What is one of your favorite quotes from a book or poem?

What is one of your favorite quotes from a book or poem?

  • I collect great quotes from books. Here’s a favorite: “In war the first casualty is human dignity.” From “The Spy”, by Paulo Coelho

  • He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that all human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.
    – Love in a Time of Cholera by Gabriel Marquez

  • When Huckleberry Finn days he’d rather go to hell than abandon Jim.

  • “Nice may be a pallid virtue, but it is a virtue just the same.” Molly Ivins

    • “Frankly , my dear, I don’t give a damn” gotta love Rhett ! haha

  • “I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” (Rainer Maria Rilke…from Letters to a Young Poet)

  • “You have been a good steward of your suffering.” Fred Buechner, “The Clown in the Belfry”

    • I need to ponder that one. Very deep!

    • This is just wonderful – I mean reading all these fabulous quotes. I love it!

  • “No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.”

    • Good, spooky book. And the Julie Harris movie version is a classic.

  • “The gull sees farthest who flies highest”
    ― Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull

  • “The stuff of nightmare is their plain bread. They butter it with pain. They set their clocks by deathwatch beetles, and thrive the centuries. They were the men with the leather-ribbon whips who sweated up the Pyramids seasoning it with other people’s salt and other people’s cracked hearts. They coursed Europe on the White Horses of the Plague. They whispered to Caesar that he was mortal, then sold daggers at half-price in the grand March sale. Some must have been lazing clowns, foot props for emperors, princes, and epileptic popes. Then out on the road, Gypsies in time, their populations grew as the world grew, spread, and there was more delicious variety of pain to thrive on. The train put wheels under them and here they run down the log road out of the Gothic and baroque; look at their wagons and coaches, the carving like medieval shrines, all of it stuff once drawn by horses, mules, or, maybe, men.” Something Wicked this Way Comes

  • When in doubt, go to the Library – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter (can’t remember which one.)

  • “In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whispering and the champagne and the stars.” — The Great Gatsby

  • Couldn’t decide which line I liked best so here is all of Invictus:
    Out of the night that covers me,
    Black as the pit from pole to pole,
    I thank whatever gods may be
    For my unconquerable soul.

    In the fell clutch of circumstance
    I have not winced nor cried aloud.
    Under the bludgeonings of chance
    My head is bloody, but unbowed.

    Beyond this place of wrath and tears
    Looms but the Horror of the shade,
    And yet the menace of the years
    Finds and shall find me unafraid.

    It matters not how strait the gate,
    How charged with punishments the scroll,
    I am the master of my fate,
    I am the captain of my soul.

  • I love he scene in A Tale of Two Cities with Miss Pross fighting Madame Defarge “with the vigorous tenacity of love, always so much stronger than hate…”

  • Nature’s first green is gold,
    Her hardest hue to hold.
    Her early leafs a flower;
    But only so an hour.
    Then leaf subsides to leaf.
    So Eden sank to grief,
    So dawn goes down to day.
    Nothing gold can stay.

    • Robert Frost via The Outsiders by S E Hinton

    • Favorite so far. Thank you for posting. Stay Gold.

  • “Vampires perform their own miracles. They steal a hundred fresh loaves and fishes, and redistribute a few moldy slices and rotten heads. Their miracle of scarcity is genuine, you see, the vampires have no idea how they achieve this miracle. It baffles them. It angers them. It outrages them. Yet, it does not discourage them” (p. 66, “Vampire Nation” by Thomas Sipos: “vampires” = “communists”).

  • From Edith Warton’s Age of Innocence: “The burst into the night filled with the belated eloquence of the inarticulate.”

  • It dropped so low in my regard I heard it hit the ground and go to pieces on the stones at bottom of my mind. Yet blamed the fates that fractured less than I reviled myself for entertaining plated wares upon my silver shelf.

  • ” The little boys came early to the hanging.” Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

    • I am reading this book right now!

    • I hope to read every Ken Follett book before I die!

    • I haven’t read the sequel yet but my friend did and said it was really good.

  • “how could they see anything but the shadows if they were never allowed to move their heads”?

  • “Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your Father’s passing.” Gets me everytime.

  • A great many books I have read always seem have something I remember. Heres one: “You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live” from Tuck Everlasting. I suggest as you live, take a book along to read.

  • Since I am reading these again, four wisdoms from Inspector Gamache : I’m sorry. I don’t know. I need help. I was wrong.”

