{Top Ten Tuesday} My Favorite Bookish Quotes

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There’s a Flight of the Conchords recording where Jemaine forgets the lyrics to “Abli the Racist Dragon.” He perfectly sums up my difficulty with quotes when he responds to Brett asking him what happens next with the phrase, “I remember. Not in words but in images.”

To put it simply, I’m horrendous with quotes. My brain doesn’t like details (which is probably why my quest to recap TV shows hasn’t amounted to much). I cannot quote a movie to save my life and actual prose from books? Impossible! My brain collects images and trivia but not actual words and phrases. The only things I can semi-quote from memory are weird lines from Happy Endings, Emma (specifically the 1996 adaptation), and Lord of the Rings.

Obviously, my quoting skills are in high demand.

Thankfully, with the internet and all, being able to drudge quotes up from the black hole of my mind is not necessary. I can use those images in my head and google the phrases that pair with them. I cannot promise you these are my ten favorite quotes, however. They’re just the ones that I can vaguely kinda sorta remember–which for me is a close as it’s going to get.

{Top Ten Tuesday} My Favorite Bookish Quotes

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  1. “Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.” ~ Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.” (1).jpg 2.  “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” ~ Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

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3. “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” ~ J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Rings

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4. “I have a strange feeling with regard to you. As if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly knotted to a similar string in you. And if you were to leave I’m afraid that cord of communion would snap. And I have a notion that I’d take to bleeding inwardly. As for you, you’d forget me.” ~ Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

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5. “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” ~ Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

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6. “Anyone who believes what a cat tells him deserves all he gets.” ~ Neil Gaiman, Stardust

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7.  “Just kidding’ was exactly what people wrote when they meant every word.” ~ David Nicholls, One Day

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8. “True love is the best thing in the world, except for cough drops.” William Goldman, The Princess Bride

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9. “You seem a decent fellow,” Inigo said. “I hate to kill you.”  “You seem a decent fellow,” answered the man in black. “I hate to die.” ~ William Goldman, The Princess Bride

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10. “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” ~ Neil Gaiman, Coraline

Are you any good at remembering quotes? What are your favorites?

 

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3 thoughts on “{Top Ten Tuesday} My Favorite Bookish Quotes

  1. I have lots of favorite quotes, but here’s a line from a book I read recently that I thought was beautiful: “Laughter was a silk that would soften even the roughest moments.” – Furthermore, by Tahereh Mafi

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