Lovely Books ~ Quotes

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What's this? Two posts in one day? Has she gone mad?

No, I haven't gone mad, I assure you. (Because there's no way to "go mad" if you already are, hehe.) I apparently fell waaay behind on my Lovely Books posts so I'm doing two posts in a row. Oops.

In case you weren't aware, Lovely Books is a linkup hosted by my dear friend Tracey, who's basically a wizard of words.  So far, we've talked about three things that make books lovely: covers/titles, couples, and villains. Today we're finishing up with what really makes stories so grand--the words. Ultimately, the reason we love books so much is because of the words it contains. Whether they be witty, thought-provoking, wise, beautiful, or inspiring, words are what make books books.

So without further delay, let's get on to all the frabjous quotes!


"Would you like an adventure now," he said casually to John, "or would you like to have your tea first?"
~ Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie ~
"To die will be an awfully big adventure."
~ Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie ~
There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.
~ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis ~
Most of us know what we should expect to find in a dragon's lair but, as I said before, Eustace had read only the wrong books. They had a lot to say about exports and imports and governments and drains, but they were weak on dragons.
~ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis ~
“And you must always remember there's one good thing about being trapped down here: it'll save funeral expenses.”  
~ The Silver Chair, C.S. Lewis ~
“You look pretty, as always," he said.

Azalea grinned, deciding not to remind him that the last times he had seen her, she had been soaked, frozen, unconscious, and a torn mess of the undead.
~ Entwined, Heather Dixon ~
"Not enough information makes for a lot of dead cats."

Ashley opened her eyes and squinted. "Dead cats? What in the world are you talking about?"

"You know, 'Curiosity killed the cat.' And I have enough curiosity to start a feline genocide."

"Feline genocide?"

"Yeah. If you don't explain Apollo, the cat kingdom will crumble. Cats all over the world will suddenly plop down in unmoving masses of fur, their food will dry up in smelly chunks of fish, and when people call, 'Here, kitty kitty kitty,' no cats will come running; they'll just-" Walter suddenly stopped. A blank expression covered his face.

Ashley poked his ribs with her finger. "What's wrong? Cat got your tongue?"

Walter stared straight ahead. "I just realized . . . if all those things happened, no one would notice the difference."
~ Circles of Seven, Bryan Davis ~
“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, Jane Austen ~
Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken.
~ Emma, Jane Austen ~
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
~ The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien ~
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
~ The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien ~
“I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. 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, J.R.R. Tolkien ~
"Still, I wonder if we shall ever be put into songs or tales. We're in one, of course; but I mean: put into words, you know, told by the fireside or read out of a great big book with red and black letters, years and years afterwards. And people will say: 'Let's hear about Frodo and the Ring!' And they'll say: 'Yes, that's one of my favourite stories. Frodo was very brave, wasn't he, dad?' 'Yes, my boy, the famousest of the hobbits, and that's saying a lot.'"
"It's saying a lot too much," said Frodo, and he laughed..."Why, Sam," he said, "to hear you somehow makes me as merry as if the story was already written. But you've left out one of the chief characters: Samwise the stouthearted. 'I want to hear more about Sam, dad. Why didn't they put in more of his talk, dad? That's what I like, it makes me laugh. And Frodo wouldn't have got far without Sam, would he, dad?'"
"Now, Mr. Frodo," said Sam, "you shouldn't make fun. I was serious."
"So was I," said Frodo.
~ The Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien ~
It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.
~ The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien ~
For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.
~ The Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien ~
"Y'know, Razz," he said, "this is my favorite Dream weapon."
"Archer..." Razz said, her voice a strangled whisper.
"I mean, I use it all the time," Archer went on. "Seems like I should have a name for it, y'know?"
"I always call it 'The Sword,' but that's just cheesy. I mean Arthur has Excalibur, Aragorn had Andúril, and Aidan had Fury. My sword should have a name. Funny how so many heroes have names that begin with A. Hey, my name begins with--"
~ Search for the Shadow Key, Wayne Thomas Batson ~
No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.
~ The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne ~
"I love vibrant colors, both when they blend together in a lovely tapestry and when they clash as if in battle for chromatic supremacy in a mosaic of strife. I love music, the melodies, the harmonies, the way the rhythm commands them to march together."
~ Master and Slayers, Bryan Davis ~
"Your heart is reflected by the light you shine. How great is your light when you sacrifice all you have for those who have nothing to give."
~ Third Starlighter, Bryan Davis ~
"Thank you, for now we shall soon be acquainted, as I am authorized to tease you on this subject whenever we meet, and nothing in the world advances intimacy as much."
~ Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen ~
Adventures are funny things, and they always begin with the unexpected. But the best adventures of all are the ones that never end.
~ The Door Within, Wayne Thomas Batson ~
Perfect love has a breath of poetry which can exalt the relations of the least-instructed human beings.
~ Silas Marner, George Eliot ~
“He's around the twist," said Azalea. "Breaking all the windows? He's mad."

