Top Ten Most Inspirational Characters
1. Mary Matalin and James Carville, All’s Fair in Love and War and Running for President
In fairness, they aren’t fictional characters…however they are the first people that jumped in my mind when I read Top Ten Inspirational Characters. I loved this book. I love that both Mary and James are FIERCELY loyal to each other and to their own partisan political persuasion. Hot hot hot!
2. Dagny Taggart, Atlas Shrugged
She thought: To find a feeling that would hold, as their sum, as their final expression, the purpose of all the things she loved on earth . . . To find a consciousness like her own, who would be the meaning of her world, as she would be of his . . . No, not Francisco d’Anconia, not Hank Rearden, not any man she had ever met or admired . . . A man who existed only in her knowledge of her capacity for an emotion she had never felt, but would have given her life to experience.
3. Liesel Meminger, The Book Thief
“I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”
4. Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice
“Only the deepest love will persuade me into matrimony which is why I shall end up an old maid.”
5. The Tree, The Giving Tree
“Well,” said the tree, straightening herself up as much as she could, “well, an old stump is good for sitting and resting. Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest.” And the boy did. And the tree was happy.
6. Anne Shirley, Anne of Green Gables
“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
“If I be waspish, best beware my sting!”
“If I was wrong in yielding to persuasion once, remember that it was to persuasion exerted on the side of safety, not of risk. When I yielded, I thought it was to duty; but no duty could be called in aid here. “
10. The Alchemist, The Alchemist
“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”