Top Ten Tuesdays: Favorite Literary Quotes

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

In Sunday's post, I started out my post with one of my favorite quotes from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I feel like it represents the book as a whole still maintaining that cheekiness and wit that I love so much. It also got me thinking about other quotes from books that I absolutely love. Amanda and I are always talking about what quotes we want tattooed on us, and texting lines from books that we are reading. Literary quotes are an unrecognized importance in my life. So here are (and not in any specific order) my favorite literary quotes!

1.  The Fault in Our Stars, John Green

“There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There's .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I'm likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn't trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful.” 

2. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

“He was the crazy one who had painted himself black and defeated the world.

She was the book thief without the words.

Trust me, though, the words were on their way, and when they arrived, Liesel would hold them in her hands like the clouds, and she would wring them out like rain.”  

3. The Tempest, William Shakespeare

"Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears, and sometime voices
That, if I then had waked after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open and show riches
Ready to drop upon me that, when I waked,
I cried to dream again."

4. "The Swimmers", F. Scott Fitzgerald

"But when, in a moment, he left her he knew that she could never tell him--she or another. France was a land, England was a people, but America, having about it still that quality of the idea, was harder to utter--it was the graves at Shiloh and the tired, drawn, nervous faces of its great men, and the country boys dying in the Argonne for a phrase that was empty before their bodies withered. It was a willingness of the heart."

5. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

"It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now; so he shall never know how I love him; and that not because he's handsome, Nelly, but because he's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same, and Linton's is as different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire."

6. Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell

"She looked like art, and art wasn't supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something."

7. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green

"My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations." 

8. All These Things I've Done, Gabrielle Zevin 

"… and lies can sounds awfully pretty when a girl is in love with the person telling them."'

9.  Why We Broke Up, Daniel Handler

"You know I wanted to be a director, but you could never truly see the movies in my head and that, Ed, is why we broke up."

10. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, Jennifer E. Smith

"In the end, it’s not the changes that break your heart; it’s that tug of familiarity."

What are some of your favorite quotes? Tweet me at @ofspecsandbooks! 

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