"Ah, no," said the King. "It's only madness if you actually do it. If you want to break all the windows in the house and drown yourself in a bucket but don't actually do it, well, that's love.”
~ Entwined, Heather Dixon ~  
All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this. One day when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her mother. I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for Mrs Darling put her hand to her heart and cried, "Oh, why can’t you remain like this for ever!" This was all that passed between them on the subject, but henceforth Wendy knew that she must grow up. You always know after you are two. Two is the beginning of the end.
~ Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie ~
If the person you are talking to doesn't appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.
~ Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne ~
"It's quite exciting," said Sherlock Holmes, with a yawn.
~ A Study in Scarlet, Arthur Conan Doyle ~
"Once a King in Narnia, always a King in Narnia. But don't go trying to use the same route twice. Indeed, don't try to get there at all. It'll happen when you're not looking for it. And don't talk too much about it even among yourselves. And don't mention it to anyone else unless you find that they've had adventures of the same sort themselves. What's that? How will you know? Oh, you'll know all right. Odd things, they say-even their looks-will let the secret out. Keep your eyes open. Bless me, what do they teach them at these schools?"
~ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis ~
"I knew who I was this morning, but I've changed a few times since then."
~ Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll ~
"So, you see, a man can love you, but only imperfectly. It is God alone who can be God."                 
~ The Golden Braid, Melanie Dickerson ~             
"Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the Sea comes the end of our fellowship in Middle-earth. Go in peace! I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil."                 
~ The Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien ~
And so here we the end of all things. This linkup was such a blast! I can hardly believe it's over now. I have to admit, this last edition was so much fun to do. I had to severely limit myself because there are about a gazillion other quotes that I could include. The struggle is real, people.
The linkup does end today, but you can certainly check out the quotes edition right HERE if you're interested.

But I must know. What are some of your favorite quotes? Are you, like me, completely obsessed with Narnia and Lord of the Rings quotes? (Because they apparently comprised about one third of this post. :P)

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  1. YES TO ALL THE LORD OF THE RINGS AND NARNIA QUOTES!!!! Did Tolkien and Lewis know how to do it or what?! I love em. *hugs the quotes* You are my preciouses...yes...yes. Bit much? No? I didn't think so either. :)

    I love the Golden Braid quote! It's such a good book.

    The Peter Pan ones are so cute, although I have never read the book.

    What a fun way to end the link up! Especially your final quote. *sniff* :)

    1. AMEN. They are the greatest quotes in the history of ever. *tackles the quotes in a hug*

      I know, right?! That quote makes me sigh with contentment.

      Aren't they though? Every line in that book was begging for me to quote it.

      I'm not gonna cry, I'm not gonna cry...*collapses in a puddle of feels*

  2. I LOVE ALL OF THESE SO MUCH! Quotes from books are the best. <3

    I... don't keep track of quotes in books? Sometimes I'll browse quotes on Goodreads because I can never remember the ones I like in books. :P I know, shame on me.

