Top Ten Favorite Book Quotes

Top Ten TuesdayAs always, TTT is hosted at my other blog — The Broke and the Bookish

I am a quote FIEND. Seriously. I love quotes of all kinds — things that make me laugh, things that encourage me, things that make me nod my head in agreement, things that are wise, things that are sad but true, things that set me free, and things that are just too damn beautiful. I love words.

I even have a quote book.  It’s a strangely private thing. I feel like all my feelings, experiences & the summation of who I am is bound up in this notebook in some way.


So, obviously, this is my favorite Top Ten List of all time. I tried to choose different quotes than I picked last year for this TTT. That list included quotes from Sylvia Plath, Jack Kerouac, Jay Asher, Jane Austen & more!  Check it out! If you want some lovey-dovey, squishy quotes — check out my wedding readings from literature post with quotes.

What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”
Paper Towns by John Green
I just love this quote. It’s so, so true. I’d elaborate but it’d become a discourse.

 On The Road Jack Kerouac quote

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“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life”
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Last year I had another Kerouac quote on my list (the “mad ones” quote) but I just have always loved this one. So simple.


“Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
I put this on last year’s quote list AND on my wedding readings from books list and you know what…this quote is going on our wedding program! So naturally I just had to have it on here. It makes my heart all mushy gushy.


“Wanderlust is like itchy feet. It’s when you can’t settle down. But Wanderlove is much deeper than that . . . it’s a compulsion. It’s the difference between lust and love.”
Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
As all of my frequent readers and friends know, I suffer from wanderlust and would be happy being a nomadic traveler for the rest of my life. But when I read this book I LOVED the concept of “wanderlove”.


In the darkness, I take one of his hands into my lap and squeeze it. He squeezes back. His nails are bitten short, but I love his hands. They’re just the right size.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
SWOON SWOON SWOON. The “his nails are bitten short, but I love his hands. They’re just the right size.” Isn’t that what it’s all about? Loving someone despite themselves. Loving the imperfect things that make them perfect.


“When did we see each other face-to-face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. Before that, we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade but never seeing inside. But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out.”
Paper Towns by John Green
His words just get to me. This one in particular. It just is SO true when it comes to really SEEING people.


“The best discoveries always happened to the people who weren’t looking for it. Columbus and America. Pinzon, who stumbled on Brazil while looking for the West Indies. Stanley happening on Victoria Falls. And you. Amy Curry, when I was least expecting her.
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Talk about swoonworthy passages. But in my experience, that always does happen a lot…I find the things I need the most when I’m not looking.


ineffable, adj. these words will ultimately end up being the barest of reflections, devoid of the sensations words cannot convoy. Trying to write about love is ultimately like trying to have a dictionary represent life. No matter how many words there are, there will never be enough.”
The Lover’s Dictionary: A Novel by David Levithan
This book just needed to be plastered in my quote notebook. Every single dictionary entry. Some of these passages were just so achingly beautiful.


“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
This was another one that I considered using for the wedding. I was thinking about this the other day..WHEN did I know I loved Will? When did I know that I’d marry him? It’s impossible to pinpoint for sure. One day it just WAS. No obvious transition. No sudden change in appearance. It was like it had always been that way.


“But man is not made for defeat,” he said. “A man can be destroyed but not defeated. ”
Old Man And The Sea) by Ernest Hemingway
I love this when I’m feeling defeated. I just read this and kick that nagging defeat squarely in the nads.

Tell me if you love any of these quotes! Share a favorite one with me!

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Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. AMAZING quotes. I totally agree with you, quotes=luv. John Green is so insightful; he is one of my most favorite authors ever!! You must see people’s imperfections to truly know them and appreciate them as a person. I also love the History of Love quote :).

    Great post! I’m a new follower. Happy TTT!
    I would love it if you could check out my TTT!

    • JG really IS so insightful. I just love his books so much. They make me FEEL ALL OF THE THINGS. I laugh, I cry, I get mad, I long. etc. etc.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. This is a fabulous TTT topic. Love it! LOL, “kick that nagging defeat squarely in the nads.” Great list : )

  3. Lovely choices! I haven’t read Kerouac (yet) but it’s so evident what a genius he was with words; one of my all-time favorite quotes is his, “Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry” but I figured it didn’t count on my TTT list because I don’t actually know where in his works it stems from!

