Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: You Can Quote Them on That


It's Top Ten Tuesday time again and today's topic is a fun one:  Top Ten Quotes for Book Lovers.  I love me a great bookish quote.  I even have a pretty journal where I record them so I won't forget them.  True, I'm not always good about jotting quotes down, so I'm going to be relying heavily on Google today.  Nevertheless, I'm excited to read everyone's favorite quotes and see whether ours overlap at all.

If you're not aware, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted every week by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl.  To join in, all you have to do is click on over to her blog, read a few instructions, craft your own list, then hop around the book blogosphere spreading the bookish love.  It's a good time, I promise!

Top Ten Quotes for Book Lovers 


George R.R. Martin:  "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.  The man who never reads lives only one."


Emily Dickinson:  "There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away."


Anna Quindlen "I would be content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves."


Helen Exley:  "Books can be dangerous.  The best ones should be labeled 'This could change your life.'"


W. Somerset Maugham:  "To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life."


E.M. Forster:  "Some people pride themselves in the books they own ... but one never owns a book by buying it.  One buys merely paper and thread and printer's ink.  The only way to own a book is to read it and let it digest into the blood of one's heart and the marrow of one's bones or even the cells of one's brain."


Kate DiCamillo (from The Tale of Despereaux):  "'Once upon a time,' he said out loud to the darkness.  He said these words because they were the best, the most powerful words that he knew and just the saying of them comforted him."


Maureen Johnson (from Truly Devious):  "Where her books were, she was."


Gordon B. Hinckley:  "There is something wonderful about a book.  We can pick it up.  We can heft it.  We can read it.  We can set it down.  We can think of what we have read.  It does something for us.  We can share minds, great actions, and great undertakings in the pages of a book."


Alan Bennett (from The Uncommon Reader):  "'I would have thought,' said the prime minister, 'that Your Majesty was above literature.'

'Above literature?' said the Queen.  'Who is above literature?  You might as well say one is above humanity.'"

And a bonus:


Gabrielle Zevin (from The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry):  "People tell boring lies about politics, God, and love.  You know everything you need to know about a person from the answer to the question, What is your favorite book?"

What do you think of my selections?  What are your favorite bookish quotes?  I'd truly love to know.  Leave a comment on this post and I will return the favor on your blog.

Happy TTT!

61 comments:

  1. Your journal filled with quotes sounds so neat.

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    1. Unfortunately, only a few pages are filled! I have great intentions, but I'm really lazy about actually writing quotes down. After this week's prompt, though, I'm determined to do better!

      Thanks for stopping by, Lydia!

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  2. That Anna Quindlen and the Gordon B. Hinckley ones are great. I have not really heard of any of these quotes before but I'm always up for new quotes.

    Have a lovely day.

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    1. I was surprised how many new ones I've seen today. I thought I'd heard every book/reading quote out there, but I'm not even close. This has been a fun TTT topic for sure.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lissa!

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  3. I love that you included pics of the authors! I'd actually never seen some of their faces before.Love that quote by E.M. Forrester and also the pic, quite the facial expression lol

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    1. It was fun finding the photos since I didn't know what at least half of those authors/people looked like. Forster's expression is hilarious, isn't it? I don't think he was too thrilled about getting his picture taken :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Found you from TTT. Loved the quotes from E.M. Forster and Kate DiCamillo!

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    1. They're great ones, aren't they? This has been such a fun TTT topic. I've loved seeing the variety in quotes that everyone has chosen.

      Thanks for coming by, Lexlingua!

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  5. I love that quote from Anna Quindlen... probably because I feel the same. :)

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    1. Same! Unfortunately, only one of my four kids is a big reader. The others don't mind reading, but it's not their first choice of leisure activities. Who raised these heathens??

      Thanks for stopping by, Tanya!

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  6. I love that George RR Martin one, it's so true.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/09/29/top-ten-tuesday-283/

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    1. For sure! And my reading lives are WAAAYYY more exciting than my real one. Ha ha.

      Thanks for coming by!

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  7. You have some great quotes here. I always love that one by GRRM.

