Top Ten Tuesday : Thought-provoking Book Quotes

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 of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


Hello everyone! I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday post for quite a while just because I’ve been crazy busy and the prompts didn’t really suit me but I love book quotes so I had to do this one! So here is my list of ten books with quotes that I found thought-provoking in some way – I hope you enjoy it!

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1. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara


‘There were times when the pressure to achieve happiness felt almost oppressive, as if happiness were something everyone should and could attain, and that any sort of compromise in it’s pursuit was somehow your fault.’

2. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward


‘Sorrow is food swallowed too quickly, caught in the throat, making it nearly impossible to breathe.’

3. The Exact Opposite of Okay (Izzy O’Neill) by Laura Steven


‘When in doubt, always do the least amount of work possible, in order to preserve energy for important things like laughing and sex.’

‘As a woman, you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. A slut if you send the nudes and a prude if you don’t. A whore if you have sex and frigid if you don’t. A bitch if you fight back and submissive if you don’t.’

4. Men Explain Things to Me: And Other Essays by Rebecca Solnit


‘Violence doesn’t have a race, a class, a religion, or a nationality, but it does have a gender.’

‘”The Rights of Man” was one of the great phrases of the French Revolution, but it’s always been questionable whether it included the rights of women.’

5. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman


‘You have to forgive once. To resent you have to do it all day. every day.’

6. The World of Lore, Volume 2: Wicked Mortals by Aaron Mahnke


‘Throughout the long, elaborate, complex history of humankind, there is a small handful of recurring themes. They’re universal, crossing the borders of culture and chronology, and they never seem to go out of style. Power, death, love, money: these are ever-present ideals that play out time and time again, like main characters in an epic novel.’

7.Us Against You by Fredrik Backman


‘Everyone is a hundred different things, but in other people’s eyes we usually only get the chance to be one of them.’

‘Anxiety. It’s such a peculiar thing. Almost everyone knows what it feels like, yet none of us can describe it.’

‘The complicated thing about good and bad people alike is that most of us can be both at the same time.’

8. Six of Crows: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo


‘The really bad monsters never look like monsters.’

9. Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling


‘It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.’

‘Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress? All of them realise that, one day, amongst their many victims, there is sure to be one that rises against them and strikes back.’

‘I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed – or worse, expelled.’

‘What’s coming’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.’

10.The Wicked Deep  by Shea Ernshaw


‘Magic is not always formed from words, from cauldrons brewing spices or black cats strolling down dark alleys. Some curses are manifested from desire or injustice.’

So there you have it – some of my favourite and most thought-provoking quotes from some of my favourite books. I would love to hear your thoughts on my list so please do tell me them in the comments and I can’t wait to read all of your lists too!


27 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday : Thought-provoking Book Quotes

  1. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz says:

    This is a brilliant list of quotes.

    I heard the HP quote today for the first time about the courage to stand up to friends. I’ve been thinking about that a lot since I first read it this morning. Such wisdom.

    ‘The really bad monsters never look like monsters.’ I love this one, too.

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