Back in 2011, I started keeping a log of the books I read and when I read them – which I’ve since started a spreadsheet for too, as you may know. In addition to dates and pages, I also keep track of quotes I enjoy. Today, I just wanted to share some from across the years.
These are in no particular order, just some of the ones I’ve randomly selected from my 24-page running Word doc. If you guys like this sort of thing, let me know and I’ll post more!
+ Soul of the Fire by Terry Goodkind – “At that age they had no clue how much they didn’t know.”
If I recall, Goodkind was referring to younger theys (yeah, that’s a word now), but I feel like this fits any age. You don’t know what you don’t know!
+ The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint – “…whatever we create, whether it’s a work of art or a child, they go on to live their own lives, to make their own connections to all the things we can’t influence, or sometimes even warn them about. All we can do is stand back and watch and hope we did a good enough job with what we made.”
You can’t be sure of how your art will be interpreted, nor can you control it. But, that’s part of the beauty of it I think.
+ Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures by Walter Moers – “What business has a spider in a bedroom? As much as we have in this confounded wood.”
This is highly relevant to me because I hate spiders and firmly believe they don’t belong in my house, especially in my bedroom.
+ Dreams of Joy by Lisa See – “Nothing is more precious than when you might lose it.”
Sad, but pretty true, I think, as it can be very easy to take something for granted.
+ The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams – “I am so hip I have difficulty seeing over my pelvis.”
I didn’t actually enjoy this series, but this is an A+ dad joke that made me laugh when I first read it and laugh again when I selected it for this post.
+ Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has no pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
I love Austen, I love books; how could I not love this quote?!
+ World War Z by Max Brooks – “Most people don’t believe something can happen until it already has. That’s not stupidity or weakness, that’s just human nature.”
+ Wool by Hugh Howey – “We use words all the time without really understanding them.”
Also truth. But really, sometimes I think about how the meanings of words have changed over time, based on how they’re used versus what they actually meant to begin with. This also makes me think about how we say things without understanding how they might impact someone else. Deep thoughts by Milliebot over here.
+ Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff by Christopher Moore – “Children see magic because they look for it.”
I definitely looked for magic as a child – and sometimes still do. I definitely used to try to treat my toys kindly and talk to them after watching Toy Story, just in case they did come to life when I wasn’t around.
+ The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett – “When I think I might die without seeing a hundredth of all there is to see it makes me feel, well, humble, I suppose. And very angry, of course.”
Ugh, so relevant. I sometimes find myself sitting down and thinking about the world and how vast it is and all the wonders I’ll never see and it usually leaves me feeling depressed. It is quite amazing how varied life on Earth is and how I’ll only experience a small part of it before I pass on. But let’s not go down that spiral today.
That’s all for now bibliofolks! Did any of these grab you? Or remind you of similar quotes you enjoy? Do you particularly dislike any of them?