Happy Tuesday, all you awesome people! The air here has finally gotten chilly, and we are most definitely into fall weather. Around here, that usually means it’ll be snowing in a couple weeks. But I am ready for sweaters blankets and reading by the fire, so I’m actually a little excited!
I’m also excited for this week’s Top 5 Tuesday Topic – My Favorite Book Quotes
you’re welcome for this cheesy yet smooth transition hosted by the awesome Shanah @ Bionic Bookworm. It’s gonna be hard for me to choose just five, but I’ll do my best!
So, without any further ado, here are 5 of my favorite book quotes!
“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”
This is one of those times where I feel like I’m gonna explain why I like this quote, and it’s just gonna be confusing
but I’m gonna do it anyway, you can’t stop me. So, I feel like this is 100% true, that who we are is primarily built out of the story we tell about ourselves, to ourselves. But I think people contribute to that story more than they think. So 1) It reminds me to always be kind to others, even if they may deserve otherwise, because you never know what part of their story they’re writing and you don’t want them to tell a bad self-story because of something you said wow Ryann’s getting real cheesy today. And 2) It reminds me that when I’m feeling down about myself, which is more often than I’d care to admit, it’s because of a story I’m telling myself. All I have to do is rewrite a few words, and I can change it all around. Which is both harder and easier than it sounds…
“All my life,” she said, “I have been told ‘go’ and ‘come.’ I am told how I will live, and I am told how I must die. I must be a man’s servant and a mare for his pleasure, or I must hide myself behind walls and surrender my flesh to a cold, silent god. I would walk into the jaws of hell itself, if it were a path of my own choosing. I would rather die tomorrow in the forest than live a hundred years of the life appointed me.”
I love this quote because 1) Vasya is precious and I just love her so much, and this quote really embodies a huge part of her personality, and 2) I feel like we’ve all been there, where we feel like we have to do something because someone expects us to, or even because we expect us to. But I think part of reaching adulthood is coming to and acting on the realization that you’re not actually obligated to do anything you don’t want to, the world is full of choices and you’re free to choose literally any one that fits you.
Go, be free my precious butterflies.
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.”
Another 2-part love! Inej is probably my favorite character in the duology, and, again, I feel like this quote puts a fine point on her world view. On top of that, whenever I ‘m down on myself
which we’ve established is never because I’m amazing, for some reason this quote helps me hold my head a little higher. Like, I know the world owes me literally nothing, but I’m not about to go announcing it to said world. (This quote may also help explain my love for Nesta from ACoWaR, because I feel like she’s sort of the embodiment of this quote.) I guess, just gold stars to all the ladies who lay expectations on the world without the arrogance of assuming they will be met without some willpower.
“But what manner of use would it be ploughing through that darkness?’ asked Drinian.
Use?’ replied Reepicheep. ‘Use, Captain?’ If you mean by filling our bellies or our purses, I confess it will be no use at all. So far as I know we did not set sail to look for things useful but to seek honour and adventures. And here is as great an adventure as I have ever heard of, and here, if we turn back, no little impeachment of all our honours.”
YOU THOUGHT YOU COULD GET THROUGH A T5T POST WITHOUT A NARNIA MENTION?! HAHAHA
just kidding, probably no one thought that, you guys know me too well. Again, I love this quote for a couple reasons. First off, it encourages me to face the things I may be afraid of. Even if my fear blinds me to what’s on the other side of an adventure, that’s no excuse for refusing to face it. Secondly, it reminds me that it’s okay to be a little childish sometimes. Not all adventures involve swords and dragons and treasure though… TVotDT does. Sometimes because I want to is a good enough reason to do something a little crazy or a little childish. We should be able to enjoy adventures not because of the outcome, but because they allow us to explore our world and ourselves. Does anybody have some nachos? I just don’t know what to do with all the cheese in this post…
“Is there a word for the moment you win tug-of-war? When the weight gives, and all that extra rope comes hurtling towards you, how even though you’ve won, you still end up with muddy knees and burns on your hands? Is there a word for that? I wish there was.”
Seriously guys, if you only read one collection of poetry in your lifetime, let it be this one. I cannot recommend it highly enough; it’s just full of gems like this. I had such a hard time trying to find a single quote to use. But this one is so relatable. I feel like all of us have had those moments when we feel we’ve worked so hard to achieve something, but then within the few weeks or months or years you start wondering if it was really worth all the pain you felt (it usually is).
Someone fangirl about this book with me Sarah Kay has a way of putting all these mundane thoughts and feelings into the best words, so if you’re looking for some awesome book quotes, I’d start there.
IT’S KILLING ME THAT I DIDN’T PUT ANY OF MY FAVORITE LOTR QUOTES ON THIS LIST, SO I MADE AN INSTAGRAM POST ABOUT LOTR TO MAKE ME FEEL BETTER! WHAT I’M SAYING IS PLEASE DON’T JUDGE ME TOO HARD, I HAVE FELT THE ABSENCE, TOO!
That’s it for this week’s Top 5 Tuesday! Thanks for reading, and make sure you check out Shanah’s post!
What about you? What are some of your favorite literary quotes? Did any of mine really resonate with you? Are you also sitting here ashamed that LoTR is not on the list? Let me know in the comments below!