Sunday, July 24, 2011

Book talk: My favourite book quotes

Part of the reason I love reading so much (besides the fabulous characters, wonderful book worlds and intricate plots), is simply for the beautiful thoughts contained in the book through the author's beautiful writing. 

Let's face it, writers aren't just writers because they can write - they're writers because they interweave, intertwine and thread new ideas and thoughts into their writing in ways that leave readers breathless with wonder

Naturally, over the past couple of years, there have been some fabulous passages from books that have stayed with me and still have me going back to rehash, relive and re-experience them in all of its beautifully phrased splendour.

Here are a few of my favourite book quotes: 

1.  "Life's a freaking mess. In fact, I'm going to tell Sarah we need to start a new philosophical movement: messessentialism instead of existentialism: For those who revel in the essential mess that is life.

"Because Gram's right, there's not one truth ever, just a bunch of stories, all going on at once, in our heads, in our hearts, all getting in the way of each other.

"It's all a beautiful calamitous mess.

"It's like the day Mr. James took us into the woods and cried triumphantly, "That's it! That's it!" to the dizzying cacophony of soloing instruments trying to make music together. That is it."  — Jandy Nelson (The Sky Is Everywhere)

You can read my review here. 

2. "Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can't strike them all by ourselves; just as in the experiment, we need oxygen and a candle to help. 

"In this case, the oxygen, for example, would come from the breath of the person you love; the candle could be any kind of food, music, caress, word, or sound that engenders the explosion that lights one of the matches." — Laura Esquivel (Like Water for Chocolate)

I've reviewed this on the blog too.
You can check it out here.

3. "I keep thinking about this river somewhere, with the water moving really fast. And these two people in the water, trying to hold onto each other, holding on as hard as they can, but in the end it's just too much.

"The current's too strong. They've got to let go, drift apart.

"That's how it is with us. It's a shame, Kath, because we've loved each other all our lives. But in the end, we can't stay together forever."— Kazuo Ishiguro (Never Let Me Go)

Review can be found here. 
 
4.  "Write to me Emmi. Writing is like kissing, but without lips. Writing is Kissing with the mind".  ."— Daniel Glattauer (Love Virtually)

Check out my review here.

5.  "You know not, yet, the sort of love that strikes like a lightning bolt; that clutches hold of you by the heart, as irrevocably as death; that becomes the lodestar by which you steer the rest of your life.

"I would not wish such a love on anyone, man or woman, for it can make your life a paradise, or it can destroy you utterly." — Juliet Marillier (Daughter of the Forest)

Yep, I've reviewed this gorgeous, magical fantasy tale over here too.

6. "My name is Eva, which means 'life,' according to a book of names my mother consulted.

"I was born in the back room of a shadowy house, and grew up amidst ancient furniture, books in Latin, and human mummies, but none of those things made me melancholy, because I came into the world with a breath of the jungle in my memory." — Isabel Allende (Eva Luna)

I read this book years ago, but am planning to read it again and will probably review it at some stage. I've always been a huge fan of Isabel Allende and Eva Luna is certainly one of my favourite reads.  

7. "Live each day as if it's your last', that was the conventional advice, but really, who had the energy for that?

"What if it rained or you felt a bit glandy? It just wasn't practical. Better by far to simply try and be good and courageous and bold and to make a difference.

"Not change the world exactly, but the bit around you. Go out there with your passion and your electric typewriter and work hard at...something. Change lives through art maybe.

"Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and fully and well. Experience new things. Love and be loved, if you ever get the chance." — David Nicholls (One Day)
 
Another one of my favourites, I reviewed this one quite some time back. Definitely looking forward to watching the movie, which is coming out this August  (I think) and stars Anne Hathaway.

8. "Allure goes beyond appearances to the way they grace the world. Some women propel themselves by means of an internal gyroscope.

"Others glide through life as if on ice skates. Some women convey their tortured lives through their eyes; others encircle you in the music of their laughter."  — Keith Donohue (The Stolen Child)

Another one of my favourites which I'm planning on re-reading and reviewing.

9.  "Although you may not stumble across a Martian in the garden, you might stumble across yourself. The day that happens, you'll probably also scream a little. And that'll be perfectly all right, because it's not every day you realize you're a living planet dweller on a little island in the universe." — Jostein Gaarder (The Solitaire Mystery)

Jostein Gaarder is one of my favourite authors. His writing is beautiful, philosophical and never fails to make me think. The Solitaire Mystery? It's one of my favourite reads of all time.

10. "We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another." — Veronica Roth (Divergent)

One of my recent favourite reads, Divergent is one of those books that I can't even begin to stop praising.

I've reviewed the book not too long ago, but I don't think that my review is worthy of capturing just how spectacular this book is.

 Anyway, that's it from me.

Have any favourite quotes to share? I'd love to hear them - after all, what better way to discover a new, intriguing book through a wonderful passage that captured your imagination....

2 comments:

Aisle B said...

You've posted some really great quotes from books. I kick myself in the head - I've yet to crack open One Day. Promise to push that one up asap.

I stand by my word that your review for Divergent was completely worthy of justifying it's brillance. Voila enough said.

a bientot and keep writing pixie girl :) xxxxooooxx

Jan von Harz said...

Excellent post. The only book in this list that I have read is Divergent, but I hope to check out some of the others. Loved the quotes.