Monday, May 7, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Book Quotes

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This week's Top Ten Tuesday question at the Broke and The Bookish asks:

What are your Top 10 Favorite Quotes from Books?

I was so excited when I saw today's topic. Some of the quotes popped into my head the instant I read the question. Others are from books/authors that I love as a whole, and it was painful to try and just pick just one excerpt. But I did it! Hope you enjoy!

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
      - A Poem by Bilbo Baggins
         in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring

"It is our choices Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." - Albus Dumbledore in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

“Some beautiful morning she will just wake up and find it is Tomorrow. Not Today but Tomorrow. And then things will happen…wonderful things.” - Anne Shirley in L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Windy Poplars

“The minute we begin to think we have all the answers, we forget the questions.”― Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet

“The world isn't just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no? And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no? Doesn't that make life a story?” ― Yann Martel, Life of Pi

“I know that the whole point—the only point—is to find the things that matter, and hold on to them, and fight for them, and refuse to let them go.” - Lauren Oliver, Delirium

“There were two things about Mama. One is she always expected the best out of me. And the other is that then no matter what I did, whatever I came home with, she acted like it was the moon I had just hung up in the sky and plugged in all the stars. Like I was that good.” ― Barbara Kingsolver, The Bean Trees

Never promise to do the possible. Anyone could do the possible. You should promise to do the impossible because sometimes the impossible was possible. And if you failed, well, it had been impossible. - Terry Prachett, Going Postal

"A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." - Tyrion Lannister in George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones

“Do you realise modern social mores exist for a reason?"
"I was hungry, allowances should be made.” 
― Gail Carriger's Soulless

What are your favorite book quotes?


  1. Great list! I've seen that Dumbledore quote on a couple of posts so far; he's so quotable and I can't believe that I have NO Potter on my list. Yikes!

    Here's mine:

  2. Great list! I LOVE The Bean Trees.
    Angela @ AJ Arndt Books

  3. Great list! I love the quote from Lauren Oliver. :)

    My TTT

  4. I loved the book Soulless, I picked a quote from it too!

  5. the Souless quote made me giggle-- I like it, I like it! And the Bean Tree quote is lovely. Nice list Carissa :-)

  6. Love the Tolkien and GoT quote!! I haven't read many of the others but the quotes make me want to read more!! Great list :]

    My Top Ten

  7. I love this post!

    Here are some of my favorites from recent reads:

    “We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.” - Veronica Roth, DIVERGENT

    “We both have war inside us. Sometimes it keeps us alive. Sometimes it threatens to destroy us.” - Veronica Roth, INSURGENT

    "There was a pause where I could have responded, but I left it filled only with starlight and misted breath." - Jodi Meadows, INCARNATE

  8. I loooved Soulless. One of the funniest books I have ever read. And I loooove the Tolkien quote.

  9. Great choices! My favorite from the list might be the Game of Thrones quote, though... I am partial to quotes about how awesome books are!

  10. You won me over with Harry Potter! Some great quotes here.

    New follower :)

    Chelsey@Charming Chelsey's

  11. I have the same HP quote this week! Love the Soulless one...such a funny book!

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

  12. I love your list. I have the Lord of the Rings quote, too!

    Here's my list.

  13. Dumbledore was always my favorite teacher.

  14. Not all those who wonder are lost <3

    And I love the quote from Harry Potter!

  15. I love that Tolkien quote. Guess I need to read something by him soon! You probably know this by know, but I love me some L.M. Montgomery. And I love the quote you picked - I don't think I've seen anyone else choose that quote yet. I like the Delirium & Harry Potter quotes, too. Great choices!

  16. I loved the quotefrom Game of Thrones.

  17. You chose some great quotes, Carissa!

  18. It's amazing the many inspirational things you read in every day books. You can never go wrong with Anne Shirley!

  19. Excellent quotes! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Great quotes! One I have always loved is by Wilde in Dorian Grey: "The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it". Maybe shouldn't be followed in every situation but I love the 'seize the day' feel of it. Even though for Dorian Grey it did not turn out so well so should be careful!

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  23. Those were so good!! I especially liked the Going Postal one and The Bean Trees one. :o)



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