Top Ten Tuesday #16: A Bunch o’ Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic:

Top ten quotes I loved from books I read in the past year or so

This week’s topic is a quotey one and I’m excited for it. I love quotes. I created a whole page on my blog just for them. Here are a few from books I read (in no particular order):

“The three foundations of learning: see much, study much, suffer much.”

— from Lloyd Alexander’s The Book of Three

“Don’t matter if they’s the ugliest soul who ever drew a breath, the first one you fall for always remains beautiful to you in some way, and the memories you have of the time you spent together get colored over in soft shades as the years wear on.”

— from Billy Coffey’s The Curse of Crow Hollow

“We each bring a great deal of our own lives, our own perspectives, our own reading of other works, to each new novel that we’ll never see the same things.”

— from Thomas C. Foster’s How to Read Novels Like a Professor

“Basically, if you want to become a good writer, you need to do three things. Read a lot, listen well and deeply, and write a lot.”

— from Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones

“If you followed logic all the way back to its origin, do you inevitably end up at a point of illogic, an article of faith? Even an indisputable fact must be chosen as the place to start reasoning, given weight by a mind that believed in its worth.”

— from Rachel Hartman’s Shadow Scale

“She saw a dust-bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom; the thousand sister-calyxes arch to meet the love embrace and the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom and frothing with delight…Oh to be a pear tree — any tree in bloom! With kissing bees singing of the beginning of the world!”

— from Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God

“I love Stephen King as much as any red rum drinking American, but I resent the fact that I, the bookseller, am his bitch.”

— from Caroline Kepnes’s You

“He deftly strung his little bow / and from the quiver chose a virgin arrow / laden with future groans.”

— from Apollonius of Rhodes’s Jason and the Argonauts

“War as a moral metaphor is limited, limiting, and dangerous. By reducing the choices of action to “a war against” whatever-it-is, you divide the world into Me or Us (good) and Them or It (bad) and reduce the ethical complexity and moral richness of our life to Yes/No, On/Off.”

— from the afterword in Ursula Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea

“The uncertainty of the future made them turn their hearts toward the past.”

— from Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude

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22 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #16: A Bunch o’ Quotes

  1. This is a great list! I love that you have a page on your blog to keep track of quotes. That’s a great idea. I’m reading “You” right now. That is one messed up book.


    1. Lol. Yes it is. I heard the ebook great too because the orator* does a great job portraying Joe’s personality throughhis voice. What really shook me up a bit is that I started to sympathize with Joe and cheer him on sometimes though I didn’t want to because he’s bad.
      Thanks. I forget quotes easily so I had do the page.


    1. Oh! Totally forgot that one when I just responded to your comment. The protagonist is a bookseller and the quote is just perfect after he discusses all he has to do when a King book comes out.

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  2. Love One Hundred Years of Solitude, great quote you chose from that book 🙂 And I love that quote from How to Read Novels Like a Professor–it’s quite true how much of ourselves and our experiences we bring to the reading experience 🙂

    Thanks for dropping by my TTT 🙂


    1. I was surprised to enjoy Garcia Marquez’s book when I read it. I loved it. And yes, Foster’s quote is great because it dispels the belief that most students have that we should all have the same opinions on books, especially the classics.


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