Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Favourite quotes from books

Posted September 29, 2020 by elzaread in Top Ten Tuesday / 38 Comments

It’s Tuesday and I was so hoping to have lots of time to do my Top Ten Tuesday post this week. We are on holiday and there are few extra hours in the day for blogging. Alas… The hours aren’t the problem – It’s the wifi and cellphone signals. Luckily we have old stock that can be revived. If I had to make a brand new post today, I would rather have left it. And Todays prompt is one of my favorite topics to talk about, that’s why I have my weekly fortnightly Wednesday Wisdom post. Ten Favourite Quotes from books. 

I’ve made this post over 3 years ago and some are still relevant. Would have been great to update it! But I have books to read today and a holiday to enjoy….Uploading one picture/link takes at least 10 minutes. So nope, let’s just enjoy the original ones! 

181868071. The One plus One by Jojo Moyes (this one is dedicated to those brainy guys who use numbers and equations to confuse us mere mortals )

The law of probability combined with the law of large numbers state that to break the odds, sometimes you have to repeat an event an increasing number of times in order to get you to the outcome you desire. The more you do, the closer you get. Or as I explain to Mom, basically sometimes you just have to keep going.

Nobody knows much about women, not even Freud, not even women themselves. But it’s like electricity: You don’t have to know how it works to get a shock. 

I still have a few more from this book. Used it for my very first Wednesday Wisdom post. Wednesday Wisdom from The Shadow of the Wind

The words you can’t find, you borrow. In the end we are all collected works. He has read enough to know there are no collections where each story is perfect. Some hits, some misses. If you’re lucky, a standout. And in the end, people only really remember the standouts. 

Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, insist upon it and sometimes even travel around the world for it. Once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. 

I’ve used the very talented Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest novel also for a Wednesday Wisdom post. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

Time is more precious than gold, more precious than diamonds, more precious than oil or any valuable treasure. It is time that we do not have enough of. It is time that causes the war within our hearts and so we must spend it wisely. Time cannot be packaged and ribboned and left under trees for Christmas morning. Time can’t be given. But it can be shared.


When you pray, you know that you want something. That is always the first step: To let yourself know that you want something, that you yearn for it. Sometimes that’s the hardest thing to do, because you have to have courage to know what you desire. You have to have courage to acknowledge that you are unhappy without it. And sometimes you have to find courage to know that it was your folly or your wrongdoing which lost it. 

One of the beauties of Jungle Law is that punishment settles all scores. There is no nagging afterwards.

Imagine if humans can learn that. 


To live everyday as if it had bee stolen from death, that is how I would like to live. To separate oneself from the burden, the angst, the anguish that we all encounter everyday. To say ‘I am alive, I am wonderful. I am, I am’. When I am a person, that is how I will live my life.

2728527This one also made it to Wednesday Wisdom from The Art of Racing in the Rain

That’s what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book and that tiny thing will lead you on to another book and another bit there will lead you on to a third book. It is geometrically progressive. All with no end in sight and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment. 

2254548010. The Rabit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen (this one is dedicated to all South Africans and all other countries across the world, who is suffering under the strain of  drought)

Let’s think about the rain. Little spheres of water falling from the sky. They’re harmless. Do you think that water only belongs in lakes and ponds and rivers, in pipes and bath tubs? What troubles we go to, building ourselves waterproof roofs, clothes, umbrellas, all to keep from having anything to do with water. We try so hard to separate ourselves from it. But we are made from water. You are and so am I. Water is flowing through us all the time. Is water God? It is certainly life at least. Life has its source in water.

What’s your favorite quotes from books? Remember to link up with Jana from That Arsty Reader Girl and share your favorite book quotes.
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38 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Favourite quotes from books

  1. What a lovely list. To be honest I probably wouldn't have recognised them off the top of my head but I have read five of these.
    Lynn 😀

    • Hi Greg! Thanks! We are having a wonderful holiday! The Internet is just really bad, but I promise to tell all on Sunday if we are back early enough.

    • I saw that yes! I love both titles for that book as well, both are so apt. The storied life of AJ Fikry and The Collected Works of AJ Fikry. Yes, we are all Collected works.

    • Keep on going on. That's very much my all time motto yes. We went for a walk in the forest on Tuesday that ended up being 18km's (about 11 miles) and my husband started complaining and I just said we need to keep going! We can't stop. We need to get through. He thought I was being very philosophical, I was actually just being straight forward! Ha ha ha!
      But that's the way to approach life. Just keep going.

    • Hi Hayden! Glad you also liked the Eat Pray Love quote. I think people got "tired" of that one after all the hype, but that quote is and will remain relevant.

  2. The quote about water hit me the hardest. We don't (and we won't) understand the important of water till it's gone. That's the saddest part.

    • Hi Susan! I find it very hard to understand that some people didn't like it. This was one of your Book Club books last year somewhere and a few ladies didn't like it. I loved it and the quotes from that little book is so memorable!