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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Favorite Book Quotes #TopTenTuesday


This is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week, they post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers will answer. Everyone is welcome to join!

The topic for today's list is:

Favourite Book Quotes

I frequently include a memorable quote into my book reviews. Here are some of the ones that I've included:

"Some people are like Slinkies. They aren't really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to my face when I push them down a flight of stairs."

"When someone you love dies, and you're not expecting it, you don't lose her all at once; you lose her in pieces over a long time—the way the mail stops coming, and her scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in her closet and drawers. Gradually, you accumulate the parts of her that are gone. Just when the day comes—when there's a particular missing part that overwhelms you with the feeling that she's gone, forever—there comes another day, and another specifically missing part.” 

“If you care about something you have to protect it – If you’re lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.” 

“To his credit, Cain had resisted as best he could, but it was as if she were the sun, spreading her glow and warmth over him. Without him ever meaning for it to happen, he found himself caught up in the centrifugal force that was Julia. He'd been swept up by the happiness he felt when he was with her, the feeling of belonging, which was something he hadn't felt in a good long while. It was like an elixir he was fast coming to crave.” 

 “Eldest thinks power is control, that the best way to be a leader is to force everyone into obedience. Holding Amy against me, I realize the simple truth is that power isn't control at all-power is strength, and giving that strength to others. A leader isn't someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others so that they may have the strength to stand on their own."

"The father's job is to teach his children how to be warriors, to give them the confidence to get on the horse to ride into battle when it's necessary to do so. If you don't get that from your father, you have to teach yourself."

“Love is weakness, an exploitable flaw.”

“but distrust is no match for kindness administered consistently and unmeasured, especially in creatures new to the world.”

"God teaches us to love unconditionally by putting us around unlovely people." 

“I learned that life is so, so fragile. I learned that you can know someone for just days and never forget the impression he left on you. I learned that art can be beautiful and sad at the same time. I learned that if someone loves you, he'll wait for you to love him back. I learned that how much you want something doesn't determine whether you get it or not, that "no" might not be enough, that life isn't fair, that my parents can't save me, that maybe no one can.”

"...if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane."

"No matter what happenswe'll find each other againYou're my lifelineYou always will be."

“So go the astonishing ironies of middle age. Live long enough and you come to love the thing you loathed, embrace the thing you dreaded.” 

"The family was still hard-pressed for money, and dreamed of savory treats to eat, but they had the warmth of one another, and enough on which to live, and in most parts of the world that is called plenty."

“It's like the people who believe they'll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, but who learn it doesn't work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.” 

“He bent his head, softly kissed the scar, and said, “Every time I see that, I’m going to think how strong my wife is, that she could survive something like that. And I’m going to think how lucky I am that I didn’t lose her that day. I’m the luckiest man in this world.”

 “But every once in a while, from out of the blue, someone reaches the quiet place where you spend your private time and changes the way you see yourself. If you’re lucky it’s your mate…and the transformation reminds you once again that you are absolutely, positively with the right person: because what they say doesn’t touch you because of who they are to you, but because of the content of their message.”

"If you're going to bloody the human, would you be good enough to do it in the backyard?" 

 “You know why I want you? I didn’t know I was lost until you found me. I didn’t know what alone was until the first night I spent without you in my bed. You’re the one thing I’ve got right. You’re what I’ve been waiting for, Pigeon.”

With his recovery, Alice questioned whether he could continue the Alice Cooper façade as an entertainer with his new-found Christianity. Here is his exchange with a pastor:

“I’m a Christian now,” I told him, “and I can’t really be Alice anymore.”

“Vince,” he said. (It’s funny. He calls me Vince and Alice.) “Do you believe that God makes mistakes?”

I answered honestly. “I think God is incapable of making mistakes.”

“Then look where he’s put you – right in the Philistines’ camp. He’s given you all this knowledge. What speaks louder? You preaching the word? Or is it your lifestyle that communicates with people? You’re in the world of rock ‘n’ roll, booze, and sex. Yet you’re the guy who never cheats on his wife, who doesn’t go to strip bars with the boys, and doesn’t get high. Your band sees you reading the Bible at night on the bus. What speaks louder than that? I don’t see any reason why you should quit being Alice Cooper.”

I was surprised. It was definitely not the answer I expected.

A conversation between Doc Jane and Lassiter:

“Lassiter. I want to see the front of you.” 

“That’s what all the girls say.” 

“Do you expect me to roll you over? ’Cuz I will.” 

“Your mate’s not going to like this.” 

“As if that’s going to bother you?” 

“True. It actually makes it worth the effort.” 

With a groan, he shoved his palms into the shimmering silver pool of blood beneath him, and flopped over like the side of beef he was. 

“Wow,” she breathed. 

“I know, right? Hung like a horse.” 


So, what are your favourite book quotes? Please let me know in the comments, or leave me a link to your blog post if you are also participating in the meme!

8 comments:

  1. That quote from the Patricia Briggs book made me ugly snort in a lobby full of people, who then looked at me like I was crazy. I'm going to call that a win!

    My TTT.

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    1. It makes me laugh every time I read it! I think it's my favourite Briggs quote.

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  3. Great quotes! Love the one from the John Irving book.

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  4. I am a Debbie Macomber fan, I like Alice Cooper-classic!!
    https://justmeandmyblogreviews.blogspot.com/2018/03/top-ten-tuesday-book-quotes.html

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  5. I love the Across the Universe books - great to see them on your list! :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

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