Top Ten Tuesday – Inspirational / Thought-Provoking Quotes

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I hope you all enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend if you’re in the UK!

I can’t remember the last time I actually wrote a Top Ten Tuesday. If you don’t already know, TTT is a weekly, list-themed book prompt hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme for this week is ‘Book Characters That Remind Me of Myself’. I’m not feeling particularly reflective this week so I thought I would take this opportunity to go back to last week’s topic ‘Inspirational/Thought-Provoking Book Quotes’ as I missed it and I adore quotes! As there are so many wonderful ones out there in the world, I decided to narrow down my search by thinking of my ultimate go-to authors and choosing my favourite quotes from them. Whilst they may not all be philosophical in the inspirational/thought-provoking category, I feel they’re still pretty special. There’s also a couple of random ones about libraries because what bookworm doesn’t love a good library…?
(Disclaimer: Pictures are not mine; I’ve tried to include sources where possible.)

  • “Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”
    ― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind (picture: quotefancy)2209903-Carlos-Ruiz-Zaf-n-Quote-Books-are-mirrors-you-only-see-in-them


  • “I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.”
    ― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane (picture: Risa Rodil)


  • “So many books, so little time.”
    ― Frank Zappa (Picture: Risa Rodil)


  • “All that is gold does not glitter,
    Not all those who wander are lost;
    The old that is strong does not wither,
    Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

    From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
    A light from the shadows shall spring;
    Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
    The crownless again shall be king.”
    ― R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring (Picture: Tee Public)


  • “Every book has a soul, the soul of the person who wrote it and the soul of those who read it and dream about it.”
    ― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Angel’s Game(Picture: Picture Quotes)


  • “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
    ― R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring (Picture: Pinterest)


  • “A Library is a hospital for the mind.”
    Anonymous (Picture: Pinterest)


  • “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
    ― K.Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Picture: TeePublic)



  • “We may sit in a library and yet be in all quarters of the Earth.”
    John Lubbock (Picture: from Pinterest)


What quotes do you find particularly inspirational / thought-provoking? Do you have any favourites? As always, drop me a comment to chat! 

T xx

One thought on “Top Ten Tuesday – Inspirational / Thought-Provoking Quotes

  1. It’s quite difficult to pick one quote since every quote has deep meaning 😊 “To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.” this quote caught my attention. Thank you Tilly for posting awe inspiring quotes 😊 Have a positive day


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