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Top Ten Tuesdays: Favorite Book Quotes

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How could I pass this one up?! I can't because I really love quotes especially from books! Head on over to The Broke and the Bookish to look at even more great quotes!

Here are some of mine and I'm sure that I have even more tucked away but 10 will be fine for today:

1. Marguerite suffered intensely. Though she laughed and chatted, though she was more admired, more surrounded, more f^eted than any woman there, she felt like one condemned to death, living her last day upon this earth. The Scarlett Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

2. "We sit in the middle of the cafeteria, a fish bowl crowded with minnows,
guppies, tetras, mollies, and angelfish. Sharks circle their prey.
Lesser spiny eels bump their noses against the glass, looking for the
exit. Bits of fish flakes and strings of poop dangle in the air.
Lime-green algae slicks the floor." pg. 105, Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

3. Pg. 21: He laughs again. Why does he do that? He is more curious than I am. "You're a tough critic, Jenna Fox. I create art because I need to. It's just something in me. Like breathing."
How can a pine serpent be in him? Especially one that will not last. "This will be gone by tomorrow." ~The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

4. Algernon: I really don't see anything romantic in proposing. It ... is very romantic to be in love. But there is nothing romantic about a definite proposal. Why, one may be accepted. One usually is, I believe. Then the excitement is all over. The very essence of romance is uncertainty. The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde

5. “You think I have no feelings, and that I can do without one bit of love or kindness; but I cannot live so: and you have no pity.” Jane Eyre
By Charlotte Brontë

6. “Well, for instance, when I left her today, she put her arms around me and felt my shoulder blades, to see if my wings were strong, she(Mademoiselle Reisz) said. ‘The bird that would soar above the level of plain tradition and prejudice must have strong wings. It is a sad spectacle to see the weaklings bruised, exhausted and fluttering back to earth.’” ~The Awakening by Kate Chopin

7. There's a kind of tenderness that's only possible in the predawn hours, a blue-gray, lonely tenderness that comes from dim lights and sleepiness and immense quiet. A kind of tenderness and a kind of hope. I've always found it hard to feel angry in the half-hour before the sun comes up, ....(pg. 187) ~Love Walked In by Maria de los Santos

8. ...the thing is you can get used to anything you think you can't, you
want to die but you don't, you can't, you just are
Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

9. It is not only the white man who breaks the sixth commandment…. Evil and ugly things have been committed against the will of God on both sides. The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter

10. The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

*What type of quotation is your favorite? I love ones that are thought-provoking and give me a reason to commit them to my memory.
Thanks so much for reading my Top 10 today!


Queen 'Bina September 21, 2010 at 5:29 PM  
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Queen 'Bina September 21, 2010 at 5:30 PM  

I love the LOTR poem, and the art, too. I sometimes wish I lived in a Hobbit hole.

Daisy September 21, 2010 at 5:34 PM  

I only know Jane Eyre and The Fellowship of the Ring from your list, but the other quotes sound wonderful as well!

Jamie September 21, 2010 at 8:11 PM  

I've been dying to read The Awakening and that quote only confirms it!

Jen September 21, 2010 at 8:59 PM  

The only book I've read off your list is Wintergirls.

I like quotes that make you think as well, and funny quotes. And descriptive quotes. I think I just like all quotes! :)

Lu September 22, 2010 at 2:27 AM  

Great Quotes! I love the JRR Tolkien one :D

Kayla + Cyna September 22, 2010 at 4:10 AM  

Oh wow, I totally forgot about The Importance of Being Ernest, that has some of the best dialog I've ever heard. Nice pick :D I used to keep a book full of quotes I found thought-provoking and 'deep' to my pre-teen mind (and it served me well today!), but as of late all I seem to remember are the ones that make me laugh. Clearly I have matured, lol.

Nice list :)

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