.) „It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them.“ – Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince
10.) „I’m a boy, Tone. My body is a male body and that’s okay. It’s more than being femme, though. I’m a boy with a lot of feminine traits, both in how I feel from day to day and how I like to dress, to present myself. I’m a boy and a girl both, in different ways. Some people call it gender-fluid.“ – Anna Martin, The Impossible Boy
„The Impossible Boy“ was the first book I read that had a gender-fluid MC and I remember how happy I felt when I read it. There was this book that came to me way too late in my life and it spoke to me in a way no book had ever done. For the first time ever I felt represented. Not a 100% but at least about 50% (I have yet to find a book that fits a 100% but at least Jerico Soberanis got really close ;-P) and it felt so good to be understood. I don’t know where I would be if I wouldn’t have picked up „The Impossible Boy“ but I’ll always be grateful this book was written. It helped me to accept myself and to be who I truly am. Before this book I didn’t dare to change the picture in my „About Me“ section but after finding so many great gender fluid reps I’ve finally come to terms with myself and embrace that I’m different. I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be and to tell the truth it’s liberating. XD
I know this turned out to be quite a personal TTT topic but I still enjoyed doing it! Thanks for bearing with me. ❤ So what about you? Are there quotes you know by heart? Did some of them have an impact on your life and if yes how and why? Do you love quotes as much as I do?
Talk to me and let me know! 😉
And as always: Stay healthy and safe!
The Sassy Library Fox