Favorite Quotes from Books I Read in 2014

Posted January 3, 2015 by Stormy in Books / 12 Comments

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?

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12 responses to “Favorite Quotes from Books I Read in 2014

  1. I’ve had this post up in my Chrome tabs for days, trying to decide on my favorite. I just like to look at them. And now I want to read all of these books, literally all of them, even the ones I’ve already read. GOOD QUOTES LADY. *fist bump*

    • Stormy

      Aha, book pushing goal achieved! (Every time I look at my favorites I want to re-read them too. That quote from BLLB in particular. I really want to re-read all 3 books in the next few months! I still need to buy a finished copy of BLLB).

  2. YESSSSSSSSSSSS the Heir of Fire quote is one of my favorites too. I love that it’s essentially become the “motto” of the series. She signs books with “Rattle the stars.” Quite an inspirational phrase and I love what it means in that book and the series.

    I’ve heard good things about both Tell the Wolves I’m Home and Dangerous Boys, but those things fade in comparison to those quotes. Someone also posted a quote from Dangerous Boys about people trying to define you or put you in boxes on Goodreads, and I tell you, all these quotes are getting me really curious.

    YES to the Simon vs. Homo Sapiens Agenda quote too! That had a lot of good ones about identity, reintroducing yourself and the defaults of the world.

    YES to the Blue Lily, Lily Blue quote. I LOVE that she included that because it encompasses their friendship for the entire series and why I love those books so much! I think that was in the first chapter right? Her first chapters are so amazing!!

    YES to the Walls Around Us quote. Really, so many things from that book I wanted to quote. Probably one of the most beautifully written books I’ve read in a while… I’m looking forward to reading I’ll Give You the Sun for that reason.

    I do like that Vicious quote. Everywhere I go people seem to be recommending that book…

    And Tahereh Mafi… not surprised that is there too. So many good quotes from her series too. I think I liked one that also talked about feeling freer in the darkness, from Ignite Me. But Shatter Me in general, especially with regard to words and the effect of literature and metaphors and *sigh*.

    So, we may have similar taste, Stormy, ha.

    • Stormy

      Yes, that Heir of Fire quote is just great! I ended up writing it on my whiteboard and kept it there for MONTHS.

      Oh, I know which quote from Dangerous Boys you’re talking about because I wrote that one down too. I thought the one about choices was more interesting, but both of them made me sit up and take note!

      I was surprised by how much of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda I ended up highlighting on my kindle. I really loved the book(like, total 5 stars), but the prose wasn’t the kind of writing I normally pay attention to quote-wise. Which is not to say it’s not well-written, just not what I normally gravitate towards. But even though the writing was not my normal style, I really liked what that book had to say about identity and creating yourself.

      The Walls Around Us was so fantastic, and I have no idea why that quote stood out for me because there were so many fantastic passages that were beautifully written(and that quote, while great, is a little short for me to really give it that title), but it just hit on a theme of that book so well and it’s not a new revelation by any means(tons of books have quotes like that!), but it really stood out from me.

      I didn’t love the plot of Ignite Me that much, but Tahereh Mafi’s writing! That was worth it enough for me.

  3. I love quotes!! They’re like my favorite thing to draw me in and make me want to read a book 🙂

    The one about stars is also from Throne of Glass. interesting. It was my favorite quote from that book which is why I remember.

    It’s interesting that so many you chose are about identity and change. This is the one about change that I have:

    Human beings do metamorphose. They change their identity constantly. However, each new identity thrives on the delusion that it was always in possession of the body it has just conquered. :: Orson Scott Card – Xenocide

    • Stormy

      I didn’t even notice that was a theme when I was picking them! I just remembered which books had passages I really loved. I think it’s a theme I’ve been thinking about quite a bit in my own life.

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