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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Kay's Top 10 Most Inspiring Quotes From Books...a look back to the younger set because sometimes children's books say it best!!



This is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where bloggers relate their "top ten" of a certain topic.  This week's topic - Top 10 Inspiring Quotes From Books (anything that inspires you, challenges you, makes you think, encourages you).  I love this week's topic and in order to give my top 10, I took a look back at what are often considered children's books.  You know, sometimes so-called "children's" books have some very, very wise sayings.  Five are from Harry Potter books and five are found in Dr. Seuss books - plus there is a bonus entry.  Here's what I found, first from Harry Potter:



There are all kinds of courage.  It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.
~~Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone~~

It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.
~~Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone~~



It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
~~Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets~~



If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
~~Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire~~

Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort.  Remember Cedric Diggory.  
~~Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire~~


Here's what I found in the wisdom of Dr. Seuss:



It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
It could be his head wasn't screwed on just right.
But I think that the most likely reason of all
May have been that his heart was two sizes too small.
~~How the Grinch Stone Christmas~~



A person's a person no matter how small.
~~Horton Hears a Who!~~

We've GOT to make noises in greater amounts!
So, open your mouth, lad!  For every voice counts!
~~Horton Hears a Who!~~



I know up on top you are seeing great sights,
But down here on the bottom,
We too should have rights.
~~Yertle the Turtle~~



You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don't.
Because, sometimes, you won't.
~~Oh, The Places You'll Go!~~


And just for a bonus entry, this quote is from one of my daughter's favorite books when she was a wee one.  It's by Judith Viorst and says:



It's been a TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY.  My mom says some days are like that.  Even in Australia.
~~Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day~~


So what are some of your favorite quotes that inspire you or motivate you or get you going?  Share, share! 


76 comments:

  1. Some brilliant quotes especially those from Dr Seuss that made me nostalgic for those days when bedtime included a dose from this genius!

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    1. Some are very wise indeed, right?

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  2. Those are great quotes, Kay! I absolutely think there are many, many wise quotes in children's books. I often find myself inspired and/or enlightened as well reading them to my girls.

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    1. We should all reread Dr. Seuss - and I'm not kidding. :-)

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  3. Oh yes, the great wisdom in children's books! Love it.

    Here are my inspiring quotes from books!

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    1. Well, you would know, right? LOL

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  4. “People laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas, you have to use big words to express them, haven't you?” Anne of Green Gables

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    1. Love this!!! And thanks for sharing it! I'll try to think of some suitable big words.

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  5. What great choices, Kay! Now I want to reread all of those books for the wisdoms included in plot and poetry!

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  6. I really love the quote by Dr. Seuss

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    1. I do too. Makes me want to go read all his books again.

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  7. So many good ones!! Great list.

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  8. What a great idea, Kay! Harry Potter is full of great quotes and Dr. Seuss books are as well. Such good lessons in all of those.

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    1. There are a lot of wise lessons here. I loved finding them.

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  9. Love this! Dr. Seuss always says it best :)

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    1. That Dr. Seuss - a wise man. In rhyme. LOL

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    1. I love Harry too. Some of my favorite books.

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  11. These are perfect!! How could I have forgotten Alexander? I quote that one at least once a week! Love the Seuss quotes and of course Harry Potter is wonderful. I didn't realize how many great quotes there were from HP until today.

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    1. That Alexander book doesn't live with me anymore. It lives at my grown daughter's house. LOL

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  12. Love that you used Harry Potter and Dr. Suess! Great quotes and thanks for stopping by Between The Spine!

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    1. I had a good time with this topic!

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  13. I love these children's books...and I am especially fond of the Alexander books. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was a staple in my home, with my kids and then my grandkids. I love the illustrations...and at one point, I photocopied some of them to put on my bulletin board at work, as my colleagues and I could see comparisons between his day and some of our worst ones. LOL

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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    1. How fun that you copies some of poor Alexander's situations. That book used to make me laugh and laugh.

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  14. Awesome picks! Love them all :)

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  15. Hi Kay!
    I really like that's you've chosen to do it about children books, it's so true what you said. My favourites from your list are:
    - the last Harry Potter one (Goblet of Fire)
    - Hortons every voice counts!

    The one from your daughter is also very cute :D Great list!
    Amy from anovelstart.com

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    1. Dr. Seuss has lots of wisdom hidden in his rhymes.