    • He really IS! Pretty much you either love him or hate him. And I LOVE HIM. I’ve tried to get friends to read him and they’ve all thought he was dull but OMG HIS WORDS. LOVE that quote of his…I can’t recall where it stems from either though!

  4. Love your list!!! I love that quote from the History of Love (yet ANOTHER reason why I really need to read that book!) We had a “once upon a time” quote for our wedding too =) Great choice!

    Here’s my list:

    • Aw what was your quote!? And yes, you should def read The History of Love. It’s wonderful. I actually need to do a reread soon!

  5. I have forgotten how much I loved the History of Love! So beautiful!

    Thanks for sharing your quotes! I think I need to read more John Green =D

    My Fave Quotes

    • I was just thinking, as I was looking in my quote notebook and came across a few from HOL, how much I need a reread of it!!

      AND YES. John Green! Please get on that!

  6. LOVE your quotes, especially the Jane Austen quote, because it so beautifully encapsulates what it’s like to fall in love. You don’t really know it’s happening until it’s happened.

    I need to start keeping a quote book. It would have made this TTT a lot easier!

    Here’s my Top 10 Tuesday!

    • YES! So agree with what you said about Jane Austen. It’s such a wonderful feeling when you realize it <3

      And yes, a quote notebook is wonderful! I just read through it once in a while whenever I need a boost...or if I'm in a reading helps me to reading things that make me remember why I love reading and words.

  7. I love book quotes, so I recently started keeping a quote notebook for my favorites. I love your picks from Anna and the French Kiss and Pride and Prejudice- two novels which made me swoon.

    Our TTT

  8. Personally I love the line from Molly Welsely in Deathly Hallows when she says “Not my daughter, you bitch!”

  9. Jenn H says:

    I love, love your History of Love quote – and what a great idea to include it in all your wedding planning!
    I’ve noticed that a number of people have included quotes from Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour on their lists… makes me think I have to pick up this book!

    Thanks for your quotes (and book recommendations!)

    Here’s my list at:

    • Yes, Amy & Roger was a gem for me. I didn’t have high expectations going into it but it was SO LOVELY.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  10. OH everywhere I see one my favorite books I get this stupid huge smile. LOVE LOVE Anna and the french kiss. Etienne IS MINE ! haha I haven’t read Wanderlove but sure on my least. Im a new blog lady and Im glad to meet readeeeers. This is •My list• Please feel free to leave me any advice or idea! Thank you 😀

    Valery • The Book Of Owl’s

  11. Eeepppp!!! SO totally true there with Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. Love your list! 😀

    Drop by my Top 10?

  12. I just broke down and choose the entirety of The Lover’s Dictionary as one of my picks. That book is like one long amazing quote. I <3 the Amy & Roger and Anna ones! Sooo good. 🙂
    My Top Ten Tuesday

  13. I am now completely intrigued by Wanderlove and The Lover’s Dictionary… must. read. it!!!!

    I tried something different with my quotes, you’re welcome to visit 🙂

  14. I also had a quote from On The Road on my list! I love the selection you’ve chosen here – the quote from Anna and the French Kiss pretty much sums up the book for me, yet I probably skipped right over that line at the time!

    • YES. It’s such a simple passage and is SO easily to skip over. It’s just so wonderful, and like you said, pretty much sums up the book.

  15. I am so bad with paying attention to quotes from
    books. I couldn’t think of any for this week! I love your pride and prejudice one 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by!! May I recommend doing a quote notebook? 😛 I’m going to keep recommending it to everyone. Before I had one, I was the same way you are and would always forget!

  16. I love the first two! I’ve been wanting to read both On The Road and History of Love – with writing like that they are sure to be good.

    • They are both fantastic. Both more slow-moving kinds of stories but perfect for soaking in beautiful and thought-provoking words!

