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Monday, September 28, 2020

TTT: Favorite quotes from books I've read in 2020 (so far)

Top Ten Tuesday: 

Favorite quotes from a few of the books I've read in 2020 (so far)

...paradise is a world where everything
is a sanctuary & nothing is a gun...
”  -from Don't Call Us Dead: poems by Danez Smith

And then it is another day and another and another but I will not go on about this because no doubt you too have experienced time.” -from Weather by Jenny Offill

Perhaps this is how racism feels no matter the context—randomly the rules everyone else gets to play by no longer apply to you, and to call this out by calling out “I swear to God!” is to be called insane, crass, crazy. Bad sportsmanship.” -from Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankin

The masters could not bring water to boil, harness to horse or strap their own drawers without us. We were better than them. We had to be. Sloth was literal death for us, while for them it was the whole ambition of their lives.” -from The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

There will come a time when we will love humanity, when we will gain the courage to fight for an equitable society for our beloved humanity, knowing, intelligently, that when we fight for humanity, we are fighting for ourselves.” -from Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds

“It is folly to say you know what is happening to other people. Only they know, if they exist. They have their own Universes of their own eyes and ears.” -The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams

I do not think it is brave to pick up a gun or to carry a bomb, but it is brave to open yourself up to the potential for loss and disappointment when you have already felt too much of its sting.” -from Hum If You Don't Know the Words by Bianca Marais

The hardest thing on earth is choosing what matters.” -from Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtrey

You're in a world full of color and you want to see it in black and white.” -from The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman

People like you to be something, preferably what they are.” -from East of Eden by John Steinbeck



  1. I love quotes, and these are wise and thought-provoking.

  2. I love that quote from The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Such a great series that I really need to revisit sometime soon. Douglas Adams has a remarkable way of putting things.

    1. I've only read the first two books in the series, but enjoyed them very much.

  3. I like the Douglas adams one a lot, as well as Coates'.

  4. As soon as I read the first sentence of the Coates quote, I knew exactly what book it was. I really liked that one! Lonesome Dove & East of Eden are great ones too! Actually, it's pretty hard to find a bad bookish quote!
    my quotes: https://www.bookshelfjourneys.com/post/ttt-bookish-quotes

  5. I love that quote from The Secret Commonwealth - so many people fail to see the colours! Great list!
    Please check out my list of (far more than ten) favourite Shakespeare and bookish quotations!

  6. “The hardest thing on earth is choosing what matters.”

    And there is so much to distract us from this task.

  7. Douglas Adams wrote so many quotable things!

    My post .

  8. “...paradise is a world where everything
    is a sanctuary & nothing is a gun...”

    I hadn't heard this before and I haven't read the poem it's from, but I REALLY like it. I'm going to go look it up now!

  9. I did books I'd read in 2020 for this week as well, though we don't share any.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/09/29/top-ten-tuesday-283/

  10. Fantastic quotes, my favourite is “The hardest thing on earth is choosing what matters.” -from Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtrey, this quotes is so true

  11. That Ta-Nehisi Coates quote make me want to pick up his fiction. Nice picks!

  12. I've not read it, but I like the quote from Weather. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

  13. That Jenny Offill quote totally made me smile! :)

  14. You've read some fabulous books this year! I loved Douglas Adams, Lonesome Dove, and East of Eden. The others are certainly thought-provoking. The quote from Weather feels like it's describing life since the pandemic started.

  15. Great choices. Thanks for sharing!

    Check out my TTT

  16. I like your quote from The Restaurant at the End of the World the best, I think.

  17. Nice quotes! These definitely made me think.

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!

  18. There are SO MANY great quotes in East of Eden by John Steinbeck.
    Here's my Top Ten Tuesday list this week.

  19. I am not good at remembering or writing down book quotes, but I particularly liked this one that you wrote down: “People like you to be something, preferably what they are.” -from East of Eden by John Steinbeck. Right now this seems to fit our country.

  20. Oooh, I really like the quote from Weather! And I need to reread East of Eden. It's so beautifully written. <3


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