  • “It was important, Dumbledore said, to fight, and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then could evil be kept at bay, though never quite eradicated…”

  • This above all: to thine own self be true,
    And it must follow, as the night the day,
    Thou canst not then be false to any man. Hamlet Act 1, scene 3, 78-80

  • “Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”
    ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

  • There are so many but here’s one..”People disappear when they die. Their voice,their laughter, the warmth of their breath.Their flesh.Eventually their bones.All living memory of them ceases. This is both dreadful and natural.Yet for some there is an exception to this annihilation. For in the books they write they continue to exist.We can rediscover them, their humor ,their tone of voice, their minds…all this even though they are dead…that which according to the laws of nature should pass away is by miracle of ink on paper, preserved. It is a kind of magic.” – The Thirteenth Tale ,Diane Setterfield

  • “She seemed intent on proving she had a heart by breaking it”. The Scarlet Letter.

  • And just because it’s mothers day weekend…
    ” I love you right up to the moon – and back”

  • It was not my favorite book, but this quote from Ann Harleman’s Bitter Lake has stuck with me for years. Speaking of her daughter, the main character muses, “I thought of how she’d been at three, at six, at nine. No one warns you about the losses. No one tells you you’ll miss them, those earlier children. They disappear, but are they still there, sealed one inside the next like those little wooden Russian dolls?”

  • It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…
    Charles Dickens

    • Charles Dickens and Mark Twain are my favorite authors.

  • I am enjoying these conversations more than any other club I have joined. I am in the process of downloading and listening to “Rebecca” on Audible based on all of recent comments of this treasure I read years ago. And, I am loving these wonderful quotes from so many other treasures.

  • “What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what sort of person you are.” -C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew

  • “Being alive isn’t the same thing as living.” (Beautiful Ruins)

  • The first paragraph of Cannery Row by Steinbeck. It’s the most perfect paragraph ever!

    • Just bought this today! I’m so glad you didn’t post the quote! lol

    • Kim it is such a lovely start to a book. I fell in love with the characters of Cannery Row. Read Sweet Thursday next. It is a follow up to Cannery Row post WWII.

  • “For this is the great secret, which was known to all educated men in our day: that by what men think, we create the world around us, daily new”. Morgaine le Faye, The Mists of Avalon.

  • It was the best of times – it was the worst of times! – A Tale of two cities!

  • You may shoot me with your words,
    You may cut me with your eyes,
    You may kill me with your hatefulness,
    But still, like air, I’ll rise.
    Maya Angelou

  • From “The Alchemist” which I just read last week because it was on the list!

    Isn’t wine prohibited here?” the boy asked. “It’s not what enters men’s mouths that’s evil,” said the alchemist. “It’s what comes out of their mouths that is.

    • One of my favorite books to teach my Sophomores! It’s full of wonderful quotes!

    • I did the audiobook and it was the first time that I felt the need to use the bookmark function to hold all of those wonderful quotes in place.

      I will also, of course, be picking up a copy at my next boom fair!

    • I must’ve read the book fifty times now (reading with every class every semester makes it add up fast ?). It never gets old. And, the audio is so wonderful since it’s read by Jeremy Irons. Can’t do better than that! (I’ll sometimes play part for my class and it’s always funny when a kid figures out that it’s “Scar” from the Lion King reading the book ?)

    • Also a quote from the Bible Matthew 15:11

  • “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.

    • She wrote some wonderful short stories too!

  • “You cannot fully grieve the loss of something you never knew.” – Leopold Aldo in Sand County Almanac.

  • It was a quiet morning, the town covered over with darkness and at ease in bed.
    Summer gathered in the weather, the wind had the proper touch, the breathing of the world was long and warm and slow. You had only to rise, lean from your window, and know that this indeed was the first real time of freedom and living, this was the first morning of summer. – First paragraph of Bradburys Dandelion Wine. It never gets old and I have read it every summer for 20 years now.

  • “When the day shall come, that we do part, if my last words are not I love you– ye’ll ken it was because I didna have time” – Outlander

  • “What you learn for yourself, you will know forever.”

    A Conspiracy of Kings, Megan Whalen Turner

  • I can’t resist adding a second quote (the other quote was my favorite non-fiction quote…this one is my all time favorite work of fiction. It’s from “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston ❤️

    “Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the same horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men.
    Now, women forget all those things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly.”

  • “Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas any more.”

    • I’ve used this quote a few times in my life.

    • Louanne , I feel like I’ve used it every day for months now.

    • There are days I say this to myself and then give it a shot…. I click my heels together 3 times. ?

  • A speech: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” – Frank Roosevelt’s inaugural address.

    • Love this one. I also love Winston Churchill’s many speeches, especially their finest hour speech.

  • Two, both by Henry David Thoreau:

    “Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”

    “Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.”

    • I also loved “I’d rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than to be crowded on a velvet cushion”. HDT

  • My favorite poem of all time is Richard Corey. I cant pick one line. Its just good all over.

