Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten of My Favorite Quotes


Okay, this week's post was SO HARD! I have soooooo many quotes and passages that I love in novels, though many of them fall under the thought-provoking category as opposed to the inspirational category. Here's a sampling of ten of my favorite beautiful and thought-provoking quotes from novels.    

Think on this.... 

1.  "I don't care if you're queer. Queer is just a word. Like orange. I know who you are. There's no one word for that." - Grasshopper Jungle, Andrew Smith 

2.  "Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road." - On the Road, Jack Kerouac 

3. "Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string... Under the almighty effort let us advance on Chaos and the Dark." -Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson 

4. "Because I can see people's souls sometimes when I draw them, I know the following: Mom has a massive sunflower for a soul so big there's hardly any room in her for organs. Jude and me have one soul between us that we have to share: a tree with its leaves on fire." -I'll Give You the Sun, Jandy Nelson 

5. "When you consider things like the stars, our affairs don't seem to matter very much, do they?" - Night and Day, Virginia Woolf

6.  "Old times: if you're not careful, they'll gut you like a fish." -The Rules of Civility, Amor Towels

Let These Words Inspire...

7. " Nolite te bastardes carborunddorum. Don't let the bastards grind you down." -The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood 

8.  "listen:there's a hell/ of a good universe next door;let's go -pity this busy monster,manunkind, E.E. Cummings 

A Love That Lasts...

9. "I almost wish we were butterflies and lived but three summer days- three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain." - John Keats in a letter to Fanny Brawne

10. "Rather than put him in so painful a position I determined to retire from the case, and to bear on my own shoulders whatever ignominy and shame might result from my prosecuting Lord Queensberry." -Oscar Wilde in a letter, concerning his decision not to defend himself by having Bosie (his lover) take the stand in his gross indecency trial. 

Which quotes made you stop and think or inspired you? Leave me your link! 

18 comments:

  1. I adore that quote from Grasshopper Jungle. Makes me want to read it! My TTT!

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    1. I highly recommend it and anything else by Andrew Smith!
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  2. Great list, Mallory! There are so many fantastic Oscar Wilde quotes - I'm rather annoyed I forgot to give him a place on my list! I love that quote from Grasshopper Jungle, too. :)

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    1. I find Andrew Smith's books to be both really entertaining and thought provoking, and of course I love Oscar. I would marry him if I could.
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  3. There are some good thoughts here. This was a hard topic, but I'm so looking forward to checking out what others have chosen to share. Lots of pondering. I enjoyed yours, especially the one about the drawing a picture of the soul.

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    1. I agree, I'm eager to see others' lists as well. I'll Give You the Sun is a beautiful book, the entire thing is thought provoking and quotable.
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  4. I really like the quote on Grasshopper Jungle so true.

    Top Ten Tuesday

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    1. Smith is a great writer!
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  5. Great list!! I loved Handmaid's Tale and that quote. I loved John Keats, too!!

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    1. The Handmaid's Tale is a great novel!
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  6. YES to The Handmaid's Tale!!! Love that books so much :-) Great quotes here Mallory :D Here's my TTT @ Emma's Bookery if you would like to check it out :-) Have a great day!

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    1. I need to reread it soon! Even though I just read it for the first time last year haha.
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  7. Aww, the John Keats one is SO beautiful. I may have teared up a little! And I adored the I'll Give You the Sun one too, so sweet! And I haven't read Grasshopper Jungle yet, but I LOVE the quote, so now I am even more excited for it. Great list!
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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    1. Yes, Keats was quite the romantic! Totally recommend Grasshopper Jungle and everything else by Smith! His books are usually a little weird, but in the best way possible.
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  8. Awesome list. I'll Give You The Sun is such an amazing book with so many great quotes.

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    1. I agree! That is a very beautifully written book.
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