Does anyone have a favorite quote from a favorite book?Does anyone have a favorite quote from a favorite book? Mel #questionnaire
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
that’s the end of Gatsby.
Gatsby? What Gatsby?
@Jacob, Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
Yea it’s a line. Its in the movie anyway. Can’t remember if its in the book. I have like 5 copies so I guess I could go look
You could pick so many from Gatsby ?
@Jacob it’s the last line from the book.
Guys.. Your killing my dignity
“If there are no snakes at your feet, do not lift rocks from the side of the road” – House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
I loved that book!
“There were never moments in your life when you actually saw something end, for whether you knew it or not something else was always flowering. Never a disappearance, always a transformation.” Glen David Gold, Carter Beats the Devil
“Yes of course we were pretentious – what else is youth for?” Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending.
“Revolutions produce other men, not new men. Half way between truth and endless error, the mold of the species is permanent. That is earth’s burden.” Barbara Tuchman , The First Salute and “A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.” – Joan Didion, The White Album.
“There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.” Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
“My parents danced together, her head on his chest. Both had their eyes closed. They seemed so perfectly content. If you can find someone like that, someone who you can hold and close your eyes to the world with, then you’re lucky. Even if it only lasts for a minute or a day. The image of them gently swaying to the music is how I picture love in my mind even after all these years.” – The Name of the Wind
Ugh, would Patrick just finish that series already? I’m dying to know how it ends!!
Me too, I keep reading them over and over in anticipation for the final book.
I haven’t done that yet because I’m afraid it will just bum me out. As soon as they announce a publish date, I will.
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” Dune
“Everything in the past is memory, and everything in the future is imagination. Those’re both illusions-memories are unreliable and we just speculate about the future. The only thing that is completely real is this instant of the present-and that’s constantly changing from imagination to a memory. So, see? Most of our life’s illusory.”–From The Vanished Man by Jeffery Deaver
“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
– Atticus Finch
I liked this from The Autobiography of Malcolm X: “My alma mater was books, a good library… I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.”
“So she sat on the porch and watched the moon rise. Soon its amber fluid was drenching the earth, and quenching the thirst of the day.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
“Ye need me here, and here I shall stay.” His eyes rested on Jenny, with Katherine held against her shoulder, and on small Maggie, clutching her mother’s skirt with grubby hands. And on me. Ian’s long mouth curled in a slight smile. “I shall stay here,” he repeated. “Guardin’ your weak side, man.”
– Ian, Dragonfly in Amber.
This isn’t my favourite book, but I absolutely adore this line. I burst into tears after reading it.
This series made me both laugh and cry, it’s a wonderful journey so far?
But we will be magnificent.
We are going to go Eddie. We are going to fight. We are going to be hurt. And in the end, we will stand.
Both from the The Dark Tower series by Stephen King.
We can’t take any credit for our talents.
Its how we use them that counts.”
A Wrinkle in Time
“For you, a thousand times…” from The Kite Runner
Gives me chills.
Does a favorite poem qualify?
“To You” from ‘Leaves of Grass’ by Walt Whitman:
STRANGER! if you, passing, meet me, and desire to speak to me, why should you not speak to me?
And why should I not speak to you?
Not my fav book, but I’ve always loved this quote:
“Done well, one dance will always lead to another” – Suzanne’s Diary For Nicholas by James Patterson
“Frankly,my dear, I don’t give a damn “
What book is this from Shilpi?
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
“You’re like the thief who isn’t the least bit sorry he stole, but is terribly, terribly sorry he’s going to jail.” ~ Rhett Butler…..sigh. ?
Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
I am haunted by waters. A River Runs Through It. Norman McLean
Ah! The children of the night what sweet music they make. Bram Stokers Dracula.
“Ah, sir, you dwellers in the city cannot enter into the feelings of the hunter.”
@Maurice which book please..
@Mel, “Dracula” by Bram Stoker.
From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood.– A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
“I don’t see anything wrong with crying. It lubricates the psyche.” –Robert Heinlein, Friday
“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart- I am, I am, I am.” -The Bell Jar
“…the pleasures and joys of life can be so fine and deeply affecting that the heart is nearly stilled by astonishment.”
Which book please
@Mel The Watchers
“Life is everything. Life is God. Everything changes and moves to and fro, and that movement is God. And while there is life, there is joy in the consciousness of the godhead. To love life is to love God. More difficult and more blessed than all else is to love this life in one’s sufferings, in one’s undeserved sufferings.” War and Peace
‘Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.’
….we owe each other some shit. We owe each other some occasional flowers.”. Laura Pritchett, The Blue Hour.❤️
The one stuck in my head for life is “Wear your strippy legs with pride.” From Me Before You
From Demon Haunted World
The Colonel stopped to urinate in the garden on his way into the house. He loved the smell of his urine after having asparagus for evening meal. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
“The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it..” The Picture of Dorian Gray
‘All animals are equal. Some are just more equal than others’ Animal Farm ??
nolite te bastardes carborundorum
Is this French? If so, Je ne parle pas francais. Which book?
