Happy Tuesday and welcome to… another Top Ten Tuesday! (shocking, I know) This week’s topic by That Artsy Reader Girl is book quotes and I decided to share with you some of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read. Narrowing them down to ten was very difficult, because I’m a sucker for good quotes. I love funny quotes, thoughtful quotes, relatable quotes, thought-provoking quotes, quotes that are just so beautiful that I have to stop reading to fully take them in. While I’m not one to annotate my books, I always make mental notes of quotes I like and when I have time (and I don’t forget about it) I keep track of them digitally on my Goodreads. It is from this vast collection that I bring you ten of my favourites!
Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict.Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
The sea is emotion incarnate. It loves, hates, and weeps. It defies all attempts to capture it with words and rejects all shackles. No matter what you say about it, there is always that which you can’t.Christopher Paolini, Eragon
Erik is not truly dead. He lives on within the souls of those who choose to listen to the music of the night.Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera
Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
No deception lasts forever. Truth rises like good bread dough.Stephen P. Kiernan, The Baker’s Secret
This above all: to thine own self be true,William Shakespeare, Hamlet
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
“Remember…you always have a choice to be better. You always have a choice to…to pick the right path.” She smiled sadly. “Even if that choice comes a little late.”Christie Golden, Dark Disciple: Star Wars
What’s your favourite quote from a book you read recently? Do you have a favourite book quote of all time?