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Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists over at The Broke and the Bookish. They love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers there at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. Are you a blogger as well? All that’s asked is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it!

Today’s Top Ten: Top Ten Favourite Quotes from Books.

Wow. Tough Choices for this one. You want me to limit it to ten only? Hmmm…

There’s a mix here of beloved childhood stories that I still hear being read in my mind in my father’s voice, and current bestsellers and critical favourites that are all the rage.

10.  Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

“A new tree had grown from the stump and its trunk had grown along the ground until it reached a place where there were no wash lines above it. Then it had started to grow towards the sky again … But this tree in the yard–this tree that men chopped down…this tree that they built a bonfire around, trying to burn up its stump–this tree had lived!”

Despite everything,  the allegorical tree in Betty Smith’s Depression-era classic manages to survive, just like Francine. I love this book, and I love the quiet determination in survival against the odds.

9. Kelley Armstrong, Frostbitten

“I’ve spent the last decade learning to stand firm and face my problems… or at least batter them until they’re unrecognizable.”

One of life’s hardest lessons… but I’m starting to think that the second part of this quote is just as valid as the first.

8. Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

“And the wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws.”

A classic book – and also a perfect description of your typical four-year-old on any given day when (s)he is feeling contrary. Now try a classroom of twenty-five of them. Sigh.

7. Cassandra Clare, City of Glass

“And now I’m looking at you,” he said, “and you’re asking me if I still want you, as if I could stop loving you. As if I would want to give up the thing that makes me stronger than anything else ever has. I never dared give much of myself to anyone before – bits of myself to the Lightwoods, to Isabelle and Alec, but it took years to do it – but, Clary, since the first time I saw you, I have belonged to you completely. I still do. If you want me.”

Just because. Uber romantic, no?

6. Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”

As a teacher, this has great meaning to me. We are sending our Grade Eight kids out into the wide world of High School; our kids think they are ready, and are chomping at the bit to get there. What is heartbreaking for us is the knowledge that we – their parents and their teachers – have done what we can to prepare them, and now it’s up to them to make the decisions that will guide them throughout life. Crazy.

5. Jasper Fforde, Lost in a Good Book

“I’ll tell you what love is,” I said, “It is blind devotion, unquestioning self-humiliation, utter submission, trust and belief, giving up your whole heart and soul!”

Look, Fforde’s not wrong. Love is painful and difficult and frightening and emotional and, when it’s right, the best thing that you can ever do with your life.

4. Derek Landy, Skulduggery Pleasant

“The world is bigger than you know, and scarier than you might imagine. The only currency worth anything is being true to yourself, and the only goal worth seeking is finding out who you truly are.”

Absolutely true. This may have been written about a skeleton detective and his female teenaged sidekick, but really, it could be about any stage of life.

3. Julie Powell, Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen

“Julia taught me what it takes to find your way in the world. It’s not what I thought it was. I thought it was all about-I don’t know, confidence or will or luck. Those are all some good things to have, no question. But there’s something else, something that these things grow out of. It’s joy.”

Love this quote – without joy, we have nothing.

2. L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

It’s not what the world holds for you. It’s what you bring to it.”

Truer words were never spoken, Anne.



1. E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

“Why did you do all this for me?” he asked. “I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.”

“You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte. “That in itself is a tremendous thing.”

It’s Charlotte’s anniversary year – do you have your copy? It’s one of my Desert Island Reads, and this quote means more to me now than ever. It’s beautiful, and teaches us the value of unconditional friendship. To my friends – thank you. You are all tremendous. ‘Nuf said.

Look for my friend Miriam’s take on her top ten quotes tomorrow… 

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16 Responses »

  1. Oh Charlotte’s Web, how I love thee. =)

    Truly inspirational!

    Thanks for stoppin by my blog!


  2. These are wonderful quotes! “Oh the Places You’ll Go” is my favourite Dr Seuss book – his rhythm and rhyme are so much fun.
    And I love pretty much everything Jace says – but that one is just gorgeous.


  3. Great quotes. I have a few of these on my fave quote list on GR. Thanks for stopping by my page. I also loved you photo’s under this post as well. She is adorable! My daughter is a big pink fan as well, but it must be a dress. lol Kids are so funny. Have a great week.


  4. oh how I love that City of glass one. SO great!


  5. How timely with your choice of a Maurice Sendak quote…
    I keep seeing A Tree Grows in Brooklyn at the store and mean to check it out..

    Lovely selections! 🙂

    Michele | Top 10


  6. Love love love Tree Grows in Brooklyn! I picked a quote from there too.


  7. I love that you included Children’s books in here. I agree, some of the best quotes are from children’s books, and you have some great ones.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!


  8. Love Anne! Best quote ever. I’m sad I didn’t include it in my list!


  9. So many great quotes! Dr. Seuss! Charlottes Web! I haven’t read Fforde before but that quote is lovely!


  10. I love Oh, the Places You’ll Go! I have a small copy I sometimes keep in my bag to read when I’m out and about. ♥


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