This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is your top ten favorite quotes from books. I am going to try to disperse my favorites amongst different genres.
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1 ) “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.”
-A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
I will always be partial to quotes by Hemingway. While I don’t read ‘classics’ on a day-to-day basis, I know that much of who I am as a reader is built upon them. My tenth grade Honors English 3 teacher was a man named Mr. Fish and he is a legend amongst graduates of my high school. He taught me to be an analytical reader, to recognize words on page as art, and to appreciate all the little things that an author does with their canvas.
2 ) “She was looking into my eyes with that way she had of looking that made you wonder whether she really saw out of her own eyes. They would look on and on after everyone else’s eyes in the world have stopped looking.”
-The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
Again with the Hemingway…. I had to include two. The Sun Also Rises is one of my all-time favorite novels. My hard copy is ratty and marked up and so well-loved. I have probably read this novel ten times in my lifetime and it is a true work of art. Brett Ashley is was my first unlikable-yet-you-love-them female characters and I love the complex themes of this book.
3 ) “There are some things in life you can alter — your weight, your appearance, even your name — but there are others that wishing and trying and working hard can never make any difference to. those things are the ones that shape us. Not the things we can change, but the ones we can’t.”
-The Chalk Man, C.J. Tudor
This has been my most-recommended read of 2018 thus far. Everyone I know has heard about this novel and there were so many themes woven into the novel that you do not typically see in this genre.
4 ) “If our world was a snow globe, it was the day some casual god came along, shook it hard and set it back down again. Even when the foam and flakes had settled, things weren’t the way they were before. Not exactly. They might have looked the same through the glass but, on the inside, everything was different.”
-The Chalk Man, C.J. Tudor
SO many quotes I could use from this novel. I had a hard time even choosing two. Head over to my full review of this novel if you want to see other quotes I enjoyed and to read my thoughts about the interesting and touching themes that this novel incorporated.
6 ) “It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”
-Fight Club, Chuck Palahnuik
Can I just say every single line from Fight Club? Because Palahnuik is king.
7 ) “The ones that love us never really leave us.”
-Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling
Would it really be a list without a Potter quote? That is the question.
8 ) “Because “I like strong women” is code for “I hate strong women.””
-Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
What I really wanted to say here is the entire ‘cool girl’ monologue that is so notoriously known–snarky, witty, and embarrassingly true. A quote from a bonafide, pissed-off-feminist and I love it. Unfortunately.. I am an educator, and we are held to ridiculous standards and censorship is real y’all… so since this entire monologue has filthy language… I’ll just leave this link right –> here .. and you can make an educated decision for yourself on whether or not your sensitive little eyeballs can handle the language 🙂
9 ) “And while they’re being told, stories create the energy that makes this world go. They keep our stars in place. They make our grass grow.”
-The Hazel Wood, Melissa Albert
I mean.. she used a Vonnegut quote as a strong theme that is woven into her novel. Is that not enough to justify this being a highly quotable novel? The Hazel Wood was one of those novels that the more I thought about it and the more I let the plot and themes brew over in my mind.. the more I fell in love with it. And the more I searched over the book, the more powerful quotes I found. And I love that this novel captures the beauty and magic of storytelling.
10 ) “We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.”
-The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
Yeah, you’re seeing that correctly… the photo does not match the text. Because I am on #10 and I couldn’t choose just one. I love so many highly quotable lines in The Handmaid’s Tale and in Alias Grace… Margaret Atwood is a powerhouse of writing perfection.