  • “Fools talk, cowards are silent, wise men listen.” -The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon (translated by Lucia Graves)

    • Wise men speak when they have something to say; fools speak because they have to say something.

  • ‘There are Men too Gentle to Live Among Wolves. “I am one of the searchers. There are I believe millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover it’s ultimate secret. ….it’s mystery and unspeakable beauty.” James Kavanaugh.

  • “We shall not cease from exploration
    And the end of all our exploring
    Will be to arrive where we started
    And know the place for the first time.”

    — T. S. Eliot, “Little Gidding” from The Four Quartets

  • Happiness can be found in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light. Can’t go wrong with a Dumbledore quote.

  • “Keep passing the open windows” hotel New Hampshire -Irving

  • The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there. The Go Between by L. P. Hartley

  • “I have answered three questions and that is enough,” said the old man. “Don’t give yourself airs.”
    “Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff? Be off or I’ll kick you downstairs.” ~Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

  • As a kid, The Outsiders made an impact and I learned Other Robert Frost poetry lol. As an adult….so many! Harry Potter has a lot of great quotes, as cliche as that may be.

    • I always wondered where that quote came from. Obviously I didn’t read Anne… but my fav author and her editor love this book. Hmm, I didn’t think I’d want to read but now I may. Ty!

    • Vicki Actually it is a quote from the bible. But it was perfect in Anne of Green Gables

    • Estherjane so many have quoted or commented on reading Anne of Green Gables, so I decided after reading your post, well I ordered this book.I think my granddaughters are old enough to enjoy the story read to them. Thank you and all!

  • “I have not broken your heart…you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine” Wuthering Heights

  • Beginning my Studies
    Beginning my studies the first step pleased me so much,
    The mere fact consciousness
    these forms, the power of motion,
    The least insect or animal,the senses, eyesight,Love,
    The first step I say awed and pleased me so much,
    I have hardly gone and hardly wished to go any farther,
    But stop and loiter all the time to sing it in ecstatic songs.
    Walt Whitman 1867.

  • Robert Frost’s “Two roads … and I chose the least traveled”!

  • Shel Silverstein’s Sick has been a favorite for years! “I cannot go to school today said little Peggy Ann McKay. I have the measles and the mumps, a gash, a rash, and purple bumps.” But the best line is the end: “What’s that you say? You say today is Saturday? Goodbye, I’m going out to play!”

    • I read that to a third grade class a couple of years ago and they were in hysterics! ??

    • When I read it to my son the first time I realized I knew almost all of it by heart! It’s such a great poem!

  • “The world was hers for the reading.” A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

  • “Men make the weather. Then they stand in the rain and say, “Shit, it’s raining!” talking about the Civil War in Cold Mountain

  • I have two (well, I have lots, but two I love to share the most)

    “To love another person is to see the face of God” Victor Hugo in Les Miserables

    and this one– I bawled the first time I read it. As a mom who sometimes feels as though my life is very mundane and generic, this one spoke to me deeply

    “It all matters. That someone turns out the lamp, picks up the windblown wrapper, says hello to the invalid, pays at the unattended lot, listens to the repeated tale, folds the abandoned laundry, plays the game fairly, tells the story honestly, acknowledges help, gives credit, says good night, resists temptation, wipes the counter, waits at the yellow, makes the bed, tips the maid, remembers the illness, congratulates the victor, accepts the consequences, takes a stand, steps up, offers a hand, goes first, goes last, chooses the small portion, teaches the child, tends to the dying, comforts the grieving, removes the splinter, wipes the tear, directs the lost, touches the lonely, is the whole thing. What is most beautiful is least acknowledged. What is worth dying for is barely noticed.” Laura McBride in We Are Called to Rise

    • Vicki You’re very welcome! I’m glad it resonates with others

    • A lovely quote for Mother’s Day. Brought tears to my eyes too. TY!

  • From Revolutionary Road: “No one ever forgets the truth. They just get better at lying.”

  • “You are the one who taught me that love was never what we expected and that it was all we needed.” The Museum of Extraordinary Things

  • ‘“I didn’t know I was going to have to eat my words,” objected Milo.
    ‘Of course, of course, everyone here does,’ the King grunted. ‘You should have made a tastier speech.’”
    – The Phantom Tollbooth
    By Norton Juster

  • “Wounds heal. Love lasts. We remain.” The Nightingale

  • the Mad-Hatter; sometimes I think we are all Bonkers, but the best people are too,

  • “You can’t ever reach perfection, but you can believe in an asymptote toward which you are ceaselessly striving.” _When Breath Becomes Air_ by Paul Kalinathi

  • I just joined this group and so far it is the best online society I’ve been in. It is what it says it is – a literary group. I love this! No controversy, just great ideas and stimulating conversation.

