I’m not a huge note taker or highlighter, but when I read ebooks, I love highlighting all the quotes that impress or move me. And it’s not easy choosing the most thought provoking among them for the purpose of this post, but I did try. These are some quotes from the books that I have read in 2019 which I think are very interesting and meaningful to me. So, let me list down some of them.
A lot of people do something because they think it’s the norm. It’s staying true to yourself when you don’t meet social expectations that’s hard.
— Blindsided by Eden Finley
I hate talking about weight with skinny people. As a big girl it’s like I’m invisible around skinny people; sometimes they make jokes or say things like “Oh my God I’m getting so fat,” when really they wear a size small or medium, and no one who wears a small or medium—or large, for that matter—is truly fat. They don’t know anything about being this big. And really, that’s not what bothers me. What hurts is the disgust in their voice, the visceral fear in their tone, like gaining weight would be the absolute worst thing to happen to them. And so I just sit there, kind of in shock for most of those conversations.
— Watch Us Rise by Renee Watson and Ellen Hagan
What is truth? Scholars seek it. Poets write it. Good kings pay gold to hear it. But in trying times, truth is the first thing we betray.
— Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
This is the paradox of tolerance, the treason of free speech: we hesitate to admit that some people are just fucking evil and need to be stopped.
— How Long ‘Til Black Future Month by N. K. Jemisin
“Go back to where you came from,” muttered a man in Italian, glancing from Magnus’s Indonesian to Shinyun’s Korean face. He moved to shove past them, but Shinyun held up a hand. The man froze.
“I’ve always wondered what that saying is about,” Magnus said casually. “I wasn’t born in Italy, but many people are who don’t fit your idea of what people born here look like. Is it that you think their parents weren’t from here, or their grandparents? Why do people say it? Is the idea that everyone should go back to the very first place their ancestors came from?”
Shinyun stepped up to the man, who remained fixed in place, his eyeballs twitching.
“Wouldn’t that mean,” Magnus asked, “that ultimately, we all have to go back to the water?”
— The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu
The best stories have always been men’s stories, and what men regard as the best stories are often war stories. Yes, women’s tales, too, have been told by men, but with an important difference: they are cautionary. They warn men that women are clever, conniving, deceitful and, frequently, the cause of dissension. They tell women how they should be and, more importantly, not be. A common theme is retribution for breaking rules that are invariably manmade. Speaking out of turn, laughing at the wrong time, keeping a secret. Crossing the line.
— The Kaunteyas by Madhavi S. Madhusudanan
“You think you can come in here and tell me what I am? What I know? What I can do? You think after a few weeks of voyeurism you’re better equipped to judge my potential than I am?” “I’m talking now,” she said, and he closed his mouth. “I don’t need you to tell me how impressive I am, or how well-suited to your task. I’m well aware of my own skills. You think you can see something in me first? Give a purpose-starved girl a compliment and turn her to putty in your hands? Think again. I know I’d be good at what you’re asking. But you said it yourself: I value myself and my potential above all. So what you’ve failed to tell me, besides some run-of-the-mill attempt at blackmail, is why I’d want to risk my life for you.”
— We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
Just because something has always been done does not mean that it ought to be done.
— The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Time is a wheel, vast and indifferent, and when time rolls on and men forget, we face the risk of circling back. We slouch yawning to a new horizon and find ourselves gazing at old hatreds seeded and watered by forgetfulness and flowering into new wars. New massacres. New monsters like die Jägerin. Let this wheel stop. Let us not forget this time. Let us remember.
— The Huntress by Kate Quinn
It’s clear that equality doesn’t quite cut it. Asking for a sliver of disproportional power is too polite a request. I don’t want to be included. Instead, I want to question who created the standard in the first place. After a lifetime of embodying difference, I have no desire to be equal. I want to deconstruct the structural power of a system that marked me out as different. I don’t wish to be assimilated into the status quo. I want to be liberated from all negative assumptions that my characteristics bring. The onus is not on me to change. Instead, it’s the world around me. Equality is fine as a transitional demand, but it’s dishonest not to recognise it for what it is – the easy route. There is a difference between saying ‘we want to be included’ and saying ‘we want to reconstruct your exclusive system’. The former is more readily accepted into the mainstream.
— Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Did you like my choices for the quotes? What are some of your favorite ones? Please share with me in the comments below…