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This week’s theme is ‘Memorable Things Characters Have Said’, so I’m sharing ten of my favourite quotes from ten different books that I love!
‘We consider it cruel,’ Maia said. ‘And we do not think that cruelty is ever just.’The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
It wouldn’t be one of my lists without The Goblin Emperor, and this quote sums up pretty much everything I love about Maia.
‘Men mock the gods until they need them, Kaz.’Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
There are so many quotable lines from Six of Crows, but this one has always stuck with me.
‘Yet he’s still scared. What is he afraid of?’The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
‘Same thing every powerful man is afraid of.’ The Crone shrugs. ‘The day the truth comes out.’
This is depressingly relevant, isn’t it?
‘I hurt people, once.’Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
‘Did they deserve to be hurt?’
Grandma touched Meche’s chin. ‘Don’t they always, when you’re a girl?’
This is another one that’s always stayed with me, from a novel that realistically looks at what teenagers would do with magic spells.
‘We don’t ignore bigotry, Jack. That’s how cowardly bigots turn into brave bigots.’Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
Another series that’s oh so quotable! I love Fenestra.
I’m sorry, I says.Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Fer what? he says.
Fer always bein … you know … so-
Ungrateful? he says.
Yeah, I says.
I guess so.
Rude? Pig-headed? Violent?
I ain’t violent!
Oh yes, you are. Very. But I like that in a woman.
I laugh. Yer crazy, I says.
I was fine till I met you, he says.
I might be on the aroace spectrum, but I’m a hopeless romantic when it comes to this particular quote. Jack and Saba are *chef’s kiss*.
It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Does any other quote sum up what stepping into a new story is like as well as this one does?
‘Learn to want something for yourself, Ma Xiuying. Not what someone says you should want. Not what you think you should want. Don’t go through life thinking only of duty. When all we have are these brief spans between our nonexistences, why not make the most of the life you’re living now? The price is worth it.’She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
This is one of the best books I’ve read so far this year and it’s fantastically written.
Linus looked up to find Arthur staring at him. ‘What?’The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
Arthur shook his head slowly. ‘I don’t know why you can’t see it.’
‘You. Everything you are.’
These two are so sweet, the cutest of patooties, and if I wallpapered my house with quotes from this book I’d never have a bad day.
Roy stepped to the microphone. ‘Thank you, Mr. Marlowe. Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I stand before you as a simple man from Kansas. I came to this big city looking not for fame or fortune, but for my wife.’The King of Crows by Libba Bray
‘I stand before you as a man. Who sounds. Like he is reading. From. A. Card,’ Henry zinged to Theta under his breath.
I’m reading this book at the moment and, as always, Henry steals every scene he’s in. I adore his humour.