  • W. S. Churchill
    “History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days.”
    Part of his tribute to Neville Chamberlain before the House of Commons. Published in The asecond World War

  • “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” Atticus Finch, To Kill A Mockingbird

  • This is just to say by William Carol Williams and sonnets by WS

  • You may have tangible wealth untold;
    Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
    Richer than I you can never be —
    I had a Mother who read to me.
    Strickland Gillilan

    • I think of this quote often. How lucky I was to be read to! ?

  • “The presence of a noble nature, generous in its wishes, ardent in its charity, changes the lights for us: we begin to see things again in their larger, quieter masses, and to believe that we too can be seen and judged in the wholeness of our character.” George Elliott Middlemarch

  • “You have to study and learn so that you can make up your own mind about history and everything else but you can’t make up an empty mind. Stock your mind, stock your mind. It is your house of treasure and no one in the world can interfere with it. If you won the Irish Sweepstakes and bought a house that needed furniture would you fill it with bits and pieces of rubbish? Your mind is your house and if you fill it with rubbish from the cinemas it will rot in your head. You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.” Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes

  • There is symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of birds. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature–the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter. — Rachel Carson

  • So many! But the one at the top of my mind: “The world was hers for the reading” (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)

  • “Oh, Neely, you know how bitchy fags can be.” Valley of the Dolls

    • I’ve tried this book and couldn’t get into it. Did it hook you right away or did you need to read half of it before you got hooked?

    • you have to stick with it. It’s craptastic, but was the #1 selling book worldwide for decades.

    • It’s one of those books “everyone loves” but I don’t know a single person who likes it. ?

    • Laura I like it. Plus, if you know the stories around how and why she wrote it, it’s even better.

    • I’ll try it again this summer!

  • “Do I contradict myself?
    Very well then, I contradict myself.
    (I am large; I contain multitudes.)”
    ~ Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

  • Runner up:
    “She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain.”
    Louisa May Alcott

  • “Snake. All belt no pants.” Tom Robbins. I have forgotten which book.

  • Home is the Sailor home from the sea and the hunter home from the hill

  • And this is how the world ends, not with a bang but with a whimper

  • In just spring and the world is puddle wonderful….

  • “Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach ??”

  • I grow old I grow old I shall wear my trousers rolled

  • “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”This is the ending of Mary Oliver’s The Summer Day.

    • Somewhere I was just reading a poem she wrote about peonies with a similar line

    • Love Mary Oliver. “The Journey” shook me in the best way.

  • I have a book of quotes at home. One that comes to mind is something like “if you don’t like my book write your own ” from Rita Mae Brown.

  • All fom Clive Barker:
    1. There is no delight the equal of dread.
    2. Everything is true; God is an astronaut, Oz is over the rainbow, and Midian is where the Monsters live.
    3. Every body is a book of blood; wherever we’re opened, we’re red.

  • “It’s our choices Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities .“ Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter

    • I was going to quote this, too! Great Minds!

  • “My candle burns at both ends, it will not last the night. But ah, my foes and oh, my friends, it gives a lovely light.” -Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • “The gathered pools of mist reached for the ascending sun with vaporous hands that withered away in the reaching”
    From The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz. What a perfectly beautiful sentence.

    • One regret I have is that I never started a journal of the many many stunning and beautiful sentences i have read in all my long years of reading.

    • I have several little notebooks full of quotes and lovely sentences I’ve collected over the years. My hope is when I’m gone, my kids will at least read through them before chucking them in the trash. My dad started me on the habit when I was about 14. I have several boxes of his stashed in my attic.

  • “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer”

  • “At the first gesture of morning, flies began stirring. Inman’s eyes and the long wound at his neck drew them, and the sound of their wings and the touch of their feet were soon more potent than a yardful of roosters in rousing a man to wake. So he came to yet one more day in the hospital ward. He flapped the flies away with his hands and looked across the foot of his bed to an open triple-hung window. Ordinarily he could see to the red road and the oak tree and the low brick wall. And beyond them to a sweep of fields and flat piney woods that stretched to the western horizon. The view was a long one for the flatlands, the hospital having been built on the only swell within eyeshot. But it was too early yet for a vista. The window might as well have been painted grey.” Opening paragraph from “Cold Mountain” by Charles Frazier

  • All we ha e to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. J.R.R Tolkien

  • There are some people that you remember more like a feeling than a picture. I think this is from Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers.

    • Love the film made of Member of the Wedding..Ethel Waters was singing to the children… trying to remember was it His Eye Is on the Sparrow?

    • Laurie, wow, you know how long it’s been since I saw that movie? No idea! Would love to see it again, though.

