Top Ten Tuesday: Ten of our favorite quotes from books, at least that we can remember

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CJ's Selections

There are so many quotes that I love from literature. I've dog-earred (YES, DEAL WITH IT) so many pages of so many books with some of my favorite lines. Of course, actually recalling them all would mean going back through hundreds of books and trying to remember which line I found interesting. But here are the ones that I can remember...at least enough to look up. 
1.Iron Gold / Pierce Brown - Something about this struck me, particularly in reference to a character who has been disaffected, beaten down. It's simple but powerful.

She was just a child realizing she could mock the world. 

2.All the Bright Places / Jennifer Niven - There were so many lines in this that pierced me through. I know many people have criticized this book, but for me it didn't glorify suicide. It glorified life, and the importance of mental health treatment. And Finch's experience of depression had so many similarities to my own that it shook me, so deeply that I read it in a sitting and painted a scene in the middle of the night because I couldn't sleep without getting it out of me. The quote in that painting was darker, but this particular quote was so hopeful in that witty, dry way of Finch's, when he still had light.

I learned that there is good in this world, if you look hard enough for it. I learned that not everyone is disappointing, including me, and that a 1,257-foot bump in the ground can feel higher than a bell tower if you're standing next to the right person. 

3.The Critic as Artist / Oscar Wilde - It's difficult to pick just one Oscar Wilde quote, but I could fill up a whole TTT and more if I just stuck to his canon. So I picked one that I particularly love, something a little cynical because of course it is.

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. 

4.Lullaby / Chuck Palahniuk - Here's another guy I could quote for days, although many of his most poignant lines are quick and simple and best enjoyed in context. But this one stands quite well on its own, and it's one that will often come to my lips out of nowhere for no reason at all. Although, oddly enough it doesn't come from HAUNTED, my favorite Chuck book (tied with CHOKE; LULLABY is top four).

We're all of us haunted and haunting. 

5.Something Strange and Deadly / Susan Dennard - I added this to Goodreads forever ago, and I'm glad I came across it again. Susan's not as quoted as some authors *hem* but her books are full of so many powerful phrases that weren't purloined from other books and twisted to her own uses. Shade aside, I do love this one, although I'd never say no to a bit of both.

How could I dream when I knew I could act instead. 

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