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Top Ten Tuesday #43: My Top Ten Quotable Authors

Happy Tuesday, and happy Top Ten Tuesday day, everyone! Well, I spoke too soon last week. Temperatures ended up falling the other day, and we’re expected to get around 10 cm of snow hahaha. I try not to get sick of snow, because I know that a lot of people don’t get snow where they live. But it gets kind of old, when you’ve had snow for months and months and months, haha. One of my goals this year was to be more grateful though, so, I’m working on that. This week’s TTT will be a bit different from any of the previous ones that I’ve done. Firstly, I’ve decided not to include any images, because this week is about quotes, and I really wanted to focus to be on the words that I’ve decided to share.

For those of you who don’t know what Top Ten Tuesday is all about, here is a quote
from The Artsy Reader Girl, the host of this weekly meme!

I assign each Tuesday a topic and then post my top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join me and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.

You’ll find the schedule of upcoming TTT topics below so you can plan ahead. I’ll post a Linky here on the blog each week so you can link up your post (if you want). If you don’t have a blog, post your picks in the comment section below! Have tons of fun talking books and getting to know your fellow bloggers!

… and now that all of the necessary stuff is out of the way …

– My Top Ten Quotable Authors –


J.R.R. Tolkien

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”
― The Hobbit
“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.’
I should think so — in these parts! We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!”
― The Hobbit
“Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold…”
― The Hobbit
“Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.”
― The Hobbit
“I come from under the hill, and under the hills and over the hills my paths led. And through the air, I am he that walks unseen.
I am the clue-finder, the web-cutter, the stinging fly. I was chosen for the lucky number.
I am he that buries his friends alive and drowns them and draws them alive again from the water. I came from the end of a bag, but no bag went over me.
I am the friend of bears and the guest of eagles. I am Ringwinner and Luckwearer; and I am Barrel-rider.”
― The Hobbit
“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.”
 The Fellowship of the Ring
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost…”
 The Fellowship of the Ring
 “But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
― 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.”
― The Fellowship of the Ring

– TWO –

J.K. Rowling

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
― Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
― Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”
― Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.”
― Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
“Always,” said Snape.
― Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


Roshani Chokshi

“I know your soul. Everything else is just an ornament.”
― The Star-Touched Queen
“I wanted a love thick with time, as inscrutable as if a lathe had carved it from night and as familiar as the marrow in my bones. I wanted the impossible, which made it that much easier to push out of my mind.”
― The Star-Touched Queen
“I will not let us be beings of regret. I know my past. What I want is my future.”
― The Star-Touched Queen
“Love is like Death without the guarantee of its arrival. Love may not come for you, but when it does it will be just as swift and ruthless as Death and just as blind to your protestations. And just as Death will end one life and leave you with another, so will Love.”
― A Crown of Wishes
“What was magic anyway, but the world beheld by someone who chose to see it differently?”
― A Crown of Wishes

– FOUR –

Maggie Stiefvater

“I was looking for a miracle, but I got a story instead, and sometimes those are the same thing.”
― All the Crooked Saints
“She had still been learning how to live with the hard truth that the most interesting parts of her thoughts usually got left behind when she tried to put them into words.”
― All the Crooked Saints
“Maybe if you want things to change, you should start in yourself.”
― All the Crooked Saints
“What a shame that both miracles and radio waves are invisible, because ti would be quite a sight: ribbons of marvel and sound stretching out straight and true from all over the world.”
― All the Crooked Saints
“But we all have darkness inside us. It is just a question of how much of us is light as well.”
― All the Crooked Saints

– FIVE –

Jane Austen

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
― Pride and Prejudice
“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
― Pride And Prejudice
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
― Pride and Prejudice
“but for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.”
― Jane Austen
“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”
― Persuasion
“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.”
― Jane Austen
“Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody. ”
― Jane Austen

– SIX –

Mackenzi Lee

“We are not broken things, neither of us. We are cracked pottery mended with laquer and flakes of gold, whole as we are, complete unto each other. Complete and worthy and so very loved.”
― The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
“We’re not courting trouble,” I say. “Flirting with it, at most.”
― The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
“Love may be a grand thing, but goddamn if it doesn’t take up more than its fair share of space inside a man.”
― The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
“There is nothing good about watching another man claim your ship because your skin is too dark to do it yourself,” he says, each word a glancing wound. “So in future, you needn’t demand apologies on my behalf.”
― The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
“Ugh. Feelings.”
― The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

 – SEVEN –

Heather Tucker

“We become what we become because of other people, and because of what we do with whatever they throw into our lives.”
― The Clay Girl
“Every shining jewel comes from a crushing it never knew it could survive. There’s good waiting for you.”
― The Clay Girl


Charles Dickens

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”
― A Tale of Two Cities
“I wish you to know that you have been the last dream of my soul.”
― A Tale of Two Cities
“‎And yet I have had the weakness, and have still the weakness, to wish you to know with what a sudden mastery you kindled me, heap of ashes that I am, into fire.”
― A Tale of Two Cities
“Death may beget life, but oppression can beget nothing other than itself.”
― A Tale of Two Cities
“There were two classes of charitable people: one, the people who did a little and made a great deal of noise; the other, the people who did a great deal and made no noise at all.”
― Bleak House

– NINE –

Kiersten White

“The last time she was up here, she had been… staring up at the sky and dreaming of stars. Now, she looked down and plotted flames.”
―  And I Darken
“Some victories are merely defeat wearing the wrong clothing”
― And I Darken
“She plucked a rose and held it to her face. She hated the way roses smelled, their sweetness too fragile. She wanted a garden of evergreens. A garden of stones. A garden of swords.”
― And I Darken
“I wonder if anyone gets through childhood without being broken. I certainly did not.”
― Now I Rise
“I cannot imagine a god who hates anything that is love, any way we find to take tender care of each other. I want you to find that same love, and I never want you to hate yourself for any love that is in you.”
― Now I Rise

– TEN –

Charlotte Brontë

“Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! …”
― Jane Eyre
“I would always rather be happy than dignified.”
― Jane Eyre
“I have for the first time found what I can truly love–I have found you. You are my sympathy–my better self–my good angel–I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wrap my existence about you–and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.”
― Jane Eyre

– Honourable Mentions –

Note: some of these writers might have written more poetry than books (if any books at all). But I couldn’t not mention them. Also, I’m pretty sure that I will have forgotten to mention many authors. SIGH. Please forgive me!

Holly Black
Lord George Byron
Edgar Allan Poe
Poppy Z. Brite
 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Percy Bysshe Shelley
John Keats
Emily Brontë
Terry Goodkind
Lewis Carroll
Gabrielle Prendergast
Erin Bow


14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #43: My Top Ten Quotable Authors

    1. Thank you! I mainly did it because I could not decide on just 10 quotes hahaha. Thank you so much, and thanks for reading and commenting! 🙂

  1. Oh I absolutely LOVE how you did this TTT! Such a beautiful way to display so many gorgeous quotes! And The Star-Touched Queen had so many gorgeous quotes throughout it….I probably highlighted half of he book lol! I really need to pickup that companion novel!!

    1. Thank you so much! I really struggled with how to set this post up, so I’m glad that it paid off 😀 And yessss I wish I’d had the time to actually go through TSTQ and pick out ALL of my favourite quotes. Also yes! It was really good 😀

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