  17. Really good list :).
    Lot of books that I love !
    It’s the second time that i’m seeing this book by David Levithan in a Top Ten Tuesday post today I really need to check it out !

    • The Lover’s Dictionary is totally a quick read! I’d highly recommend checking it out! You’ll be dog-earing every page! haha

  18. YES! THAT JANE AUSTEN QUOTE! I die a little every time I read it.

  19. OH MAN the History of Love quote is to die for. Love your list!

  20. The History of Love is my favorite book of ALL TIME. It is so poignant and beautiful. I love that you are going to have it on your wedding program. I had this quote on my wedding program: “In that book which is my memory,
    On the first page of the chapter that is the day when I first met you,
    Appear the words, ‘Here begins a new life’.”
    ― Dante Alighieri, Vita Nuova


  21. That quote from The History of Love is such a great opener!

  22. I LOVE that first Paper Towns one! It’s so true! <3

  23. I have a journal for my quotes too, it’s such a personal thing and sometimes I just want to wrap myself in other people’s words. The Jack Kerouac “mad ones” quote is one of my favourites and love the other one you picked too! WORD ON WANDERLUST/LOVE! I’m so in love with the concept too and gah, I just want to TRAVEL. Such a good post, thank you for sharing!!

    • YAY! That is just one more reason why you are a new favorite of mine — quote notebookers unite!! It really IS so personal. AND YES “I want to wrap myself in other people’s words.” And another reason — anyone else who is as crazy about travel as I am is even COOLER in my book! I sense a blogger Round the World trip in our midst! 🙂

  24. AH!! Awesome list!! I love love love quotes as well, and I have a quote notebook too 🙂 No one knows about it, and it’s like a secret piece of me, just like you said!! I know exactly how you feel about it, and these quotes are awesome 🙂

    • I love that so many other people are coming out and saying they have quote notebooks too! It makes my heart so happy!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  25. These quotes are SO you Jamie!

  26. Oh so good. Like oh so good. I like that quote from Paper Towns too! Paper Towns, as a whole, should be highlighted and posted all over the place for all to see. Just saying. 🙂 I still have History of Love after first reading it years ago, and I should reread that too. It’s nice to see so many of my old favorites on everyone’s blogs today.

    • YES YES YES! It’s so hard to just pick one or two great quotes from that book. Looking for Alaska was great too (my fave of his so far..haven’t read Fault In Our Stars) but I def had more quotes from Paper Towns.

  27. Loving someone despite their imperfections: just completely take them for what they are. That is really something I like, so great quote there <3

    • It’s such a wonderful feeling for sure! I guess that’s how you know it’s REAL <3

      Thanks for stopping by!

  28. I agree. All of The Lover’s Dictionary is so quotable! Great list. I love them all!

  29. I loved the anna one

  30. Jane Austen FTW. That’s all.

    Okay, maybe that’s not at all. I also wish I had thought of a notebook for quotes. Before I did all of my reading on the screen, I had no way of keeping track of the passages I liked. I wish I had them in one place now.

    [Not sure this will go through. My browser keeps blocking something on this page.]

  31. I really like all your love quotes… I’m feeling all sappy today (my husband sent me this silly text while I was sleeping and he was up watching baseball last night and it has just made my morning!) and these are just making my heart even happier!

  32. I agree, The Lover’s Dictionary could be quotes forever. It’s such a brilliant read.

  33. LOVE your quote choices! So wonderful! I used the Jane Austen one in mine (♥), and you have made me see just how much I SERIOUSLY need to read a John Green book. Because I haven’t yet, and it’s a travesty if these quotes are anything to go by. Also, The Lover’s Dictionary. I adore words and beautiful writing with all my being. I have no idea how I haven’t picked this book up yet, but I am going to as soon as possible.

    And I have to mention the Anna quote because, oh. My heart. I really need to reread that book soon.

  34. I love the Kerouac and the Hemingway quotes. I have one of the “mad” Kerouac quotes on my Goodreads list, and you’re right, they’re fantastic!

  35. Great quotes! Amy and Roger seems to be getting tons of love – unsurprisingly, as it’s so awesome. If you’d like to check out mine, they’re here.