  • You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you’re dead, it’s gone. Over. You’ve made what you’ve made, dreamed your dream, written your name. – Neil Gaiman

  • Richer than I you can never be–
    I had a Mother who read to me. Strickland Gillilan “The Reading Mother”

  • Far over the Misty Mountains old, through dungeons deep and caverns cold, We must away ere break of day to seek the pale, enchanted gold. ~ J. R. R. Tolkien……

  • He that has no stomach to this fight, let him depart. HENRY V

  • “Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time.”

  • “If you have no intention of loving or being loved, the whole journey is pointless.” The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

  • “There was a redemption of some kind, he believed, in such complete fulfillment of a desire so long deferred ” Charles Frazier from COLD MOUNTAIN

  • From To Kill a Mockingbird: “Ladies bathed before noon, after their three-o’-clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frosting of sweat and sweet talcum.”

    I love it because for me, its still true. This Alabama heat and humidity is no joke. I’m layered in deodorant and baby powder. ??

    • Switch to cornstarch, talc causes cancer

      Thanks. Love that quote

    • Yes please hun… my cousin Martha died of ovarian cancer directly linked to her daily use of powder with talc 🙁

    • Thanks, but no worries. It’s cornstarch, but it’s still branded as baby powder. ?

  • When a true genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in Confederacy against him. J.Swift

  • But soon we shall die and all memory of those five will have left the Earth and we ourselves shall be loved for a while and forgotten but the love will have been enough all those impulses of Love return to the love that made them even memory is not necessary for love there is a land of the living and a Land of the Dead and the bridge is love the only survival the only meaning

  • “The only conclusion I have ever reached is that I love all trees, but I am in love with pines.” ~Aldo Leopold

  • “I’ve been too far out all my life, not waving but drowning.” by Sammi Smith

  • Where I come from, a girl has two choices; get married n start a family or get a job and move along. Me, I chose marriage to a handsome military man to get me out of my backwoods town… I should have taken a bus instead.

    • And so should the ladies in an Officer and a Gentleman

    • Or a train… my heart is warm with friends I’ve made and better friends I’ve not I’ll not be knowing but there isn’t a train I wouldn’t take no matter where it’s going

    • Um … Laurie actually I did.. prob not allowed yikes

  • I consider myself an atheist, but, damn, the Bible has good quotes: He hath shown thee, o man, what is good, and what doth the LORD require of thee: to do justice, and love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God. Justice, mercy and humility. That’s all you need.

  • There are so many but I do love – “So we beat on, boats against the current borne back ceaselessly into the past.” The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald.

    • A few years ago I was listening to people discuss the Great Gatsby on NPR and I remember their talking about that line. It is amazing.

    • Beautiful quote! One of my favorite books.

    • Do others feel the older we get the more the current pulls us back…soon I’ll have to become a time traveler just to visit the present

  • “It is only with the heart that one sees rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” The Little Prince.

  • So lovely a moonshine if ever I am born again a Hilltop pine

  • “Damaged people are dangerous.”

    -DAMAGE by Josephine Hart

  • Most recently – from Night Circus – “It is important,” the man in the grey suit interrupts. “Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift. Your sister may be able to see the future, but you yourself can shape it, boy. Do not forget that.” He takes another sip of his wine. “There are many kinds of magic, after all. “

  • Lewis Grizzard ” it’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts when eating a homegrown tomato “

  • The whole day stretched ahead of him, filled with lonely promise. The Case of Lucy Bending by Lawrence Sanders

  • Lord, what fools these mortals be. -A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • Then he was at the station , a solitary Chinese in a chaos of Caucasians. Lotus Land by Monica Highland

  • “The world was hers for the reading” – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty White

    “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed” – The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King

  • Sometimes being a bitch is all a girl has to hold on to. Dolores Clayborne by Stephen King

    • I just found out the other day that the actress in the movie plays the oldest nun on Call the Midwife.

    • Yes, that’s true. She sure looks different, doesn’t she?

    • Me too. A fantastic series.

  • “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” .

  • ” Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering…Alchemist, “

    • Did you like that book? It’s on my book shelf .

    • You can get the full audio version on You Tube! I’m listening to it now.

    • “He’d be in Jem’s Room all night. He’d be there when Jem waked up in the morning.” ❤️

  • “Although I cannot see you as you flips these pages a while, somewhere in some far off place I hear you laugh and I smile”

    I meantioned in a previous post I bought my son who was adopted out this shel Silverstein book for this specific poem is how I feel about never being able to see him but knowing he’s loved and happy.

  • “To love another person is to see the face of God” from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I haven’t read the book but I have seen the musical. -sarah

  • We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. T. S. Eliot

    • A comrade in poetry! I posted that very quote two days ago. ?

