Friday Question #30: What is your favorite quote from a book?

Happy Friday, BookishFirst Readers!

Some words stay with you long after you finish a book. What is your favorite quote from a book that you’ve read? Additionally, how do you keep track of quotes/lines that you love while reading?

“I thought of how she’d been at three, at six, at nine. No one warns you about the losses. No one tells you how much you’ll miss them, those earlier children. They disappear, but are they still there, sealed one inside the next like those little Russian dolls?”
– Bitter Lake, by Ann Harleman

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I keep track of favorite quotes on Goodreads now. This one has been a favorite for a long time, before I was a Goodreads user, and I had printed it out and posted it on my bulletin board where it remained for years.

“We both speak of illuminating the world, but we have different sources of light.”
-The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Whenever I see people with differing opinions and competing ideologies, I always think of this quote from The Essex Serpent. Things aren’t always black and white or good versus evil. Often times we try to better the world in our own ways, and we all have different sources of light.

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“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”

  • Love Story by Erich Segal

There are so many amazing quotes from books. This is just one of the first that came to mind. :blush::heart:

The only promise you ever had in life was the one moment you were living.

From Beach Read by Emily Henry

I use an app called Marvin3 which I love. It keeps my annotations and quotes even if I deleted the book.

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“We talk about life like it’s some magical elixer yet life is your own slow crawl along the dead man’s mile. Doesn’t matter how many diversions you take, eventually we’re all heading one way.”
C.J. Tudor- The Other People

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“To live is the rarest thing. Most people exist, that is all. “—Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man under Socialism

I am filling a journal with the quotes that strike me as particularly astute or memorable in some way. From time to time my daughter and/or I go through them and discuss them. Now that she is in college and majoring in English, she too finds quality literature of interest and it is such a joy to have this in common. We have had many lively debates sparked by something in “the Book According to Mom” as she has termed it.

This quote is from the foreword of Neil Gaimen’s Coraline when he explains his inspiration for the book.
“I’d wanted to write a story for my daughters that told them something I wished I’d known when I was a boy: that being brave didn’t mean you weren’t scared. Being brave meant you were scared, really scared, badly scared, and you did the right thing anyway.”

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