Potent Quotables

April 14, 2015 Quote Books, Top Ten Tuesday 19

Happy Tuesday Bookworms!

I know there are a lot of people out there who are big into highlighting their books and quoting amazingness all over the place. It’s awesome, but frankly, I’m too lazy to do it most of the time. However. This week the folks at The Broke and the Bookish challenged the book blogosphere to get their “inspirational” quotes on for another thrilling edition of Top Ten Tuesday. Now, in fairness, my quotes aren’t necessarily inspirational because I would feel too much like a motivational poster if I went there. But. These are some of my favorite quotes on a variety of topics. Out of books, obviously.

potent quoteables

I first ran across the phrase “Potent Quotables” at Psychobabble. I’m not sure if Lyssa is the originator of the phrase but I adore it. Because Jeopardy!

1. On Joy: “She wished she had known back then. Known that happiness isn’t a point in time you leave behind. It’s what’s ahead of you. Every single day.”― Sarah Addison Allen, First Frost (review)

2. On Laughter: “There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.”― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower (review)

3. On Fate: “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

4. On Underdogs: “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” ― Neil Gaiman, Coraline (review)

5. On Humanity: “We like to pretend that our generous impulses come naturally. But the reality is we often become our kindest, most ethical selves only by seeing what it feels like to be a selfish jackass first. It’s the reason… we have to get burned before we understand the power of fire; the reason our most meaningful relationships are so often those that continued beyond the very juncture at which they came the closest to ending.” ― Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar (review)

6. On Truth and Finesse:

7. On Grief: “You know, a heart can be broken, but it still keeps a-beating just the same.” ― Fannie Flagg, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
8.  On Perspective: “Nothing is either as bad or good as it seems.”― Helen Fielding, Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination

9. On Imagination: “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

10. On Metaphysics. And Mary friggin Poppins: “The same substance composes us–the tree overhead, the stone beneath us, the bird, the beast, the star–we are all one, all moving to the same end.” ― P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins (review)

And there we have it. Potent Quotables a la Katie. What are some of your favorite quotes, Bookworms? Anybody else feel like they could have simply quoted the entirety of Tiny Beautiful Things?

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19 Responses to “Potent Quotables”

    • Words For Worms

      I kind of wish I had her phone number so she could counsel me with wise words on command… Of course, it’s super creepy to admit that on the internet, so let’s pretend this never happened.

    • Words For Worms

      I know you’re still upset with Helen Fielding. But really, if I had a mantra, this would be it. I tell myself aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllll the time. Although, I modify it seeing as I’m a pessimist I rarely think anything is as good as it seems. It helps to remind myself that nothing is as bad as it seems, though!

    • Words For Worms

      That one has been my mantra since I read the book. Every time I descend into panic mode, I’m like “Nothing is ever as bad as it seems.” And you know what? It isn’t.

  1. Megan M.

    Ugh, I love these! And you’re a Jeopardy nerd! Whatever our souls are made of, Katie, yours and mine are the same. **wink, wink, nudge, nudge** When I was working as a server me and the dishwasher guy used to talk to each other almost entirely in quotes from “Friends” and “Mean Girls.” It was too fun.

  2. Belle Wong

    I have reread Mary Poppins so many times and I do not remember that quote at all. And I love it! Now I’m going to have to dig up my copy and do another reread.

    • Words For Worms

      I really hope it’s a legit quote. I didn’t have time to dig through all my novels so I used Goodreads as a quote source to limit my hunting, LOL.

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