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.
“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!