Happy Tuesday to you all! This week’s topic from That Artsy Reader Girl has result in several hours of getting lost in some of my favourite reads, because we’re discussing favourite book quotes. And if I wasn’t in the habit of highlighting things on my Kindle as I read, I probably wouldn’t even be writing this right now; I’d STILL be lost reliving some of my favourite bookish moments on the quest for quotes to share. It’s a tough life, hey? 😉 But I’ve managed to rein myself in just in time.
This is by no means a definitive list, and it’s rather eclectic, but here are some of my favourite book quotes:
“Logic!” said the Professor half to himself. “Why don’t they teach logic at these schools?”
Honest to goodness, I quote this all. the. time. To the point where my husband knows the exact look of exasperation my face gets before I feel compelled to ask the question yet again and says, “Yes, I know. Why don’t they teach logic at these schools?” C.S. Lewis was a huge proponent of a Classical education, which included the formal study of logic and rhetoric among other things, and this was just a little peek at one of his own pet peeves via the Professor.
Incidentally, one of the benefits of homeschooling your children is that you can still teach logic and rhetoric. 🙂
Character is built on every decision we make, especially those we make in secret.
I don’t often take the time to record my favourite quotes on Goodreads, but when I went to check which quotes I did have, I had SEVEN from this book alone. Needless to say, it’s a good read!
If something is there, you can only see it with your eyes open, but if it isn’t there, you can see it just as well with your eyes closed. That’s why imaginary things are often easier to see than real ones.
Boy is it hard to pick just one quote from this book! In fact, here’s the Goodreads page for quotes from The Phantom Tollbooth. Do yourself a favour and have a look through them, because I have never come across another book that combines the surreal and the profound so well. So often I find myself laughing at something and then stopping suddenly with the thought, “Hey, that’s actually . . . wow.” And yes, my thought process is usually phrased just like that.
‘Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.’
Okay, so technically that quote is from Friedrich Nietzsche, but Cole ‘Tox’ Russell quotes this in Crown of Souls (and this idea is integral to the plot), and since I love this series so much, I couldn’t resist including it in my quotes.
The point of the Bible was never perfection. It is always redemption.
This is a hard truth for a perfectionist to stomach, but it’s also a beautiful truth. And I think I need it tattooed on my palm or something, so that I can remind myself daily.
Romance is more than a person. It is a way of life. A way of engaging with things around you, carefully choosing to fill your life with things—buildings, cities, books, experiences—that speed your heart up several beats.
Don’t you love that quote? I do. And if you want to experience that kind of romance (as well as the person kind), read this gorgeous novella set in Vienna.
So, what makes your heart speed up several beats? For me, it’s beautiful music (the kind written before 1900, although there are exceptions!), history, Europe, and great writing.
He slipped the veil off my head and dropped it to the floor behind me.
He leaned close and lifted my chin. “You are mine.” He brushed his lips along my jawline until I shivered. “You are mine here, alone, for seven beautiful days and seven beautiful nights. And I want to cherish you. Every. Single. Moment.”
Speaking of romance… 😍 This is one of my all-time favourite romantic moments EVER! Talk about turning a girl to mush. And it’s even more beautiful when you read it in the context of Ayal and Shira’s story.
I want to do much more than make your pulse race. I want your friendship and your confidence. I want to make you laugh and be your best secret-keeper. I want to capture your heart.
*Sigh* What woman wouldn’t melt at those words?
The cakes and pies and casseroles beckoned like gastronomic sirens, and there was no one to lash me to the mast.
Folks, that is how to write a good simile. Remember #6 above, when I said great writing gets my heart beating faster? Exhibit A! 🙂
He could charm the Depends off an octogenarian.
Okay, this one was just to go out on a laugh. Why use dried up old clichés when you could come up with sayings like this? 😆