  36. Love these quotes, lady. Especially the Anna and the French Kiss one <3 Ahhh, Etienne.

  37. I loved that you used quotes by John Green, and ones from Anna and Pride and Prejudice! (Have you seen the Lizzie Bennet Diaries?)

  38. I looove this list! So much John Green/David Levithan/Stephanie Perkins awesomeness! I also really like the Nicole Krauss quote and want to read that book now. 🙂

  39. Awesome quotes! AND I do believe you have inspired me to coral some of my favorites into one place. I keep a notebook by me when I read anyway, so it is the most natural transition ever. 🙂

    Oh and huge John Green fan too… DFTBA!

  40. I love how much you love quotes! I’m always forgetting to write down the ones I love, so I appreciate the quote function on Goodreads. You picked some beautiful ones 🙂

  41. Okay, Jamie, seriously… this list is EPIC! I love all the quotes you chose. I didn’t put the Paper Towns quote on my list, but I could have. It’s so, so true. And you already know I love the Nicole Krauss quote. Sigh. So sweet! And I love that you included in on your wedding program 🙂 You rock, girl!

    I just finished reading Wanderlove & that’s one of the quotes I wrote down. It’s such a good one, and I love this concept, too.

    There were SO many quotable passages in The Lover’s Dictionary. That book was such a fun, unique read! I loved it.

    And you totally assured yourself place on my favorite people list for like forever with that Pride and Prejudice quote. Jane Austen’s books have so many lines worth quoting, but that is one is my all-time favorite. Mostly because it struck me one day that it perfectly described how I felt about Nick (my husband!). I couldn’t pinpoint the exact moment when I realized I loved him or wanted to marry him. I was in the middle before I knew I’d begun 🙂

    I have more I could say, but I’ll make myself stop. To sum it up: we’re totally kindred spirits. And I can’t wait to dish about The Sky is Everywhere once you’re done!

  42. Great quotes! It was hard for me to make this list since the entirety was Harry Potter quotes but I got the same Jane Austen quote on my list too! Awesome list!

  43. I totally agree re: The Lover’s Dictionary. That book is a cover-to-cover stream of amazing quotes and insight.

    My Top Ten.

  44. I love the quotes you chose, especially the Hemingway one, that one has been one of my favourites for years but I didn’t think of putting it up last night 🙂 Great list.
    Here’s my Top10 post 🙂

    Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

  45. Loving The Old Man and The Sea quote! Such a good reminder for so many things.

  46. Oh, how I love Anna and the French Kiss. I love everything about that book. I chose two different quotes from that book for my list, but I like yours just as much. *swoon* I must read this book again … soon.

  47. I am a quote whore and you shared ten really great ones. 🙂 I’ve been doing Memorable Mondays, a slow-start meme hosted by Escape in a Book–great way to share quotes! I need to check in here more often–I WILL try! 🙂

  48. Jaime-

    I agree about The Lover’s Dictionary! I re-read bits and pieces of it all the time. I love it!


  49. Oh my goodness. These quotes are absolutely amazing, and I’ve only read ONE of the books! I’ve just added several to my TBR list, and bumped a couple of those to the top. The Lover’s Dictionary looks wonderful!

    I’d love it if you can and checked out my Top Ten Quotes.

  50. I’m very obsessed with the quote from The Lover’s Dictionary. While I was reading it, I just wanted to mark almost every single page. This particular page was one of the ones that I jotted down after I had finished reading it.

    I also love the quotes you chose from Anna and the French Kiss, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour & Pride and Prejudice.

    Let me get back to you on that favorite quote – there are so many running around my head, I don’t know what to choose!

  51. I so agree with you on all of these quotes. The quote from Paper Towns is my favorite quote from that book. It’s so true and everyone can relate it to themselves, I believe. Oh, and the quote from The History of Love by Nicole Krauss? That’s so beautiful. I really need to get that book. I’ve been seeing so many wonderful quotes from that book!

  52. Tayiba Shah (AndThenTheyDied) says:

    “Maybe our favourite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people we’re quoting.” – John Green


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