Tuesday Post #1: Quotes I Loved

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they have a different book-related prompt. This week it’s: Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So. I realized that, after looking at my “Read” pile from January to about September, I read a lot of manga and only had time to read a few novels for school by some authors that I had never read before.

One of the authors I really got into during my “Collection Development for Adults” course was Haruki Murakami (author of 1Q84). About half this list will contain quotes by him. Because he’s incredible.

And Colleen Hoover. Everyone loves Colleen Hoover. Because she’s also incredible.

  1. “Everything has boundaries. The same holds true with thought. You shouldn’t fear boundaries, but you should not be afraid of destroying them. That’s what is most important if you want to be free: respect for and exasperation with boundaries.”
    Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
  2. “I find myself drawn to literature more now than in the past; not the individual works as much as the idea of literature—the heroic effort and nobility of our human desire to make beauty of our minds—which moves me to tears, and I have to brush them away, quickly, before anyone notices.”
    Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being
  3. “He kisses me like I’m his canvas.”
    Colleen Hoover, Confess
  4. “One heart is not connected to another through harmony alone. They are, instead, linked deeply through their wounds. Pain linked to pain, fragility to fragility. There is no silence without a cry of grief, no forgiveness without bloodshed, no acceptance without a passage through acute loss. That is what lies at the root of true harmony.”
    Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
  5. “Sometimes not speaking says more than all the words in the world. Sometimes my silence is saying, I don’t know how to speak to you. I don’t know what you’re thinking. Talk to me. Tell me everything you’ve ever said. All the words. Starting form the very first one.”
    Colleen Hoover, Ugly Love
  6. “Because memory and sensations are so uncertain, so biased, we always rely on a certain reality-call it an alternate reality-to prove the reality of events. To what extent facts we recognize as such really are as they seem, and to what extent these are facts merely because we label them as such, is an impossible distinction to draw. Therefore, in order to pin down reality as reality, we need another reality to relativize the first. Yet that other reality requires a third reality to serve as its grounding. An endless chain is created within our consciousness, and it is the very maintenance of this chain that produces the sensation that we are actually here, that we ourselves exist.”
    Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun
  7. “And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”
    J.K. Rowling, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination
  8. “However, I’ve learned that the heart can’t be told when and who and how it should love. The heart does whatever the hell it wants to do. The only thing we can control is whether we give our lives and our minds the chance to catch up to our hearts.”
    Colleen Hoover, Maybe Someday
  9. “Now I would like to make it clear in parenthesis, that I do not blame my parents for their point of view. There is an expiry date for blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction. The moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.”
    J.K. Rowling, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination
  10. “I know you: You’ll come find me again, you’ll come rescue me no matter what happens. You’ll come for me, and I’ll discover you all over again. I love you. I love you without the memories. I love you right now.”
    Cassandra Clare, Born to Endless Night

What are some of your favourite book quotes? Leave me a comment or head on over to The Broke and the Bookish to take part and link up. Hope everyone continues to have a great week!


14 thoughts on “Tuesday Post #1: Quotes I Loved

  1. littlebookblog says:

    Reallllly love your quotes especially the Rowling one – it’s such a wonderful quote! Also love that you used so many Murakami quotes. So many of them are really special! Thank you for commenting on my blog would not have found your awesome blog 🙂 xxx


    • Audrey Dawn says:

      She writes great contemporary romances. She typically writes in alternating first-person POV between her two main characters, from the 4 books I’ve read by her so far. It really works because we get to really experience what’s going on from both sides. Especially because her books tend to be pretty heart-wrenching in the best, best way possible. Her words are deep yet natural at the same time. I’m totally biased. But I hope you consider picking up one of her books!


  2. Emma @ Emma Likes Books says:

    I didn’t do TTT this week because I couldn’t think of ten quotes that stood out me this year, but after reading some other people’s quotes I’m thinking I should’ve done it. So many great ones. I love the Colleen Hoover ones. I haven’t read Maybe Someday yet.


    • Audrey Dawn says:

      Totally understandable. I had a hard time thinking of quotes as well, as I didn’t have a huge selection to pick from.

      I wasn’t sure if I would like Maybe Someday but I was hooked really early on. 🙂


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