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Top Ten Redux: Miriam’s Take

Once again, my friend Miriam has decided to join in the Top Ten fun … Full disclosure: she actually sent me her list of quotes before I had selected mine, so I’ve deliberately not chosen some of the quotes that she had on her list, even though I absolutely love them as well! Any quotes that we both selected are in blue, just in case you wondered 🙂

Without further ado … Miriam’s Top Ten Book Quotes in no particular order:

Miriam’s Top Ten Book Quotes

 “I can’t believe anyone would voluntarily run 26 miles. Sometimes I sit on the couch cross-legged because I don’t feel like walking to the bathroom.”  Bitter is the New Black, Jenn Lancaster

“I mean anorexics look in the mirror, and even if they’re eighty pounds, they still see a fat girl. I’m a hundred pounds heavier than I was in high school, my veins are full of crème fraiche, and yet I look in the mirror, take in the hair and makeup, and think, Damn, baby, you fiiine.”    Bitter is the New Black, Jenn Lancaster

 “When you acknowledge as you must, that there’s no such thing as perfect food, only the idea of it, then the real purpose of striving towards perfection becomes clear; to make people happy. That’s what cooking is all about.” – Thomas Keller, The Soul of a Chef, Michael Ruhlman

“Although I haven’t seen him in more than ten years I know I’ll miss him forever. I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve.

Jesus, does anybody?” Gordie Lachance in The Body, Stephen King

“I’ve heard tell that what you imagine sometimes comes true.” – Grandpa Joe, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl

“We’re glad he’s gone, but a little sad, too. Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.” –Red, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, Stephen King

 “Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive–it’s such an interesting world. It wouldn’t be half so interesting if we know all about everything, would it? There’d be no scope for imagination then, would there?” – Anne, Anne of Green GablesLucy Maud Montgomery 

“I imagine the world was created beneath a canopy of silence. Perfect silence. While in my own personal silence I would create the world I dreamed of. A world full of love and absent of life’s harsh realities. A world where all dreams would come true. A place called Perfect. But I’ve come to realize that some dreams you have to give up. I live in a world that promises to protect me but will not catch me when I fall. In this life I have fallen many times. From these falls I have learned many lessons. Lessons involving lust, loss, love, and life. Lessons that hit as hard as an unannounced summer thunderstorm, sudden and sometimes destructive.  …My heart knows who I am and who I’ll turn out to be.” – Raymond Winston Tyler Jr., Invisible Life, E. Lynn Harris

“The first meal you cook for someone is intimate. Not just if it’s for a date. And not just because no one cooks anymore – it really has nothing to do with whether you are a good cook or not. It’s entry into the way you think, what you’ve seen and know, the way you treat others, how you perceive pleasure. Dinner guests can see by how you compose a meal if you are ungenerous hothead or a nurturer, stingy or cleaver, fussy or stylish” – Cooking for Mr. Latte, Amanda Hesser

 “When I walk into my kitchen today, I am not alone. Whether we know it or not, none of us is. We bring fathers and mothers and kitchen tables, and every meal we have ever eaten. Food is never just food. It’s also a way of getting at something else: who we are, who we have been, and who we want to be.” –  A Homemade Life, Molly Wizenberg

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