Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Quotes From Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

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Top Ten Favorite Quotes From Books

1. We mortals, men and women, devour many a disappointment between breakfast and dinner-time; keep back the tears and look a little pale about the lips, and in answer to inquiries say, "Oh, nothing!" Pride helps; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our hurts -- not to hurt others.” —Middlemarch by George Eliot

2. “Secrets have power. And that power diminishes when they are shared, so they are best kept and kept well. Sharing secrets, real secrets, important ones, with even one other person, will change them. Writing them down is worse, because who can tell how many eyes might see them inscribed on paper, no matter how careful you might be with it. So it's really best to keep your secrets when you have them, for their own good, as well as yours.” ― Erin MorgensternThe Night Circus

3. “This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!” ― Julia ChildMy Life in France

4. “It's a book, jackass.” ― Lane SmithIt's a Book

5.  “Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God's feet, equal — as we are!” ― Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre

6. Continue your quest by taking the test
Yes, but what test? What test was I supposed to take? The Kobayashi Maru? The Pepsi Challenge? Could the clue have been any more vague?” ― Ernest ClineReady Player One

7. “Great meals rarely start at points that all look like beginnings. They usually pick up where something else leaves off. This is how most of the best things are made - imagine if the world had to begin from scratch each dawn: a tree would never grow, nor would we ever get to see the etchings of gentle rings on a clamshell... Meals' ingredients must be allowed to topple into one another like dominos. Broccoli stems, their florets perfectly boiled in salty water, must be simmered with olive oil and eaten with shaved Parmesan on toast; their leftover cooking liquid kept for the base for soup, studded with other vegetables, drizzled with good olive oil, with the rind of the Parmesan added for heartiness. This continuity is the heart and soul of cooking.” ― Tamar AdlerAn Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace

8. “It's difficult to focus on my studies when my best friend is struggling to get through the hour."
He hesitated. "So I'm your best friend now?"
My cheeks heated, and I shrugged. "It was between you and Sarit, and you have the piano. She just has honey.” ― Jodi MeadowsIncarnate

9. “You are about as covert as a sledgehammer.” ― Gail CarrigerSoulless

10. “Do you ever wonder if what you look at is the same thing everyone else is seeing?'
He went even stiller at her side. 'Sometimes I'm sure it isn't the same...but that's not so bad is it? Seeing the world in a different way?'
Creative vision creates art' he motioned around the gallery 'that shows the rest of the world a new angle. That's a beautiful thing.” ― Melissa MarrInk Exchange

I had fun doing this one. Thanks to Goodreads for making this an easy one.


  1. I do like the Jane Eyre one :D

  2. Oooooo! Your quote from Ready Player One has me intrigued! I have not read it but keep hearing about it, I think I need to read it! I love the one from Julia Child too! I agree with her!

  3. I LOVE the Julia Child quote. Great job!
    Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog

  4. Oooh!! I love the quote from 'The Night Circus'! Great list!

  5. So many good quotes here! My favorite is the one from The Night Circus. I've heard a lot of good things about that book.

  6. Now I'm inspired to read Middlemarch!


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