Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Quotes from Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original bookish meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new top ten topic is posted for followers to write about. This week we are asked to list our Top Ten quotes from books.  Well....that's gonna be difficult.  Not that I can't come up with quotes...no, that's not the problem.  It's deciding on which ten are going to be my top ten.  I pick up quotes like they're going out of style--out of just about every book I read. So....here's my Top Ten Bookish Quotes list--for today.
1. [This is probably my all-time favorite quote from a book:
H: …by the way, you’re bearing in mind, aren’t you, that I’ve had a lover?
P: Oh, yes.  So have I, if it comes to that.  In fact, several.  It’s the sort of thing that might happen to anybody.  I can produce quite good testimonials.  I’m told that I make love rather nicely—only I’m at a disadvantage at the moment.  One can’t be very convincing at the other end of a table with a bloke looking in at the door.           
~Harriet Vane, Lord Peter Wimsey
Strong Poison  by Dorothy L Sayers 

2. Horror in those days had been something weird and strange.  Now she was older she knew that horror was merely something familiar gone sadly wrong…that was where true horror lay. ~Last Respects by Catherine Aird

3. Jealously is one emotion but hatred is quite another and much more rare in a civilised community. Once it is seen it is not easily forgotten. ~The Fashion in Shrouds by Margery Allingham

4. People tend to complicate their own lives, as if living weren’t already complicated enough.
The Shadow of the Wind  by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

5.  She had loved him since she was 16 and he was 21, when they were both still young and naïve enough to believe that love was more important than anything—anything at all.  Before she’d understood that one made choices in life, and that some choices carry a price too grievous to bear. ~When Gods Die by C. S. Harris

6. Whenever things sound easy, it turns out there’s one part you didn’t hear.
~Drowned Hopes by Donald Westlake

7. My dear Markham, you’re far too logical. It’s your legal training, of course.  But the world is not run by logic. I infinitely prefer to be emotional. Think of the masterpieces of poetry that would have been lost to humanity if their creators had been logicians—
~Philo Vance
The Dragon Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine

N: And who lasts longest? [in Heaven]
M: …scholarly people, they tend to last as long as anyone.  They like sitting around reading all the books there are.  And then they love arguing about them.  Some of those arguments—she cast an eye to the heavens—go on for millennium after millennium.  It just seems to keep them young, for some reason, arguing about books.
~Narrator; Margaret 
"The Dream" in A History of the Worold in 10 ½ Chapters by Julian Barnes

9. Jane is likely to be back in an hour with more books than she can carry.  Let her loose where there are second-hand books and she’s like a fox in a henhouse.
~Phryne Fisher  Queen of the Flowers by Kerry Greenwood 

10. “Lord,” he said, “when you sell a man a book you don’t sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue—you sell him a whole new life.  Love and friendship and honor and ships at sea by night—there’s all heaven and earth in a book, a real book, I mean."
~Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley 


Irene Palfy said...

great collection of quotes here, Bev! Of course this one is quite your cup of tea - isn't it?

In my book you're the queen of quotes.. ;")

Love esp. your #9 here..

Have a lovely day!


Steven Page said...

A great selection of quotes, here.