TOP TEN TUESDAY: Inspirational/Thought-Provoking Book Quotes

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Hi y’all and happy Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s theme is quite a challenge for me, because there’s not many inspirational or thought provoking quotes in romance and smut. At least not the once I’ve read!! So instead I’ll be going with some of my favourite quotes, from books/movies/songs etc. which might also help me finish the tag for 3 Quotes, 3 Days Tag Day.




“Name one hero who was happy.”

I considered. Heracles went mad and killed his family; Theseus lost his bride and father; Jason’s children and new wife were murdered by his old; Bellerophon killed the Chimera but was crippled by the fall from Pegasus’ back.

“You can’t.” He was sitting up now, leaning forward.

“I can’t.”

“I know. They never let you be famous AND happy.” He lifted an eyebrow. “I’ll tell you a secret.”

“Tell me.” I loved it when he was like this.

“I’m going to be the first.” He took my palm and held it to his. “Swear it.”

“Why me?”

“Because you’re the reason. Swear it.”

“I swear it,” I said, lost in the high color of his cheeks, the flame in his eyes.

“I swear it,” he echoed.

We sat like that a moment, hands touching. He grinned.

“I feel like I could eat the world raw.” The Song of Achilles




“Have you any idea how much my kingdom has swollen in this past century alone, how many subdivisions I’ve had to open?”

I opened my mouth to respond, but Hares was on a roll now.

“More security ghouls” he moaned. “Traffic problems at the judgement pavilion. Double overtime for the staff. I used to be a rich god, Percy Jackson. I control all the precious metals under the earth. But my expenses!”

“Charon wants a pay raise,” I blurted, just remembering the fact. As soon as I said it, I wished I could sew up my mouth.

“Don’t get me started on Charon!” Hared yelled. “He’s been impossible ever since he discovered Italian suits! Problems everywhere, and I’ve got to handle all of them personally. The commute time alone from the palace to the gates is enough to drive me insane! And the dead just keep arriving. No, godling. I need no help getting subjects! I did not ask for this war.” The Lightning Thief




I wrote this song a few days later. I was only fourteen years old then. I never performed it in public or let anyone hear it – but when I read the script for ‘Scampered,’ I knew the song that meant so much to me belonged to Arthur, the mouse.

“I don’t know if the man who inspired my song is watching tonight. I’m not going to call him out by name because I don’t know if he’d want that. But if you are watching, thank you, for making me believe that it was okay to be me. And to everyone else out there, I’ll pass on his wisdom, no matter how hard it is, always be true to yourself, just be you” Just Be You




My epiphany has been that none of you deserve me. You can look. You can fantasize. Like I’ve had to. Try bring home a woman, and I’ll make farting noises while wearing a dolphin costume and acting like I’m humping each of you. See how long you can hold an erection then. Four Psychos




Cerberus Spot

Now that is thought provoking!!




It lies in all of us.
Sleeping… waiting…
And though unwanted, unbidden, it will stir…
Open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us… guides us.
Passion rules us all.
And we obey.
What other choice do we have?
Passion is the source of our finest moments.
The joy of love… the clarity of hatred… the ecstasy of grief.
It hurts sometimes more than we can bear.
If we could live without passion, maybe we’d know some kind of peace.
But we would be hollow.
Empty rooms, shuttered and dank.
Without passion, we’d be truly dead.” – BUFFY




“Jude is the only one awake. He never really slept as deeply as the other three, and I’m fairly sure he resents the hell out of all of them for sleeping as well as they have. And he resents me for my wicked vagina voodoo. My milkshake brings all the boys to naptime…Yeah, that’s not how that song goes. The song is a lot sexier, but beggars can’t be choosers.” Three Trials



“I…have no idea what to say. Kidnapping a girl and showering her with dead bodies as roses is not something I can adjust to at all. Nope.” Gypsy’s Blood




(Maybe that’s what emojis were invented for in the first place, and I’ve just been using them wrong. They’re not there to convey thoughts in a fun way; they’re there to lie to your mum.) I Owe You One




I’m sure there’s a million and one more quotes I love, but as of right now  I can’t think of any others that should be included. And that’s why I’m only doing a Top Nine Tuesday post, it just doesn’t have the same ring to it!!


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Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post? If so, feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out 🙂 What are your favourite book quotes? Let’s talk in the comments!

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7 thoughts on “TOP TEN TUESDAY: Inspirational/Thought-Provoking Book Quotes”

    1. Ha ha yeah, SoA seems to creep up for me all the time. Even when I sit down and try to not use it, it just won’t leave me alone 😛

      Ah Spot, one of my favourite facts. Who knew?! And the Buffy one has been on my mind since the early 2000’s. Just kind of hauntingly beautiful and indeed thought-provoking.

      I’ll hop over and check yours out asap 😀


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