Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: My Favorite Quotes from Books

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Confession: I love quotes. (Those of you who already follow me on Twitter are no doubt 100% unsurprised by this).

I had to restrain myself for this week’s prompt. It would have been so easy to write a 1000+ word post and share dozens of quotes, but I’ll try to keep things short and sweet for the WWBC community.

One of my favourite Harry Potter quotes is in the photo I picked to accompany this post. If you can’t see it, it says “I solemnly swear I am up to no good.” I giggle every time I read it.

Technically, I don’t know that the next quote on this list is from a book. I’d like to think that Mark Twain would be amused by me bending the rules slightly to include him, though!

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
Mark Twain

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“The story so far:
In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”
Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

“Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don’t always like.”
Lemony Snicket

“Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying ‘End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH’, the paint wouldn’t even have time to dry.”
Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

“Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.”
Tina Fey, Bossypants

“You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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20 Responses to Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: My Favorite Quotes from Books

  1. Hello, Lydia!

    You have selected several of my own favourite quotations. I desperately want a Marauders’ Map of my own, but I fear I have spent too much of my life being well behaved to ever be entrusted with one.

    And Douglas Adams (whose last name I always feel should be spelt with two d’s) is the author of the best-formulated phrases in the English language: “a liquid that was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea.”

    I love the Terry Pratchett quotation. I shall have to rummage around my son’s book shelves and see if he has _The Thief of Time_ — though as far as I can tell, there are hundreds of time-stealing thieves (laundry, unwelcome phone calls, laundry, the DMV, laundry, rush hour, WHY IS THERE ALWAYS LAUNDRY?).

    And how does one choose one quotation form Oscar Wilde? I offer another, though not better: ““In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing.”

    Here’s one from Tolkien:
    “Sing hey! for the bath at close of day
    that washes the weary mud away!
    A loon is he that will not sing:
    O! Water Hot is a noble thing!”

    For good measure, here’s one from Shakespeare:

    “I hate ingratitude more in a man
    Than lying, vainness, babbling drunkenness,
    Or any taint of vice whose strong corruption
    Inhabits our frail blood.”

    And I am grateful for your blog!


  2. Great list. I swear I’m usually up to no good. Lol! I love quotes, too. This was a fun prompt this week.

  3. Wonderful selection. Mine should be going up in a few minutes… and you’ve just reminded me of one I’d forgotten!

  4. WOW, you’ve and I have a couple of the same quotes. Great minds think alike. Right? LOL Enjoyed your list. Heres mine.

  5. Hah, I love that we picked the same quote from THHGTTG! Great list.

  6. Great list and very diverse.

  7. I solemnly swear I am up to no good! I can’t believe I forgot that one for my list. lol And I love the Douglas Adams quote, too. This is a fantastic list! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  8. These are some great quotes! I’m currently re-reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide, and am being reminded how wonderfully Douglas Adams used words. He has great lines in that book. (Of course, I also haven’t been writing them down as I read, so I’ve now forgotten which ones I liked the most.)

  9. Echo Ishii

    Another Terry Pratchett fan!

  10. Ah, Douglas Adams – love that one!

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