Melva Bernal it’s from A handmaids tale, it translates as don’t let the bastards grind you down. And Latin if I remember correctly
Faithless is he who says farewell when the road darkens.
Which book please?
Lord of the rings
do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.” – Faramir (J.R.R. Tolkien)
“You won’t understand what I mean now, but someday you will: the only trick of friendship, I think, is to find people who are better than you are—not smarter, not cooler, but kinder, and more generous, and more forgiving—and then to appreciate them for what they can teach you, and to try to listen to them when they tell you something about yourself, no matter how bad—or good—it might be, and to trust them, which is the hardest thing of all. But the best, as well.”
“…things get broken, and sometimes they get repaired, and in most cases, you realize that no matter what gets damaged, life rearranges itself to compensate for your loss, sometimes wonderfully.” From A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.
Do or die but never give up
Sounds like some something Yoda might say..
@Mel actually it’s taken from Elon Musk’s biography written by Ashlee Vance
“The mind forgets, but the heart will always remember. And what is the heart’s memory but love itself?” From The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng
Wow! This makes me want to read the book!
@Audrey Please do, it’s amazing! The writing’s really good and it has amazing friendships and family relationship dynamics. The characters are well fleshed out – in fact, they’re the best part of the book, in my opinion. Also, Tan Twan Eng’s second book is equally amazing! Both books are literary and historical fiction.
@Hincu I already put a hold with my local library for the book! can’t wait to read it! Thank you for sharing 🙂
@Audrey Awesome! Please let us know what you think of it! 🙂
“For although she had been, and still was, very much admired, she had got into the way of preferring unsatisfactory love affairs to any others, so that it was becoming almost a bad habit.” from Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym.
“But what is so headstrong as youth? What so blind as inexperience?” Jane Eyre .
“But certainly, for us who understand life, figures are a matter of indifference.” The Little Prince.
“Insanity is not your enemy”
What book please?
It’s being written
“…She had that arty girl’s passion for photomontage too; flash-lit snaps of college friends and family jumbled in amongst the Chagalls and Vermeers and Kandinskys, the Che Guevaras and Woody Allens and Samuel Becketts. Nothing here was neutral, everything displayed an allegiance or a point of view.” — ONE DAY by David Nicholls
“And The Vampire stopped.”
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. I thought that was a rather clever technique to use to break down long narrative passages. When the vampire stopped, I’d go to the bathroom or got something to eat or drink, etc.
@Patricia I loved that book! Did you read the whole Vampire Chronicles series? I think I read only the first two books…
Yes, I read them all within nine months of reading Interview. It was recommended by a friend, but Interview has remained my favorite of the Chronicles.
Wow, awesome! I don’t remember why I stopped reading them, but I’m glad the series doesn’t get worse and still maintains its quality.
Some are better than others, but I don’t think I wasted my time. It would appear that Anne Rice was working her spiritual journey while she was writing them, for there is a lot of religious discussion in them. And, while they don’t get older, her vampires mature.
Hmm… Interesting! Thank you, I’ll definitely keep her on my tbr then. I’d be nice to go back to that world! To this day, I haven’t read any books with vampires that were so good.
“I am an expression of the divine, just like a peach is, just like a fish is. I have a right to be this way…I can’t apologize for that, nor can I change it, nor do I want to… We will never have to be other than who we are in order to be successful…We realize that we are as ourselves unlimited and our experiences valid. It is for the rest of the world to recognize this, if they choose.” The Color Purple
“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Mary Oliver: You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
What book please?
@Mel Dreamwork. “Wild Geese”
Stay Gold Ponyboy
What book please?
Like a compass needle that always points north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman. Always. You remember that, Mariam.” A Thousand Splendid Suns,Khaled housseini
Don’t forget that everything you deal with is only one thing and nothing else. Paulo Coelho-The Alchemist
Death so familiar to me in my work, was paying a personal visit. Here we were, finally face-to-face, and yet nothing about it seemed recognizable.
‘When Breath Becomes Air’ – Paul Kalanith
“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”
― Marilyn Monroe
Isn’t that a quote from Marilyn Monroe? I’ve seen that quote in http://www.goodreads.com/
Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy. “Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? Of course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. Lion Witch and the Wardrobe
Not a very tempting offer.
What book please?
“I am haunted by humans.” The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
“I do not understand how anyone can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to.” from Cross Creek by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Get busy living or get busy dying. Shawshank redemption.
“No se peude vivir sin amar” One can’t live without love..Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry..
“That’ll do pig”- Dick King Smith
I never realized this was originally a book.
@Rebecca yes, a kid’s book
I loved the movie but the book was so good. It’s been a while but the movie made i nice homage to the author by naming something after him. I think it was the ranch name or the contest name in the sheepdog trials. DK Smith…
“Just because I made it all up doesn’t mean it’s not true.” Reginald Hill.
