11 Inspiring Book Quotes (Part 1)


One of my favorite things to do is to hang out with my books–350 or so, give or take) and journal early on a Saturday morning. This past weekend, the autumn weather encouraged me to open the window in my library/office and listen to the feisty calls of the blue jays and mockingbirds.

Sitting quietly, my gaze fell upon my bookcases. So many terrific reads, so much wisdom. I decided to share some with you.

I pulled 22 books at random from the shelves, allowed my thumbs to find a page.

There were only two rules for my fun: 1) Open the book randomly, let my eyes scan the two pages, and if nothing spoke to me, close the book and put it back; 2) No double dipping with authors.

Following, in no order of importance are 22 quotes from 22 favorite books. The list soon grew large enough to break into Part 1 and Part 2. You get the first 11 today and the second 11 on Thursday. Enjoy!

Dwell much on this concept that life is lived from inside-out, and that you are a dynamic center in the creative flow which is God, and that you have a built-in capacity for health and success. ~ In the Flow of Life, Eric Butterworth

Reincarnation doesn’t help you if in your next incarnation you still don’t know who you are. ~ Stillness Speaks, Eckhart Tolle

My willingness to change was all I needed . . . I couldn’t conceal my issues in relationships any longer. It was time to shine light on the problem and be willing to release the ego’s stronghold. ~ Spirit Junkie, Gabrielle Bernstein

Help me this day to live a simple, sincere and serene life, repelling promptly anxiety, discouragement, impurity, and self-seeking; magnanimity, charity and the habit of holy silence, exercising economy in expenditure, generosity in giving, carefulness in conversation, diligence in appointed service, fidelity to every trust, and a childlike faith in God. ~ Patches of Godlight, Jan Karon (Father Tim’s Favorite Quotes, this one marked Forward, Day by Day)

One instant, you’re just a regular Joe, schlepping through your mundane life, and then suddenly–what is this?–nothing has changed, yet you feel stirred by grace, swollen with wonder, overflowing with bliss. Everything–for no reason whatsoever–is perfect. ~ Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert

I sometimes use awareness as a present participle, as if it were a verb: awarenessing. There is a particular flavor to saying it in this way which conveys a tonal feeling that is important for the cultivation of mindfulness. ~ Mindfulness for Beginners, Jon Kabat-Zinn

Just after I got sober, I met a wonderful couple, funny, charming intellectuals. They were spiritual in the same way I was and am, which is to say devout, with a sometimes bad attitude, a black sense of humor, and tendencies toward gossip and character assassination. We hit it off instantly. ~ Grace (Eventually), Thoughts on Faith, Anne Lamott

The spiritual journey involves going beyond hope and fear, stepping into unknown territory, continually moving forward. The most important aspect of being on the spiritual path may be to just keep moving.  ~ When Things Fall Apart, Pema Chodron

Over time I surrendered. I became wise in the ways of control. I had none. And it was good. ~ 10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place (and Staying There), Galen Pearl

What a wondrous kaleidoscope of contradictions, idiosyncrasies, and lovable qualities we women are. Many of the paradoxes and quirks we display actually serve to make us fun and interesting to be around. However, one contradiction that can only breed low self-esteem, discouragement and often depression is treating others with gentleness while heaping judgment on ourselves. You deserve and need your own gentle support and thrive best when you are your own trustworthy cheerleader. ~ The Mindful Woman, Sue Patton Thoele

What if that which feels like trouble, gravel in the mouth, is only that–feeling? What if faith says all is . . . I think it. But do I really mean it? ~ One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp

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  1. Suzie Cheel says:

    What a wonderful idea and i love some of the quotes that surprised you, thanks for sharing. Eric’s quotes spoke to me

  2. Elle says:

    I’m a quote junkie Beth and loved these. I totally resonated with Elizabeth Gilbert. I’ve had those ahas, not often enough, but I recognize that feeling. It’s wondrous and she put it in perfect words.

    Thanks for your picks Beth. 🙂

    • Beth says:

      A quote junkie! Love that! So glad you liked the list . . . more to come on Thursday!!

      Thanks for all you do to contribute to the quote world!

  3. Fran Sorin says:


    Love all of them. Am not surprised that several of the authors you quoted are ones with which I’m familiar. But Pema Chodron’s is the one that stood out for me at 4:45 am –
    “The spiritual journey involves going beyond hope and fear, stepping into unknown territory, continually moving forward. The most important aspect of being on the spiritual path may be to just keep moving.”

    Thanks for sharing! With gratitude- Fran

    • Beth says:

      My pleasure, Fran. Pema is a eternal favorite of mine . . . ever since my friend Galen Pearl suggested I read When Things Fall Apart after my mother died four years ago. I’m a huge fan!

      Hope all is well with you–those early mornings can be rough on the soul sometimes (not to mention the body!).

      Thanks for writing!

  4. Vidya Sury says:

    Beth, The old man and the sea is one of my all-time favorites. I remember reading it for the first time when I was around 19 years old and was stunned by the book.What always amazes me is how, when we get back to a book to read it again, we discover something new each time!

    You have great taste. And I loved the quotes too!Have a happy week!

    • Beth says:

      Thanks, Vidya! Here’s a secret: the photo is a small table my sweetie bought for my writing office! Each of the four “books” is a drawer–isn’t that cool? And speaking of Hemingway (a fave of mine too), that’s the name of my new Mini Countryman car. The folks at the dealership told me it’s a Mini tradition to name your vehicle. So there you have it!

      You’re exactly right about reading something different each time we go back to a book. I think that’s why I have so many and still prefer to read physical books.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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