Top Ten Tuesday: C.J.'s Ten (ish) Favorite Inspiring Quotes from Books

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I love today's topic, because I adore quotes.  I've dog-earred countless pages of beautifully phrased items.  Not surprisingly, this list of quotes contains a number of my favorite books (though, I'll admit, I haven't actually read Virginibus Puerisque, but that's my favorite quote of all time so I had to include it.)  

c.j.'s selections
                         i made myself stop at ten

one The cruelest lies are often told in silence.
 //  Goodreads   
two  "They're trying to kill me," Yossarian told him calmly.
"No one's trying to kill you," Clevinger cried. 

"Then why are they shooting at me?" Yossarian asked.
"They're shooting at everyone," Clevinger answered.  "They're trying to kill everyone."
"And what difference does that make?
  //  Goodreads
I learned that there is good in this world, if you look hard enough for it.  I learned that not everyone is disappointing, including me, and that a 1,257 bump in the ground can feel higher than a bell tower if you're standing next to the right person.
  //  Goodreads
four  Love does as it undoes. It goes after, with equal tenacity: joy and heartbreak. //  Goodreads
five  My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations. //  Goodreads
six  Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.  //  Goodreads
seven  Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him.  //  Goodreads

Note: This quote is universally attributed to Dostoyevsky, but rarely to a particular book.  It is most often said to come from Demons, perhaps an earlier version altered by subsequent translations.  
eight  Everyone sees what is happening, but not everyone feels the consequences.    //  Goodreads
nine  I like the fans’ sound at night. Do you? It’s like somebody big far away goes like: 
it’sOKit’sOKit’sOKit’sOK, over and over. From very far away. //  Goodreads
ten  If we can forgive what’s been done to us . . .
If we can forgive what we’ve done to others . . . If we can leave all of our stories behind. Our being villains or victims. Only then can we maybe rescue the world. //  Goodreads


  1. Yes to I'll Give You the Sun- I could have used that entire book for this week's topic! And yes to Oscar Wilde- everything he says is so wise and funny!
    Great List! Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday

    1. I know, right? So many of Noah's painting titles were phenomenal. DOUBLE YES to Oscar Wilde. He's one of my favorite humans. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Catch-22 is full of so many great lines.

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    1. It's one of my favorites, even though it's so often quoted. I have it on a t-shirt. :P

  4. I love that you used a quote from The Prince! There's so many great quotes there.

    1. I know, right? Machiavelli gets a bad rap, but he was basically just a weasely courtier trying to suck up to the Borgias so they wouldn't kill him. Seems reasonable.

  5. Interesting list for sure... I have only read a handful of your picks. Hmmm for me I would have to say Catcher in the Rye, Graffiti Moon, Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Gone with the Wind.

    1. Nice picks. All of those have great quotes. Okay, I've only read Catcher and Daughter, but I hear good things about the others.

  6. These are really thoughtful quotes! I may need to read some more of these books!

    1. I hope you find them as enjoyable as I do!