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Top Ten Tuesday ~ Favorite Book Quotes

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! Don’t forget to head over to That Artsy Reader Girl and join the linkup!


Ten Favorite Book Quotes

Oh man. So many good book quotes and I’m sure I’ll forget some of my favorites. Here are the ones I can think of to look for off the top of my head. This reinforces the idea, though, that I need to re-star my habit of keeping a notebook of favorite quotes — I used to do that, and got out of the habit, but I miss it.

  1. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry ~ “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
  2. Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher ~ “Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell.”
  3. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire ~ “We notice the silence of men. We depend upon the silence of women.”
  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling ~ “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
  5. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien ~ “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”
  6. Sorcery & Cecelia by Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer ~ “How dreadful…to be caught up in a game and have no idea of the rules.”
  7. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry ~ “Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.”
  8. Bellwether by Connie Willis ~ “Don’t they know science doesn’t work like that? You can’t just order scientific breakthroughs. They happen when you are looking at something you’ve been working on for years and suddenly see a connection you never noticed before, or when you’re looking for something else altogether. Sometimes they even happen by accident. Don’t they know you can’t get a scientific breakthrough just because you want one?”
  9. Smoke and Shadows by Tanya Huff ~ “Better the comfort of a lie than the absurdity of the truth.”
  10. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster ~ “So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.”

And a bonus quote that is just funny and not really any deeper than that. (I tried to make my official ten quotes have some meaning to them, but I couldn’t resist including this one.)

When Rome burned, the emperor’s cats still expected to be fed on time.

~ Seanan McGuire, Rosemary & Rue

14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday ~ Favorite Book Quotes

    1. I love that book, too! And yes, it’s very quotable. I probably could have done a list of 10 quotes just from that book without much difficulty.

    1. I will be honest, I *loved* the sheep part of Bellwether. I’m not sure if I liked it or To Say Nothing of the Dog better, though. I liked them both differently, I guess.

  1. The Little Prince is chock full of great quotes, isn’t it??
    My favorite Connie Willis quote is from To Say Nothing of the Dog: “The reason Victorian society was so restricted and repressed is that it was impossible to move without knocking something over.”
    And my favorite Ray Bradbury quote, from Dandelion Wine: “And suddenly everything, absolutely everything, was there.”

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