I listen to much of the fiction I “read,” so I’m not always able to get a great quote written down. Nonetheless, for several years now I’ve kept a Commonplace Book–a notebook in which I write out quotes I’ve liked. I’ve lost quotes kept on phones that have died, too. I’ve learned to put more trust in pen and paper than in storing them on my phone. Here, then, are a few quotes I’ve liked. I couldn’t begin to pick a true Top 10, so these are just any old 10. Except the first.
All Time Number 1
“My dear, I don’t give a damn.”
-Rhett Butler. GWTW. The way Margaret Mitchell wrote it–not the way Hollywood embellished it.
“It was a far better kind of love than common.”
Villette by Chralotte Bronte
“…the difficulties which render it arduous render it also glorious….”
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
“Her normal life pleased her so well that she was half afriad to step out of its frame.”
Mrs. Miniver by Jan Struther
“…she’d given him his most profound experience of the divine….”
Mr. Emerson’s Wife by Amy Belding Brown
“…too much everything, not enough anything…..”
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
“[We] use thought to not participate in life.”
Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
“Anybody can look at you. It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.”
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
“She had a face, a body made not for Paris runways, but for good food and books by the fire and laughter. She was contructed from and for happiness.”
The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
“…she’s been raised in a certain way and the present is all she has….”
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
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