Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite book quotes


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s theme is:

March 6: Favorite Book Quotes

There are so many books that I’ve put post-it notes inside to mark quotes I love (probably enough to turn this into a top 50 to be honest), but I’ll just stick to ten that I really love. Each of these quotes is about a different subject or issue – feminism, adventures, dreams, friendship and more – and yet each one resonated in me with the same level of intensity when I read it.

“The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are. Imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer to be our true individual selves, if we didn’t have the weight of gender expectations.”
― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists

“I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.”
― Victoria Schwab, A Darker Shade of Magic

“It said girls are a revolutionary soul force that can change the world for real.”
― Jennifer Mathieu, Moxie

“He’d been thinking about the quality of sunshine, that is, how daylight wipes away the stars and the planets, making them invisible to human eyes. If one needed the darkness in order to see the heavens, might daylight be a form of blindness? Could it be that sound was also a form of deafness? If so, what was silence?”
― Madeleine Thien, Do Not Say We Have Nothing

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” 
― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

“A dream dirty and bruised is better than no dream at all.”
― Laini Taylor, Days of Blood and Starlight

“He tasted like regret in the shadows of trees and in the glow of the anarchist’s suit collection. She kissed him long and soft, and when she pulled herself away, she touched his mouth with her fingers…She did not say goodbye. She was incapable, and after a few more minutes at his side, she was able to tear herself from the ground. It amazes me what humans can do, even when streams are flowing down their faces and they stagger on…”
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”
― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

“We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.”
― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

“We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Perhaps some of these quotes you’re familiar with, or perhaps not; either way I hope you feel something when reading them and understand why they struck such a cord with me.

Do you have any book quotes that are special to you? Also, bonus points if you can guess which one of these made me cry?

Until next time

20 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite book quotes

  1. You have so many great quotes!!! I had completely forgotten about A Hat Full of Sky for like a decade probably. And that Book Thief one 😭

  2. We Should All be Feminists is flawless. I can’t count how many times I’ve read it over the past year or so, because it’s so short yet hits the nail on the head over and over and over. I also love the quote from A Darker Shade of Magic, and it makes me feel even more silly for not starting the series yet!

    Here are my ten favourite quotes.

    1. Shamefully, I still haven’t read it, but I’ve read short extracts from it and this quote was one of those that made me really determined to pick it up this year. Ngozie Adichie just seems to have a way with words that makes me want to read everything she writes. 🙂 You should definitely read ADSOM when you get the chance! It’s SUCH an AMAZING series 😀

    2. I tried to go comment on your blog but it wouldn’t work without me verifying my email address, so I’ll send it to you on here:
      These are some great picks Alyce! I really like the quote from The Collector; it’s not a book I’ve read before, but the quote creates such an intriguing comparison (between love and cancer) that I’d be inclined to go and look it up. 🙂

  3. Beautiful quotes, I especially love the quotes from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Moxie and The Night Circus. The quote from Fahrenheit 451 is also very beautiful and true ❤ My favorite quotes, or quotes which are special to me are: “Words were different when they lived inside of you.” (Benjamin Alire Saenz), and from Emily Dickinson:
    “Hope is the thing with feathers
    That perches in the soul
    And sings the tune without the words
    And never stops at all.”

    1. Thanks so much! I think the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie quote is one of my favourite feminist quotes of all time. It just embodies the struggles of women and drive for equality incredibly well. I really like that Emily Dickinson quote, it’s very poetic. 🙂

  4. I have Do Not Say We Have Nothing on my tbr and this quote makes me want to pick it up right now – so beautiful!

    1. It’s a phenomenally-written book, so I hope you manage to get to it soon! I’d not read any fiction set in Communist China before, it and once I was finished I immediately wanted to read more/go and find out more about the era.

  5. So many great choices here, I love everything, especially the ADSOM quote, that one is so, so good ❤ Thank you for sharing these! 🙂 x

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