    • I’d forgotten that quote. Or maybe it was waiting for me to come to a place where I could really appreciate it before it popped back up, but…oh, boy…that’s a GREAT quote.

  • My all time favorite quote! ❤️

    “What is REAL?” the Velveteen Rabbit asked the Skin Horse one day. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”

    “Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”

    “Does it hurt?” asked the Velveteen Rabbit .

    “Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

    “It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand. But once you are Real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.”

    • I simply adore The Velveteen Rabbit on audio. It’s read by Meryl Streep and there is music by George Winston. It’s such a treat and I cry every time.

    • One of my favorites as well. <3

    • One of the best I read it to my son 40 years ago and I still love it, along with The Silent Meow and Watership Down. I still read them and I’m 66

    • I quoted Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 on Mother’s Day, but I could have quoted “The Velveteen Rabbit.” They have the same intention: “Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds…”

    • Claudia love that sonnet and I’ve already said how much I love The Velveteen Rabbit..i agree

    • Claudia it is a star to every wandering bark whose Worth’s unknown and although his height be taken

  • For I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep””

    • Barbara me too, though in family life he left a lot to be desired imho, have you ever wondered how an artist, writer, any creative person who makes beauty can be someone you’d not like or want to be around, it’s perplexing to me.

    • Shelley yes I have met artistic people who are not people friendly – dont know about his personal life.

    • Barbara I’ve read a little of how he was with his family…not a whole biography.

    • I am always cautious about generalizations; I believe no generalization is worth a damn….including this one 🙂

    • Hank ok, I’m curious about the difference in beautiful art created by artists like I mentioned, but I admit it’s ridiculous to generalize, hoping for understanding, Hank Thompson.

    • Sorry Shelly, you asked an honest question, and I used it to let my humor run amok. I believe it is possible for an artist to be creatively endowed, but fall short in humanity. I don’t understand the disconnect. I have known some very gifted people who don’t interact well because, and this is my opinion, they spend most of their time in their heads.

    • Hank true. I didn’t mean to sound judgemental…i, like you, wonder at the disconnect but your reasoning sounds right to me, thanks for answering back, you’ve taught me something and given me food for thought.

  • On a lighter note:
    “Holidays are nothing more than excuses for gluttony, drunkery, and debauchery.
    Here’s to Left Sock Day!”

  • House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within […].
    The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

    This is what romance gets you a noose around your neck and a crazy woman with two guns somewhere behind you.
    The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King

    Don’t ask me silly questions I won’t play silly games I’m just a simple choo choo train And I’ll always be the same. I only want to race along Beneath the bright blue sky And be a happy choo choo train Until the day I die.
    The Waste Lands by Stephen King

  • “You can spend all your life thinking you ought to be in a better place than you’re at, but the problem with that is, you’ll always be miserable where you are.”
    From Summer Kitchen by Lisa Wingate

  • “The train skimmed on softly, slithering, black pennants fluttering, black confetti lost on its own sick-sweet candy wind, down the hill, with the two boys pursuing, the air was so cold they ate ice cream with each breath.” �― Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes

    • I like rail motifs. And am reminded when I had a job in Boston in the early 70’s that two businessmen in February were blythely walking down the street eating ice cream cones.

  • “External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he, no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty.”
    ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol.

  • THIS.
    “A book is like a woman. She should leave your bed with her hair tangled and her clothes on backward. A book without creases is a book that has never known passion.”
    – Terri-Lynne DeFino

  • “I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.” – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland. I hope to reference it in my novel.

    • This was my favourite for years but then it slipped away from me. Thanks for posting

  • “No part of earth reaches the sky; no height is insuperable to man.” The War with Hannibal by Livy. Hannibal’s words as he prepares to take his elephants over the alps to face Scipio Africanus.

  • “Writers aren’t sacred. Words are.” The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard

  • Wordsworth: “Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass and glory in the flower, we will grieve not rather find strength in what remains behind: in the primal sympathy that having been, must ever be. In the soothing thoughts that spring out of human suffering, in the faith that looks through death, in the years that bring the philosophic mind”

    • Quoted in the movie, “A River Runs Through It.” I cry every time I hear or read it.

  • We only laugh because it hurts. STRANGERIN A STRANGE LAND & He who regrets is twice unhappy and doubly weak for it. VOLTAIRE.

  • My heart is warm with friends I’ve made and better friends I’ll not be knowing but there isn’t a train I wouldn’t take no matter where it’s going….

  • The Walrus and The Carpenter went walking hand in hand. They wept like anything to see such quantities of sand.
    If seven maids with seven mops swept it for half a year, do you suppose, the Walrus said, that they could get it clear?.
    I doubt it said the carpenter and shed a bitter tear.

