Sometimes a line in a book just grips you. It grasps on to something within you, recognizing a kindred spirit or opening your eyes to something that had been lurking just out of reach in your mind. Those quotes stay with you. Comforting you. Making you think. Spurring you on to be who you want to be.
Today’s Top Ten Tuesday Topic:
Favourite Book Quotes
I want to get better at writing down the quotes that strike me. Next time this topic comes around, I’ll have a notebook full. Until then, here are a few that are lurking in my head.
1. From Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
I’ve written about this one before, but it really is one of my favourites. I’d like to make it into a piece of art for my home one day.
“For a moment Anne’s heart fluttered queerly and for the first time her eyes faltered under Gilbert’s gaze and a rosy flush stained the paleness of her face. It was as if a veil that had hung before her inner consciousness had been lifted, giving to her view a revelation of unsuspected feelings and realities. Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one’s life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one’s side like an old friend through quiet ways; perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose, until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages betrayed the rhythm and the music, perhaps. . . perhaps. . .love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath.”
2. From The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Oh goodness. This quote perfectly explains my feelings from about age 14 to 24 while I watched all of my friends get boyfriends who turned into husbands. And then there was me. Single. Until suddenly, I wasn’t.
“I don’t entirely understand how anyone gets a boyfriend. Or a girlfriend. It just seems like the most impossible odds. You have to have a crush on the exact right person at the exact right moment. And they have to like you back. A perfect alignment of feelings and circumstances. It’s almost unfathomable that it happens as often as it does.”
3. From Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I love this book. And this quote so accurately describes my relationship with my husband and how we went from friends to completely, utterly in love.
“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.”
4. From Oh The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
I got this book from a coworker when I left a job to move across the country to try something completely different in a city I didn’t know. I didn’t know that coworker well and haven’t spoken to them since, but that book and this quote definitely gave me comfort and remind me that I can make my dreams come true if only I pursue them.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
5. From Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
As adults, we sometimes forget how beautiful and simple friendship can be, and how the smallest of acts can be the brightest of lights to the lonely.
“‘Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.'”
6. From Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Sometimes we all need a reminder to do instead of just dream.
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
7. From The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Live in the moment. Soak it in. Sometimes we need to stop planning and just be.
“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”
What are your favourite book quotes?