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Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite quotes

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite quotes

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl

I don’t have a very good memory, so I’m not one of those people who can remember their favourite quotes off of the top of their head. I’m also lazy, which is why I’ve chosen ten of my favourite books and grabbed a great quote from each off of Goodreads, rather than reading over the notes I took while I read each book and choosing my favourite quote that way.

I’d been planning to illustrate each of the quotes, but I haven’t had time because I’ve actually been busy moving in with my boyfriend over the last couple of days! Hopefully you’ll enjoy the quotes anyway (and maybe I’ll post some more of my favourite quotes – with art – in a few weeks time).


“Everyone’s on the cliff edge of normal. Everyone finds life an utter nightmare sometimes, and there’s no ‘normal’ way of dealing with it… There is no normal, Evelyn.”

Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne


“Normal is such a stupid word,” I say, anger suddenly rising in my belly. “What does it even mean?”
“It means fitting in,” David replies simply.
“And that’s what you really want? To fit in?”
“Not all the time perhaps. But a lot of the time, yes, I think it would be a lot easier to just blend into the crowd.”

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson


‘Everyone says apologizing works, but it never really does. Not quickly enough, anyway.’

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard


‘Just those three words, said and meant. I love you.
They were quite hopefully. He said it as he might have said, I have cancer.’

The Collector by John Fowles


‘How do you rid the Earth of humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.’

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey


‘It’s so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself.’

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini


‘I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if peopel were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.’

Looking For Alaska by John Green


‘So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.’

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky


‘Few men truly like seeing beauty burn.’

Red Rising by Pierce Brown


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What are your favourite quotes of all time?




  • Fantastic quotes 🙂 I especially love the Am I Normal Yet? one.
    I plundered my Goodreads for my list too haha.
    Cora |

    • I wasn’t sure whether to go with Am I Normal Yet? or It Only Happens in the Movies. Holly Bourne’s writing is just too quotable!

  • SimplyStrange

    Great quotes! I actually don’t know of the first four, so I’ll have to go check them out on Goodreads 🙂

    • Hopefully you’ll enjoy the books as much as I did!

  • I love that quote from Holly Bourne. So so true.

    • Isn’t it though?! Her writing is so easy to relate to.

  • These are all so great! I do love the 5th Wave one 🙂

  • Meggan @ Between the Pages

    Brilliant post! The 5th Wave and the Perks one are so brilliant!

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  • debnance

    These are wonderful quotes. Thanks for sharing them!

  • I pretty much did the same thing when I was writing my post. I don’t actually save my favorite quotes anywhere (though maybe I should?), so I started thinking about some books I’ve really enjoyed that had beautiful, lyrical, quotable writing. I’ll probably do more of these quote posts in the future because I had a really hard time narrowing it down to just ten!

    I really liked all of the quotes you chose, though I haven’t read any of the books. (Several are on my “To Read” list, though!)

    • I’m thinking I should start a quote book: at the moment all of my favourite quotes are written down in a big folder of blogging stuff, but they aren’t easily accessible so I never have the energy to revisit them!

  • Oh so the only one I knew and had forgotten was 5th Wave which is so true but the others were great and I love them! Thanks for sharing.

  • Greg Hill

    Nice ones! I like the Am I Normal Yet? one a lot . 🙂

  • Destiny @ Howling Libraries

    Okay, so as you already know, I love Perks quotes, and I think you picked an amazing one for this week’s list! <3 I'm also low key adoring that Red Rising quote – I still need to read that book soon!

  • I loved the quote you chose from The 5th Wave — which also reminds me of another quote from the same book midway through when Cassie was all “if this is humanity’s last war, then I am the battlefield” — chilllllls.

  • I love that Red Rising quote!!!