Top Ten Tuesday

TTT Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday used to be a weekly post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. “It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.” This is definitely something I can understand and want to participate in.

This week’s prompt is about my favorite book quotes, but I’m not the kind of girl who generally remembers quotes from books that I’ve read. So instead, I’m going with the top ten most memorable lines from books:

  1. “Call me Ishmael.” From Moby Dick by Herman Melville. I haven’t read this book, but I kind of feel like this is one of the most recognizable lines in a book. Am I right?
  2. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …” From A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I had to read this book in high school English class, and it was one of the few mandatory books that I actually remember finding somewhat enjoyable. I definitely plan to do a reread of this at some point to see what I think of it now that I’m an adult.
  3. “This above all: To thine own self be true …” From Hamlet by William Shakespeare. I had a really cool English teacher who not only had us read this play, but also made us watch the movie adaptation, which I thought made it much more easy to understand. I find this quote definitely applies to my own personal philosophy towards life, although I wish I would have gotten the memo way back then.
  4. “Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” From The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. This is a kid’s book with such an awesome message. I remember reading it as a kid and absolutely loving how it talks about being vulnerable, accepting our flaws, and realizing that they make us who we are meant to be. 
  5. “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” From Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. I’ve definitely used this quote, despite not having read the book yet. It’s on the TBR list though, and I’m determined to read it sooner or later.
  6. “Why, sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” From Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll. I have always loved Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, and as a reader, who doesn’t believe in some impossible things? Being a fantasy reader involves a willingness to believe in impossible things, so this quote makes particular sense to me personally.
  7. “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.” From A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. If you’ve read or watched the series, you’ll know how truly fitting this quote really is. GRRM is the kind of author who just seems to delight in killing off a myriad of characters, but then again, a lot of them are busy playing the game of thrones, too. 
  8. “And may the odds be ever in your favor.” From The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This is one of those quotes that is endlessly repeatable. I happen to use it fairly often for a variety of purposes, and it works in so many situations! It’s a good one, in my opinion.
  9. “It is nothing to die; it is dreadful not to live.” From Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. Another book I haven’t actually read, but the quote definitely makes sense to me. Although I don’t really have any desire to either die or not live.
  10. “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places.” From A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. I’ve only read one Hemingway book, it wasn’t this one, and I didn’t really love it, but there’s something about this quote that just speaks to me. It reminds me of the Japanese technique of repairing cracked pottery with gold. 

What are some of your favorite quotes?

18 replies »

  1. Oh, I love your take on this week’s topic, Leah! I haven’t read the majority of these books but a lot of them are on my TBR 😅 Definitely agree that a lot of these lines are very memorable and despite never having read the books, they’re familiar to me! Love the Anna K and Two Cities quotes 😍

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  2. I remember hearing about that pottery-filling technique and I’ve always loved the idea!

    One of my favorite quotes is from My Sister Sif, by Ruth Park: “…inside that peach stone is a tree, folded a million times. So go and plant it.”

    Another is from The Unkindest Tide, by Seanan McGuire: “Nothing can be broken forever and stay stable.” I have to keep reminding myself that this year. It definitely helps.

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