I haven't participated in this meme from The Broke and The Bookish in a long time. But quotes! I can't pass up a theme like that.
Okay, so, here goes. My top ten favorite quotes from books . . .
1. "And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am about." (East of Eden by John Steinbeck)
2. "Perhaps the best conversationalist in the world is the man who helps others to talk." (East of Eden by John Steinbeck)
3. "The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." (Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Suess)
4. "She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She traveled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village". (Matilda by Roald Dahl)
5. "Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing". (To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee)
6. "With my eyes closed, I would touch a familiar book and draw its fragrance deep inside me. This was enough to make me happy". (Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami)
7. "Being at a loss to resolve these questions, I am resolved to leave them without any resolution". (The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
8. ""People always think that happiness is a faraway thing," thought Francie, "something complicated and hard to get. Yet, what little things can make it up; a place of shelter when it rains - a cup of strong hot coffee when you're blue; for a man, a cigarette for contentment; a book to read when you're alone - just to be with someone you love. Those things make happiness." (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith)
9. "The hours between eight in the evening and one or two in the morning have always been my magic hours. Against the blue candlewick bedspread the white pages of my open book illuminated by a circle of lamplight, were the gateway to another world." (The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield)
10. "Silence has many advantages . . . I write and draw in my notebook and I read anything I please. "(The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver)