January 24, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (2)



It's a freebie week for Top Ten Tuesday so I'm going to go back and tackle Top Ten Favorite Book Quotes.  These are in no particular order.



1. "There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired." - The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

2. "Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels.  But old men are guilty if they forget what it was like to be young." - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling

3. "When I was little and I would get worried about stuff at night and it would keep me up, my mom would always ask, 'What's the worst that could happen?'  She thought this was very comforting - she thought it would make me realize that the possible mistakes on my 2nd grade math homework would not have broad repercussions on my quality of life.  But that's not what happened.  What happened was that I got to thinking about the worst thing that could happen.  Say that I am worried that there are mistakes on my 2nd grade math homework.  Maybe my teacher Ms. Chapman will yell at me.  She won't yell, but maybe she'll gently disapprove.  Maybe her gentle disapproval with upset me.  And maybe I'll start crying.  Everyone will call me a crybaby, which will further my social isolation.  And because no one likes me, I'll turn to drugs for comfort and by the time I'm in 5th grade, I'll be strung out on heroin.  And then I'll die.  That's the worst that can happen." - "A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle," Let It Snow, John Green

4. "Maybe happiness didn't have to be about the big, sweeping circumstances, about having everything in your life in place.  Maybe it was about stringing together a bunch of small pleasures.  Wearing slippers and watching the Miss Universe contest.  Eating a brownie with vanilla ice cream.  Getting to level 7 in Dragon Master and knowing there were 20 levels to go." - Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Ann Brashares

5. "'I Wanna Hold Your Hand.'  First single.  Fucking brilliant.  Perhaps the most fucking brilliant song ever written.  Because they nailed it.  That's what everyone wants.  Not 24/7 hot, wet sex.  Not a marriage that lasts a hundred years.  Not a Porsche or a blow job or a million-dollar crib.  No.  They want to hold your hand.  They have such a feeling that they can't hide.  Every single successful love song of the past fifty years can be traced back to 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand.'  And every single successful love story has those unbearable and unbearably exciting moments of hand-holding.  Trust me.  I've thought a lot about this."  - Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

6. "I tended to give a book a chance and another chance and another, sometimes seeing it all the way to the end, still hoping for it to turn out different.  Maybe I was confused about what you owed a book.  What you owed people, for that matter, real or fictional." - Stay, Deb Caletti

7. "You don't have to be a genius to know what happens in a play.  One guy gets the girl.  And the other guy dies." - Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn, Sarah Miller

8. "We volley a bit back and forth.  Then Mrs. Connors blows her whistle to stop and explain the retarded scoring system in tennis where the numbers don't mean anything and love doesn't count for anything." - Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson

9. "I wish friends held hands more often, like the children I see on the streets sometimes. I'm not sure why we have to grow up and get embarrassed about it." - Anna and the French Kiss, Stephanie Perkins

10. "It is our choices, Harry, that show us what we truly are, far more than our abilities." - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling

7 comments:

  1. Oh, this is a great idea for a list! I haven't written mine yet, but I'm going to go over the previous lists for ideas.

    I love that last Harry Potter quote. I saw a t-shirt with it on once and I'm desperate to own it!

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    1. Hi! Thanks for stopping by. There were so many great Harry Potter quotes to choose from, but I love that one so much. Thanks for the follow, I'm heading over to follow you back!

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  2. Oh, I'm a new follower! *waves*

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  3. I LOVE YOUR LIST!! I've always loved quotes! It's my favourite thing ever! I love the one of STAY :) ;)

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    1. ! I love quotes too. When I read I'm constantly writing them down on my phone, my ipod, and any random scrap of paper I can get my hands on. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Great quotes! I particularly love your number 10. And a Gatsby quote is always brilliant, although I'd have gone for the closing two paragraphs personally (yours is still fab though!) I chose top ten heroines this week - check it out at YA Yeah Yeah if you'd like to.

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    1. Thanks! I checked out your list too, very nice!

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