"She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me; I am in no humor at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men."
--Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
"It occured to me that Heaven must be a place where the library is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. No...eight days a week."
--Flavia de Luce in The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king."
--in reference to Aragorn in The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
"Stories give you a way to see things. A way to understand the events of your life. Even if you don't realize it while you're hearing the tale."
--from Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby
"Reader, I married him."
--Jane Eyre in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
"Flawed, we're truly interesting, truly memorable, and yes, truly beautiful."
--from North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
"No. Definitely not. We could lose our lives for that Jewish child!" Unseen by either of us, Father had appeared in the doorway. "Give the child to me, Corrie," he said.... "You say we could lose our lives for this child. I would consider that the greatest honor that could come to my family."
--from The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
"It looks too new and pristine ever to have been read by anyone else, but it has been: it keeps falling open at the most delightful places as the ghost of its former owner points me to things I've never read before."
--Helene in 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
"Today defies explanation, but for me, life has never been explainable. It's been a lopsided, illogical, messy affair, where answers are in short supply, but maybe that's the way it is for everyone. Sometimes the fairness is all bunched up in one place, and all the injustice is bunched up in another, and sometimes it is all bunched up in the most improbable ways, but whatever you get, wherever you are, there are still the moments that pin you to this world when you'd rather float away. Small, in-between moments, where there is magic and purpose and design and they are so perfectly beautiful they ache."
--from The Miles Between by Mary Pearson
"Real life is not quite as it is in stories. In the old tales, bad things happen, and when the tale has unfolded and come to its triumphant conclusion, it is as if the bad things had never been. Life is not as simple as that, not quite."
--from Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
With a little ingenuity, I think you can find those quotes (hint: most of them are already on my blog in the review for the book). Where do your favorite bookish quotes come from?
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