Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday

TTT is by The Broke and the Bookish. At this point, I’m just picking topics at random. So. *props chin on hands* Favourite quotes?


Ooh Yash, I like this topic. Let’s see. *rubs hands gleefully*

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. — Anais Nin

I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul. — Pablo Neruda

We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered. — Tom Stoppard

You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. — Rabindranath Tagore

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity. — Thoreau

For most of history, Anonymous was a woman. — Virginia Woolf

Well behaved women seldom make history. — Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but a whimper — T. S. Eliot


Ooh, quotes, that’s hard!

The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out. By J.R.R. Tolkien from Fellowship of the Ring. 

I thought about adults. I wondered if that was true: if they were all really children wrapped in adult bodies, like children’s books hidden in the middle of dull, long adult books, the kind with no pictures or conversations. By Neil Gaiman from Ocean at the End of the Lane.

“Sometimes,” said Pooh, “the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” By A.A. Milne from Winnie the Pooh.

Time is a gift, given to you, given to give you the time you need, the time you need to have the time of your life. By Norton Juster from The Phantom Tollbooth.

Choices may be unbelievably hard but they’re never impossible. To say you have no choice is to release yourself from responsibility and that’s not how a person with integrity acts. By Patrick Ness from Monsters of Men.

Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else. By George Orwell from 1984.

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will ensure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter. By Rachel Carson from Silent Spring.


The quotes I’ve picked aren’t all of them profound, but it would be a shameful lie to pretend that some of my favourite quotes aren’t the ones that make me laugh out loud.

When there are many worlds / you can choose the one / you walk into each day.Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming. 

Good is not a thing you are, it’s a thing you do.G. Willow Wilson, Ms. Marvel (Volume 1)

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.Maya Angelou*.

Just because you’re funny doesn’t mean you get to be cruel.Libba Bray, Beauty Queens.

Don’t waste time blaming yourself when you can spend time planning how to destroy our enemies.Sarah Rees Brennan, Unmade

Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft were written by men.Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Good Omens

What the miller’s daughter should have said / from the start / or at any point down the line is, / no.Christine Heppermann, Poisoned Apples: Poems For You, My Pretty

Beware of Doors.Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere.

*I wish I could find the source for this one. It’s the one quote in my list that I haven’t personally encountered while reading.


Here are some favourite quotes from people I’ve never met.

What actually sustains us, what is fundamentally beautiful, is compassion, for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty inflames the heart and enchants the soul. — Lupita Nyong’o 

Write what’s in your head, not what you think should be on the page. […] I misspoke (miswrote?) when I said you have to write what’s in your head. You do, but it has to be in your heart first. — A. L. Brock

Obama is not a brown-skinned anti-war socialist who gives away free healthcare. You’re thinking of Jesus. — Anon.

Fear doesn’t have to stop you. Even if you’re afraid, you can still go ahead and make the changes you want. You just do it anyway. You do it afraid. You do it nervously, awkwardly. You shake or sweat. You are not graceful or composed, but you do it. This is the definition of courage. — Bass and Davis, The Courage to Heal, 4th ed

“You’re too fond of your own ways,” “Yes, I think I’m very fond of them. But I always want to know the things one shouldn’t do.” “So as to do them?” asked her aunt. “So as to choose,” said Isabel. — Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

I am not resigned. — Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Dirge Without Music”

In the land of Ingary, where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be born the eldest of three. Everyone knows you are the one who will fail first, and worst, if the three of you set out to seek your fortunes. — Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle 

I wanted to look lithe and graceful and perhaps feral as I unwrapped my feet and sat up. Megan Whalen Turner, The Thief 

“How despicably I have acted!” she cried… “Till this moment, I never knew myself.”Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Ah, but you’re wrong. I’m much graver than I was before, my eyes are open, and I have been seen in company with strange rabbit-men. I am an entirely different Pedroolia.Rachel Hartman, “Merry Pedroolia”

I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone forever. — Jane Austen, Persuasion 

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. — A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

When broken shells make Christmas bells... – “As I Roved Out” (folk song)

Only be strong and very courageousJoshua 1.7