Literary Musings

Favorite Book Quote

There are book quotes that stick with us for any number of reasons. The quote is from a favorite book or author. It made you smile or cry or think or cheer. Some quotes are so ingrained in your memory that you can pull them out whenever and wherever.

And some you love so much you want them tattooed on your body even though you know there are even more considerations to take with a text tattoo than any other kind. (FYI: any tattoo will fade with time and warp with skin stretching/wrinkling. A little fading/warping on a large flower? Not so bad. But the same on a font tattoo? It may very well make it illegible. Nobody wants that. Nobody.)

Some of my favorite beginning lines:

  • “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a large fortune, must be in want of a wife.”- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  • “Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”- JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

But my all time favorite quote is one by Cassandra Clare. And yes I know there are all sorts of controversies about her as an author yet she has some great bookish quotes. And as an avid reader and a writer I love the sentiment she has Tessa Gray express in Clockwork Princess.

Here it is: “One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”




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