Top Ten Bookish Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday 2

This one was tough—it was actually supposed to be “Top Ten Quotes From Books,” but I’m so bad at remembering passages! But there are so many great quotes about books and reading out there that I partially remembered, and doing a quick search for them was relatively easy.

Something I’ve learned from this exercise: I need to get better at keeping notes on what I read!!

  1. “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book!— When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Though this line, spoken by Miss Bingley to Mr. Darcy, is completely insincere in context, it’s totally true for me.

  1. “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

They don’t run out of batteries! You can read them in bright sunlight! It’s easy to flip back through them to find things! (This has to be my biggest beef with e-readers. I love flipping through pages.) Books are just…magical.

  1. “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

What a beautiful way to describe something I’ve always felt myself. People always talk about how much I like to read, and I’m always like, well, yeah…how else would I be spending my time? Even as a kid, it never really occurred to me to want to do something else with my time. I was never into video games or TV, except as background noise. Reading was just…what I did. Now, as an adult, I have to make an effort to read more because I get sucked into mindlessly scrolling through internet things, but when I find a book that hooks me, you can’t tear me away.

  1. “If you go home with somebody, and they don’t have books, don’t fuck ’em!” – John Waters

Luckily I don’t have this problem—never did, because I pretty much fell in love with Andrew the minute he told me how much he enjoyed reading Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde—but for all my single friends out there: take this to heart. If you meet a guy who doesn’t read, he’s not good enough for you. Period.

  1. “Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times?” Mo had said…”As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells…and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower…both strange and familiar.” ― Cornelia Funke, Inkspell

I’ve never read Inkspell, but now I want to. This quote is so true; when I reread something, I always find myself remembering how I felt the last time I read it. It can be jarring, but it’s also kind of amazing how certain words in a certain order can bring back such solid memories, sometimes not even related to the book.

  1. “I love books…way more than movies. Movies tell you what to think. A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself. Movies show you the pink house. A good book tells you there’s a pink house and lets you paint some of the finishing touches, maybe choose the roof style, park your own car out front. My imagination has always topped anything a movie could come up with. Case in point, those darned Harry Potter movies. That was so not what that part-Veela-chick, Fleur Delacour, looked like.” ― Karen Marie Moning, Darkfever

PREACH. Fleur was totally miscast, as was Snape (GUYS. Alan Rickman is not nearly scrawny enough to fit my mental picture of Snape. That’s not to say he didn’t act his part well, but visually, I think he was completely miscast. I was thinking more of an Adrian Brody-looking dude.). And also all the movies after the third were just…ugh, awful.

  1. “I am too fond of reading books to care to write them.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

For YEARS, my dad has been convinced that one day I’ll be an author. And almost every time he’s brought it up, I’ve more or less paraphrased the above quotation. Just because I like reading books doesn’t mean I think I have any aptitude at all to write them (although the recent publication of bullshit like 50 Shades of Gray has made me want to try my hand at it, because if effing E. L. James can get three books published and made into movies, why can’t I???).

  1. “A short story is a different thing all together—a short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger.” ― Stephen King, Skeleton Crew

What an adorable way of describing a short story. I was never really into them, because I like long, detailed stories I can sink my teeth into. But Uncle Stevie has some great short story and novella collections that I’ve really enjoyed, and many of his stories are exactly how he describes.

  1. “Why can’t people just sit and read books and be nice to each other?” ― David Baldacci, The Camel Club

Every couple of months, that thing about how people in Iceland spend Christmas Eve exchanging books and then reading together comes up, and it makes me want to start a new Christmas tradition with my family. Or with anyone who’s willing to do this, because most people in my family, for the most part, don’t read nearly as much as I do.

  1. “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” ― J.K. Rowling

I 100% believe this is true. There is absolutely a book for everyone (but whether there’s a person for every book is another question altogether)—you just have to find it. I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but seriously…there are so many books out there that if you haven’t found one you like, you just haven’t looked hard enough.

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10 thoughts on “Top Ten Bookish Quotes

  1. I love that you choose ones all relating to books and reading. ““If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” ― J.K. Rowling.” This was so true for me. I didn’t enjoy reading until about 8 years ago and it’s because I just hadn’t found the right stuff yet.

    • Wow! It’s just so foreign to me to not like to read—it’s always so interesting to me to talk to people who used to dislike reading and then got into it later in life. What did you find that made you like reading?

    • Isn’t it great? It’s been making the rounds for a while now but it always makes me smile. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

    • I wish I was better at remembering quotes that I liked from books! I can never think of them when I need them. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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