Well it turns out I’m an idiot because I’ve only just realised The Broke and the Bookish release the themes for these Top Ten Tuesdays in advance. So I don’t actually have to manically do them when I get home from work on the Tuesday, I can prepare them days ahead of time, weeks even. So that’ll be nice for next time but this one is still a fly by the seat of my pants Top Ten Tuesday.
This is, as the title says, my ten favourite quotes from 2015, excluding poetry because even though I do read a lot of poetry I don’t keep track of my favourite quotes so well. But I might try and put together a list of that sort in the near future.
As much as I destroy books in every other way (cracking the spines, spilling food on them, dropping them in the bath) I just can’t bring myself to write in them. Which means highlighting or underlining is out. So I remember quotes the modern way: I photograph them. Half the camera roll on my phone is blurry, night time photos of book pages. But this at least meant I had a ready made source to put together this list of the ten most poignant, touching or just plain funny quotes from the books I’ve read so far this year.
- It was the touch of the imperfect upon the would-be perfect that gave the sweetness, because it was that which gave the humanity.
- A girl doesn’t read this sort of thing without her lipstick.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
- I do not mean to lose my temper. It slips from me and I cannot catch it.
- There is no academy where you can learn to be yourself; there is no line manager, slowly urging you towards the correct answer. You are midwife to yourself, and will give birth to yourself, over and over, in dark rooms, alone.
- Mais, vrai, j’ai trop pleuré! Les Aubes sont navrantes (translation: but, truly, I have wept too much! The dawns are heart-breaking).
- And when you have once extinguisehed my love, you will find it no easy matter to rekindle it again.
- Looking twenty-eight seems to be an infectious disease that most women catch the moment they hit forty.
- I was a pebble. I was a leaf. I was the jagged branch of a tree. I was nothing to them and they were everything to me.
- Those who cry the loudest are not always the ones who hurt the most.
- There is nothing in the world more powerful than a woman who knows what she wants and walks a straight road towards it.
The White Princess by Philippa Gregory