Top Ten Tuesday: Patriotic Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

July 4: Patriotic Quotes

The ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish are taking some much deserved time away from their Top Ten Tuesday list but that doesn’t mean we have to.  If inspiration strikes me over the next few weeks I’m going to continue to share lists here at Read What I Like.

This week since Tuesday is our Independence Day here in The United States I thought it would be fitting to share some patriotic (ish) quotes that I enjoy.  Warning I am a very left-leaning progressive liberal so these quotes are going to reflect my current thoughts about our all Republican lead government.  Not trying to start a fight but just keep in mind any right-wing readers that you bitched and moaned over every single thing Obama did for eight years so suck it up and deal with a little criticism.  Resistance was built into the constitution and is one of the most patriotic things a citizen can do besides vote.

A bonus quote for after my preachy intro there: Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”  ~Bernard M. Baruch

Ten patriotic quotes to inspire resistance to tyranny.

  1. “God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right, even though I think it is hopeless” ~Chester Nimitz
  2. “Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth” ~Albert Einstein
  3. “It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority” ~Benjamin Franklin
  4. “Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed.  If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.” ~ William Faulkner
  5. “People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people” ~ Alan Moore, V for Vendetta
  6. “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
  7. “No Matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels.  Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.” ~ Barbara Ehrenreich
  8. “The greatest purveyor of violence in the world: My own Government, I can not be Silent.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
  9. “Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.” ~Oscar Wilde
  10. “Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.~George Orwell, 1984

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!  Happy Independence Day.


Top Ten Tuesday: Quote Me.

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Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular blog meme, Top Ten Tuesday.  This week they ask us to share lists on:

November 17: Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So

Now I am excited to share with you some of my favorite lines from the books I’ve loved over the year I must confess that it usually needs to be a pretty remarkable quote for me to even remember the line.  I’ve always been so impressed by those that can quote literature in conversation, but sadly I am not one of those people… But, fortunately for me and probably many of you the good people over at Goodreads have lists of popular quotes that are easily search through by book or author.  So lets see what clever, funny, or poignant lines I can pull from the books I’ve read this year.  Yep. The Martian is going to be on the list, promise to keep it to one quote though.  Now, shall we begin? (what line is that from? 10 points to those who can tell me in the comments)   Ooo, that give me a great idea!!!  Lets play a game.  I’ll post the covers of the books I pull quotes from and then you can match up the lines to the books in the comments.

Top ten lines I loved from books I’ve read this year.

  1. “Sooner or later the Narrative will come for each of us.”

  2. “Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.”

  3. “After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her.”

  4. “If a hiker gets lost in the mountains, people will coordinate a search. If a train crashes, people will line up to give blood. If an earthquake levels a city, people all over the world will send emergency supplies. This is so fundamentally human that it’s found in every culture without exception. Yes, there are assholes who just don’t care, but they’re massively outnumbered by the people who do.”

  5. “How impossible, though, to turn one’s back on all the horrors in the world; there had to be another way to live.”

  6. “Every new event—everything I did for the rest of my life—would only separate us more and more: days she was no longer a part of, an ever-growing distance between us. Every single day for the rest of my life, she would only be further away.”

  7. “Money is not the secret to happiness,”

  8. “I know not with what weapons World War Three will be fought. But I know that World War Four will be fought with sticks and stones.”


  10. “…her dearest friends are characters in books.”


Now for the books I’ve pulled from, answers will be posted tomorrow.

A.The Martian B. The Immortal Who Loved Me (Argeneau, #21)

C. The Diary of Adam and Eve  D.A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

E.Shadows Strike (Immortal Guardians, #6) F. Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson, #8)

G.Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3) H. The Goldfinch

I.California  J.Redshirts

Answers: 1-J, 2-D, 3-C, 4-A, 5-I, 6-H, 7-B, 8-E, 9-F, 10-G

Top Ten Tuesday: Quotes

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Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish


Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular blog meme, Top Ten Tuesday.  This week they ask us to share:

April 14: Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books (anything that inspires you, challenges you, makes you think, encourages you, etc.)

This should be a fun week of lists.  Here are ten of my favorite quotes from books and/or authors.

  1. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” -Dr. Seuss: I’ve lost most of my family and numerous pets.  This helps remind me to remember the love.
  2. “You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” -Jonathan Safran Foer:  This quote for the same reason.
  3. “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.” -Sherrilyn Kenyon: I’ve always loved these words of wisdom that Acheron often shares.
  4. “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”-J.K. Rowlings from Harry Potter and the Chamber off Secrets:  This is a great reminder to make choices for the greater good. That we can be anyone we want to be, so choose to be someone you respect.
  5. “Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself…” – C.S. Lewis, The four Loves:  This is one of the reasons I love social media and over-sharing.  When we are honest and share how we truly feel it makes others realize they are not the only one and helps bring the world closer together.  Creates empathy.
  6. “Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not.  Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness.  Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” – George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones: This is such an important thing to keep in mind.  If we learn to accept ourselves and love our personality, body, everything about ourselves no one can use that to make us feel bad about ourselves.
  7. “Fear cuts Deeper than Swords.” – George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones:  Often the fear of something is so much worse than the actual thing or event we fear.
  8. “That took balls.” “Please,” I said with a snort, “that took ovaries. Of which I have two.” -Darynda Jones, First Grave on the Right: Had to throw some fun ones on the list.  This is one of my favorites from the Charley Davidson series.
  9. “Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum.  Duct tape works anywhere.  Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped.” -Andy Weir, The MartianAnother fun one from an excellent fun read.
  10. “Winter is Coming.” George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones: This is such a great reminder to be prepared.

This list was more difficult than I thought, mainly because it was so hard to pick just ten!  What are your favorite quotes?