So when I was working on my end of the year book survey, I realized I had a LOT of favorite quotes from books I’ve read this year, and I wanted to share my favorites since I didn’t want to overwhelm my survey with 10+ quotes.
“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”
–Heir of Fire, Sarah J Maas
It’s only in hindsight that we can point, as easily as finding a town on the map, to the moments that shaped us–the moments when choices between yeses and nos determined the people we became.
–Even in Paradise, Chelsey Philpot
Even monsters need a person who truly wants to listen – to hear – so that someday we might find the words that are more than boxes.
–The Enchanted, Rene Denefeld
I felt like I had proof that not all days are the same length, not all time has the same weight. Proof that there are worlds and worlds and worlds on top of worlds, if you want them to be there.
–Tell the Wolves I’m Home, Carol Rifka Brunt
Our lives are made up of choices. Big ones, small ones, strung together by the thin air of good intentions; a line of dominoes, ready to fall. Which shirt to wear on a cold winter’s morning, what crappy junk food to eat for lunch. It starts out so innocently, you don’t even notice: go to this party or that movie, listen to this song, or read that book, and then, somehow, you’ve chosen your college and career; your boyfriend or wife.
–Dangerous Boys, Abigail Haas
It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people.
–Good Omens, Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
I try not to change, but I keep changing, in all these tiny ways. I get a girlfriend. I have a beer. And every freaking time, I have to reintroduce myself to the universe all over again.
–Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Becky Albertalli
But what she didn’t realize about Blue and her boys was that they were all in love with one another. She was no less obsessed with them than they were with her, or one another, analyzing every conversation and gesture, drawing out every joke into a longer and longer running gag, spending each moment either with one another or thinking about when next they would be with one another. Blue was perfectly aware that it was possible to have a friendship that wasn’t all-encompassing, that wasn’t blinding, deafening, maddening, quickening. It was just that now that she’d had this kind, she didn’t want the other.
–Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Maggie Stiefvater
Some girls make enemies out of other girls, and you don’t even know why.
–The Walls Around Us, Nova Ren Suma
“Or maybe a person is just made up of a lot of people,” I say. “Maybe we’re accumulating these new selves all the time.” Hauling them in as we make choices, good and bad, as we screw up, step up, lose our minds, find our minds, fall apart, fall in love, as we grieve, grow, retreat from the world, dive into the world, as we make things, as we break things.”
–I’ll Give You the Sun, Jandy Nelson
Quick, make a wish.
Take a (second or third or fourth) chance.
Remake the world.
–I’ll Give You the Sun, Jandy Nelson
These words people threw around–humans, monsters, heroes, villains–to Victor it was all a matter of semantics. Someone could call themselves a hero and still walk around killing dozens. Someone else could be labeled a villain for trying to stop them. Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.
–Vicious, V.E. Schwab
Words, I think, are such unpredictable creatures.
No gun, no sword, no army or king will ever be more powerful than a sentence. Swords may cut and kill, but words will stab and stay, burying themselves in our bones to become corpses we carry into the future, all the time digging and failing to rip their skeletons from our flesh.
–Ignite Me, Tahereh Mafi
LET’S CHAT: Read any of these? What’s your favorite quote or passage from a book you read this year?