Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different topic is posted inviting the participants to come up with a list of ten things to do with the topic.
This week’s topic is: ‘Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books (anything that inspires you, challenges you, makes you think, encourages you, etc.)’ I’m not always the best at remembering quotes from things I’ve read unless I write them down right away, but I’m sure I’ll manage to come up with ten that have inspired me over the years.
1. “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” (J.R.R. Tolkien in The Hobbit)
2. “Herein lies the most solemn challenge facing Christians who want to communicate their faith: if we do not live in a way that draws others to the faith rather than repels them, none of our words will matter.” (Philip Yancey in Vanishing Grace: Whatever Happened to the Good News?)
3. “Questions are not scary. What is scary is when people don’t have any. What is tragic is faith that has no room for them.” (Rob Bell in Velvet Elvis)
4. “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.'” (C.S. Lewis in The Great Divorce)
5. “If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?” (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956)
6. “What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore it knows it’s not fooling a soul.” (Neil Gaiman in American Gods)
7. “Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back. You’re done. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you want to have lunch with the person. If you keep hitting back, you stay trapped in the nightmare…” (Anne Lamott in Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith)
8. “A spiritual life without prayer is like the gospel without Christ.” (Henri Nouwen in Reaching Out)
9. “No matter how hard you try to be what you once were, you can only be what you are here and now.” (Ray Bradbury in Dandelion Wine)
10. “Stop trying to impress people with your clothes and impress them with your life.” (Richard J. Foster in Celebration of Discipline)