I love quotes, but I don't have the memory for them. I should probably start a notebook, or maybe record them here... but I get lazy. So I just roll around in the meaning or imagery of the words for a while, bask in them for a bit, and move on.
Too many books, too little time. (I think Frank Zappa said that. :P)
Anyway, here are some quotes from some books I love. I can't really say that these are my "favorite" quotes (though these are favorite books), but these are ones that could be, if I could know for certain that I wasn't overlooking others even more awesome. :)
- Different Seasons by Stephen King“The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them -- words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they're brought out. But it's more than that, isn't it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you've said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That's the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.”
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak“If only she could be so oblivious again, to feel such love without knowing it, mistaking it for laughter. ”
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
- The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie“Death and disaster are at our shoulders every second of our lives, trying to get at us. Missing, a lot of the time. A lot of miles on the motorway without a front wheel blow-out. A lot of viruses that slither through our bodies without snagging. A lot of pianos that fall a minute after we've passed. Or a month, it makes no difference. So unless were going to get down on our knees and give thanks every time disaster misses, it makes no sense to moan when it strikes.”
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman“People believe, thought Shadow. It's what people do. They believe, and then they do not take responsibility for their beliefs; they conjure things, and do not trust the conjuration. People populate the darkness; with ghosts, with gods, with electrons, with tales. People imagine, and people believe; and it is that rock solid belief that makes things happen.”
- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen“I wish, as well as every body else, to be perfectly happy; but like every body else, it must be in my own way.”
- Horns by Joe Hill“It bewildered Ig, the idea that a person could not be interested in music. It was like not being interested in happiness.”
- The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien“The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.”
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling“He must have known I'd want to leave you."
"No, he must have known you would always want to come back.”
Man... some of these are so representative of everything I love about the book they came from that it gives me goosebumps and makes me ache to read these books again. All of them. So great. :D