    1. ME TOO! The only thing better than bookish quotes is...well, nothing. XD

      *whispers* I have a secret to tell you: neither do I. I just thumbed through my collection of books and searched Goodreads. :P (I don't have an account yet, but the site still allowed me to search for quotes. That made life SO much easier.) I had a lot of quotes in mind when I wrote this post, but I definitely need to start saving them in a notebook or something. Ooh, but it should be called a QUOTEbook! Ack, I'm such a genius! XD

  3. I am most CERTAINLY like you and obsessed with LotR and Narnia!!

    But seriously. THESE QUOTES!!!!! I'm basically an emotional wreck. I'm just sitting here grinning and giggling and nearing getting teary-eyed while reading this. SO MUCH GOODNESS.

    I pretty much want to quote ALL of Peter Pan. But that first one you did is probably my FAVORITE Peter Pan quote. Adventure or tea first? XD Winnie-the-Pooh is also so insanely quotable. And OF COURSE anything and everything Tolkien writes. much wonderful. :')

    Oh. And we can't forget everything that comes out of Walter Foley's mouth. XD

    This was the PERFECT collection of quotes. <333


      Ah, good. I wrecked your emotions. That was my dastardly plan all along. ;)

      YES PETER PAN IS THE BESTTT. The first one is probably my favorite, too. XD Winnie-the-Pooh has some seriously deep quotes. Gotta love 'em! *gathers up all the Tolkien books and pets them* Gimme ALL the Tolkien stuff!

      Walter's such a scream. XD

      Aww, thanks! So glad you liked them. <333

  4. OH THESE ARE WONDERFUL. I'm laughing at the Sherlock ones though. XD And the JM Barrie ones are perfection. <3 That first quote is one of my favourite of all time, hehe. I LOVE quotes but I rarely ever remember to write them down. *facepalm* I like the one in Alice in Wonderland about six-impossible-things-before-breakfast though!!

    1. AHHH THANK YOU. And yes! SHERLOCK. XD Eeep, I ADORE that first one! But then again, I just love everything Peter Pan. As I told Katie...I don't really either. *bangs head on desk* I essentially used Goodreads for about half of these. *COUGH* That Alice quote is one of my favorites, too! I waffled between that one and the one I ended up listing.

      Thanks so much for commenting! <3

  5. These quotes were simply LOVELY. I love how poetic some of these are, and then how others are quite hilarious. Bravo, m'dear. :)

    1. Aww, thank you, dear! I'm glad you enjoyed them!

  6. I adore these quotes! I'm new to your blog and m'dear it's quite lovely! :D

    1. Eeep, thank you so much! Welcome to my little cozy internet home, Miss Evie! I hope you'll stick around a while. :D

    2. No worries at all!! :D Thank YOU for the welcome! Of course I will!

    3. Yay! I look forward to more of your loveliness! ^_^

  7. (Yes, we're all mad here. XD And I should've left the link up open for at least another week. Lesson learned for next time!)

    *gasp* Oh my goodness, I saw that first Peter Pan one on a cutesy little sign at a coffeshop last night! :D

    Ah, Eustace. (I shall refrain from fangirling over every single Narnia quote you mentioned, else we'd be here a while.)

    Ahaha, I just adore Walter's humor! I almost included that feline genocide conversation in my own post. XD


    Of course I highly approve of all the Tolkien quotes.

    Ooh. That quote from Scarlet Letter has me instantly convinced I should read it one day. *nods*

    You've no idea how idiotically that Pooh quote made me grin. Especially paired with that adorable gif. <3

    JUST ALL THE QUOTES, MARY, THEY MAKE ME SO HAPPY. Such a wonderful tapestry of words you've collected!

    1. Yes, we are. (We're writers, after all. XD)

      Where is this coffee shop?! I must find it, preciousss, I must! (Care to have me over to Canada for an afternoon? XDDD)

      Eustace is such a delightful character. I swear, he cracks me up every time. (And I'm totally okay with all the Narnia fangirling.)

      Eeeep, isn't Walter fantastic? I wanted to quote everything he ever said, but alas, time constraints.

      OH, MY HEART. <333

      How could one do otherwise? Tolkien quotes make the world a better place.

      Ohhh, that book is so good! It's beautiful, thought-provoking, and convicting. You need to read it!

      You can always count on Pooh to bring you a smile. And that gif is rather precious. <3

      ACK, THEY MAKE ME SO HAPPY, TOO. Thank you SO much for hosting this linkup!


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