Stuff and Nonsense: Top 10 Tuesday: Quotes


Top 10 Tuesday: Quotes

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is a list of quotes I've loved from books I've read in the past year or so. I used to be a great scribbler of quotes -- had notebooks dedicated to the keeping of them -- but fell out of the habit well over a decade ago now. Wow, how did it get to be so long ago?

"Some people say we shouldn't give alms to the poor, Shirley."
"They are great fools for their pains. For those who are not hungry, it is easy to palaver about the degradation of charity, and so on: but they forget the brevity of life, as well as its bitterness. We have none of us long to live. Let us help each other through seasons of want and woe as well as we can, without heeding in the least the scruples of vain philosophy."
― Charlotte Brontë, Shirley

"Doors are a classic example of that ‘I hate this – it’s fucking great!’ mantra that seems to be part of the permanent internal monologue of all cats. Cats hate doors for the opportunities doors deny them to do exactly what they please, but they love them in equal measure, due to the opportunities they present to make humans their sniveling slaves."
― Tom Cox, The Good, The Bad and The Furry

"I miss you," he whispers. It’s been six months since she died. But Ove still inspects the whole house twice a day to feel the radiators and check that she hasn’t sneakily turned up the heating.
― Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove

"As Shakespeare says, if you're going to do a thing you might as well pop right at it and get it over."
― P.G. Wodehouse, Very Good, Jeeves!

"We often believe the truest measure of a relationship is the ability to lay ourselves bare. But there's something to be said for parading your plumage as well, finding truth as much in the silly as the severe."
― David Levithan, Two Boys Kissing

"I think love is caramel. Sweet and fragant; always welcome. It is the gentle golden colour of a setting harvest sun; the warmth of a squeezed embrace; the easy melting of two souls into one and a taste that lingers even when everything else has melted away. Once tasted it is never forgotten."
― Jenny Colgan, Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop of Dreams

"She said that you always have to choose between the path of needles and the path of pins. When a dress is torn, you know, you can just pin it up, or you can take the time to sew it together. That's what it means. The quick and easy way or the painful way that works."
― Rosamund Hodge, Crimson Bound

"Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say "My tooth is aching" than to say "My heart is broken."
― C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

"I believe in some blending of hope and sunshine sweetening the worst lots. I believe that this life is not all; neither the beginning nor the end. I believe while I tremble; I trust while I weep."
― Charlotte Brontë, Villette

"We sleepwalk through our lives, because how could we live if we were always this awake?"
― Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men

1 comment :

  1. Anonymous17 November

    OH YEAH! I used to have tons of books full of quotes. High School. <3 I should probably start again. I made random art/collages to go with them and everything!


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