TTT: Favorite Book Quotes

This is a free week, so I perused the TTT archives, and chose this one, cause I’m a sucker for book quotes. One of these I kind of want to get tattooed on my arm, actually.

“Miriam came to consider Eliza a gosling born into a family of ducks, loved and accepted, but always and forever a goose.”
― Myla Goldberg, Bee Seasons

“Not every ocean is wet. The first time I stared at a wheat field and saw the golden stalks roll like a tide pushed by the wind, I knew I’d learned a secret; there is ocean in Nebraska.”

―Regina Sirois, On Little Wings

“I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice. Not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother’s death, but because he is the reason I believe in God. I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.”
― John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

“In ten months you can get used to some of the mechanics of being alone, but it takes longer for the hurt to heal.”
― Gilly Macmillan, What She Knew

“He couldn’t believe it was only Wednesday. And it was made worse when he realized it was actually Tuesday.”
― T.J. Klune, The House in the Cerulean Sea

Her mother gave her that look again. We kind of wanted the going-out, shopping, prom-going type, and we got this weird, creepy one, and we love it but what is it talking about, ever?
―Maureen Johnson, Truly Devious

“I often think we should have tattooed on the back of whatever hand we use to shoot or write, ‘I might be wrong.’”
― Louise Penny, A Fatal Grace

“God has to tell everything to people, in people’s words, but people aren’t as smart as God, so everything is like a stupid version of the real story.” Rachel had not considered this. She looked at her little boy with sudden and frightening understanding: her entire life, every person’s entire life, was a stupid version of the real story.”

―Dara Horn, Eternal Life

“Maybe that’s what all lives were, though. Maybe even the most seemingly perfectly intense or worthwhile lives ultimately felt the same. Acres of disappointment and monotony and hurts and rivalries but with flashes of wonder and beauty. Maybe that was the only meaning that mattered. To be the world, witnessing itself.”

―Matt Haig, The Midnight Library

“I’m still in shape. I jog along the Charles each evening. If I go five miles, I get to glimpse the lights of Harvard just across the river. And see all the places I had walked when I was happy.
I run back in the darkness, reminiscing just to pass the time.

Sometimes I ask myself what I would be if Jenny were alive. And I answer: I would also be alive.”
― Erich Segal, Oliver’s Story

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

22 thoughts on “TTT: Favorite Book Quotes

  1. “Maybe that’s what all lives were, though. Maybe even the most seemingly perfectly intense or worthwhile lives ultimately felt the same. Acres of disappointment and monotony and hurts and rivalries but with flashes of wonder and beauty. Maybe that was the only meaning that mattered. To be the world, witnessing itself.”

    Agree, agree, agree.

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  2. I read Love Story last year at the insistence of a colleague and thought it heartbreaking but oof, that quote from Oliver’s Story sounds like it’d be even more heartbreaking! 😭 Loved the quotes from Cerulean Sea and Truly Devious!

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    1. I read Love Story in a Reader’s Digest Condensed edition when I was 10 or 11. NOt sure how that scarred me, but I will say that I was glad to have read the book when I finally watched the movie. *sob*.

      Come to think of it, I might never have read the unabridged version. Huh. Might have to look into that.

      But yes, that quote of Oliver’s has stuck with me for probably thirty years. I didn’t really even have to look it up. 😭

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  3. Don’t know the book but can relate to the quote.
    “He couldn’t believe it was only Wednesday. And it was made worse when he realized it was actually Tuesday.”
    ― T.J. Klune, The House in the Cerulean Sea

    And this one is simply powerful.
    “I often think we should have tattooed on the back of whatever hand we use to shoot or write, ‘I might be wrong.’”
    ― Louise Penny, A Fatal Grace

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