Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve done a non-review book post and so today I’ll be sharing some of my most favourite book quotes. This list only brushes the surface- I have an abundance of quotes that I love and so I’ll probably be sharing many more in the future 🙂 So onto the first quote…
“We spoke of how to say good-bye,” Jem said. “When Jonathan bid farewell to David, he said, ‘Go in peace, for as much as we have sworn, both of us, saying the Lord be between me and thee, forever.’ They did not see each other again, but they did not forget. So it will be with us. When I am Brother Zachariah, when I no longer see the world with my human eyes, I will still be in some part the Jem you knew, and I will see you with the eyes of my heart.”
Jem Carstairs, Clockwork Princess
Okay so I remember how when I first read this, I just cried and cried because this is when Will Herondale returns to the London Institute, and sees Jem Carstairs for the first time since he turned into a Silent Brother. Before he arrived, Will could literally feel their parabatai bond being broken, and the pain of that just overwhelmed me because Will and Jem, they were brothers through and through, the epitome of what it is to be parabatai. The pain that both must have felt when that bond was stripped must have literally felt like someone taking a piece of their heart away from them.
But this is Will and Jem we’re talking about, and nothing can ever really break them apart. And so I love this quote, because it’s a reminder of how deep down, they will always be parabatai. It’s true that they’ll have to go on to lead separate lives but they’ll never forget one another because they have something special, something that exceeds the power of an angelic rune.
“…when I no longer see the world with my human eyes, I will still be in some part the Jem you knew, and I will see you with the eyes of my heart” Can someone pass the tissues please?
“What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again.”
Katniss Everdeen, Mockingjay
If you know me then you know that of course, The Hunger Games would make its way onto this list. So this quote is taken right from the end of Mockingjay. The Hunger Games are over now, and no longer is Panem run by a tyrannical government. In this moment, Katniss is doing a bit of reflection and I guess this is when she comes to understand what it is that she needs in her life, and what direction she hopes to go in.
From a young age, Katniss didn’t have a choice when she took on the responsibility of looking after her family. She provided for her mum and sister during a time when everyone in their community was abysmally poor. Her life has been hard and she’s experienced a great deal of injustice, pain, and loss. It’s all she’s ever known and so now that she has the chance to start afresh… well, how does she move forward? She could have let her anger towards an unjust world consume her, let it cause her to become bitter, destructive, and no better than the Capitol. But Katniss wanted to nurture what hope she had left inside of her, and let it bring about something more kinder and softer. Katniss knew that Peeta would be someone who could help her to find with this path, and to find peace. He is the perfect companion for Katniss and she realises it in this moment. Peeta has always been a symbol of hope for Katniss… and so I love how this quote captures how he will always be “the dandelion in the spring.”
“But you can vanquish the demons only when you yourself are convinced of your own worth.”
Adeline Yen Mah, Chinese Cinderella
This is one of my most favourite books; I can’t even begin to tell you how moved I was by this memoir. So, Adeline’s tragic story begins from the moment she was born really. Her mother died after giving birth to her which unfortunately, lead to her family branding her as bad luck, a curse and she ended up being treated so. Growing up Adeline was an outcast amongst her own family. They taught her over and over that she had no worth.
And so in this quote, Adeline is trying to say that in order to overcome the darkness and despair that’s plagued us in our lives, we cannot let it have any power. Don’t let it take our hopes and love and strength. Don’t give it that power… We have to believe in our own self worth. Believe that we are worthy and deserve to be happy. It’s only once we love ourselves and believe that we’re worthy, only then can the darkness never consume what light we have inside of us. For such a heartbreaking story, it’s quotes like this which makes this book so empowering.
“Before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
Atticus Finch, To Kill A Mockingbird
This is a quote from Atticus Finch, who’s representing Tom Robinson in court. Tom is a young black man who is falsely accused of sexually assaulting a young white woman in Maycomb, a small town in Alabama, USA. When we also consider that this happened sometime during the 1930s… well, we know that the chances of Tom being proven innocent is practically non existent. The people of Maycomb do not want to convict Tom because he is guilty of an awful crime. They want to convict him because he is black.
This is the mentality of the town, the norm. As a white man, it’s very strange that Atticus is choosing to represent Tom and he (and his family) receive backlash for it but in this quote, Atticus is saying listen, never mind other people and what they think. Never mind what society says. Because you are the one who has to live with the weight of your choices. Our morals and values signify who we are as individuals and to ignore them would be to betray our character. So regardless of the backlash, Atticus will defend Tom because as a lawyer and a decent human being, I don’t think he’d have been able to live with himself not having stood up for an innocent man.
This quote is a reminder to stand up for what’s right, and to never betray your values.
“‘Promise me you’ll always love each other,’ she’d say, as she drew her children to her. ‘Promise,’ Estha and Rahel would say. Not finding words with which to tell her that for them there was no Each, no Other.”
The God of Small Things
This is Ammu, speaking to her children, who also happen to be twins. The meaning behind her words are quite simple, a mother telling her children to always love and look out for one another but the full quote is something that will always be striking to me. “There was no Each, no Other…” It’s such a beautiful reminder of the bond Estha and Rahel had as siblings. And I think what makes it even more powerful for me, is that they’re children when they have this thought. It’s just the innocence and purity of loving your sibling so much that you literally don’t see them as someone who’s separate from you… they are you. I’ll always remember this. The God of Small Things was honestly such a mesmerising read. Amazing.
That’s all from me today. I really enjoy thinking about the deeper meaning of things and so I loved being able to talk about the quotes above. Let me know what your thoughts are as well! What do these quotes mean to you? Have any of the quotes inspired you to try reading the book they’re from? Be sure to comment below.
Best wishes xo