Top Ten Quotes From Books I’ve Read Thus Far
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I love finding quotes worth saving and remembering within books. It’s like finding buried treasure. Every time you recall the quote it’ll bring a smile to your face or a tear to your eye for some reason or other. And they can mean completely different things to everyone. It’s wonderful! So here are 10 of my favorite quotes (not all of them of course… I don’t really have a ranking system and they speak to me differently at different times):
People say strange things, the boy thought. Sometimes it’s better to be with the sheep, who don’t say anything. And better still to be alone with one’s books. They tell their incredible stories at the time when you want to hear them. But when you’re talking to people they say some things that are so strange that you don’t know how to continue the conversation.
“Did you ever notice that all machines are made for some reason?” he asked Isabelle. “They are built to make you laugh, like the mouse here, or tell the time, like clocks, or to fill you with wonder, like the automaton. Maybe that’s why a broken machine always makes me a little sad, because it isn’t able to do what it was meant to do.
“You know, machines never have any extra parts. They have the exact same number and type of parts they need. So I figure if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason too.”
…and never forget that until the day when God deigns to unveil the future to mankind, all human wisdom is contained in these two words: ‘wait’ and ‘hope’.
It was a gloomy prospect, and all that she could do was to throw a mist over it, and hope when the mist cleared away, she could see something else.
Even if times got bad, he would never again deny himself the possibility that the future might be happy even if the present was painful. He would allow himself dreams.
Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.
You get older and you learn there is one sentence just four worlds long and if you can say it to yourself it offers more comfort than almost any other. It goes like this… Ready ” “Ready.” “At least I tried.”
“Do I have to talk to insane people?”
“You’re a librarian now. I’m afraid it’s mandatory.”
“It had flaws, but what does that matter when it comes to matters of the heart? We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.”