Tuesday, May 8, 2012

top ten Favorite Quotes from Books


....well, maybe a few more than TEN!

Featured Meme from The Broke and The Bookish

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”
Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!

“I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in F. W.

I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father's house this evening or never.”
Jane Austen, Persuasion

“I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“Elizabeth’s journey taught me I should listen to my brain and my heart and to neither exclusively.  Love does not demand perfection because imperfections make each of us unique.  Appearances can be false, and what is important comes from the inside.”
What Would Jane Austen Do? By Laurie Brown

“I will woo her with some spirit when she comes.  If she rails at me, why then I will tell her she sings as sweetly as a nightingale; and if she frowns, I will say she looks as clear as roses newly washed with dew.  If she will not speak a word,  I will praise the eloquence of her language; and if she bids me leave her, I will give her thanks as if she bid me stay with her a week.”
Tales from Shakespeare – Taming of the Shrew by Charles Lamb

That if adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen

He lowers his head and his lips touch mine.  His mouth presses softly, tender but firm, so that I have no doubt it’s happened.  Then I feel that same electric current, the one I felt that night at my house, only this time multiplied by a thousand.  My eyes snap shut, and I am transported like those people on Star Trek, blown into a million pieces and floating weightless through outer space.  And my brain begins to process what is happening: Jack is kissing Sheridan.
The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski

Because I know that I want to be here.  Even with the pain.  Even with the ugliness.  I’ve seen the other side – marching side by side down city streets with people who all believe they can change the world and the view of the sunset from Fridgehenge and Tom Waits lyrics and doing the waltz and kisses so hot they melt into each other and best friends who hold your hand and stretching out underneath a sky draped with stars and everything else.  There is so much beauty in just existing.  In being alive.  I don’t want to miss a second.
Saving June by Hannah Harrington

“I understood so much in those minutes,” he said.  “I felt love and I felt loved.  I was connected to everyone who has ever lived or died.  And we are connected, Julia, because even though we speak different languages and live in different places, we all experience the same joy and grief and anger and embarrassment and love.  Emotion is the only thing we all share, and it’s the only thing we take with us when we go.”
Skipping a Beat by Sarah Pekkanen

I tried to imagine an enchanted world where fairy godmothers existed with magic wands and fairy dust up their sleeves.  Brownies were the solid, chocolaty base of the food pyramid, my A-cups overflowth, and roaches worked like Roombas.  I felt my lips curling into a smile as I imagined the impossible, but that entire impossible world disappeared in an instant as my eyes flashed open, and I remembered that it wasn’t’ the imagining but the believing that got you in trouble.
 -Austentatious by Alyssa Goodnight

I remember the first time I saw real stars, through the hatch window.  They were beautiful then, but now, seeing them here, all around me, beautiful feels like an inadequate word.  I see the stars as a part of the universe, and having spent my life behind walls, suddenly having none fills me with both awe and terror.  Emotion courses through my veins, choking me.  I feel so insignificant, a tiny speck surrounded by a million stars.
A Million Suns by Beth Revis

After a frustrating half hour, I finally caught sight of a glamoured corpse head in the middle of a crowd waiting for the Ferris wheel.  He had his arm around a pretty young thing in an incredibly weather-inappropriate outfit that showed off her very slender, very blood-filled neck.  She stared at him in that vapid, intoxicated way employed only by women under a vamp’s control.  Or the way I sometimes get when faced with cupcakes.
Mmm. Cupcakes.
-Supernaturally by Kiersten White

“I created the OASIS because I never felt at home in the real world. I didn't know how to connect with the people there. I was afraid, for all of my life, right up until I knew it was ending. That was when I realized, as terrifying and painful as reality can be, it's also the only place where you can find true happiness. Because reality is real.”
Ernest Cline, Ready Player One

“That's what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you onto another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It's geometrically progressive-- all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.”
Annie Barrows, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society



6 comments:

  1. I LOVE the Dr. Seuss quote! Actually, that entire book is quotable! I really like that quote from "Guernsey" too! I've had that book on my TBR list for quite awhile.

    Thanks so much for participating this week! :)

    Jen at The Broke and the Bookish

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  2. Nice set of Austen quotes! And, I remember earmarking the page on the Guernsey book with the passage you quoted so that I could find it again. Love that quote--it really expresses the reading phenomemon for me and is the anthem of my reading life.

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  3. I have a mini copy of Oh, the Places You'll Go! which I often keep in my bag to read when I'm out and about. ♥

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    1. How Lucky! I would love to find a small copy of that for the purse. One of my favorite small books is The Precious Present.

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  4. The first one <3 I think I must write this down and pin it on my wall, just to be sure that I never forget it.

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