my favourite book quotes #1

Hi loves,

As you all know, I’m a little bit of a bookworm… and by that I mean you’ll never not find me with my head in a book. I thought it would be nice to include some of my favourite author / book quotes for you to read, as I think they should all be shared! There are a lot more than this but I’d literally be here all day if I included them, not to mention this post would then be the size of a book itself. I’ll probably do a part 2 to this at some point though!

Just in case you were wondering (you probably weren’t), my top 5 favourite books in order are…

1). All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven
2). The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
3). Looking For Alaska – John Green
4). On The Jellicoe Road – Melina Marchetta
5). Just Kids – Patti Smith

So, without further ado, here are some of my favourite author / book quotes…

All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

“I remember running down a road on my way to a nursery of flowers. I remember her smile and her laugh when I was my best self and she looked at me like I could do no wrong and was whole. I remember how she looked at me the same way even when I wasn’t. I remember her hand in mine and how that felt, as if something and someone belonged to me.” 

“No more winter at all. Finch, you brought me spring.” 

You can’t do this to me. You were the one who lectured me about living. You were the one who said I had to get out and see what was right in front of me and make the most of it and not wish my time away and find my mountain because my mountain was waiting, and all that adds up to life. But then you leave. You can’t just do that.” 

“We can’t go backward. We can’t change anything that happened. I can’t bring her back or bring Finch back. I can’t change the fact that I sneaked around to see him when I told you it was over. I don’t want to tiptoe around her or him or you anymore. The only thing it’s doing is making it harder for me to remember the things I want to remember. It’s making it harder for me to remember her. Sometimes I try to concentrate on her voice just so I can hear it again—the way she always said, ‘Hey there’ when she was in a good mood, and ‘Vi-o-let’ when she was annoyed. For some reason, these are the easiest ones. I concentrate on them, and when I have them, I hold on to them because I don’t ever want to forget how she sounded.” My mom has started to cry, very, very quietly. My father’s face has gone grey-white. “Like it or not, she was here and now she’s gone, but she doesn’t have to be completely gone. That’s up to us. And like it or not, I loved Theodore Finch. He was good for me, even though you think he wasn’t and you hate his parents and you probably hate him, and even though he went away and I wish he hadn’t, and I can never bring him back, and it might have been my fault. So it’s good and it’s bad and it hurts, but I like thinking about him. If I think about him, he won’t be completely gone either. Just because they’re dead, they don’t have to be. And neither do we.” 

“Theodore Finch – I was alive. I burned brightly. And then I died, but not really. Because someone like me cannot, will not, die like everyone else. I linger like the legends of the Blue Hole. I will always be here, in the offerings and people I left behind.” 

“I tread water on the surface under the wide, open sky and the sun and all that blue, which reminds me of Theodore Finch, just like everything else reminds me of him, and I think of my own epitaph, still to be written and all the places I’ll wander. No longer rooted, but gold, flowing. I feel a thousand capacities spring up in me.” 

The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.” 

“Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.” 

Looking For Alaska – John Green

“You can’t just make me different, and then leave. Because I was fine before, Alaska. I was just fine with me and last words and school friends, and you can’t just make me different and then die.” 

“I know so many last words. But I will never know hers.”

“I thought at first that she was just dead. Just darkness. Just a body being eaten by bugs. I thought about her a lot like that, as something’s meal. What was her—green eyes, half a smirk, the soft curves of her legs—would soon be nothing, just the bones I never saw. I thought about the slow process of becoming bone and then fossil and then coal that will, in millions of years, be mined by humans of the future, and how they would heat their homes with her, and then she would be smoke billowing out of a smokestack, coating the atmosphere. I still think that, sometimes, think that maybe ‘the afterlife’ is just something we made up to ease the pain of loss, to make our time in the labyrinth bearable. Maybe she was just matter, and matter gets recycled. But ultimately I do not believe that she was only matter. The rest of her must be recycled, too. I believe now that we are greater than the sum of our parts. If you take Alaska’s genetic code and you add her life experiences and the relationships she had with people, and then you take the size and shape of her body, you do not get her. There is something else entirely. There is a part of her greater than the sum of her knowable parts. And that part has to go somewhere, because it cannot be destroyed.  Although no one will ever accuse me of being much of a science student, one thing I learned from science classes is that energy is never created and never destroyed. And if Alaska took her own life, that is the hope I wish I could have given her. Forgetting her mother, failing her mother and her friends and herself—those are awful things, but she did not need to fold into herself and self-destruct. Those awful things are survivable, because we are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be. When adults say, ‘Teenagers think they are invincible’ with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail. So I know she forgives me, just as I forgive her. Thomas Edison’s last words were: “It’s very beautiful over there.” I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.” 

