Top Ten Tuesday – Favourite Book Quotes

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is a delightful one for word lovers – Top Ten Book Quotes – here are some of our favourite lines. We’d love to hear some of your favourites in the comments below!


Oh, now this is an easy one. I have so, so, so many favourite quotes! Where to even begin?

  1. “If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.” – Winnie the Pooh, A. A. Milne
  2. “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” – Anne of Green Gables, L. M. Montgomery
  3. “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” – Anne of Green Gables, L. M. Montgomery
  4. ” ‘Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.’ ” – Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White
  5. “Not all those who wander are lost.” – The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkeien
  6. “I don’t understand it any more than you do, but one thing I’ve learned is that you don’t have to understand things for them to be.” – A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle
  7. “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning to sail my ship.” – Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

Such a difficult task – I have so many beloved quotes!

  • “Fly the plane, Maddie.” – Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein
  • Treat these remains with care; some of them are fragile and all of them are irreplacable.” – The Human Bone Manual, Tim D. White
  • “She died a famous woman denying/ her wounds/ denying/ her wounds came from the same source as her power.” – “Power” (poem) by Adrienne Rich
  • “Love and trust and be a king.” – “The Beast in the Book,” Words are My Matter, Ursula K. LeGuin
  • “She was not afraid.” – Sorcerer to the Crown, Zen Cho
  • “‘You of all people ought to know, Zacharias,’ said Prunella, surprised. ‘You said it yourself. I am very, very good at being Sorceress Royal.'” – Sorcerer to the Crown, Zen Cho



  • “I abhorred weakness of any kind but most particularly in my tea.”
    ― Deanna Raybourn, A Curious Beginning
  • “It is a condition of monsters that they do not perceive themselves as such. The dragon, you know, hunkered in the village devouring maidens, heard the townsfolk cry ‘Monster!’ and looked behind him.”
    ― Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone
  • “Tonight I can write the saddest lines
    I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.”
    ― Pablo Neruda, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair
  • “The optimist sees the glass half full. The pessimist sees the glass half empty. The chemist sees the glass completely full, half in liquid state and half in gaseous, both of which are probably poisonous.”
    ― Weike Wang, Chemistry
  • “It’s not natural for women to fight.”
    “It’s not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand.”
    ― Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows
  • “These were true things, Laura knew, but they were only part of the truth which was something less orderly than Kate made it sound. Some parts of the full, disorderly truth were lodged in Kate and Laura like splinters of corroding steel. Their feelings had grown around the sharp, wounding edges which didn’t hurt anymore but were still there, fossils of pain laid down in the mixed-up strata of memory.”
    ― Margaret Mahy, The Changeover
  • “Well, first you have to be very, very funny. I have realized that it is essential for a boy to be funny. Otherwise, what is the point in a boy?”
    ― Jaclyn Moriarty, The Year of Secret Assignments
  • “Madeleine Tully turned fourteen yesterday, but today she did not turn anything. Oh, wait. She turned a page.”
    ― Jaclyn Moriarty, A Corner of White