Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly link-up/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where they provide a prompt and other lovers of list-making (me! me! me!) join in with their own top ten list. Feel free to have less than 10 or more if you need to at times and put a spin on the topic if you need to. Just please link back to The Broke and the Bookish if you are participating. Link up with your BLOG POST (not your blog) in the linky provided and remember to pay it forward!
Seeing that it was The Broke and the Bookish’s blogoversary last week – you can choose what you want to give them for an anniversary present this week. It’s not as if we as participating bloggers do not be-gift them every single week with our clever thoughts and wit and participation in this utterly delightful link-up hey. Ag, we don’t mind at all – any excuse for cake and wine. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!!
This week is a freebie week: Either you can choose your own Top Ten of what ever you like (of course you can just pick the numbers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 and come up with an equation that most readers will never understand – do as you please) or you can have a throw-back on an old topic. I’m a new blogger, so nothing is “old” in my frame of reference (or regret).
10 Favourite Book Quotes
1. from One plus one by Jojo Moyes (this one is dedicated to those brainy guys who are going to use numbers to confuse us)
The law of probability combined with the law of large numbers state that to break the odds, sometimes you have to repeat an event an increasing number of times in order to get you to the outcome you desire. The more you do, the closer you get. Or as I explain to Mom, basically sometimes you just have to keep going.
2. from The shadow of the wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Nobody knows much about women, not even Freud, not even women themselves. But it’s like electricity: You don’t have to know how it works to get a shock.
3. from The collected works of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zavin
The words you can’t find, you borrow. In the end we are all collected works. He has read enough to know there are no collections where each story is perfect. Some hits, some misses. If you’re lucky, a standout. And in the end, people only really remember the standouts.
4. from Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, insist upon it and sometimes even travel around the world for it. Once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it.
5. form The Gift by Cecelia Ahern
Time is more precious than gold, more precious than diamonds, more precious than oil or any valuable treasure. It is time that we do not have enough of. It is time that causes the war within our hearts and so we must spend it wisely. Time cannot be packaged and ribboned and left under trees for Christmas morning. Time can’t be given. But it can be shared.
6. from The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
When you pray, you know that you want something. That is always the first step: To let yourself know that you want something, that you yearn for it. Sometimes that’s the hardest thing to do, because you have to have courage to know what you desire. You have to have courage to acknowledge that you are unhappy without it. And sometimes you have to find courage to know that it was your folly or your wrongdoing which lost it.
7. from The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
One of the beauties of Jungle Law is that punishment settles all scores. There is no nagging afterwards.
8. from The art of racing in the rain by Garth Stein
To live everyday as if it had bee stolen from death, that is how I would like to live. To separate oneself from the burden, the angst, the anguish that we all encounter everyday. To say ‘I am alive, I am wonderful. I am, I am’. When I am a person, that is how I will live my life.
9. from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
That’s what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book and that tiny thing will lead you on to another book and another bit there will lead you on to a third book. It is geometrically progressive. All with no end in sight and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.
and of course:
READING GOOD BOOKS RUINS YOU FOR ENJOYING BAD BOOKS.
10. from The Rabbit Back literature society by Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen (this one is dedicated to all South Africans who is suffering under the strain of the current drought)
Let’s think about the rain. Little spheres of water falling from the sky. They’re harmless. Do you think that water only belongs in lakes and ponds and rivers, in pipes and bath tubs? What troubles we go to, building ourselves waterproof roofs, clothes, umbrellas, all to keep from having anything to do with water. We try so hard to separate ourselves from it. But we are made from water. You are and so am I. Water is flowing through us all the time. Is water God? It is certainly life at least. Life has its source in water.
What is your favourite quote from a book? Please share it with me. Or share your favourite Top Ten Anything (but if it’s that dreaded equations, rather leave it).
Enjoy the rest of the week!