On The Jellicoe Road – Melina Marchetta

“What do you want from me?” he asks.
What I want from every person in my life, I want to tell him.
“More.” 

“It’s funny how you can forget everything except people loving you. Maybe that’s why humans find it so hard getting over love affairs. It’s not the pain they’re getting over, it’s the love.”

“If you weren’t driving, I’d kiss you senseless,” I tell him.
He swerves to the side of the road and stops the car abruptly.
“Not driving any more.” 

The Waves – Virginia Woolf

“There was a star riding through clouds one night, & I said to the star, ‘Consume me’.” 

“I see you everywhere, in the stars, in the river, to me you’re everything that exists; the reality of everything.” 

The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

“She wore flowers in her hair and carried magic secrets in her eyes. She spoke to no one. She spent hours on the riverbank. She smoked cigarettes and had midnight swims…” 

“The way her body existed only where he touched her. The rest of her was smoke.” 

Other

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde

“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.” – Anne Lammot

“Even so, I must admire your skill. You are so gracefully insane.” – Anne Sexton

“After Liam and Butch took Kellen away, I thought about how he left spaces for me when he talked. If I saw him again, I decided I might put words in those spaces.” – Bryn Greenwood, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

“Excuse me for being so intellectual. I know you would prefer something nice and feminine and affectionate.” – Zelda Fitzgerald, The Love Letters of F.Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald

“Issac:”I dislike living in a world without Augustus Waters.”
Computer: “I don’t understand-“
Issac: “Me neither. Pause” – John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“His smile is laced with dynamite. “Go to sleep”
“Go to hell.”
He works his jaw. Walks to the door. “I’m working on it.” – Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

“Sorry about the blood in your mouth. I wish it was mine. I couldn’t get the boy to kill me, but I wore his jacket for the longest time.” – Richard Siken, Crush

“It took time to realise that I had to stop giving myself away as if I didn’t belong to myself.” – K.Y. Robinson, The Chaos of Longing

“I keep wondering, how many people do you need to be, before you can become yourself.” – pleasefindthis, I Wrote This For You: Just The Words

And there we go loves! Some of the books in the ‘Other’ section I haven’t actually read but I found the quotes a while ago and just really liked them. Let me know if you’ve read any of these!

All my love,

Chloe .xx

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29 thoughts on “my favourite book quotes #1

  1. seaofwordsx says:

    Beautiful quotes 😘💕💜 I love John Green so much. I have read The fault in our stars and watched the movie. It’s so beautiful. I wanna read Looking for Alaska too. I also saw papertown and read it. I love them all so much. My favourite writer ever 💕

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    • hell0chloe says:

      TFIOS was an amazing book and film, it absolutely broke my heart. I also really like Papertowns! Have you read Turtles All The Way Down yet? You also definitely need to read Looking For Alaska! My favourite book from him, ever .xxx

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  2. chloewritessometimes says:

    Looking for Alaska is one of my favourite books! It is so moving and the quotes are brilliant. John Green is a wonderful wonderful author.

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  3. Abi Babbles says:

    Looking For Alaska is one of my favourite books of all time. I remember reading it in secondary school and falling in love with it. Since then, Alaska has been my favourite girls name and I swear if I ever have a daughter that will be her name haha! Reading your favourite quotes from that book as made me want to read the book all over again xx

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    • hell0chloe says:

      I’ve read it!! I did a review on it aaaages ago somewhere, I pre-ordered a signed version so that I could get it the second it came out hahaha, it was great!! I love Jennifer’s writing so much xxx

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  4. questionsfromateenager says:

    I have been dying to read All The Bright Places! Haven’t gotten around to it yet though. I really enjoy posts like this – MORE BOOK NERD POSTS PLEASE! Also, do you have Goodreads? Would love to get some more book recommendations from you some time 🙂

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