Top Ten Tuesday: Quotes From Books I’ve Read!

Posted by Steph on May - 27 - 2013

Top Ten Quotes From Books I’ve Read Thus Far

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I love finding quotes worth saving and remembering within books.  It’s like finding buried treasure.  Every time you recall the quote it’ll bring a smile to your face or a tear to your eye for some reason or other. And they can mean completely different things to everyone. It’s wonderful! So here are 10 of my favorite quotes (not all of them of course… I don’t really have a ranking system and they speak to me differently at different times):

The AlchemistThe Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo

People say strange things, the boy thought.  Sometimes it’s better to be with the sheep, who don’t say anything.  And better still to be alone with one’s books.  They tell their incredible stories at the time when you want to hear them.  But when you’re talking to people they say some things that are so strange that you don’t know how to continue the conversation.

The Invention of Hugo CabretThe Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

 “Did you ever notice that all machines are made for some reason?” he asked Isabelle.  “They are built to make you laugh, like the mouse here, or tell the time, like clocks, or to fill you with wonder, like the automaton.  Maybe that’s why a broken machine always makes me a little sad, because it isn’t able to do what it was meant to do.

“You know, machines never have any extra parts.  They have the exact same number and type of parts they need.  So I figure if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason.  And that means you have to be here for some reason too.”

The Count of Monte CristoThe Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

   …and never forget that until the day when God deigns to unveil the future to mankind, all human wisdom is contained in these two words: ‘wait’ and ‘hope’.

Mansfield ParkMansfield Park by Jane Austen

It was a gloomy prospect, and all that she could do was to throw a mist over it, and hope when the mist cleared away, she could see something else.

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne CollinsGregor the Overlander by Suzanne  Collins 

Even if times got bad, he would never again deny himself the possibility that the future might be happy even if the present was painful. He would allow himself dreams.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.

Sisterhood Everlasting (Sisterhood, #5)Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

You get older and you learn there is one sentence just four worlds long and if you can say it to yourself it offers more comfort than almost any other. It goes like this… Ready ” “Ready.” “At least I tried.”

The Woman Who Died a Lot (Thursday Next, #7)The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde

“Do I have to talk to insane people?”
“You’re a librarian now. I’m afraid it’s mandatory.”

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

“It had flaws, but what does that matter when it comes to matters of the heart? We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.”

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13 Responses so far.

  1. Fun topic, my favorite is that quote from Mansfield Park, I need to read the book soon! 🙂 My TTT is Fictional Places I’d Love to Vacation:

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  2. nikihawkes says:

    I love the one you chose for Wise Man’s Fear. I really need to get around to reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone – I will probably get to it about the same time you pick up Graceling. 😉

  3. Nikki says:

    Oh man, these quotes are all incredible…… I’m adding a BUNCH of these to my TBR based on this list alone, lol! Great topic!

  4. auntadadoom says:

    Great list. I’m glad to see Gregor the Overlander getting some love — I feel like it gets overshadowed by The Hunger Games, but it’s a truly great series in its own right.

    I did mine on books about people who read — including an Austen and a Fforde.

    • Steph says:

      I did love Gregor the Overlander! It actually had great messages throughout the story and it was exciting. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  5. These are gorgeous. I haven’t read any of the books yet but many are on my TBR pile waiting to be picked up.

  6. While The Count of Monte Cristo wasn’t my favorite read, it is amazingly quotable. Fforde’s books even more so — I have to stifle the urge to read entire swaths of it aloud to anyone who is near me. 🙂

    Have you ever thought about making yourself a Commonplace book? It’s just a little blank book you fill with quotes that strike you at different times. I’ve kept one since middle school, and it’s fun to go back and see how my tastes have changed.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    • Steph says:

      No, I haven’t but that’s a great idea! At the moment I just take pictures of the quotes I like on my phone because I’m so lazy.
      The Count of Monte Cristo was doozy to read it took me a very long time to finish it, but I felt a sense of accomplishment when it was done 🙂 And Fforde is a genius. I laugh like crazy all by myself reading his books…

  7. rqpanda says:

    Omg! That quote from The Woman who Died A Lot made me laugh out loud!
    Like you, I’ve found myself remembering awesome quotes from books (and then ending up ruffling/skimming the whole book again so I can add them to my reviews!).