  • This is the way the world ends
    This is the way the world ends
    This is the way the world ends
    Not with a bang but a whimper.
    TS Eliot, The Hollow Men

  • From Their Eyes Were Watching God – “No hour is ever eternity, but it has its right to weep.”

  • From Killers of the Flower Moon – “History is a merciless judge. It lays bare our tragic blunders and foolish missteps and exposes our most intimate secrets, wielding the power of hindsight like an arrogant detective who seems to know the end of the mystery from the outset.”

    • Just finished this yesterday. And oh so true.

  • “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” The Great Gatsby

  • “You is good, you is kind, you is wonderful” The Help

  • I carry your heart with me ( I carry it in my heart) ~ E. E. Cummings

  • When I am with you, we stay up all night.
    When you’re not here, I can’t go to sleep.
    Praise God for those two insomnias
    And the difference between them. – Rumi

  • Thirty years ago, I lay in the womb of a woman, conceived in a sexual act of rape, being carried during the pre-natal period by an unwilling & rebellious mother, finally bursting from the womb only to be tormented in a family whose members I despised or pitied, & brought into association with people whom I should never have chosen. ( from “My First Thirty Years” by Gertrude Beasley.

  • “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”
    ~Jack Kerouac

  • “… though much is taken, much abides” from Tennyson’s “Ulysses” – so many memorable lines it’s hard to pick just this one

  • ‘Ye are Blood of my Blood, and Bone of my Bone.
    I give ye my Body, that we Two might be One.
    I give ye my Spirit, ’til our Life shall be Done.’
    Diana Gabeldon in Outlander

  • My candle burns at both ends;
    It will not last the night;
    But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends
    It gives a lovely light!
    – Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
    I have loved the stars too truly to be fearful of the night.~~~”The Old Astronomer to His Pupil” by Sarah Williams

    • On a plaque in my cabin from a friend. Didnt know where the quote came from. Thank you for posting.

  • Let us go then you and I
    When the night is spread out against the sky

  • When a child first catches adults out — when it first walks into his grave little head that adults do not always have divine intelligence, that their judgments are not always wise, their thinking true, their sentences just — his world falls into panic desolation. The gods are fallen and all safety gone.

    • One of my favorites from a favorite writer.

  • “Daddy I want an Oompa Loompa NOW!” Though actually, probably my favorite all-time quote comes from a poem that is a spoof of Emily Dickinson:
    “I’m Nobody; who are you? Are you Nobody too?
    No, I’m Nobody 7. Nobody 2 got hit by a truck.” ???

  • “Tread softly because you tread on my dreams”. From The Cloths of Heaven by W.B. Yeats

  • Mine is a little more romantic but you know a great story will follow and it did. From Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, “When the lights went off, the accompanist kissed her.”

  • Grow old along with me. The best is yet to be.

  • From ‘Go, Went, Gone’ by Jenny Erpenbeck, a recent, powerful novel looking at the refugee issues in Germany: “Must living in peace – so fervently wished for throughout human history and yet enjoyed in only a few parts of the world – inevitably result in refusing to share it with those seeking refuge, defending it instead so aggressively that it almost looks like war?”

    • Adding this to my list. Just read Exit West, recently in trade paper, about a couple fleeing civi war in Muslim counrty and ending up in California. Very powerful.

  • “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
    ― Charles William Eliot

    • That is beautiful and such an apt way of describing books. I copied and pasted in my notes. Thanks for posting it.

  • “My daughter squealed again and both Bubba and I winced. It’s not an attractive sound, that. It’s high-pitched and it enters your ear canals like hot glass. No matter how much I love my daughter, I will never love her squealing.

    Or maybe I will.

    Maybe I do.

    Driving down 93, I realized once and for all, that I love the things that chafe. The things that fill me with stress so total I can’t remember when a block of it didn’t rest on top of my heart. I love what, if broken, can’t be repaired. What, if lost can’t be replaced.
    I love my burdens.”

    ~Dennis Lehane

  • William Wordsworth Quotes. though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.

  • Robert frost – two roads diverged in a wood. And I
    I took the one less traveled by
    And that has made all the difference

  • Never offer your heart to someone who eats hearts. Alice Walker

  • ‘Getting and spending we lay waste our powers. Little we see in nature that is ours.”

  • Parting is such sweet sorrow. SHAKESPEARE
    It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were all striking 13. ORWELL
    Now days people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. WILDE
    It is much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it. TOLSTOY

  • Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,

    Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—

    While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,

    As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.

    “’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—

    Only this and nothing more.”