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    1. Me, too! That's what I love most about reading - that it can take us on a grand new adventure every time we open a new book.

      Thanks for stopping by, Deanna!

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  8. Great take on the topic. I especially loved Martin's quote.

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    1. Agreed. I'm always shocked when I meet people who don't read at all. I just can't imagine that! Maybe their real lives are so exciting that they don't need fictional journeys?? Who knows?

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Sam!

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  9. Oh these are lovely! I'm not great with quotes but I love reading them. I 100% agree with Anna Quindlen!

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    1. I love great quotes, but I'm really lazy about writing them down. I hate not being able to remember good ones, though, so I need to be better about pulling out my book quote journal and jotting them down.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Katherine!

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  10. I've just typed you a lovely message, and then my internet dipped. We are on holiday and I'm using my cellphone data.

    I also keep journals with bookish quotes! I'm on my 4th one already. I got a bit behind, Goodreads and the blog makes my lazy.

    You are welcome to have a look at my Wednesday Wisdom posts! You are of course very welcome to join in as well. I share all my favorite quotes from a specific book on there.

    I'll send you a link!

    Wednesday Wisdom

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    1. Oh no! Technology really stinks sometimes, doesn't it? It's awesome when it works; when it doesn't, it's SO incredibly frustrating!

      I love that you have so many quote journals. That's awesome. When I was a teenager, my mom gave me a lovely birthday gift - a handwritten journal full of her favorite quotes. I don't know how long it took her to write all those down, but it's one of the most thoughtful presents anyone has ever given me.

      I love your Wednesday Wisdom post idea. How fun! I'll definitely check them out.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. These are such lovely quotes. Happy TTT!

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    1. It was fun to look through my book quote journal after a number of years and find these gems :)

      Thanks for coming by, Natalie!

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  12. Thanks for checking out my TTT list for today. I love your list too!

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    1. Thank you! I enjoyed this TTT topic a lot. It's been fun to read all the wonderful quotes people chose.

      Thanks for stopping by, JadeSky!

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  13. You chose some awesome quotes...I love them all!

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    1. I'm so glad! There were so many I could have used that I had to really restrain myself in order to keep it to ten, uh eleven :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lark!

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  14. I like the Alan Bennett one, The Uncommon Reader is such a good book. My own favourite book quote is from Winston Churchill:

    “If you cannot read all your books, at any rate handle, or as it were, fondle them – peer into them, let them fall open where they will, read from the first sentence that arrests the eye, set them back on the shelves with your own hands, arrange them on your own plan so that if you do not know what is in them, you at least know where they are. Let them be your friends; let them at any rate be your acquaintances. If they cannot enter the circle of your life, do not deny them at least a nod of recognition.”

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    1. Oh, this is a lovely quote! I've never heard it before, but it definitely speaks to me as a book lover. Just having my books close to me brings me comfort, so I totally get what Churchill is saying.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Cath!

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  15. I love these and several are new to me. I almost included the Kate DiCamillo one in my post. Great choices Susan.

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    1. I adore the DiCamillo one! It reminds me of the comfort I find in books, especially old favorites.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Carla!

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  16. I've been meaning to start a journal with quotes I like, but haven't because I'm horrible at writing them down too.

    I like all of these, but my favorites are the ones by E.M. Forster and W. Somerset Maugham

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    1. Same! I found this lovely notebook with books on the cover a number of years ago and decided it would make the perfect book quote book. Only a few of the pages are filled and I had to blow dust off it when I opened it yesterday, but it was fun to look through it. I need to be better about writing down quotes because I do like having them in one place.

      Thanks for stopping by, Erica!

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  17. Great quotes! My favorite Kate diCamillo quote is “Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Tell Gregory a story. Make some light.”

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    1. Oh, that's a lovely quote! And I totally agree, especially in the dark times we're having. Spreading light is essential to keep up our spirits and bring us hope.

      Thanks for coming by, Jen!

