I probably just started noting down my favorite book quotes a year ago. But I already love so many of them, that I can’t limit them to just ten here. So, I’m going to make two top ten lists and I hope you all like them too… !!!
QUOTES THAT MADE ME THINK
Power magnifies the ideas of those who hold it because of the human tendency to seek safety in conformity. Only antidotes are conviction – loyalty to a strong countervailing ideology – and the freedom to express it. When these are lacking, ideologies quickly get the upper hand and call the tune for behavior. A minority of haters, backed by the authority of the state, thus becomes free to drive events forward, to make the lives of any targeted group even more miserable.
— Peter Hayes in Why? Explaining the Holocaust
F. Scott Fitzgerald says, “The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.”
— David A. Moss in Democracy: A Case Study
History, after all, is a story, one that is sometimes wonderful. But one must remember it in full – as things really were – and avoid selective amnesia.
— Robert Jackson Bennett in City of Stairs
But there are no frightened, or so strange in their fear, as conquerors. They conjure phantoms endlessly, terrified that their victims will someday do back what was done to them. Conquerors live in dread of the day when they are shown to be, not superior, but simply lucky.
Some worlds are built on a fault line of pain, held up by nightmares. Don’t lament when those worlds fail. Rage that they were built doomed in the first place.
— N. K. Jemisin in The Stone Sky
Political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible. Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder acceptable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
— Charles Lewis in 935 Lies
People were messy. They were defined not only by what they’d done, but by what they would have done, under different circumstances, molded as much by their regrets as their actions, choices they stood by and those they wished they could undo. Of course, there was no going back – time only moved forward – but people could change.
— V. E. Schwab in Our Dark Duet
“You’re remarkably judgmental.”
“What’s the point in having a mind if you don’t use it to make judgements?”
“What’s the point in having a heart if you don’t use it to spare others from the harsh judgements of your mind?”
— Sarah J. Maas in Throne of Glass
It’s the highest art form, deceiving without lying. A word is the only thing in the world made more powerful by absence than existence.
— Rae Carson in The Bitter Kingdom
“It’s the language boys use, the language all of us use when we talk about girls. It’s so screwed up. Like, there are all these horrid words for being girls with no male equivalent. When boys get older, if they don’t find someone, they get called bachelors. We get called spinsters. There isn’t a word that means male spinster. Just like there isn’t a word for a guy who sleeps around – whereas there are TONS for girls. The English language itself is sexist – it reinforces these overgeneralized, screwed up notions about how boys and girls are allowed to be.”
— Holly Bourne in Am I Normal Yet?
QUOTES THAT MADE ME LAUGH AND CRY AND LOVE
“I’m used to being the center of attention wherever I go. I’ve been told I could charm the shoes of a racehorse midstride, and yet you seem impervious.”
— Leigh Bardugo in Ruin and Rising
“What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.
“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.
“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”
— Reneé Ahdieh in The Wrath and the Dawn
Some novels are loving, lifelong companions, some give you a clip around the ear; others are friends who wrap you in warm towels when you’ve got those autumn blues. And some… well, some are pink candy floss that tingles in your brain for three seconds and leaves a blissful void. Like a short, torrid love affair.
— Nina George in The Little Paris Bookshop
“I’m fine”, said Inej.
Jesper rolled his eyes. “You always say that.”
“Isn’t that how things are done around here?” asked Wylan. “We all tell Kaz we are fine and then do something stupid.”
“Are we that predictable?” said Inej.
Wylan and Matthias said in unison, “Yes.”
— Leigh Bardugo in Crooked Kingdom
“You cannot pick and choose what parts of her to love. Just as you cannot pick which parts of me you accept.”
— Sarah J. Maas in Heir of Fire
In books, sometimes the foreshadowing is so obvious that you know what’s going to happen. But knowing what happens isn’t the same as knowing how it happens. Getting there is the best part.
— Emery Lord in The Start of Me and You
“There isn’t a doubt in my mind that we could be perfect for each other’s life, Sydney. It’s our lives that aren’t perfect for us.”
— Colleen Hoover in Maybe Someday
“Fine. But if Pekka Rollins kills us all, I’m going to get Wylan’s ghost to teach my ghost how to play the flute just so I can annoy the hell out of your ghost.”
Brekker’s lips quirked. “I’ll just hire Matthiass’ ghost to kick your ghosts’ ass.”
“My ghost won’t associate with your ghost”, Matthias said primly, and then wondered if the sea air was rotting his brain.
— Leigh Bardugo in Six of Crows
We are not broken things, neither of us. We are cracked pottery mended with lacquer and flakes of gold, whole as we are, complete unto each other. Complete and worthy and so very loved.
— Mackenzi Lee in A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
“I’m not the farmer I claimed to be, but I hope I can make you fall in love with me again, this time as a prince, one day at a time. We’ve had a terrible start – it doesn’t mean we can’t have a better ending.”
I didn’t need to fall in love with him again. I had never fallen out. “Kiss me,” I said. “Before you say anything else, just kiss me and hold me and tell me it was worth it, no matter what happens.”
“It was worth it, Lia,” he said. “Every mile, every day. I’d do it all again. I’d chase you across three continents if that’s what it took to be with you.”
— Mary E. Pearson in The Heart of Betrayal
What do you all think? Aren’t these quotes and the authors who penned them just awesome?? What are some of your favorites??