Featured Quotes

Periodically I update the “Featured Quote” in the right-hand sidebar.  Deleting the old, carefully chosen quotes was making me sad, so instead they will be moved here when their time in the spotlight is over.  Oldest at the bottom. Most recent at the top.  Enjoy!

  • “I wished she’d never come back so I could still have her.”
    Fiebre Tropical by Julián Delgado Lopera, location 98%
  • “Leroy bet me I couldn’t find a pot of gold at the end, and I told him that was a stupid bet because the rainbow was enough.”
    Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown, location 14%
  • “One cannot correctly understand the black religious experience without an affirmation of deep faith informed by profound doubt. Suffering naturally gives rise to doubt. How can one believe in God in the face of such horrendous suffering as slavery, segregation, and the lynching tree? Under these circumstances, doubt is not a denial but an integral part of faith. It keeps faith from being sure of itself. But doubt does not have the final word. The final word is faith giving rise to hope.”
    The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone, location 64%
  • “Is all very well thinking everything is going to be different when you come back but then it is all the same. Suppose I have to make it different.”
    Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding
  • “She would like to leave a trail of invisible beauty behind her as she moved through the world. She would like to stir the air and feel her passing change it.”
    Mermaid in Chelsea Creek by Michelle Tea
  • “The lesson is that neither self-indulgence nor self-denial will lead to peace, and it is called the Middle Path.”
    Mindfulness and Grief by Heather Stang
  • “My experience is that many things are not as bad as I thought they would be.”
    Children of God by Mary Doria Russell, (page 335)
  • “It’s better to face madness with a plan than to sit still and let it take you in pieces.”
    Bird Box by Josh Malerman, (loc 4034)
  • “Some people live where they work. Others just visit. ”
    Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire, (loc 1813)
  • “I’m a certified bad-ass indestructible bitch. The sun tries to burn me, I’ll kick him in his fiery balls. I don’t need no stinking suntan lotion.”
    The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig, (loc 2787)
  • “You love someone. You don’t leave her to drown. And you don’t tell her she’s crazier than she already knows that she is!”
    The Drowning Girl by Caitlin R. Kiernan, (Part 2, loc 1:20:44)
  • “Were you some particular person only because people recognized you as that?”
    Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer, page 66
  • “That’s how the madness of the world tries to colonize you. From the outside in. Forcing you to live in its reality.”
    Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer, time 3:15:47
  • “Even now I can feel the heat from your palm as you cupped the back of my head and pulled my lips those last few inches, how you opened your body and begged me with your soul.”
    Listening To Dust by Brandon Shire, location 1726
  • “She gets on her tippy-toes and kisses him. Long, slow, deep. The kind of kiss where you can feel little pieces of your soul trading places as mouths open and breath mingles.”
    Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig, location 3722
  • “An iteration isn’t a copy, Mother. It’s just the latest version. I’m your upgrade. That’s why I did what I did. Because I’m just better than you.”
    vN by Madeline Ashby, location 2581
  • “It starts with my mother….Boys get fucked up by their fathers, right? That’s why so many tales are really Daddy Issue stories at their core, because men run the world, and men get to tell their stories first. If women told most of the stories, though, then all the best stories would be about Mommy Problems.”
    Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig, location 1656
  • “If there were lies to photography, I figured, there was truth too, truths we’d never see if not through the dispassionate glass eye of a camera.”
    Bad Glass by Richard E. Gropp, location 3106
  • “You can’t destroy knowledge. You can stamp it under and burn it up and forbid it to be, but somewhere it will survive.”
    The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett in American Science Fiction: Four Classic Novels 1953-56, location 7515
  • “Charity and chance and narrow selectivity are not the way to educate the children of a genuine democracy.”
    Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America by Jonathan Kozol, location 3632
  • “To be ignorant is to waste the talents you were born with. To be ignorant is to confine your life to a path no different than the generations before you.”
    Across The Table\Dancing On Sunday Afternoons by Linda Cardillo, page 343
  • “You’ve shown great bravery—and not a little foolishness, but we’ll pass that, since they often go together, especially in the young.”
    The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King, page 250
  • “Because minds do blow and hearts do break. Those are not just sayings. And wolves and roaches are not the only creatures that chew off their legs to get out of traps—human beings do that, too.”
    Lemon Reef by Robin Silverman, location 3058
  • “Any noble cause will encounter its share of setbacks. The strength of that cause is measured in how the men who fight for it respond. We refuse to give up, which is why we will prevail eventually.”
    Thieftaker by D. B. Jackson, location 4148
  • “Happiness takes as much practice as unhappiness does. It’s by living that you live more. By waiting you wait more. Every waiting day makes your life a little less. Every lonely day makes you a little smaller. Every day you put off your life makes you less capable of living it.”
    Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares, location 2827
  • “If we are going to fully appreciate what is going wrong in brains, we have to fully understand what is going right in brains.”
    –Dr. Jean Frazier at Science Librarian Boot Camp 2012
  • “Don’t even talk to me about being a mother. You were never a mother! Just the psychotic twat I lived with for the first fourteen years.”
    The Value of Rain by Brandon Shire, location 106
  • “We must learn from our struggles.”
    The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change by Roger Thurow, location 3073
  • “I believe that if you speak from your heart each time you open your mouth, you cannot go wrong. ”
    Acacia: The War With the Mein by David Anthony Durham, page 510
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