Top Ten Tuesday || Bookish Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


Today’s topic is favorite book quotes.

I have a bottomless list of book quotes that I love and have stood out to me over the years, but in honor of Banned Books Week, I decided to highlight some of favorite quotes inspired by a love for books and the power of words and stories.


Every book is a different hood, a different country, a different world. Reading is how I visit places and people and ideas. And when something rings true or if I still have a question, I outline it with a bright yellow highlighter so that it’s lit up in my mind, like a lightbulb or a torch leading the way to somewhere new. It’s usually enough to make me forget I’ve barely left Bushwick.

Pride || Ibi Zoboi

The abolitionists may well call me their equal, but their lips do not yet say my name and their ears do not yet hear my story. Not the way I want to tell it. But I have long loved the written word, and come to see in it the power of sleeping lion. This is my name. This is who I am. This is how I got here. In the absence of an audience, I will write down my story so that it waits like a restful beast with lungs breathing and heart beating.

The Book of Negroes || Lawrence Hill

Strange, isn’t it? To love a book. When the words on the pages become so precious that they feel like part of your own history because they are. It’s nice to finally have someone read stories I know so intimately.

The Starless Sea || Erin Morgenstern

Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?

A Monster Calls || Patrick Ness

So Matilda’s strong mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out in the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.

Matilda || Roald Dahl

But I just shrug, not knowing what to say.
How can I explain to anyone that stories
are like air to me,
I breathe them in and let them out
over and over again.

Brown Girl Dreaming || Jacqueline Woodson

As soon as I saw bookshelves through the store windows, I felt lighter. Just thinking about the smell inside. Paper, compressed nature, and hands making words, a must of knowing and magic. Periods. Commas. Digressions. Analogies. The beauty of everyday thought turned poetry. It was all there, and I was hit with a sliver of peace in the chaos of my brain.

Suggested Reading || Dave Connis

A book, too, can be a star, ‘explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly,’ a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.

A Wrinkle in Time || Madeleine L’Engle

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.

Coraline || Neil Gaiman

I love books. I adore everything about them. I love the feel of the pages on my fingertips. They are light enough to carry, yet heavy with words and ideas. I love the sound of pages flicking against my fingers. Print against fingertips. Books make people quiet, yet they are so loud.

The Book of Phoenix || Nnedi Okorafor

Have you read any of these?
What are some of your favorite bookish quotes?

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