Like most writers, I am an avid reader. The following quotes are from books I have read over the years. It is a very short list compared to even the amount of books on my smallest book shelf. If you have a favorite quote from a favorite book, I’d love it if you would share.
“The greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.” – Ronald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
“There is no place like home.” – L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz
“Sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
“Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.” – E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web
“I am poor, but I am rich. I have my children, I have a garden with roses, and I have my faith and the memories of those who have gone before me. What more is there?”- Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising
“Together we would walk along the cliff looking at the sea, and though the white men’s ship did not return that spring, it was a happy time. The air smelled of flowers and birds sang everywhere.” –Scott O’Dell, Island of the Blue Dolphins
“I really do like listening to stuff that’s happened to other people. I guess that’s why I like to read.” – S.E. Hinton, That Was Then, This Is Now
“If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again.” – Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca
“Now run along and play, but don’t get into trouble.’ George promised to be good. But it is easy for little monkeys to forget.” – H.A. Rey, Curious George
“What do you do when it rains?” The captain answered frankly. “I get wet.” – Joseph Heller, Catch-22
“The rock, for its part, is not even aware of our existence because we are alive for only a brief instant of its lifespan. To it, we are like flashes in the dark.” – Michael Crichton, The Andromeda Strain
Mr. Pine lived on Vine Street in a little white house. “A white house is fine,” said Mr. Pine, “but there are FIFTY white houses all in a line on Vine Street. How can I tell which house is mine?” – Leonard Kessler, Mr. Pine’s Purple House
“When they asked me what I wanted to be I said I didn’t know.
“Oh, sure you know,” the photographer said.
“She wants,” said Jay Cee wittily, “to be everything.” – Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
“Mrs. May looked back at her. “Kate,” she said after a moment, “stories never really end. They can go on and on and on. It’s just that sometimes, at a certain point, one stops telling them.” – Mary Norton, The Borrowers