Hi friends,

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Today’s theme is: Memorable Things Characters Have Said (quotes from book characters that have stuck with you)

What will be hard this week will be to limit myself to ten quotes so…no promises here!

I tend to love either inspirational quotes, either funny quotes so I guess you’ll get a mis of both. Oh and I tried to make a mix of some from this year’s reads and oldies but goodies.

“It’s a widely known fact that most moms are ready to kill someone by eight thirty A.M. on any given morning. On the particular morning of Tuesday, October eighth, I was ready by seven forty-five. (…) I was ready to kill someone. I didn’t really care who.” – Finley Donovan is Killing it by Elle Cosimano

“And in the end, I knew I’d not take back a breath of it. Not the bliss I knew then, nor the pain I felt now. Not all the forsaken hours I’d spent without them, the ache of my lips without Astrid’s kiss, the emptiness of my arms without Patience’s embrace. In those few moments I had them, and if only then, I was immortal. Because they were immaculate. And they were mine.” Empire of the Vampire , Jay Kristoff

“They couldn’t do much against unbound revenants, granted, aside from tickle us a little—but I can’t emphasize enough how distracting it is to have someone tickling you in the middle of a battle. It completely spoils the mood.”
― Margaret Rogerson, Vespertine

“Normal is a terrible thing to aspire to,” Patrick had said. “Aim higher.”
― Steven Rowley, The Guncle

“That’s the thing you don’t know—that you can’t know until life has genuinely beaten the crap out of you: I am better for it all. I am better for being broken.”

“Needing to find a reason to live had forced me to build a life worth living. I would never say the accident was a good thing. I would never claim that everything happens for a reason. Like all tragedies, it was senseless. But the one thing I knew for sure: The greater our capacity for sorrow becomes, the greater our capacity for joy.” How to Walk Away , Katherine Center

“Our parents live inside us, whether they stick around or not… They express themselves through us in the way we hold a pen or shrug our shoulders, in the way we raise our eyebrow. Our heritage lingers in our blood.”
― Taylor Jenkins Reid, Malibu Rising

“Inaction is a powerful choice”
― Angeline Boulley, Firekeeper’s Daughter

“You cannot save people who do not want to be saved,” said Magnus. “You can only stand by their side and hope that when they wake and realize they need saving, you will be there to help them.”
― Cassandra Clare, Chain of Iron

“If we worry about the little things all the time, we run the risk of missing the bigger things.”-Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

“Never again.
Never again would she be weak.
Never again would she be at someone’s mercy.
Never again would she fail.
Never again, never again, never again.”
― Sarah J. Maas, A ​Court of Silver Flames

“At some point, we’re all someone’s hero and another’s villain. It’s all a matter of perspective.”

Thanks for reading!


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  1. I laughed so hard at the Finlay Donovan quote! :) And the one from Malibu Rising… it really speaks to one of the themes of the book that the parents mistakes were still being felt by their children and – in some cases – being repeated.

  2. I have so many favorite quotes but the one you wrote from Chain of Iron, oh my goodness, I need to read this series! That sounds amazing ♥!

  3. Oh ilove the quotes you picked, thoses types are my personal favorite too!!

    Chain of Iron is the wisdom kind that I do need to remind myself, and malibu raising makes me think of another one i’ve found off tumblr saying how there’s a bit of everyone that get in ourself— the reason why it’s so hard when they go.

  4. All Center’s books are filled with gems. I have massive highlighting in them. Finlay Donovan was so funny and that quote is hilarious. Same for The Guncle – hilarious! But Patrick dug deep sometimes (like in your quote), and I always thought he shared some wisdom