Top Ten Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, we’re supposed to go back and choose a past topic we missed the first time around. I decided to do Favorite Book Quotes because I always write down quotes I love and want to share them. I have a very, very long list of quotes I like, so here are a few of them that I dug up for this week.
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1.) There are all kinds of silences and each of them means a different thing. There is the silence that comes with morning in a forest, and this is different from the silence of a sleeping city. There is silence after a rainstorm, and before a rainstorm, and these are not the same. There is silence of emptiness, the silence of fear, the silence of doubt. There is a certain silence that can emanate from a lifeless object as from a chair lately used, or from a piano with old dust upon its keys, or from anything that has answered to the need of man, for pleasure or for work. This kind of silence can speak. Its voice may be melancholy, but it is not always so; for the chair may have been left by a laughing child or the the last notes of the piano may have been raucous and gay. Whatever the mood or the circumstance, the essence of its quality may linger in the silence that follows. It is a soundless echo.   – West With the Night

2.) Soon the maroon-throated howls would echo back from the other trees, father down the beach, until the whole jungle filled with roaring trees. As it was in the beginning, so it is every morning of the world.- The Lacuna

3.) Then no matter where you are, in a crowded restaurant or on some desolate street or even in the comforts of your own home, you’ll watch yourself dismantle every assurance you ever lived by. You’ll stand aside as a great complexity intrudes, tearing apart, piece by piece, all your carefully conceived denials, whether deliberate or unconscious. And for better or worse you’ll turn, unable to resist, though try to resist you still will, fighting with everything you’ve got not to face the thing you most dread, what is now, what will be, what has always come before, the creature you truly are, the creature we all are, buried in the nameless black of a name.   And then the nightmares will begin. – House of Leaves

4.) Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life…You give them a piece of you. They didn’t ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn’t your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like ‘maybe we should be just friends’ turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It’s a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love. – Neil Gaiman

5.) I would stare at the grains of light suspended in that silent space, struggling to see into my own heart. What did I want? And what did others want from me? But I could never find the answers. Sometimes I would reach out and try to grasp the grains of light, but my fingers touched nothing. – Norwegian Wood

6.)  They call it ‘the whispering of the stars.’ Listen,” he said, raising a finger for silence. I could still hear the tinkling and craned my neck to see what it was. Zhensky laughed. “No, here. Look.” He formed his mouth into a wide O and exhaled slowly. As he did, I saw the cloud of breath fall in droplets to the ground. That was the sound I heard: our breath falling. “It’s a Yakut expression. It means a period of weather so cold that your breath falls frozen to the ground before it can dissipate. The Yakuts say that you should never tell secrets outside during the whispering of the stars, because the words themselves freeze, and in the spring thaw anyone who walks past that spot will be able to hear them. – The Geographers Library

7.) “Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”  – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

8.) For I knew what he meant. We all have our sorrows, and although the exact delineaments, weight and dimensions of grief are different for everyone, the color of grief is common to us all. “I know,” he said, because he was human, and therefore, in a way, he did.  – The Thirteenth Tale

9.) When despair for the world grows in me
And I wake in the night at the least sound
I fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
Rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
Who do not tax their lives with forethought
Of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
Waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and I am free.    – The Peace of Wild Things

10.) As it grew warmer, big flakes of snow settled on the ground, on the red brick-dust, on the crosses of the graves, on the turrets of abandoned tanks, in the ears of dead men waiting to be buried. The snow filled the air with a soft grey-blue mist, softening the wind and gunfire, bringing the earth and sky together into one swaying blur. The snow fell on Bach’s shoulders: it was as though flakes of silence were falling on the still Volga, on the dead city, on the skeletons of horses. It was snowing everywhere, on earth and on the stars; the whole universe was full of snow. Everything was disappearing beneath it: guns, the bodies of the dead, filthy dressings, rubble, scraps of twisted iron. This soft, white snow settling over the carnage of the city was time itself; the present was turning into the past, and there was no future.  – Life and Fate

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24 thoughts on “Top Ten Book Quotes

  1. Nice quotes & good topic choice. I included House of Leaves in my list too – though as a book I am terrified to read. That you quoted from it gives me some hope, though. (a) because you liked the book enough to include a passage as a favorite quote and (b) because you finished it. I’d love to hear what you think of the book, since it’s right now sitting on my shelf waiting for me to get up the nerve to open it.

    • House of Leaves definitely takes some dedication and time to read, but its worth it! Very spooky, a lot of clever references and good writing. Its a one of a kind book, kind of crazy and all over the place but great anyway.

  2. Gosh I love good quotes! You’ve picked some great authors here too. I especially love Barbara Kingsolver and Diane Setterfield and Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I’ve been curious about Haruki Murakami . . . I’ll have to take a closer look at Norwegian Wood.

    • Trish, have you read Prodigal Summer by Kingsolver? It is one of my all time favorite books, I’ve read it so many times. But I couldn’t find it to put a quote for this one. lol Zafon is also one of my favorite writers, if I could have put everything from his books, I would have! Murakami is a great writer, I think you’ll like him a lot. Every book I’ve read of his has been an experience I wouldn’t have wanted to miss.

      • Yes, I just reviewed Prodigal Summer a few days ago – I really liked it! I have The Lacuna waiting for me too. That’s interesting about Murakami, I don’t know why I’ve haven’t heard of him until just recently but now I’m really intrigued.

      • Thats wonderful! Prodigal Summer is definitely my favorite Kingsolver. I tend to read it every year just for a comfort read. Lacuna is a little harder to get through but has some amazing imagery in it. I hope you like it! Sometimes we just don’t discover authors until a little later than we’d wish, but I would definitely encourage you to read Murakami and let me know what you think. His books (to me) are absolutely beautiful.

    • Jenna, I loved Kafka on the Shore too! The great thing about Murakami is that I’m never sure what to expect from his books but they’re always a little otherworldly. I think my favorite was Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, but its hard to choose.

    • I am always marking them and writing them down, I can’t help it! Thats why I like to include quotes (probably a few too many lol) in my reviews, there are so many lines I want to share.

    • I KNOW! Its nice to see something that isn’t all “love is like a daisy in the sunshine.” I love gaiman. If i ever meet him in person I may hug him and never let go. lol

  3. Beautiful quotes! I especially like the Zafon, Murakami, and Gaiman ones. And now I want to go reread The Lacuna, because I remember really liking it 🙂

  4. I’ve never heard of any of these books, but I love knowing that there are other quote collectors out there. The Lacuna in particular sounds like an interesting read. Nice choice of list!

      • As I read the quote from The Lacuna I thought to myself, “That sounds like something from The Poisonwood Bible.” 🙂 Now I wish I’d said that, it would make me seem so much smarter! I really loved reading that book in high school, despite some painful scenes. I’ll have to pick up The Lacuna sometime for sure, now that I know it’s Kingsolver!

    • Aw Lisa, thats so sweet! I hope you do subscribe and that I am always worth subscribing too. I try to review and post things that I really enjoy and want other people to experience as well, so most of what I write is very positive “look at this beautiful prose!” type of quote or review.
      p.s. I like that we both have awesome typewriters on our blogs. 😉

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