September 21, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Quotes

The "Top Ten Tuesday" meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, and this week's topic is our favorite quotes. I tried to choose a mixture of quotes that are funny and quotes that are lyrical and emotionally-moving, because those are usually the two types that will stick with me!

1.) "I hope you feel better today. Please ring me at work if you are dead." - Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty

2.) "'When you asked for my hand a few minutes ago, I was still too young to marry.' I looked up at him and saw a smile start. 'I'm older now, so much older that not only can I marry, but I can beg you to marry me.' I knelt and took his hand. He didn't let me kneel before him. He pulled me up and kissed me again. I took that to signify his consent." - Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

3.) "An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. -- Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do." - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

4.) "'Do you love me?' he asked. I fell silent. 'For the rest of it is glitter and noise,' he said. 'At the heart of it all is love. You make that choice, and you go forward from there.'" - Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn

5.) "He peered into her eyes for a long moment, then sighed and shook his head. 'You just look like Tally to me.' She looked down, her vision blurring. 'What's the matter?'

'Nothing, David.' She shook her head. 'You just took on five million years of evolution again.'

'I what? Did I say something wrong?'

'No.' She smiled. 'You said something right.'" - Specials by Scott Westerfeld

6.) "Slowly I raise my eyes and take in the water spreading out in every direction. I can only form one clear thought. This is no place for a girl on fire." - Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

7.) "'Luckily for you,' he said, 'you shed hairpins the way Hansel and Gretel shed crumbs. I followed your trail.' He pressed a half dozen hairpins into the palm of my left hand. 'Now let us return to light, safety, and society.'" - Sorcery and Cecelia by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer

8.) "With happy enthusiasm, he stood up, his hand on his sword hilt, and shouted, 'I, Geric-Sinath of Gerhard, declare right now that you're beautiful and you're perfect and I'll slay any man who tries to take you from my side. Goose girl, may I kiss you?'

She answered by standing and kissing him first and held his cheeks and closed her eyes and felt sure as bones and deep as blood that she had found her place." - The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

9.) "Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! - I have as much soul as you, - and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you." - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

10.) "'My mother read that parents should spend quality time with their children. One way is to sign up for organized activities together. This month we're taking meditation to free the mind. Last month it was Rolfing. Have you ever Rolfed, Tone?'
'Only after the school's shepherd's pie,' I said." - Define "Normal" by Julie Anne Peters


  1. I love your list! I love that quote by Mr. Bennet, he's one of my favourite characters of the book. Yay for Jane Eyre :) I could have made my list just using P&P, The Hunger Games and Harry Potter.. After seeing that quote from Specials, I feel like I should get to reading it, I've read the first two books.

  2. Those are some great quotes! I love the Jane Austen, and the quote from Specials. I wish I could think of such a great list! :)

  3. Most of yours are about romantic love. Interesting.

    Here are mine:

  4. Love the Pride and Prejudice quote! I read Uglies but I never finished the rest of the series.

  5. That last quote cracks me up. Great list! Here's mine:

  6. Nice quotes, I've only read two of the books that you listed from.

  7. Nice picks! I particularly like the P and P one, I'm still reading the book at the moment. And your Jane Eyre quote reminded me that I must read it sometime. I think that I might take part in TTT next Tuesday.

  8. Yes! Mr. Bennet quote :D He has some of the best lines in the book, and that's one of them.

  9. You picked my fav quote from Jane Austen - and Mr. Bennet is hilarious.

  10. Lol I love these! I haven't read all the books, but several of them are definitely going on my list just from these quotes! I think Ella Enchanted may be the first book I ever remember loving =) Good memories.


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