I have always been that person who scribbles quotes in journals, screenshots them on my phone, and generally hoards them in order to read back on them later. I just adore snippets of stories, the parts that leap off the page at you, the sentences that you just feel right inside your bones. I also feel that quotes can be incredible powerful in that they can form connections between people who would never have known that they had that common ground (books, of course, can do the same). I decided to compile together a little collection of some (key word: some, I would drown you all if I were to list every sentence that ever touched me) of my favourite quotes from various books to share with you. I hope that it will also inspire you to share some of yours, as I absolutely love hearing which quotes really reach out to people.
“I say, ‘I will not be your weakness, Sean Kendrick.’
Now he looks at me. He says, very softly, ‘It’s too late for that, Puck” – Maggie Stiefvater, The Scorpio Races
“He is slow, and the sea sings to us both, but he returns to me.” – Maggie Stiefvater, The Scorpio Races
“I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.” – Dodie Smith, I Capture The Castle
“When he heard there was nothing to eat, he sat down and wept…”Why did I ever wake up?” he cried.” – J.R.R Tolkien, The Hobbit
“Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?” – J.R.R Tolkien, The Hobbit
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – J.R.R Tolkien, The Hobbit
“While it is always possible to wake a person who’s sleeping, no amount of noise will wake a person who is pretending to sleep.” – Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals
“Not responding is a response – we are equally responsible for what we don’t do.” – Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals
“Y. That perfect letter. The wishbone, the fork in the road, empty wineglass. The question we ask over and over.” – Marjorie Celona, Y
“She tastes like nectar and salt. Nectar and salt and apples. Pollen and stars and hinges. She tastes like fairytales. Swan maiden at midnight. Cream on the tip of a fox’s tongue. She tastes like hope.” – Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke and Bone
“Today I must be very careful, today I have left my armour at home.” Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“Keep a little fire burning, however small, however hidden.” – Cormac McCarthy, The Road
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” – Jack Kerouac, On The Road
“As for me, I am a watercolour. I wash off.” – Anne Sexton, For My Lover, Returning to His Wife
I had a lot of difficulty even narrowing them down to this many, so I am planning on posting more of these posts in the future! I’d love to share some of my very favourite poems and paragraphs and prose that just blows me away. Words are so powerful and there is nothing better than getting swept up in their magic. I would even like to share some of my own writing and poetry on here at some point which, despite being terrifying to me, would be nice.
I hope you enjoyed reading this little collection of some of my favourites.