Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Quotes

Thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl, we’re joining in on our first Top Ten Tuesday!

Here’s some of our top favorite quotes:

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“Destiny is usually just around the corner. Like a thief, a hooker, or a lottery vendor: its three most common personifications. But what destiny does not do is home visits. You have to go for it.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Shadow of the Wind
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“We tell ourselves stories in order to live . . .  .We look for the sermon in the suicide, for the social or moral lesson in the murder of five. We interpret what we see, select the most workable of the multiple choices. We live entirely, especially if we are writers, by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images, by the “ideas” with which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria which is our actual experience,” -Joan Didion, The White Album.
​“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” – Patrick Rothfus, The Name of the Wind
True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.  – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”  – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist 
“Life is long if you know how to use it,” – Seneca, On the Shortness of Life


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“So the first step out of childhood is made all at once without looking before or behind, without caution, and nothing held in reserve,” Ursula K. Le Guin, The Farthest Shore.

“Again, the greatest use of a human was to be useful. Not to consume, not to watch, but to do something for someone else that improved their life, even for a few minutes,” – Dave Eggers, A Hologram for the King.

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“Well, you have a chance, Lyn. A chance nobody has had for ages, a chance in millions. Either you seize it, and in so doing decide you’re worthy, or you leave and give up.” He pressed the gemstone back down into her hand. “But if you leave, you don’t get to complain. As long as you keep trying, there’s a chance. When you give up? That’s when the dream dies,” Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer.

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it,” – Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.

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    1. It’s so good! Though you should start with the first book, The Way of Kings. Lyn was actually named after a fan who jokingly asked to be written into the series… Pretty cool move on Sanderson’s part.


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