Jillian's topic this week is favorite quotes from books, authors and writers. I do have a quote fetish but unlike some of the other memers this week, I've never marked quotes in books or jotted down a quote while reading. Do most of you do that?
Running across a favorite quote or passage in my beloved rereads feels like meeting a long lost friend. Some pop into my head at odd times as little nuggets of wisdom; some just make me laugh. In new reads, I do pause over particularly clever, profound or amusing turns of phrase but, honestly, it never occurred to me to write them down. It might be rewarding to give it a try though...
If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. Thorin Oakenshield to Bilbo in The Hobbit
Courage is found in unlikely places. Gildor to Frodo in The Fellowship of the Ring
I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve. Bilbo to birthday party guests in The Fellowship of the Ring
'I see', laughed Strider, 'I look foul and feel fair. Is that it? All that is gold does not glitter, not all those that wander are lost.' Strider/Aragorn in The Fellowship of the Ring
All of my quotes could easily come from The Hobbit and LoTR but I will save them for a post during my next reread.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
I take no leave of you, Miss Bennett. I send no compliments to your mother. Lady Catherine de Bourgh
I actually say this one for giggles when in a pretend huff. Of course, no one else gets it which only serves to escalate my amusement. But it is also therapeutic to think it when truly incensed-- makes me feel better anyway.
A couple from Gone With The Wind:
All wars are sacred... To those who have to fight them. If the people who started wars didn't make them sacred, who would be foolish enough to fight? But, no matter what rallying cries the orators give to the idiots who fight, no matter what noble purposes they assign to wars, there is never but one reason for a war. And that is money. All wars are in reality money squabbles. But so few people ever realize it. Their ears are too full of bugles and drums and fine words from stay-at-home orators. Sometimes the rallying cry is 'Save the Tomb of Christ from the Heathen!' Sometimes it's 'Down with Popery!' and sometimes 'Liberty!' and sometimes 'Cotton, Slavery and States' Rights!' Rhett Butler in GWTW
Hunger gnawed at her empty stomach again and she said aloud: 'As God is my witness, and God is my witness, the Yankees aren't going to lick me. I'm going to live through this, and when it's over, I'm never going to be hungry again. No, nor any of my folks. If I have to steal or kill - as God is my witness, I'm never going to be hungry again. Scarlett in GWTW
That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much. Robert Louis Stevenson
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime. Mark Twain
And a few favorite pearls from a sassy gal:
Between two evils, I always picked the one I never tried before.
Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.
It is better to be looked over than overlooked.
Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.