My Favorite Lines/Quotes From Books
I love to use quotes in my posts. I’ve even made a calendar with some of my favorites. Being a bookworm, quite a few of those quotes come from books. This week’s topic is something I’m happy writing. That makes a difference in any post, I think.
1. “For you, a thousand times over.”
(from The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini)
I read the book many years ago, borrowing it from the neighborhood library without having an inkling of what the book had in store for me. It is, even today, one of the most traumatic books I have read. However, it is also one of the best books I’ve read. The line is a favorite because of the ending to this novel; kind of like a bittersweet moment.
2. “…and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge; that’s why I read so much…”
(from A Game of Thrones, by George RR Martin)
Very few people around me understand my passion for reading. To most, it is a hobby. They feel only academic books are important, and have often advised me to “stop wasting time reading so much.” From the moment I read this line, it has been in my mind. Tyrion Lannister is not a character I admire a lot, but this felt so true. Reading has helped to sharpen the imagination more than I can express.
3. “First you must have the images, then come the words.”
(from The Bridges of Madison County, by Robert James Waller)
I discovered this gem of a book when one of the best friends I made this year recommended it to me. It’s not often that I fall in love with a romance book, but this was beautiful. The line comes at the very start of the book. It’s one I connect with as a writer, and I feel many others would too. When I write fiction, I try to bring those images to life with my words. Then those words have more magic.
4. “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”
(from The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank)
I read this book once when I was in school. It touched my heart. I read it again a few years back. Many people feel this book needed to be fast-paced, but it’s not a thriller fiction. It’s the diary of a young girl who went through hardships we can’t even imagine. I relate to this quote because writing has helped me through many low phases. Those sorrows drip through the nib of the pen, into words. Do they disappear? No. But writing certainly dampens their effect, and gives me hope to push ahead.
5. “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
(from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by JK Rowling)
Of the five I’ve shared today, this quote is my favorite. Life has a lot of moments where we have to choose a path. This quote saved me from making a wrong choice. I’ve often turned to the cathartic power of words, and reading is as important as writing. There’s a reason why the Harry Potter series means much more to me, and I recommend it to many friends who haven’t read. I’m proud to be a Potterhead. After all this time? Always.
(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
8th September, 2017)