Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Top Ten Favorite Passages from Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week's topic is:  Top Ten Favorite Passages from Books
(Ok, really it's favorite quotes but most of my favorites are long so I am going to make it passages)

1.) "...So I ask them if they believe in God.  And if they say they do-I know they don't believe in life.'  'Why?' 'Because, you see, God—whatever anyone chooses to call God—is one's highest conception of the highest possible. And whoever places his highest conception above his own possibility thinks very little of himself and his life. It's a rare gift, you know, to feel reverence for your own life and to want the best, the greatest, the highest possible, here, now, for your very own. To imagine a heaven and then not to dream of it, but to demand it.'" From We the Living by Ayn Rand

2.) “Mr. Montag, you are looking at a coward. I saw the way things were going a long time back. I said nothing. I am one of the innocents who could have spoken up and out when no one would listen to the 'guilty,' but I did not speak and thus became guilty myself.”  -From Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

3.) “The essential truth of life, he was coming to realize, wasn't romantic and took only two words to label: Shit. Happens.  But the thing was, you kept going. You kept your friends and your family and your mate as safe as you were able. And you kept fighting even after you were knocked down.”  From Lover Mine by J.R. Ward

4.) “That's not a thing any of us are granted. To go back. Wipe away what later doesn't suit us and make it the way we wish it. You just go on.”  From Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

5.)  “From the Crusades, to the Inquisition, to American politics--the name of Jesus had been hijacked as an ally in all kinds of power struggles. Since the beginning of time, the ignorant had always screamed the loudest, herding the unsuspecting masses and forcing them to do their bidding. They defended their worldly desires by citing Scripture they did not understand. They celebrated their intolerance as proof of their convictions. Now, after all these years, mankind had finally managed to utterly erode everything that had once been so beautiful about Jesus.” From The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

6.) "Ask yourself these three questions, Tatiana Metanova, and  you will know who you are.  Ask:  What do you believe in?  What do you hope for?  What do you love?" From The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

7.) "I will find you," he whipsered in my ear.  "I promise.  If I must endure two hundred years of purgatory, two hundred years without you-then it is my punishment, which I have earned for my crimes.  For I have lied, and killed, and stolen; betrayed and broken trust.  But there is the one thing that shall lie in the balance.  When I shall stand before God, I shall have one thing to say, to weigh against the rest."  His voice dropped, nearly to a whisper, and his arms tightened around me.  "Lord,  ye gave me a rare woman, and God! I loved her well." From Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

8.) "I wish I wasn't an imperial highness or an ex-grand duchess.  I'm sick of people doing things to me because of what I am.  Girl-in-white-dress.  Short-one-with-fringe.  Daughter-of-the-tsar.  Child-of-the-ex-tyrant.  I want people to look and see me, Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova, not he caboose on a train of grad duchesses.  Someday, I promise myself, no one will be able to hear my name or look at my picture and suppose they know all about me.  Someday I will do something bigger than what I am." From The Lost Crown by Sarah Miller

9.) "Indeed, people speak sometimes about the 'animal' cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to animals, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, artistically cruel." From The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

10.) "When the day shall come that we do part," he said softly, and turned to look at me, "if my last words are not 'I love you'-ye'll ken it was because I didna have time." From The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

I can't wait to see all of the quotes everyone came up with!  Leave a link in the comments so I check out your list!



  1. You picked some great quotes. No. 7 makes me sigh every time I read it. If only I could get my husband to talk like that!

  2. Amazing list! Love the quote from The Fiery Cross :)
    Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog

  3. I didn't do one this month since I don't always save my fav quotes. I love some of these though!

    Beth ^_^

  4. I have a quote from Brothers K today too. Such a quotable book, isn't it?! I also liked the one you picked from Fahrenheit 451 - very powerful and so true.

  5. The Dragonfly in Amber one makes me cry everytime! Jamie ripped my heart out when he said that. Great list!

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

  6. I'm reading Outlander right now and I can see how Diana Gabaldon is very quote worthy.

  7. I love all the different quotes that people are coming up with. I love how different they all are. Yours are very unique to me and filled with books I haven't read yet. Making me want to start the Outlander series right now.

  8. What an eclectic collection of quotations! How sad, but brutally true, the quotation from The Brothers Karamazov is. . .


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