    Edgar Allan Poe, “The Raven”

  • “It’s a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those best suited to power are those who have never actively sought it.” J. K. Rowling “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”

  • “When the day shall come, that we do part,” he said softly, and turned to look at me, “if my last words are not ‘I love you’—ye’ll ken it was because I didna have time.” “The Fiery Cross” Diana Gabaldon

  • From the play steel magnolias- I’d rather have 30 minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.

  • You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from. Cormac McCarthy, No Country For Old Men

  • Not the least of my problems is that I can hardly even imagine what kind of an experience a genuine, self-authenticating religious experience would be. Without somehow destroying me in the process, how could God reveal himself in a way that would leave no room for doubt? If there was no room for doubt, there would be no room for me. Frederick Buechner opening page A Prayer for Owen Meany.

  • Against the strength of Love, you will find no herb; Against the strength of Death, no herb grows in the Garden.” -Robert Helega, from THE FALL OF THE SPARROW

  • Words were the line that moored him to the world;
    I think, and he thought if ever the line should break,
    He’d be forever cast adrift.
    F. Buechner
    From GODRIC

  • “You have bewitched me body and soul. ” Darcy to Elizabeth, Pride and Prejudice

  • “Out of the ash
    I rise with my red hair
    And I eat men like air”

    Sylvia Plath. Lady Lazarus

    “Things pass and leave no trace,
    And tomorrow will come and the day after,
    And whatever our ancestors knew time has taken away.

    Mark Strand. Leopardi

  • L. Frank Baum: A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.

  • “A bookshop is not magic but it can slowly heal your heart”

    From “The lost for words bookshop” By: Stephanie Butland

  • to be or not to be that is the question whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer

  • “How do I love thee,
    Let me count the ways…”

  • “Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light”. ~Dylan Thomas

  • “To love another person is to see the face of God” Les Miserable

  • “Each of us, when our day’s work is done, must seek our ideal, whether it be love or pinochle or lobster à la Newburg, or the sweet silence of the musty bookshelves.”
    ― O. Henry

  • All my life I had to fight…
    -Sophia, “The Color Purple”

  • From Stephen Vincent Binet’s “John Brown’s Body”: “Through love and anger, and joy and grief, And the years gone by like a blowing leaf.”

  • “Harry Potter, you a WIZARD!” from Harry Potter and “You is Smart, you is KInd, and you is important”! from the Help.

  • “Come my friends, ’tis not too late to seek a newer world…for my purpose holds to sail beyond the sunset, until I die.”–Tenneyson’s “Ulysses”.

    • Sunset and even’ star and one clear call for me and may there be no moaning at the bar when I put out to sea

    • Laurie under the wide and Starry Sky dig the grave and Let Me Lie glad did she live and gladly die and I lay me down with a will. And these be the lines you to grave for me she lies where she longed to be,home is the Sailor home from the sea and the hunter home from the hill

    • When you are old and gray. . . take down this book , and slowly read. . One man loved the pilgrim soul in you, and loved the sorrows of your changing face. Yeats

  • ‘The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday – but never jam to-day.’ from through the looking glass

  • Middlemarch by George Eliot “But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”

    • Reminds meaning of the quote, we are all standing on the shoulders of Genius

  • When I was in elementary school, I came across the phrase “if at first you don’t fricasee, fry, fry a hen.” (Could that have possibly been in Caddie Woodlawn? ) For some reason, that struck me as so funny…probably my first book-related LOL. Funny what you remember. Not a life changing quote, of course, but it’s what came to mind.

    • Yes! Caddie Woodlawn! ?

    • Pat it was? Oh, thank you. I had that in my head but wasn’t sure.

  • “He smelled the best on Sunday morning, when I sat next to him at Shaker Meeting. He smelled just like the big brown bar of soap that he used, and sometimes there was some store-bought pomade on his hair. But when you kill pigs for a livng, you can’t always smell like Sunday morning. You just smell like hard work.” From A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck.

    • Patti I agree! It really puts life into perspective, doesn’t it?

  • So we drove on toward death through the cooling twilight. The Great Gatsby

  • “…Late at night, I call my long distance lover,
    proudly say I only used fifty-nine today.
    I saved the rest for you.

    When she doesn’t respond,
    I know she’s used up all her words,
    so I slowly whisper I love you
    thirty-two and a third times.
    After that, we just sit on the line
    and listen to each other breathe.”

    From “The Quiet World” by Jeffrey McDaniel

  • “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”

    ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

  • “Ladies bathed before noon, after their three o’clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum.”

    ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

  • The time has come the walrus said, to talk of many things….of shoes and ships and sealing wax ….of cabbages and kings. And why the sea is boiling hot…and whether pig’s have wings.

  • “Does it matter where you find beauty? That it immobilizes you; makes you want to stop the passage of time.” From the poem Winter Sequences by Diane Wakoski

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