I know a lot of bloggers in the book community mark the end of each month with a bookish wrap up. Whilst I don’t think the typical layout of going over what I’ve read each month and what I plan to for the next is the best arrangement for what I want to write here, as I try to write about things other than books, I do enjoy reading people’s wrap ups and thought to have a type of my own.
Every two or three months I plan to go over what I’ve read and pick out some of my favourite quotes from each (as a warning there are quite a few), as a way to summarise my books. All the quotes are quite broad (I hope!) so to avoid any spoilers, but if you’ve read the book before you can probably make a good stab at the scene or part of the book that it’s from.
Anyway, without further ado, let the quotes begin!
“What if it went on even longer, for a year, or two? Perhaps they’d just bump into each other on the street one day. Nod an acknowledgement to each other. Perhaps so much time would pass, they’d get used to being without each other- but this thought was so unbearably sad, it almost made her stagger, collapse weakly onto the sofa.”
“I am in my element, and my element is hydrogen burning in the heart of the sun.”
“My greatest wish for humanity is not for peace or comfort or joy. It is that we all still die a little inside every time we witness the death of another. For only the pain of empathy will keep us human. There’s no version of God that can help us if we ever lose that.”
“Hope in the shadow of fear is the world’s most powerful motivator.”
“Mortals fantasied that love was eternal and its loss unimaginable. Now we know neither is true. Love remained mortal, while we became eternal.”
“Guilt is the idiot cousin of remorse,”
“Therin lies the paradox of the profession,’ Faraday said. ‘Those who wish to have the job should not have it…and those who would most refuse to kill are the only ones who should.”
“But remember that good intentions pave many roads. Not all of them lead to hell.”
We are instructed to write down not just our deeds but our feelings, because it must be known that we do have feelings. Remorse. Regret. Sorrow too great to bear. Because if we didn’t feel those things, what monsters would we be?”
“While freedom gives rise to growth and enlightenment, permission allows evil to flourish in a light of day that would otherwise destroy it.”
“That’s exactly what the scythedom is: high school with murder.”
“Ours is a perfect world–but perfection does not linger in one place. It is a firefly, by its very nature elusive and unpredictable.”
“Death must exist for life to have meaning.”
“…studies show that in general, optimists die ten years earlier than pessimists.”
“I find that hard to believe”
“Of course you do, you’re an optimist. You have a misguided belief that things will go your way. You don’t see the dangers till it’s too late. Pessimists are more realistic.
“That seems like a sad way to govern your life.”
“It’s a safe way to govern your life.”
“Part of me wanted to fling myself on the bed and hold him. Part of me wanted to fling myself on the bed and pummel him.”
“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”
“They were satisfied with their lives which had none of the vibrance his own was taking on. And he was angry at himself, that he could not change that for them.”
“He knew that there was no quick comfort for emotions like those. They were deeper and they did not need to be told. They were felt.”
“Behind him,across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps it was only an echo.”
“That’s the problem. That’s what’s wrong with love. Once you love someone, no matter who they are, you’ll always let them destroy you. Every single time.”
“Everyone we let into our lives has the power to hurt us. Sometimes they will, and sometimes they won’t, but that’s not a reflection of us, or our strength. Loving someone who hurts you doesn’t make you weak.”
“One day,” he said, “everybody’s gonna wake up and realise their parents are human beings, just like them. Sometimes they’re good people, sometimes they’re not.”
“Point is, you gotta be scared. Fear protects you. You gotta be scared right down to your bones” – he touched his fingertips to her collarbone – “for bravery to mean anything.”
“Of course it’s not going to be easy. You’re fighting a war against yourself. Every time either side makes ground, you’re the one who gets hurt. But it’s not about winning the war against your demons. It’s about calling a truce and learning how to live with them peacefully. Promise me you’ll keep fighting.”
“First thing you learn wandering the long roads, kid. Everyone thinks they’re the hero of their own story.”
“I’m a woman, kid. You probably haven’t met one before, coming as you do from this backward place, but it’s like a man only smarter and with bigger balls.”
“When you see the world outside your home town, outside the walls of what you were brought up to see, then you discover that you almost never know if you’re dong the right thing. One action, brave and true, leads to war and destruction. Another, craven and greedy, leads to peace and prosperity.”
“History is written by the victors,’ she said, ‘but the truth has a way of revealing itself.”
“We all got ugliness inside us, Kellen. Yours is worse? Then fight harder. Figure it out. But don’t you ever pretend you don’t have a choice.”
“I think real kindness, real compassion, is having the strength to stop and try and see where another person is coming from. To try and work out why they’re being the way they’re being. It takes time and patience. It’s not easy, but that’s real kindness.”
“What people don’t understand about feeling such potent sadness is, when it lifts, it really lets you know what happiness means.”
“You don’t have to stop looking after yourself just to help the world. In fact, sometimes it’s better for the world if you put yourself first. That’s not being selfish, in fact looking after yourself is the greatest act of kindness you can give the world. Loving yourself first is the best way to spread love.”
“I’d know you in the dark,” he said. “From a thousand miles away. There’s nothing you could become that I haven’t already fallen in love with.”
“I didn’t know love could leave the lights on all the time.”
“I couldn’t love anyone more than I do you, it would kill me. And I couldn’t love anyone less because it would always feel like less. Even if I loved some other girl, that’s all I would ever think about, the difference between loving her and loving you.”
“I didn’t know someone could love me like this,” she said. “Could love me and love me and love me without…needing space.”
Lincoln wasn’t asleep. He rolled on top of her.
“There’s no air in space,” he said.”
“I know that people change. I thought … I thought we’re going to change together. I thought that’s what it meant to be in love.”
“I’m not going to die,” she said. “Not till I’ve seen it.”
Her smile widened. “Everything.”
“Lila Bard lived by a simple rule: if a thing was worth having, it was worth taking.”
“Are you ready ?” she asked, spinning the chamber.
Kell gazed through the gate at the waiting castle. “No.”
At that, she offered him the sharpest edge of a grin.
“Good,” she said. “The ones who think they’re ready always end up dead.”
“He would see her again. He knew he would. Magic bent the world. Pulled it into shape. There were fixed points. Most of the time they were places. But sometimes, rarely, they were people. For someone who never stood still, Lila felt like a pin in Kell’s world. One he was sure to snag on.”
“Walking away had been easy. Not looking back was harder.”
“She bent most of the rules. She broke the rest.”
“Oh yes, your relationship with Miss Bard is positively ordinary.”
“Crossing worlds, killing royals, saving cities. The marks of every good courtship.”
“Strength and weakness are tangled things,” the Aven Essen had said. “They look so much alike, we often confuse them, the way we confuse magic and power.”
“The world is neither fair nor right, but it has a way of balancing itself.”
“I know where you sleep, Bard.” She smirked. “Then you know I sleep with knives.”
So that concludes the quotes for the last three months. My favourites are probably from the fantasy novels, especially V E Schwab’s Shades of Magic series and Sebastien de Castell’s Spellinger, but I do love all of them.
Also, make sure to read my review of any books that take your fancy, and hopefully I can convince you to read (or potentially to not read) them!
Which ones were your favourite? Or can you remember any good quotes from any books you’ve read recently?