Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Top Ten Favorite Quotes From Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

“A single metaphor can give birth to love.” 
― Milan KunderaThe Unbearable Lightness of Being

“You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything. . . affects everything.”
― Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why

“Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no to-morrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.” 
― Sylvia PlathThe Bell Jar

“Madness is too glamorous a term to convey what happens to most people who are losing their minds. That word is too exciting, too literary, too interesting in its connotations, to convey the boredom, the slowness, the dreariness, the dampness of depression…depression is pure dullness, tedium straight up. Depression is, especially these days, an overused term to be sure, but never one associated with anything wild, anything about dancing all night with a lampshade on your head and then going home and killing yourself…The word madness allows its users to celebrate the pain of its sufferers, to forget that underneath all the acting-out and quests for fabulousness and fine poetry, there is a person in huge amounts of dull, ugly agony...Remember that when you’re at the point at which you’re doing something as desperate and violent as sticking your head in an oven, it is only because the life that preceded this act felt even worse. Think about living in depression from moment to moment, and know it is not worth any of the great art that comes as its by-product.” 
― Elizabeth WurtzelProzac Nation

“Only a fool is not afraid.” 
― Madeleine L'EngleA Wrinkle in Time

“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.” 
― John GreenPaper Towns

“Did you know that for pretty much the entire history of the human species, the average life span was less than thirty years? You could count on ten years or so of real adulthood, right? There was no planning for retirement, There was no planning for a career. There was no planning. No time for plannning. No time for a future. But then the life spans started getting longer, and people started having more and more future. And now life has become the future. Every moment of your life is lived for the future--you go to high school so you can go to college so you can get a good job so you can get a nice house so you can afford to send your kids to college so they can get a good job so they can get a nice house so they can afford to send their kids to college.” 
― John GreenPaper Towns

“Self-defense is an act that implies you have something valuable to defend. After the instinct, you begin to wonder. What, specifically, was I aiming to save? What, beyond instinct, makes life worth saving?” 
― Emily ArsenaultThe Broken Teaglass

“Some people turn sad awfully young. No special reason, it seems, but they seem almost to be born that way. They bruise easier, tire faster, cry quicker, remember longer and, as I say, get sadder younger than anyone else in the world. I know, for I'm one of them.” 
― Ray BradburyDandelion Wine

“Resist much. Obey little.” 
― Walt Whitman


  1. Love the Walt Whitman! I actually haven't read any of the others but now I need to, these were great choices!

    My Top Ten

  2. Thanks so much for stopping in. Paper Towns is just so freaking quoteable right? That was my second choice when it came to John Green. But I actually read Let it Snow first. I like the 13 Reasons Why quote most. :)

    Have a great day! I have a feeling it's going to be a fun blog reading day!

  3. i only read one book on this list (paper towns) but it made me want to add to my TBR list, so thanks (she said both genuinely and sarcastically) ~dixie

  4. I love your choices! They are fantastic, so many of my favorite books too--Bell Jar, Prozac Nation. I had a really hard time with this TTT because there are so many great quotes out there.

    My TTT

  5. WOW! Amazing top ten!! :) Love the one of Prozac Nation!! So true :) And I love the one of Thirteen reasons way!! ;)

    My Top10

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