This week The Broke and The Bookish have conspired to bring you my top ten favorite literary quotes. Awww, here goes!
“I hid my deepest feelings so well I forgot where I placed them.” – Amy Tan, Saving Fish from Drowning
“When creative people do their best work, they’re hardly ever in charge, they’re just sort of rolling along with their eyes shut yelling wheee.”– Stephen King, Everything’s Eventual: 14 Dark Tales
“ Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. An intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception. If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you’ll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way.”– Janet Fitch, White Oleander
“Ladies in bunches always filled me with vague apprehension and a firm desire to be elsewhere.” – Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
“Books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.”– John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
“…It’s like a spiral: They keep making everything more basic so it will appeal to everyone. And gradually, everyone gets used to everything being basic, so we get less and less varied as people, more simple. So the corps make everything even simpler. And it goes on and on.”– M.T. Anderson, Feed
“Adversity is like a strong wind. I don’t mean just that it holds us back from places we might otherwise go. It also tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that afterward we see ourselves as we really are, and not merely as we might like to be.”– Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha
“And at the word alone, Will felt a great wave of rage and despair moving outwards from a place deep within him, as if his mind were an ocean that some profound convulsion had disturbed. All his life he’d been alone, and now he must be alone again, and this infinitely precious blessing that had come to him must be taken away almost at once.He felt the wave build higher and steeper to darken the sky, he felt the crest tremble and begin to spill, he felt the great mass crashing down with the whole weight of the ocean behind it against the iron-bound coast of what had to be. And he felt himself crying aloud with more anger and pain than he had ever felt in his life, and he found Lyra just as helpless in his arms. But as the wave expended its force and the waters withdrew, the bleak rocks remained; there was no arguing with fate; neither his despair nor Lyra’s had moved them a single inch.” ― Philip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass
“Do you understand how amazing it is to hear that from an adult? Do you know how amazing it is to hear that from anybody? It’s one of the simplest sentences in the world, just four words, but they’re the four hugest words in the world when they’re put together.
You can do it.”– Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“And Max, the king of all wild things, was lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all.” – Maurice Sendak (may he rest in peace), Where the Wild Things Are