Let's Talk: Favourite Book Quotes

Friday, August 3, 2012




Let's Talk is a new weekly feature here at i swim for oceans. I think it's important that we all have our say, and there's something to be said for raising our voices. Simply put, here on the little old blog, I like to host some of my very own discussion posts because, well, I like to converse with you all.

And so, Let's Talk will feature questions or prompts, which I will answer, too. Love it or hate it, weigh in or don't, it's my hope that Let's Talk will at least get you thinking...and maybe even get you discussing with the rest of us!
Question: What are some of your all-time favourite book quotes?
Gosh, I'm a quote fiend, guys. I kid you not. I find quotes every other day that I fall in love with and can't get out of my head. Whether they're from books or not, they stick with me (and on me...whoops...just got one tattooed on my ribs.) Don't believe me? Check my Pinterest. However, if you do believe me, you'll probably understand that some of the greatest quotes of all time are said by our favourite characters.

This means that they're wise, witty, snarky, deep and heck, sometimes even downright hilarious. Whatever they are, they stay with us for a reason, and I'm not above writing them in a journal and whipping them out when I need a little reminder most. So, without further ado, below are some of my all-time favourite book quotes.

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"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter

"What, exactly, is the function of a rubber duck?" - Arthur Weasley, Harry Potter

"Some things have to be believed to be seen." - Yalith, Many Waters

"The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool." - William Shakespeare, As You Like It

"Roses. Wolf mutts. Tributes. Frosted Dolphins. Friends. Mockingjays. Stylists. Me. Everything screams in my dreams tonight." - Katniss, Mockingjay

"You love me. Real or not real?" - Peeta, Mockingjay

"Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real." - The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

"You will find joy, frustration and sorrow in your quest. Never forget that friendship and loyalty are more precious than riches...Happiness can be brief, but it knows no time in the land of dreams." - Pearls of Lutra

"We accept the love we think we deserve." - The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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22 comments:

  1. Yay for your tattoo! I shall check your Pinterest b/c I love quotes too! I'm always adding them to my diary or some place! I LOVE, LOVE both of the HP quotes and the Perks quote? Really touched me when I read it for the first time (I have yet to read the book O.O) 

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  2. “When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.” ―J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live." ―J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience." ―Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre"People aren't either wicked or noble. They're like chef's salads, with good things and bad things chopped and mixed together in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict." ―Lemony Snicket, The Grim Grotto“Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. You must look into that storm and shout as you did in Rome. Do your worst, for I will do mine! Then the fates will know you as we know you.” ―Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo “To go wrong in one's own way is better then to go right in someone else's.” ―Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” ―F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby“He wanted all to lie in an ecstasy of peace; I wanted all to sparkle and dance in a glorious jubilee. I said his heaven would be only half alive; and he said mine would be drunk: I said I should fall asleep in his; and he said he could not breathe in mine.” ―Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights“People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see.” ―Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus“I'm not absolutely certain of the facts, but I rather fancy it's Shakespeare who says that it's always just when a fellow is feeling particularly braced with things in general that Fate sneaks up behind him with the bit of lead piping.” ―P.G. Wodehouse, Carry On, Jeeves

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  3. That Perks quote is unforgettable. I also love the comment in Harry Potter about the true test of a man is how he treats his inferiors - can't remember it exactly

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  4. oh, that's right up there in my list of favourites! frankly, I have a list of just harry potter quotes anyway ;)

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  5. oh, I do love the Gatsby and Wuthering Heights quotes...perfection :)

    thank you for sharing!

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  6. I'm glad you love them, too! I'm going to have to find your Pinterest to stalk your quotes and boards, too! :)))

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  7. Oh gosh. I have so many. I try to put my favs in the Goodreads quote section so I have them saved for future reference. Great post!

    I love the one about turning on the light. How very true.

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  8. Dumbledore was a very wise man, indeed :)))

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  9. Love all of the quotes :) Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  10. Glad to hear you enjoyed them! Thank you for stopping by, as well!

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  11. Love the two HP quotes! I really like that quotes for The Perks of Being a Wallflower & Many Waters, too. Both are very true. 

    Awesome topic, Melissa! :)

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  12. I'm so glad you like those quotes, too, Lea! Thanks for linking up :)

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  13. Love 
    We accept the love we think we deserve! 

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  14. I think it's the best quote ever :) arguably ;)

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  15. I love the ones in HP haha! Also think the ones from Shakespeare (boy is he ever the quote master!), Mara Dyer, and Pearls of Lutra are good. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I love Brian Jacques' amazing quotes...the Pearls of Lutra one is one of my all-time favourites. :)

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  17. There are TOO many favorite quotes for me to list, and yes, I have my own Pinterest Quote Board, too ;-)

    One of my faves is:

    “No matter how careful you are, there's going to be the sense
    you missed something, the collapsed feeling under your skin that you didn't
    experience it all. There's that fallen heart feeling that you rushed right
    through the moments where you should've been paying attention." - Invisible Monsters

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  18. I just adore that quote! Thank you SO much for sharing :)

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  19. I love to collect quotes. I have a notebook and I always scribble down the lines I love ^^ There are some (L) on your list! The one from Albus Dumbledore :) Harry Potter must have the most and prettiest quotes ever.

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  20. Oh, I love quotes so, so very much. And you picked some great ones! My favorites of your picks? The real-or-not-real line... so lovely.

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  21. I love your quotes, the first one is a favourite of mine. I also love many of John Green's quotes but I'll say just one now.


    “Some people don't understand the promises they're making when they make them," I said."Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That's what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.”

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  22. That quote from "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"

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