Friday, June 17, 2011
TGIF: And I Quote
For this sort of disgusting, humid, rainy Friday in New York, Ginger over at GReads! has asked:
What are some of your favorite book quotes?
Oh, boy. Do I like book quotes. I'm the crazy girl who is constantly trying to find a scrap of paper or typing furiously on her iPhone whilst reading because I love writing down and keeping quotes that I find from books. But that makes this particular question a little hard because I have SO MANY.
So I will limit myself and only choose four. :)
"They danced down the streets like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I've been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn... —Jack Kerouac, On the Road
I'm a little obsessed with the Beat generation writers—in fact I wrote my undergraduate thesis on them—and this particular quote gives me chill-bumps every single time I read it. Obsessed. But not as much as these people.
"Run mad as often as you choose but do not faint."—Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
So, apparently I really like the word "mad." Who knew?! But of Austen's works, I really, really love Mansfield Park. I love Fanny Price and her wit, and I love the political ramifications of the novel, and I just love it. And I love this quote.
"If I don't shut down my brain soon, my imagination will take off so far about what could be with this guy, that nothing will ever just be."—Rachel Cohn & David Levithan, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
Holy cow THIS QUOTE. I'm such a planner, but I also have the tendency to get ahead of myself, especially when it comes to relationships. When I read this quote y'all, it was like a freaking siren went off in my room. I felt like it was directed at me, and just so resonated with me. And now, every time I meet a guy, I think of this quote so that I don't let my imagination get ahead of reality.
"One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us."—Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel
Hooray bookish quotes! :)
Alright, so them's my quotes. Since I am a quote collector of sorts, feel free to share your faves with me in comments!
I hope y'all have all had a fantastic week and are looking forward to a bright, shiny weekend full of FUN!