Today on our blog hop, we’re talking about favorite quotes from books. I have a collection! I keep them in a little journal with a ribbon marker and elastic band closure. The journal was made by Peter Pauper Press, and it’s about my favorite blank book. The paper quality is delicious! Much thicker than other brands, and there’s no bleeding if you use felt pens. (I’m an office supply junkie. Goes hand in hand with being a writer!) So I can write all my favorite snippets on these archival pages and never worry about bleeding or fading.
In any case, many of my favorite book quotes end up being either about writing or about romance or about motivation. Sometimes about more than one! Here are just a few.
“But the lines were enough. She had only to utter them. They created the character in spite of her.”
~ from My Antonia by Willa Cather, one of my absolute favorite books
I love that quote because it reminds me not to stress out too hard about the characters as I write them. If I’ve done my groundwork and I know who these people are, then I can write them as they are. The lines are enough, and I have only to write them.
“Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers, ‘Grow, grow.'”
~ from The Talmud
I have lots of angels, people who have taught me things, opened up to me, given me a boost when I needed it. Even when things are tough, there are angels whispering to us. We all have our angels! Look around you — you’ll spot yours!
“[I]n any fiction, no matter how ambitious its scope or profound its theme, there was only ever room for three players. Between warring kings, a peacemaker; between adoring spouses, a seducer or a child. Between twins, the spirit of the womb. Between lovers, Death.”
~ from Imajica by Clive Barker
This is an important reminder that what comes between characters is the engine that drives the story. I first read this book on an airplane, and I remember being so struck by the first paragraph (which develops this idea in detail), that over and over during the flight, I turned back to re-read it. It just made me keep thinking about the way that even abstractions can come between characters and keep them from connecting as we would like them to. But if everything was smooth and happy, where would the story be? We read because we want to see people jump over their hurdles.
What are some of your favorite quotes?