Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and 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:
May 26: Opening Lines
I don’t have many favourite opening lines, so I thought I’d share some of my general favourite books quotes instead.
A Darker Shade of Magic
“I would rather die on an adventure than live standing still.”
“We are travellers 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.”
The Book Thief
“He tasted dusty and sweet. 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…”
Red, White & Royal Blue
“The next slide is titled: ‘Exploring your sexuality: Healthy, but does it have to be with the Prince of England?’ She apologizes for not having time to come up with better titles. Alex actively wishes for the sweet release of death.”
This is How You Lose the Time War
“I want to drink tea beside you in ten years or a thousand. Flowers grow far away on a planet they’ll call Cephalus, and these flowers bloom once a century, when the living star and its black-hole binary enter conjunction. I want to fix you a bouquet of them, gathered across eight hundred thousand years, so you can draw our whole engagement in a single breath, all the ages we’ve shaped together.”
The Priory of the Orange Tree
“No woman should be made to fear that she was not enough.”
We Should All Be Feminists
“We spend too much time teaching girls to worry about what boys think of them. But the reverse is not the case. We don’t teach boys to care about being likable. We spend too much time telling girls that they cannot be angry or aggressive or tough, which is bad enough, but then we turn around and either praise or excuse men for the same reasons. All over the world, there are so many magazine articles and books telling women what to do, how to be and not to be, in order to attract or please men. There are far fewer guides for men about pleasing women.”
Hold Your Own
“And the days are all dust
and the only thing worse
than losing the trust
of a lover is finding the rust
in their kiss.”
The Hate U Give
“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”
Everything Leads to You
“The best things aren’t perfectly constructed. They aren’t illusions. they aren’t larger than life. They are life.”
What are some of your favourite quotes? Have you read any of these?
11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday // My favourite book quotes”
This is How You Lose a Time War is on my TBR, but this quote just made me move it up my list!
It’s such a well-written book, so there are loads of great quotes I could have picked from it, but I really love this one! I hope you enjoy it!
Wow, these are all amazing. The Priory of the Orange Tree gave me goosebumps. I’ve been in relationships where I felt I wasn’t enough so this one really spoke to me. It’s amazing. ❤
Yeah, the Priory quote is a strong one! I loved the whole book so much! ❤
Great list! There are so many quotable passages from We Should All Be Feminists, I wish it was required reading in schools.
I love these quotes especially This Is How You Lose the Time War, the book is written so beautifully and it’s so quotable!
I love all of these!
Oh, The Book Thief has so many amazing quotes!! 🥰 And I also love the THUG quote you featured, it’s one of my favorites as well, because it’s so impactful and a good reminder 😊
The book thief and Priory have such wonderful sentences in them. I recently read The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E Harrow and every page was like a piece of art the writing was so beautiful
An amazing list! I LOVE that one from Time War. Basically that whole novel was full of favorite quotes for me. And the Priory quote is fantastic as well.