Top Ten Tuesday: favourite quotes

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s all about books, lists and sharing the love we have of both with our bookish friends. This week it’s time for something a bit different: quotes we love.

When I was a teenager, I kept a book initially to capture the few poems that caught my interest, and eventually to write down quotes that I loved. I stopped doing that when I left home, which makes this week’s challenge a memory test and so – let’s be honest – pretty arbitrary. I want to share some of my favourite quotes from books (or at least quotes from some of my favourite books) – and the reality is that in the absence of noting quotes down in that battered blue book for the last half of my life, that means seeing what I’ve posted on Tumblr or tweeted recently… which makes me want to go back to updating my battered blue book. Because sadly, the things that resonated when I was in my teens don’t really hold the same place in my heart now I’m 40. So. Some arbitrary awesome quotes it will have to be!


Some books just capture ideas that are very important to you, right?


There’s adventure in simply being among those we love and the things we love, and beauty too.

Adaon, The Black Cauldron – Lloyd Alexander


Or say things that make you think. Le Guin, of course, was a mistress of this.

It is very hard for evil to take hold of the unconsenting soul

A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula Le Guin


Of course, not everything important is profound. Some things are just close to your heart.

Whatever else had happened to him, he had clearly fallen into the hands of people who took sleep seriously, and it was difficult to hate such people.

Rudi, Europe in Autumn – Dave Hutchinson


…and some are both.

“It’s okay to make yourself feel better with imagination, too”

Owl, A Closed and Common Orbit – Becky Chambers


…and others just hit you between the eyes and keep your rage boiling because they never seem to stop being horribly relevant.

The personal, as everyone’s so fucking fond of saying, is political. So if some idiot politician, some power player, tries to execute policies that harm you or those you care about, take it personally. Get angry. The Machinery of Justice will not serve you here – it is slow and cold, and it is theirs, hardware and soft. Only the little people suffer at the hands of Justice; the creatures of power slide from under it with a wink and a grin. If you want justice, you will have to claw it from them. Make it personal. Do as much damage as you can. Get your message across. That way, you stand a better chance of being taken seriously next time. Of being considered dangerous. And make no mistake about this: being taken seriously, being considered dangerous marks the difference – the only difference in their eyes – between players and little people. Players they will make deals with. Little people they liquidate. And time and again they cream your liquidation, your displacement, your torture and brutal execution with the ultimate insult that it’s just business, it’s politics, it’s the way of the world, it’s a tough life and that it’s nothing personal. Well, fuck them. Make it personal.

Quellcrist Falconer, Altered Carbon – Richard Morgan


But a lot of quotes I love for simply capturing a character and making me laugh. I adore the Gentleman Bastards, and the dialogue frequently hits me between the eyes with feels (omg the bromance) or makes me giggle with its snark or black humour. Locke’s interactions with a certain Bondsmage have me in fits every single time.

“He’s not dead; he’s just very gods-damned sorry”

Locke, The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch


Similarly, the problem with quoting the Expanse is that there’s just so much dialogue I adore for being snarky, funny and perfectly capturing the characters. I’m going to go with the introduction of what becomes a long-running in-joke which makes me laugh every time.

“You think we’re going to die?”


“Of this?”


Clarissa & Amos, Nemesis Games – James S A Corey

No doubt I’ve missed all the best ones, but this will have to do for now!



Do you have any favourite quotes?