Come back Amir, there is a way to be good again!
What is this from? I like it.
@Kat The kite runner by Khaled Hosseini
“I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive.” – Henry Miller
My job isn’t to go around judging people. Priests are meant to teach love and forgiveness. That to me is the essence of being a Christian. And trying to find that love and forgiveness in ourselves and others every day should be a challenge that we want to achieve. From Sister by Rosamund Lupton.
“When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.” – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
“And if Fate had already decided that we would not return from the sea, then that was all right. Every journey has to end, and the end of the journey is always called Home” Nelson DeMille.
“Words are pretty but anyone can talk. Pay attention to the people who perform.” Beach Music. Pat Conroy
“Isn’t it pretty to think so.”
What book please?
@Mel it’s Hemingway – I think it was “The Sun also Rises”
“Out of my thoughts! You are part of my existence, part of myself. You have been in every line I have ever read, since I first came here, the rough common boy whose poor heart you wounded even then. You have been in every prospect I have ever seen since – on the river, on the sails of the ships, on the marshes, in the clouds, in the light, in the darkness, in the wind, in the woods, in the sea, in the streets. You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with. The stones of which the strongest London buildings are made, are not more real, or more impossible to be displaced by your hands, than your presence and influence have been to me, there and everywhere, and will be. Estella, to the last hour of my life, you can’t choose but remain part of my character, part of the little good in me, part of the evil. But, in this separation I associate you only with the good, and I will faithfully hold you to that always, for you must have done me far more good than harm, let me feel now what sharp distress I may. O God bless you, God forgive you!” : Pip, Great expectations.
If you did that from memory I’m impressed ?
No I did not, I copied. But I read this book long back and never forgot the essence of these lines.
“You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” – Aibilreen Clark, The Help by Kathryn Stockett
“Don’t believe everything you think.” Louise Penney. A Great Reckoning
Here were the sand hills, the grasshoppers and locusts, all the things that wakened and chirped in the early morning…first memories, first mornings long ago, the amazement of a new soul in a new world. A soul new and yet old, that had dreamed something despairing, something glorious, in the dark before it was born, a soul obsessed by what it did not know, under the cloud of a past it could not recall.
From Song of the Lark by Willa Cather pg. 251
“Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure” ❤️
What book please?
‘Pride and prejudice ‘
Love this quote from Salamanca Tree Hiddle in WALK TWO MOONS: “Don’t judge a person until you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins. In the course of a lifetime, what does it matter? You can’t keep the birds of sadness from flying over your head, but you can keep them from nesting in your hair. We never know the worth of water until the well runs dry.” **This is also my favorite book** YA
I always say “not I said the goose” when someone asks something such as who did this.. I’ve been saying it for years! lol
Yes “I heard a customer say that few things leave a deeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds its ways into his heart. Those first images,the echo of words we think we have left behind, accompany us throughout our lives and sculpt a palace in our memory to which sooner or later no matter how many books we read how many worlds we discover or how much we learn or forget we will return. From the shadow of the wind
“After Gatsby’s death, New York was haunted for me. That city, my once golden shimmering mirage, now made me sick.” The Great Gatsby
“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.” Winnie the Pooh
From Gone with the Wind ❤️❤️❤️
“Isn’t it pretty to think so — ” Hemingway.
“Memories warm you up from the inside, but they also tear you apart.” Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore.
As long as there’s life, there’s hope. Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet
Loved loved loved that book!
i wanted to hug those beautiful character
Guard your heart for everything you do comes from it
What is that from? I like it.
“Love of love written by the broken hearted, love of life written by the dead.” ― Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” – A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
I can’t believe no one had posted that yet!
I found this on my posting from 5 yrs ago on FB..
Dying is not romantic, and death is not a game which will soon be over… death is not anything… death is not… its the absence of presence, nothing more… the endless time of never coming back… a gap you can’t see, and when the wind blows through it, it makes no sound.
Guildenstern from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard
“Reader, I married him.” Jane Eyre
Anything Scarlett says in Gone with the Wind
“I cannot live without my life. I cannot live without my soul!” Wuthering Heights.
“EVERY TIME I see a dog in a movie, I think the same thing: I want that dog. I see Skip or Lucy or Shiloh and for a moment I can’t even think about the movie’s plot. I can only think about the dog. I want to hold it, pet it, take it for walks, and tell it what a good dog it is. I want to love it, and I want it to love me. I have an empty space inside myself that can only be filled by a dog.”
― Roger Ebert, Life Itself
All the girls in the world were divided into two classes: one class included all the girls in the world except her, and they had all the usual human feelings and were very ordinary girls; while the other class -herself alone- had no weaknesses and was superior to all humanity.
“Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.”
― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote
“The happy childhood is hardly worth telling. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood. And worse still is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.” — Frank McCort, Angela’s Ashes