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Ten Quotes from Books I Really Love

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!

on the beauty and power of stories

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
the 2020 mood

“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 them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

J.R.R. TolkienThe Fellowship of the Ring
who can resist Will’s poetic words?

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.

William ShakespeareA Midsummer Night’s Dream
i felt that.

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
why am i crying?

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
words to live by

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
who doesn’t love a good bread metaphor?

No deception lasts forever. Truth rises like good bread dough.

Stephen P. Kiernan, The Baker’s Secret
this quote is great on its own, but it’s stuck in my head as the lyrics from To Thine Own Self from Something Rotten

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

William Shakespeare, Hamlet
a callout for me from monsieur Hugo

He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
words to live by 2.0

“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 GoldenDark Disciple: Star Wars

What’s your favourite quote from a book you read recently? Do you have a favourite book quote of all time?

18 thoughts on “Ten Quotes from Books I Really Love”

  1. I am loving everyone’s lists for this week’s TTT! All of these quotes are so beautiful and I definitely need to pick up The Night Circus ASAP if all of the writing is like *that* 😂 And also The Phantom of the Opera?? I haven’t even read the original book yet but I could swear I just teared up at that quote 😢😅

    And omg TO THINE OWN SELFFFFFFF BE TRUE — love that musical 🤩😂

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    1. Yes, the writing in the Night Circus is beautiful, I highly recommend it!! I remember the first time I read that quote in The Phantom of the Opera I cried like a baby. And I absolutely love Something Rotten, too!! It’s so good!!

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Abby!

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  2. I love these!! I never really pay attention to quotes when I read, and this post has me questioning whether I should maybe rethink that 😅 I do notice when the language is beautiful, but once I’m fully immersed in a story, I picture everything in images and don’t take the time to reflect on the writing and copy down quotes 😂 I am pretty good at recognizing them, though, so I suppose some part of my brain must be paying attention… I just couldn’t tell you what my favorites are 😁

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  3. Boy, it is so hard to think of book quotes I really love. So much easier to think of musical theatre quotes I love.

    I do love the beginning of Tale of Two Cities- “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. Loved the book- just don’t know why

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  4. I love all the quotes you chose! Especially “The Phantom of the Opera” one because it’s one of my favourite musicals! ❤ And Gandalf and Frodo's quote speaks so much to me. It fits the current situation of the world. Gandalf's outlook is positive though so I hope we'll all stay positive as well. 😀 Great TTT choices!

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