Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Quotations

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

This is your most thought-provoking Top Ten Tuesday yet, in my opinion. I can't wait to read everyone's posts. 

The Story Girl

1. "He has got no good red blood in his body," said Sir James.
"No. Somebody put a drop under a magnifying-glass and it was all semicolons and parentheses," said Mrs. Cadwallader.
-- Middlemarch by George Eliot

Because it is hilarious.

2. "But Philip was impatient with himself; he called to mind his idea of the pattern of life: the unhappiness he had suffered was no more than part of a decoration which was elaborate and beautiful; he told himself strenuously that he must accept with gaiety everything, dreariness and excitement, pleasure and pain, because it added to the richness of the design."
-- Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham

Because I want to live my life in the same way.

3. "I remember it as October days are always remembered, cloudless, maple-flavored, the air gold and so clean it quivers."
-- Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

Because October is my favorite month, and this is such a perfectly beautiful description of it. 

4. "I was horribly bookish, to the point of coming right out and saying it, which I knew was not socially acceptable." 
-- Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Just because. 

5. "In some ways, I think I'll never be over him," Langston said.
"That is such an unsatisfying answer."
"That's because you're interpreting it the wrong way. I don't mean it as a wistful, overdramatic declaration. I meant that the love I felt for him was huge and real, and, while painful, it forever changed me as a person, in the same way that being your brother reflects and changes how I evolve, and vice vera. The important people in our lives leave imprints. They may stay or go in the physical realm, but they are always there in your heart, because they helped form your heart. There's no getting over that."
-- Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Because it is truth.

6. "anachronism, n. 'I'll go get the horse and buggy,' you'll say. And I'll say, 'But I thought we were taking the hovercraft!'"
-- The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan

Because every time I read it, I laugh out loud -- literally. 

7. "Each time you happen to me all over again."
-- The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Because it squeezes my heart in the best possible way. 

8. "Because," he said, "I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you -- especially when you are near me, as now: it is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame. And if that boisterous Channel, and two hundred miles or so of land come broad between us, I am afraid that cord of communion will be snap; and then I've a nervous notion I should take to bleeding inwardly."
-- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Because this is just one of Mr. Rochester's many lovely speeches (probably the best one). 

9. "Because he's Will."
-- The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman

Because Will is my ultimate literary crush, and if you've read this book, you understand the emotion and trust and love behind those three little words. I don't think any one line in any one book has made me cry so much, even if they are negligible on their own. 

10. "A broken heart has more surface area than one that is intact."
-- Salt and Saffron by Kamila Shamsie. 

Because this is a lesson I've learned first hand -- as more surfaces on your heart are exposed, you have a greater capacity to love and feel. 


  1. Great quotes! I love number 8!

  2. I love Dash & Lily. That book is full of great quotes :-)

    1. So true. There were more I could have easily added -- I feel like I underlined half the book.

  3. It's so funny to me how books quotes make us want to read a book we might not otherwise read.

    1. I know what you mean -- I have found a lot of those through other people's posts today. I think my number one desired new read is The Name of the Wind.

  4. Love those. The Age of Innocence one tugs at my heartstrings. I want that kind of love where every day I look at my hubs and I love him all the more. Beautiful!

    1. So true. It is so heart-breaking in The Age of Innocence because he isn't her husband *sigh*

  5. Girl, you have picked out some fabulous quotes! I sighed out loud at the Jane Eyre quote, which made me realize that I really need to read it again soon. It's been quite a few years since I last enjoyed it. The Middlemarch quote made me LOL - and now I'm dying to start it. I loved The Lover's Dictionary. It was so different, but such a great read. And saying the Age of Innocence quote squeezes your heart is the perfect way to describe what it does to me, too. Glad you've got such great literary taste!

    1. I really want to reread Middlemarch -- it is such a beast of a book that I hesitate to do a big huge reread but I really loved it. I agree -- The Lover's Dictionary was so amazing. I am tempted to write a fanfiction of it just because it was so cool and I would love trying to express myself in a story like that. Thanks!

  6. Fantastic list! The Middlemarch quote IS hilarious.
    Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog

    1. :) I love how sarcastic George Eliot can be!

  7. Wow. These are awesome quotes. Is the first one about Sickle Cell Disease?

    I tried something different with my quotes - you're welcome to visit :)

    1. I think the first one is more just describing the dryness of the character's personality, but it could definitely be interpreted as sickle cell -- I can see where you got that idea!

  8. Awwww. I love your quote from The Amber Spyglass. I was so sad (and happy) with the ending of that series. I understood it, yet it still broke my heart.

    1. Oh I know. I think that is the first time a book really just ripped my heart out.

  9. I love the quote from "The Amber Spyglass"!! Great list!

    1. Thanks! I need to reread The Amber Spyglass soon!


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