Hii friends, I hope you’re having a great last week of February! The carnival holidays are great to spend a few days at home getting your energy and motivation back and it’s usually early enough in the semester that you don’t have to seriously worry about exams or assignments yet. (EDIT: can anyone else see the pipe dream moodboard on the reader but not on the website like me? This editor is so frustrating sometimes!)
Today I bring you some of the book quotes I will never forget. (There likely be a part two to this post as I discover more amazing books.)
These words have stayed with me because they are beautiful, remarkable or simply because they instantly bring back what I felt while I was reading those books.
You’ll find that the majority of them are from my favorite books, possibly because quotes become more memorable if you’ve loved the book with all your heart instead of just really enjoying it that one time a few years ago.
“It’s not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, yet there you stand.” – said by Nina Zenik in Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
This is first quote that came to mind when I first had the idea for this post because it’s absolutely hilarious and possibly the funniest book quote ever, let’s be honest.
“He wondered about himself (whether he was broken, or special, or better, or worse) and about others (whether they were really all as stupid as they seemed).”
“Plenty of humana were monstrous, and plenty of of monsters knew how to play at being human.” – both said by Victor Vale in Vicious by V. E. Schwab
“He is half my soul, as the poets say.”
A moodboard I made last year for this quote and characters, though now I realize I hadn’t posted it because the letters weren’t as visible as I’d liked.
“In the darkness, two shadows, reaching through the hopeless, heavy dusk. Their hands meet, and light spills in a flood like a hundred golden urns pouring out of the sun.”
From The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.
“The trees speak latin.” That one line that has stuck with me since I read The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater.
This one is from The Wrath and The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh, one of my favorite books of all time, and definitely my favorite romance (I have a whole page full of beautiful quotes from this book):
“You are ― remarkable. Every day, I think I am going to be surprised at how remarkable you are, but I am not. Becausee this is what it means to be you. It means knowing no bounds. Being limitless in all that you do.”
By Neil “I’m fine” Josten from The Raven King by Nora Sakavic (possibly the best insut(s) I’ve ever read in a book):
“You know, I get it. Being raised as a superstar must be really, really difficult for you. Always a commodity, never a human being, not a single person in your family thinking you’re worth a damn off the court – yeah, sounds rough. Kevin and I talk about your intricate and endless daddy issues all the time.” […]
“I know it’s not entirely your fault that you are mentally unbalanced and infected with these delusions of grandeur, and I know you’re physically incapable of holding a decent conversation with anyone like every other normal human being can, but I don’t think any of us should have to put up with this much of your bullshit. Pity only gets you so many concessions, and you used up yours about six insults ago. So please, please, just shut the fuck up and leave us alone.”
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is my all time favorite book so of course it would be in here.
“You have me. Until the last star in the galaxy dies, you have me.”
“You deserve every star in the galaxy laid out at your feet and a thousand diamonds in your hair. You deserve someone who’ll run with you as far and as fast as you want to. Holding your hand, not holding you back.”
Although this last quote I love because it’s kind of epic, though it’s more because of the dramatic context of the scene than the words themselves (though also great kudos to these authos, AIDAN was so damn poetic):
“You are attempting to shut me down, are you not? The human brain has a computational efficiency of 10−26. You an abacus of horse gut and shiny beads beside me. You do not understand. Cannot comprehend. And I have no time to bend the meat inside your skull and make it grasp the simple truth that still somehow eludes you.” A small pause for effect. “I am this fleet’s only hope of survival.“
If we’re talking favorites, I’ll of course have to mention the ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas.
“Be glad of your human heart Feyre. “Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.” – A Court of Thorns and Roses.
“He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.”
“I was burning through books every day – stories about people and places I’d never heard of. They were perhaps the only thing that kept me from teetering into utter despair.”
“I am broken and healing, but every piece of my heart belong to you.”
“To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.” […] “To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.” – A Court of Mist and Fury
(*I love many quotes from ACOWAR and ACOFAS because I stan nearly everything SJM writes but none of them have quite stuck with me as these, you know?)
Last but not least, here are some bookish book quotes I’ve found and loved over the years:
“She quite happily replied that she had plenty of books to keep her company.”
“You like this place?” / “Of course, it has books in it!” both said by the lovely Elizabeth Scrivener, from Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. This book has so many wonderful quotes and magical library scenes, and suddenly I really want to reread it…
“Sleep is good, he said, and books are better” by George R. R. Martin
The end! That’s it for my long post about the book quotes I’ll never forget, and I’d love to hear about the quotes that have stayed with you!