An inspirational quote works like a balm when our normal motivation seems to be exhausted. A great inspiring quote is a ray of sunshine on a dull day.
So, I wanted to compile a little list of inspirational quotes from books for the ‘bibliotherapy series’ that I write every month. In the earlier posts, I have written about books that have a therapeutic impact, leaving positive energy with the readers. Often while reading such inspirational and wonderful books, you find getting drawn to certain lines, jotting them down in your journals as these quotes inspire you long after turning that last page of the book. Sometimes the path is in reverse, the great quotes you read randomly lead you to pick up some great books.
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
– To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
“Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone … just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”
– The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
– Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
“I don’t understand it any more than you do, but one thing I’ve learned is that you don’t have to understand things for them to be.”
– A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
“That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.”
– Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
“There is a loneliness that can be rocked. Arms crossed, knees drawn up, holding, holding on, this motion, unlike a ship’s, smooths and contains the rocker. It’s an inside kind — wrapped tight like skin. Then there is the loneliness that roams. No rocking can hold it down. It is alive. On its own. A dry and spreading thing that makes the sound of one’s own feet going seem to come from a far-off place.”
– Beloved by Toni Morrison
“I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way.”
– Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
“I was told love should be unconditional. That’s the rule, everyone says so. But if love has no boundaries, no limits, no conditions, why should anyone try to do the right thing ever? If I know I am loved no matter what, where is the challenge?”
– Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
“I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long, I will stay with you. If you need the medication again, go ahead and take it—I will love you through that, as well. If you don’t need the medication, I will love you, too. There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than Depression and I am braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me.”
– Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
“They say you really appreciate a garden only once you reach a certain age … There seems to be something miraculous about seeing the relentless optimism of new growth after the bleakness of winter, a kind of joy in the difference every year.”
– Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Hope you felt inspired by these quotes!
It is always a great idea to print an inspirational quote and paste it near your work desk or at home (maybe on the fridge magnet). This way every time you feel low or let down, you can look at the quote and get inspired.
You can also take these quotes as writing prompts to integrate READING therapy with WRITING therapy and see the wonderful outcome on your mind’s landscape.
This post is a part of my series for Blogchatter’s ‘Blogging with a Purpose’ #CauseAChatter.