I’m continuing to run with this Top Ten Tuesday idea from The Broke and the Bookish; here’s a third installment of quotes from books I’ve read (semi-)recently. (See Part one | Part two.) This set spans my reading from June 2015 back to January 2015 (I’m going in reverse chronological order). Most of these are from adult literary fiction, but there are two from children’s books (actually three, there’s a bonus one from Harriet the Spy), one from a memoir, one from a classic, and one from a nonfiction book about the Finnish educational system.
- He wanted to travel but lacked any desire to arrive. –The Waterproof Bible, Andrew Kaufman
- “The hardest part of making a sacrifice isn’t the moment when you do it. That’s the easiest. You’re too busy being proud of yourself for being so noble. What’s hard is the day after that and the following one and all of those days to come. It’s needing to make that sacrifice over and over again, the rest of your life, while in your mind, you can still taste that which you lost. Or what you think you lost.” –Mambo in Chinatown, Jean Kwok
- I remembered my memory of the moment, because after so long that’s what memory is: the replaying of a filmstrip that’s slightly warped from having gone through the projector so many times. I’ll never know what actually happened and what distortions I added. –The Children’s Crusade, Ann Packer
- What we read as adults should be read, I think, with no warnings or alerts beyond, perhaps: enter at your own risk. -“Little Triggers,” Trigger Warning, Neil Gaiman
- She never minded admitting she didn’t know something. So what, she thought; I could always learn. 5.5 Is everybody a different person when they are with somebody else? –Harriet the Spy, Louise Fitzhugh
- People who called her a pest did not understand that a littler person sometimes had to be a little bit noisier and a little bit more stubborn in order to be noticed at all. –Ramona the Pest, Beverly Cleary
- I can’t imagine a better example of Things to Be Wary Of in the food department than bargain sushi. –Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain
- Disappointed a hundred times, she still hoped. –Howards End, E.M. Forster
- I did not think I had rooms enough in me for this kind of love. –Vanessa and Her Sister, Priya Parmar
- It is better to have a dream of your own than to rent one from others. –Finnish Lessons, Pasi Sahlberg
Do these quotes stand alone, or do they need context? Which one(s) do you like best?