Top Most Awesome Quotes Part 3

Have you ever came across a quote in a book that just struck something deep inside you, and in that moment, you had to write it down so you’d never forget it? I have. In fact, I get enamored with quotes frequently, and I have an ever evolving list where I compile them all. These quotes range from funny, to inspiring, to wise, to simply beautiful. And I like sharing them, and hearing quotes from people who also keep their favorites close to heart, so with no further ado, here’s the next 10.

  • “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Lady Windmere’s Fan, Wilde

 

  • “I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn’t already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.” – The Book Thief, Zusak

 

  • “’But that’s just as bad,’ protested Milo.’You mean just as good,’ corrected the Humbug. ‘Things which are equally bad are also equally good. Try to look at the bright side of things.'” – The Phantom Tollbooth, Juster

 

  • “Population: None.

    It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite member divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.” – The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Adams

 

  • “It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the death and walking into the arena with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore knew—and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents – that there was all the difference in the world.” – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Rowling

 

  • “It struck me as pretty ridiculous to be called Mr. Darcy and to stand on your own looking snooty at a party. It’s like being called Heathcliff and insisting on spending the entire evening in the garden, shouting ‘Cathy’ and banging your head against a tree.” – Bridget Jone’s Diary, Fielding 

 

  • “Crying does not indicate that you are weak. Since birth, it has always been a sign that you are alive.” – Jane Eyre, Bronte

 

  • “It takes ten times as long to put yourself together as it does to fall apart.” – Mockingjay,  Collins

 

  • “’I just thought to myself, all of a sudden, that we had something in common. A natural chemistry, if you will. And I had a feeling that something big was going to happen. To both of us. That we were, in fact, meant to be together.’

    ‘You got all this,’ I said, clarifying, ‘at the tire display?'” – This Lullaby, Dessen

And, as last time, for my final quote I’ve selected one that a visitor left by. I’m really happy that people leave quotes in the comments, because they all are fantastic, and I’ve put several new books on my to read list just because I figure that if the author had one quote like that, then maybe the whole book is great. This week’s final quote is brought to you by Molly Mortensen, who left a quote from Terry Pratchett that I found both amusing and true.

  • Death: “Human beings make life so interesting. Do you know, that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom.” – The Hogfather, Pratchett

What are your favorite quotes? Do you also like to collect/write quotes down? Let me know in the comments, below! 

Top Most Awesome Quotes Part 2

So, a couple of weeks ago I did a post titled Top Most Awesome Quotes Part 1, where I shared some of my favorite quotes from some of my favorite books. Some are funny, some are inspiring, some are wise, some are downright gorgeous. And some I simply had to write down, for some compelling reason that I can’t quite explain. I have quite a lot of them piled up, so without further ado, here’s the next 10.

 

  • “At the enchanted metropolitan twilight I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others – poor young clerks who loitered in front of windows waiting until it was time for a solitary restaurant dinner – young clerks in the dusk, wasting the most poignant moments of night and life.” –The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald 

 

  • “We are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be. When adults say, ‘Teenagers think they are invincible’ with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail. So I know she forgives me, just as I forgive her. Thomas Edison’s last words were: ‘It’s very beautiful over there.’ I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.” – Looking for Alaska, Green 

 

  • “Arthur shook his head and sat down. He looked up.’I thought you must be dead…’ he said simply.

    ‘So did I for a while,’ said Ford, ‘and then I decided I was a lemon for a couple of weeks. I kept myself amused all that time jumping in and out of a gin and tonic.'” – Life, the Universe and Everything, Adams 

 

  • “‘There are all kinds of courage. It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Rowling 

 

  • “Enjoying living was learning to get your money’s worth and knowing when you had it.” – The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway 

 

  • “‘I have not broken your heart–you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine. So much the worse for me, that I am strong. Do I want to live? What kind of living will it be when you–oh, God! Would you like to live with your soul in the grave?” – Wuthering Heights, Bronte 

 

  • “‘Hello.’ Stronger now. ‘Hello! Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to Die!”No—,’

    ‘Offer me money—,’

    ‘Everything,’ the Count said.

    ‘Power too. Promise me that.’

    ‘All I have and more. Please.’

    ‘Offer me anything I ask for.’

    ‘Yes. Yes. Say it.’

    ‘I want Domingo Montoya, you son of a bitch,’ and the six-fingered sword flashed again.” – The Princess Bride, Goldman 

 

  • “Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.” – The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Hodkin 

 

  • “The mistake ninety-nine percent of humanity made, as far as Fats could see, was being ashamed of what they were; lying about it, trying to be someone else. Honesty was Fats’ currency, his weapon and defense. It frightened people when you were honest; it shocked them. … Fats was attracted by rawness, by everything that was ugly but honest, by the dirty things about which the likes of his father felt humiliated and disgusted.” – The Casual Vacancy, Rowling 

And finally, for the tenth quote, I’m featuring one that a visitor left by. All of the quotes that people commented were beautiful, and I had a hard time picking which one to choose, but I loved the way this quote made me feel when reading it, just as I love the way it says to never give up, and to always keep on going, no matter what. So thank you, Nobody, for sharing this quote with me!

  • “When the moment comes to stop running from your past, to turn around and face the thing you thought you could not face–the moment when your life teeters between giving up and getting up–when that moment comes, and it always comes, if you can’t get up and you can’t give up either, here’s what you do: Crawl.” – Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

 

So, do you have any quotes that you absolutely adore? Any that have that magical power to wow you, shock you, get to you? If so, share them in the comments! As a bit of a quote-collector, I love hearing great new quotes, and I know you guys all have a couple tucked away. 