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  18. These are great quotes! I keep a journal of my favorite quotes too :)

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    1. In answering this week's prompt, lots of bloggers have mentioned keeping book journals, which surprises me a little since journal-keeping (especially with a notebook and pen) seems so old-fashioned. I love that I'm not the only one who collects quotes this way!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. Some excellent ones here. I totally forgot about the Fikry quote - loved that book!

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    1. I have several quotes from FIKRY in my journal. It's got some great ones about books, reading, and life in general.

      Thanks for coming by, Davida!

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  20. Thank you for sharing your quotes! I also have a journal to write quotes in, only it's been years since I've written anything in it. Maybe I should dig it out again!

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    1. Ha ha. You sound like me! I love keeping a quote book in theory, but I'm often too lazy to write down every quote I find. Someone suggested taking a picture of the quote with my phone or a screenshot on my Kindle so I have it saved and can write it down later. I'd never thought of doing that. Brilliant!

      Thanks for stopping by, Katy!

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  21. Love the quotes, particularly the E.M. Forster one. Like you, my intentions exceed my performance when it comes to taking the time to write my favorites down, something I've often regretted when wanting to return to one or another of them.

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    1. Me, too! Thank goodness for Google :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Sam!

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    2. I also just discovered that Goodreads has a Quotes section where you can gather favorites for easy access. How did I not know about this before??

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  22. Really enjoyed reading all these wonderful quotes. We're not the only ones who love books, right? This topic is always a good one on the 'top ten'.

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    1. Yes, this is one of my favorite TTT topics. I'm glad it comes around every couple years. There are so many great quotes out there, especially ones that concern books and reading.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Kay!

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  23. That's such a great E.M. Forster quote. Love it! Might have to add it to my notebook of quotes ;)

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    1. I've added a bunch of quotes to mine thanks to this TTT topic!

      Thanks for stopping by, Alycia!

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  24. Great take on this week's topic! These are all so amazing but I think my favourite would have to be the E.M. Forster one. :)

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    1. It's an excellent quote and I agree with it wholeheartedly :)

      Thanks for coming by, Sara!

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  25. I would love to see this pretty journal of yours! Even just the cover would be cool. That's exactly the kind of thing I don't have the patience for but love to admire and think would be so cool to look at in person. (How do I convince my friends/family members to do this?)

    That quote from Anna Quindlen is new to me but describes my decorating style exactly, haha.

    I didn't have enough quotes for a full list this week, but I have 2 beloved quotes about books:

    My favorite quote about books is from Marguerite Henry, basically endorsing fanfiction before the internet existed: "Why not dream your own wonderful sequels? When you have finished a book, it can go on in your mind, the characters doing just what you want them to do.”

    Runner-up comes from Anne Bogel, for its accuracy: "You accept that it’s time to cull your personal library. You lovingly handle each book, determining if it brings you joy. It does. They all do. You are full of bookish joy, but still woefully short on shelf space." (see also: Anna Quindlen quote re: me)

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    1. I'll have to take a picture of my quote journal and post it for you. I've gotten really lazy about actually writing down quotes - I need to be better about that.

      I love your favorite quotes! The Bogel one is perfect. I'm going to add it to my quote journal right now.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, RS!

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  26. I love how relatable all of these are and makes me so happy to be a reader!

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    1. Same! Book people are the best people :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  27. So glad that you included a quote from The Uncommon Reader! I adore that little book, but I've hardly ever run into anyone who's read it.

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    1. Really? It's been a long time since I read it, but I remember really enjoying it.

      Thanks for coming by, Christopher!

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    1. Thanks! I had fun choosing them.

      Thanks for coming by, Jess!

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  29. I am not good at remembering or writing down quotes, but it's fun to see what others like. I particularly like this one that you included: Helen Exley: "Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled 'This could change your life.'"

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    1. Me, too! Whenever I finish a book that just CONSUMES me, I always have that thought - why didn't someone warn me? Ha ha.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Helen!

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  30. I completely agree with Helen Exley! Great selection of quotes you have chosen!

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    1. That's a great quote, isn't it? And I totally agree with her.

      Thanks for stopping by, Melissa!

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