Hey bookworms! You know what it’s time for: Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post curated by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is to list ten of your favorite quotes from books. I don’t know about you guys, but I think this is going to be pretty freaking hard. How do you choose your favorite combinations of words?
Well, here goes nothing.
1. “Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love.” -Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling
This Dumbledore quote has to make the list because I have it tattooed to my left shoulder. So, yeah. Definitely favorite quote material.
2. “When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.” -A Clash of Kings, George R.R. Martin
Tyrion Lannister obviously needed to make this list. This is one of the best quotes from A Song of Ice and Fire because it demonstrates the idiocy of banning free speech. Confident leaders will carelessly wave away speech that defies them, but insecure leaders make it obvious that the person speaking has a point. They practically give the public something to rally around.
3. “The world,’ Aelin said, “will be saved and remade by the dreamers, Rolfe.” -Empire of Storms, Sarah J. Maas
I love this. And I can only hope that it’s true.
4. “Maybe there were people who lived those lives. Maybe this girl was one of them. But what about the rest of us? What about the nobodies and the nothings, the invisible girls? We learn to hold our heads as if we wear crowns. We learn to wring magic from the ordinary. That was how you survived when you weren’t chosen, when there was no royal blood in your veins. When the world owed you nothing, you demanded something of it anyway.” -Crooked Kingdom, Leigh Bardugo
This little monologue is from one of Inej’s chapters in Crooked Kingdom, and it’s beautiful. Part of the appeal of Leigh Bardugo’s duology is that it follows characters that aren’t the chosen ones. They’re people that have had to make do with difficult circumstances. And that they’re capable of still fighting for the things they want and deserve is inspiring.
5. “He forced himself to smile – not out of pleasure, and not out of satisfaction. He smiled despite the deaths of his men; he smiled because that was what he did. That was how he proved to the Lord Ruler – and to himself – that he wasn’t beaten. No, he wasn’t going to walk away. He wasn’t finished yet. Not by far.” -The Final Empire, Brandon Sanderson
I adore this Kelsier quote – and really his entire stance on smiling in the face of tyranny. I am nothing if not vindictive, so these lines speak to me.
6. “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” -Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling
I’m trying to keep the Harry Potter quotes to a minimum, or else this entire post would be full of them. But I couldn’t only use one from this series, especially when this Sirius Black quote is so relevant and accurate.
7. “Fire is catching – and if we burn, you burn with us.” -Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
This tiny phrase from Catching Fire just makes me so happy. I’m a big advocate of the proletariat and “power to people” and all that – and we really don’t realize just how much power we have.
8. “It’s a paper town. I mean, look at it, Q: All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm. All the paper kids drinking beer some bum bought for them at the paper convenience store. Everyone demented with the mania of owning things. All the things paper-thin and paper-frail. And the people, too. I’ve lived here for eighteen years and I have never once in my life come across anyone who cares about anything that matters.” -Paper Towns, John Green
This was probably my favorite book quote all throughout high school, and it’s concerning how much I’m still able to relate to it. But then, I suppose burning the future doesn’t stop at high school graduation…
9. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” -The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien
Gandalf was totally feeling left out. This one’s pretty self-explanatory (I mean, they all are, but still).
10. “Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.” -Paradise Lost, John Milton
This feels so out of place on this list of mostly fantasy/Young Adult quotes. But of all the classics I read in college, Paradise Lost is one of my top picks. And this quote speaks to me, whatever that says about my personality.