What is your favorite line from a book?
“When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.”
I haven’t thought of that line for so long. The memories. Thanks for reminding me.
My favorite book from high school!!
@Claudia you’re the one that gave me that book to read when I was in high school. I remember reading the first line and then reading the last line, a bad habit I have, and thinking “what!?” One of my favorite classics. ❤️❤️
“Not the real pain, Philip thought. Not the real pain. He was caught up in a nightmare and there was no escape”– Stars Shine Down, Sidney Sheldon
“with people, with people, I was happy”–Call Me By Your Name, André Aciman
“Some men are friends with the whole world in their hearts, and there are others that hate themselves and spread their hatred around like butter on hot bread.” ―East of Eden, John Steinbeck
‘Doors are for people with no imagination’ skullduggery pleasant’s justification for crawling through a window
” For you a thousands times over”….The Kite Runner
“Harry, you wonderful boy, you brave, brave man”
“But it’s the truth even if it didn’t happen.” One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
“I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.” To Kill a Mockingbird
“So long, and thanks for all the fish.”
“You’re mine angel” – patch from the hush hush trilogy
“I knew what I wanted more than anything was to be with you. I could wish for that on every candle, star, clover and eyelash in the world and never ever get it” -The Siren, Kiera Cass
“Hey Boo” – Scout, To Kill a Mockingbird. Two tiny words that had such an impact.
As long as there’s life, there’s hope
I don’t know if it’s my favorite, but one I sure quote a lot is from The Sun Also Rises: “Isn’t it pretty to think so?”
To Kill a Mockingbird–Hey, Boo. Scout
“Right up to the day when hope in all its versions went out of stock, including the crummy discount brands, and the heart has just one instruction left: run.”
“When we press the thorn to our chest we know, we understand, and still we do it.”
Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds
So many but You is smart You is Kind. You is important The Help.
“AT TWO O’CLOCK, when Marina answered her office door to find the Count at the threshold in the company of a little girl with a rag doll gripped tightly by the neck, she was so surprised her eyes almost came into alignment”. — A Gentleman in Moscow.
This just tickled me so much.
“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart- I am, I am, I am.” -The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
That man, doesn’t have a wrinkle in his brain.
?What is the source?
“You’re a wizard, Harry! “
Hey, Boo. To kill. a mockingbird
“It’s terrible to be between books” — Cathleen Schine, The Love Letter — https://books.google.com/books?id=0ZJqAAAAQBAJ&pg=PT79&lpg=PT79&dq=cathleen+schine+%22the+love+letter%22+it%27s+terrible+to+be+between+books&source=bl&ots=fDnvzw2Kqb&sig=LKFpDeTWCtDf8M3-bLwIkLufYVo&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjSgebimY_aAhVSUK0KHcGmAm8Q6AEIRjAF#v=onepage&q=cathleen%20schine%20%22the%20love%20letter%22%20it's%20terrible%20to%20be%20between%20books&f=false
One of my favorites is a from The Lord of the Rings, as well as I remember it: He who can’t give up a treasure at need is in fetters.
“I’ve got no money, no resources, no hope. I’m the happiest man alive.” Henry Miller from Tropic of Cancer.
“Words. And their meanings. You can’t own one and not the other.” Also, “No one changed the world by being polite.” Both from The Lines We Cross (aka When Mina Met Michael)
I couldn’t quite decide today, so here is a range!
“I wanted you to see something about her—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.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
“Courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
“Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can’t strike them all by ourselves; we need oxygen and a candle to help.” Laura Esquivel
“She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.” ― J.D. Salinger
“I hope you will go out and let stories, that is life, happen to you, and that you will work with these stories… water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom.” ― Clarissa Pinkola Estes
“Time, it changes everything.No matter how great the loss, time heals us enough so we can feel again.” Winter’s Destiny page 164 Nancy Allen
Wow…I can see why you like it.
@Kelley, and it was such an unexpected statement in a cozy mystery.
I write down a lot of quotes or phrases from books. This was the last one: “Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing a mistake deserves is forgiveness.” (Without Merit by Colleen Hoover)
” … I have administrative bones to pick with God, Boo. I’ll say God seems to have a kind of laid-back management style I’m not crazy about. I’m pretty much anti-death. God looks by all accounts to be pro-death. I’m not seeing how we can get together on this issue, he and I, Boo.” David Foster Wallace Infinite Jest
“I think travel is a rare privilege and I’m glad you can have it. But not every one who stays at home is narrow and not every one who travels is broad. I think if you understand humanity . . . can sympathize with every creature . . . can put yourself into the personality of every one . . . you’re not narrow . . . you’re broad.’” Bess Streeter Aldrich, A Lantern in Her Hand.
Sometimes people are beautiful, not in looks, not in what they say, just in the way they are – The Book Thief
“It was unreal, grotesquely unreal, how morning skies which dawned so tenderly blue could be profaned…” Gone with the Wind. The remaining two-thirds of the line is gutwrenching, and not as important to me. This line makes me think of Pearl Harbor.
Barkis is willing. – David Copperfield
“After all this time?” “Always” Harry Potter.
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“Say how d’you do properly,” said Merlyn. “I will not,” said Archimedes, looking the other way and holding tight. ~The Once and Future King by T. H. White.
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, published in 1859
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…”
“Even trained for years as they all had been in precision of language, what words could you use which would give another the experience of sunshine?” The Giver, by Lois Lowry
I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills. from “Out of Africa” by Isak Dinesen.
And another line I think of often: My brother was once a famous man. from “The Paper Boy” by Pete Dexter
From the Lord of the Rings: Gandolf: all we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.
From Mary Oliver: Wild Geese- “you do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting”
“They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered” F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise.
“Books are what teach you about life. Books teach you empathy. But you can’t buy books if you barely got enough to make rent. So that library is a vital resource! You shut a library, Louisa, you don’t just shut down a building, you shut down hope.”” from “Still Me: A Novel” by Jojo Moyes
And so it goes.
“Raccoons are assholes. You know it, I know it. The whole world knows it. “. Elizabeth Hunter, Shadows and Gold
“Faith is a house with many rooms” – The life of Pi
“Babies think they’re SO special.”
“Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last.” -Charlotte Bronte
All the world will be your enemy Prince with a thousand enemies and whenever they catch you they will kill you. But first they must catch you, digger, listener, runner, Prince with the swift warning. Be cunning and full of tricks and your people shall never be destroyed. Watership Down Richard Adams?
You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most. Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass
One was a book thief. The other stole the sky. Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
To the stars who listen—and the dreams that are answered. Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury
Oh, so many… but here is one from “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi: ‘Literature not only illuminated another’s experience, it provided, I believed, the richest material for moral reflection’
Everyone deserves a standing ovation because we all overcometh the world- Wonder by RJ Palacio.
When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind- Wonder.
‘although she had been, and still was, very much admired, she had got into the way of preferring unsatisfactory love affairs, so it was becoming almost a bad habit’ from Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym.
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