It’s time for more Top Ten Tuesday fun. Check out The Broke and the Bookish for more information on how to join in. Today’s topic is “Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So”. Unfortunately I haven’t been reading lately. I’m in a rut. So, I have to make this into a Throwback Tuesday post. And I’m throwing it waaaay back because I realized that all my favorite and meaningful quotes come from the classics. Thank goodness for dog-eared pages!
TOP TEN BEST BOOK QUOTES OF ALL TIME
(In no specific order until #1)
10. “I had forgotten this chant that was once mine, given me by my mother, who may not have known its power to remind. She said I would grow up a wife and a slave, but she taught me the song of the warrior woman, Fa Mu Lan. I would have to grow up a warrior woman.” –Warrior Woman, Maxine Hong Kingston
9. “Caddy got the box and set it on the floor and opened it. It was full of stars. When I was still, they were still. When I moved, they glinted and sparkled. I hushed.” –The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
8. “It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.” –The Winter of our Discontent, John Steinbeck
7. “The gods throw the dice, freeing love from its cage. And love can create or destroy–depending on the direction of the wind when it is set free.” By the River PIedra, I Sat Down and Wept, Paulo Coelho
6. “It is a queer and fantastic world. Why can’t people have what they want? The things were all there to content everybody; yet everybody has the wrong thing.” –The Good Soldier, Ford Madox Ford
5. “To-morrow, when I wake, or think I do, what shall I say of to-day? That with Estragon my friend, at this place, until the fall of night, I waited for Godot? That Pozzo passed, with his carrier, and that he spoke to us? Probably. But in all that what truth will there be?” Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett
4. “I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.” –The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
3. “When I think of what life is, and how seldom love is answered by love; it is one of the moments for which the world was made.” -A Room with a View, E.M. Forster
2. “I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.” –Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
And…the absolute best quote of all time
- “When two people are once parted–have abandoned a common domicile and a common environment–new growths insensibly bud upward to fill each vacated place; unforeseen accidents hinder intentions, and old plans are forgotten.” -Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
I felt as though quotes didn’t need pictures. But it feels bare, so here:
Cute puppies cheer everything up. You can quote me on that. What are your favorite quotes? Are they from classics or more recent books?