This weeks Top Ten Tuesday theme is bookish quotes. Today I’ll be sharing a handful of my favorite tidbits from Books. While I’m sure there are more quotes out there that I could put here, I realized as I was trying to compile this post that I do not have a good system for keeping track of quotes. In fact, this topic really makes me regret not having utilized the quotes feature on Goodreads before. Something that I suspect will be changing in the very near future.
For now, here are five of my favorite bookish lines.
1. “And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.” From The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Of course this HAS to be number one – after all I have this quote tattooed on me as it stuck with me always once I read Perks as a teen.
2. “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” From Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The irony of this quote from P&P is not just how true it is for bookworms all over, but that the statement is made by none other than Miss Bingley in her attempts to garner the attentions of one Mr. Darcy who’s not even remotely interested and ends up with a true bookworm of his own. Classy.
3. “On the night before she had left Moscow, when Sofia had expressed her distress at what her father wanted her to do, he had attempted to console her with a notion. He had said that our lives are steered by uncertainties, many of which are disruptive or even daunting; but that if we persevere and remain generous of heart, we may be granted a moment of supreme lucidity – a moment in which all that has happened to us suddenly comes into focus as a necessary course of events, even as we find ourselves on the threshold of a bold new life that we had been meant to lead all along.” From A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. This book is full of quotes just as thought-provoking as this one and it is truly one of the best books I have ever read. It’s been about 2.5 years since I first read it and I still think about it regularly.
4. “I’d found my person. She was the foundation. She was the thing that all other things are built on. Everything was secondary to being with her. It didn’t matter where I worked or if I liked my job, where I lived or how many kids I had. My happiness, my sanity, my well-being – it all started with her. And now that I knew that, I didn’t want to just be her boyfriend – I wanted everything.” From The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez. This book is easily one of the top five romances I have ever read while taking on difficult topics regarding health issues and loss with a sense of competency (for lack of a better word) unlike anything else I’ve read. Plus, it’s just sweet.
5. “The truth was no one, no one, knew fear like muses. Fear was an operation of the imagination, the ability to see an empty space and imagine. Imagine what might be there, the possibilities filling in what reality left blank. To be afraid was an exercise of self-inspired suffering, and Brevity wore inspiration in her skin.” From The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith. Even though I’ve been taking my sweet sweet time to read this book and still haven’t picked it up to finish, this one is full of great quotes and one-liners.
Have you read any of these? What are some of your favorite bookish tidbits?
Until next time, Happy Reading!
I’ve definitely seen (and mostly liked) ‘Perks…’ and I *think* I might have read the book – probably.
Obviously read & adored P&P. That book *drips* with quotable passages! I saw the Kiera Knightly version with a female friend of mine @ the largest screen of our local multiplex. I think there were about 10 guys spread around HUNDREDS of women of all ages. When D’Arcy came out of the mist near the end the WHOLE audience sighed. I laughed (afterwards) a LOT!
I have ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’ but haven’t read it yet. I think I’ll read his other (earlier?) one first.
Haven’t read or even heard of the other two!
I actually haven’t watched the movie for Perks yet, mostly because I’m so afraid of being disappointed, but Emma Watson is in it so I don’t actually think it can be bad. I just have this mental block. I did LOVE the book though.
And, yes – P&P is very quotable. I’m due a re-read of that soon now that I think about it. It’s been a few years, lol. I can imagine the collective sigh at the theater, but I will say my favorite part of that movie is the hand scene after Mr. Darcy hands Elizabeth into the carriage.
I do plan to read Towles’ other books as well – A Gentleman in Moscow was amazing so I hope to enjoy his other books just as much. Not sure what order I’ll go in though. I can’t plan that far ahead!
The Friend Zone is not your speed I don’t think, lol… But The Library of the Unwritten is amazing! The main character is the Librarian in Hell where all of the books that are never finished being written end up. Very intriguing premise, plus there’s a battle using literary quotes. I don’t have a bad thing to say about it…. yet at least. I have to finish it first!
I like that Pride and Prejudice quote.
My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-humorous-quotes-from-books/
Same. I’m just not good about writing down the quotes I love. I also should make better use (or any use at all) of the GR quotes feature. I do sometimes take pictures of quotes I like with my phone, but then I always forget about them. LOL.