 

 

Books Summed Up in One Quote

Okay, so the title today is kind of lame. Er, really lame. But I just got out of the car after driving 500 miles cross-country, so my creative centers are all nodding admiringly like ‘Books Summed Up in One Quote–fantastic. Really fantastic. Yeah. Can we go to sleep now?’ Anyways, I really couldn’t think of anything else to title this post, because it’s literally what I’m doing today. Instead of a review or a list or my thoughts or something of that sort, I decided to do a game. I’ve just been thinking a lot about how often a single quote has the power to capture the entire essence of a book or even a series, and decided it’d be an interesting challenge to choose five books and try to find a quote from inside the book that covered the main gist of it. Some quotes I managed to find on the first page, others I had to comb through to the very end. Either way, it was actually pretty fun. I’ll share the books and quotes that I found, and if you want, feel free to do the same in the comments!

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket 

A Series of Unfortunate Events

“If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better of reading some other book.”

The first line of the first book pretty much sums up the entire series. Literally nothing but bad, horrible things happen to the three protagonists. They are stalked, abused, and abandoned. Perpetually. Like, in every single book. It’s fun to read this series because no matter what is happening in your life, there is a 99.7768 chance that the Baudelaires have it worse off.

The Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer  

“This being civil business was more difficult than one would think.”

I found this quote in the second book of the series, the Arctic Incident. For a while, I thought of choosing “D’Arvit” as my quote, but I thought that this quote made more sense in terms of Artemis’s character growth throughout the series.  Because if you look at the first book and compare it to the last, there is so much of it. The Artemis from the first book–the one who is so selfish and arrogant and willing to risk the lives of those closest to him–dissolves into one who has matured, and who actually respects (some select) people. He is still a genius mastermind, and he is still intellectually above almost everybody, but at least he learns to genuinely like and respect such people (or elves) that he previously would have thought himself so above. Still, this better side of him doesn’t always come easy. It’s a long journey before the old Arty comes and goes.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige 

Dorothy Must Die

“‘Magic,’ I said under my breath, without even really meaning to.”

I chose this quote because it’s how most of the major plot points advance. Amy doesn’t know magic, but somehow she creates it, and sometimes she doesn’t, and nobody (including the audience) really knows why. When I think of this book I think of that meme where that guy holds up his fingers and says, eyes gaping, “magic!”

Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich

“Your car is a mess,” Lula said. “I don’t know what it is with you and cars.”

For all those Stephanie fans out there, you’ll definitely understand why this is such an all-encompassing quote. This quote came from Eleven on Top, so it’s significantly far enough into the series that Stephanie’s issues with cars have been firmly established. This girl cannot go a novel without blowing up a car, usually hers. I think it’s safe to say it’s about time for Stephanie to start using public transit.

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Princess Diaries

“Sometimes it seems like all I ever do is lie.”

Yes, yes you do Mia. You hide your real identity, and you are too shy to voice your opinion, and this causes the momentum for much of the book to happen. So…good job, I guess. Because a world without Mia lying would be a world without the Princess Diaries and in the words of Isaac from the Fault in Our Stars, I do not want to see a world without Mia Thermopolis.

Okay, fine. Maybe Isaac didn’t say Mia. But I can only imagine he would agree.


 

 

So…

Thanks for reading! I hope you liked it. My challenge to you is much the same, although mini-sized. Pick a book from your shelves (at random for an extra kick) and find a quote that captures as much of the book as a quote can. Share it in the comments. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

 

Top Most Awesome Quotes Part 1

Hi, again, guys! Today, I was shuffling through my old word documents when I found a list of the “Top Most Awesome Quotes” found in books. Re-reading through them, I realized that the title was true. These are some of the Top Most Awesome Quotes. And it would be a shame not to share them with you. Or, at the very least, some of them. So with no further ado, here is a list of ten. Ten more will follow in another post, some time, some day.

 

  • “The knack of flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.” – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Adams 

 

  • “Sometimes, I look outside, and I think that a lot of other people have seen this snow before. Just like I think that a lot of other people have read those books before. And listened to those songs. I wonder how they feel tonight.” – The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Chbosky 

 

  • “There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired.” -The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald 

 

  • “‘What the hell is that?’ I laughed. ‘It’s my fox hat.’ ‘Your fox hat?’ ‘Yeah, Pudge. My fox hat.’ ‘Why are you wearing your fox hat’?” I asked. ‘Because no one can catch the motherfucking fox.'” -Looking for Alaska, Green 

 

  • “‘Then let’s look on the bright side; we’re having an adventure, Fezzik, and most people live and die without being as lucky as we are.'” – The Princess Bride, Goldman. 

 

  • “All children, except one, grow up.” – Peter Pan, Barrie. 

 

  • “My father had a face that could stop a clock. I don’t mean that he was ugly or anything; it was a phrase that the ChronoGuard used to describe someone who had the power to reduce time to an ultra-slow trickle.” – The Eyre Affair, Fforde 

 

  • “Why, did you know that there are almost as many kinds of stillness as there are sounds? But, sadly enough no one pays any attention to them these days.“Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn?” she inquired. “Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a question you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause in  a roomful of people when someone is about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you’re all alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful, if you listen carefully.” – The Phantom Tollbooth, Juster

 

  • “Bran thought about it. ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’ ‘That is the only time a man can be brave,” his father told him.” -A Game of Thrones, Martin. 

 

And finally, to end the post off:

  • “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – The Lorax, Seuss.

 

Do you have any favorite quotes that never cease to make you laugh, smile, frown, or think? If so, tell me! It’s kind of weird, but I actually love collecting book quotes. I have pages of them in my notebook and they always inspire me when I need that kind of thing. I hope some of these inspired you. Or, at the very least, I hope you didn’t hate them. But, come on, how could you?