My first thought when I saw this was how can I pick ONE favourite quote? Are they mad?
My second thought was, EVERYTHING TOLKIEN AN ROWLING.
Yeah, I’m not predictable, nu-uh.
It is only within the last year or so that I have started collecting quotes, which is probably a good thing because if I’d been doing it for longer this would be a full on essay! So this post is basically an eclectic mix of quotes I love, a few have been mentioned on the blog before in reviews or my meme Quoting the Quill, while others are entirely new. I hope you enjoy. 🙂
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky:
‘We accept the love we think we deserve’.
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling:
“The truth.” Dumbledore sighed. “It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.” (The Philosopher’s Stone)
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” (The Philosopher’s Stone)
“Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.” (The Order of the Phoenix)
Emma by Jane Austen:
‘She looked back as well as she could; but it was all confusion. She had taken up the idea she supposed and made everything bend to it.’
‘Seldom, very seldom dies complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken.’
The Help by Kathryn Stockett:
‘Write about what disturbs you, particularly if it bothers no one else.’
Great Expectation by Charles Dickens:
I resolved to tell my gaurdian that I doubted Orlick being the right sort of man to fill a post of trust at Miss Havisham’s. ‘Why of course he is not the right sort of man, Pip,’ said my guardian, comfortably satisfied beforehand on the general head, ‘because the man who fills the post of trust never is the right sort of man.’
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald:
‘He talked a lot about the past, and I gathered that he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy. His life had been confused and disordered since then, but if he could once return to a certain starting place and go over it all slowly, he could find out what that thing was…’
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien:
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for us to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”
‘All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken:
The crownless again shall be king.’
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson:
‘As I walk through the redwood trees, my sneakers sopping up days of rain, I wonder why bereaved people even bother with mourning clothes, when grief itself provides such an unmistakable wardrobe.’
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë:
“The thing that irks me most is this shattered prison, after all. I’m tired, tired of being enclosed here. I’m wearying to escape into that glorious world, and to be always there: not seeing it dimly through tears and yearning for it through the walls of an aching heart, but really with it, and in it.”
The Black Magicians’ Trilogy by Trudi Canavan:
‘It is said, in Imardin, that the wind has a soul, and that it wails through the narrow streets because it is grieved by what it find there.’ (The Magicians’ Guild)
“So what were you [Sonea] and Dorrien discussing before?” Akkarin asked.
She turned to regard him. “Discussing?”
“Outside the farmhouse when I was buying the food.”
“Oh, Then. Nothing.”
He smiled and nodded. “Nothing. Amazing subject, that one. Produces such fascinating reactions in people.“ (The High Lord)
Do you have a favourite quote/s from a book? 🙂
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