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  16. Awww what a great list! I'm such a sucker for all of these quotes, especially the first from Sorcerer's Stone and the first from Horton Hears a Who. Brings back so many memories!

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    1. Harry Potter and Dr. Seuss - a good team.

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  17. You are so right! Children's books have so many wise sayings in them. I have always loved Harry Potter for all the wonderful quotes. I can still vividly remember the ones you stated here.

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    1. I know. I had the same reaction.

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  18. Love that you chose those books for your quotes. So much wisdom. Thanks for coming by.

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    1. There are a lot of wise sayings here, right? And kids don't even realize what they are absorbing. :-)

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  19. Fabulous list. I'm glad you love Dr.Seuss as much as I do. :-) Thank you for stopping by my blog earlier.

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    1. Dr. Seuss is the best. For all ages.

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  20. I love the Grinch quote. My dad loves that book and read it to me so many times when I was younger.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Amanda

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    1. How nice to have that memory with your Dad. :-)

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  21. I actually think the best wisdom comes from children's books. And children are sometimes more receptive than adults. All HP quotes should be framed.

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    1. Kids are like little sponges, soaking all this up without even realizing it.

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  22. Love those Harry Potter quotes!

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  23. These are great quotes, Kay! Children's books often have such wise sayings. And I remember my kids reading Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Definitely a picturebook classic!

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    1. Absolutely. I loved that Alexander book. Like real life - especially the gum in his hair. LOL

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  24. Children's books are the best!

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  25. Dr. Seuss and HP! A great combination of wisdom :)

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  26. I love your Harry Potter and Dr. Seuss theme! All of these quotes are great and you have some of my most favorite Rowling quotes! Great list! :D

    My TTT
    Alex @ The Book Banner

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  27. Love the Dr. Seuss quotes! I would love to reread his books now and catch all his wise words, and of course I love the Harry Potter quotes!
    Thanks for stopping by The Local Muse

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    1. I know what you mean. I feel the same way about rereading Dr. Seuss.

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  28. 'If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.' I completely forgot about this quote, so thanks for reminding me! This is a great list.

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  29. I love all these quotes!
    I almost picked a few of the Harry Potter ones, but I convinced myself to stick with just one quote per author. "It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." is definitely a favourite.

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    1. And it is a true sentiment, I think.

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  30. That was a good idea, having 5 Harry Potter quotes :) I tried my best just to have one, but it was so hard choosing! It's just so very quotable...
    Thanks for visiting Addlepates and Book Nerds!

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    1. Yes, I just decided to limit to 5. Guess I could have had all of them HP or all Dr. Seuss. Plenty of material to work with. LOL

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  31. Oh all those Harry Potter quotes ♥♥♥ That entire series is just so darn quotable, we could literally do a TTT every week with quotes just from those books XD And who doesn't love Dr. Seuss?! :) I seriously adored ALL your quotes^^ GREAT post! And thanks for stopping by mine yesterday! New follower via Bloglovin' ;)

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

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    1. I know. There were several more I could have included. And the same for Dr. Seuss.

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  32. Those are some of my favorite Harry Potter quotes. Thanks for sharing them!

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    1. You are welcome! Glad everyone enjoyed them. I had fun looking for them.

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  33. I love Dr Seuss. These are brilliant!

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    1. Thanks! Had a good time with them.

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  34. I especially like the quote from H. P. about take a look at how a man treats his inferiors, not his equals. It's practically Biblical! I like how you took your quotes from children's books. There was a recent email in my box about the eleven best children's books of all times, and I was thrilled, though not surprised, to see Charlotte's Web at the number one place. But, of course! That book is filled with wisdom (in my opinion).

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    1. You are right - it is practically Biblical. Yes, I think that there is a lot of wisdom in children's books and aren't we glad of that?

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  35. My dad used to read us Yertle the Turtle and then we'd act it out so it always really stayed with me. I think it was a brilliant way to teach us an important lesson!

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    1. I agree and I think that Yertle is a lesser known Seuss book. It's a good one though.

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  36. Wonderful quotes! Especially the HP ones and "A person's a person, no matter how small." I've always loved Horton!

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    1. Thanks, Lark! Yes, Dr. Seuss was quite the wise one.

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