some of my favourite book quotes

…in image form.

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i’m an avid reader and have lots of favourite quotes – these are just a few. if you want to see a few more (or if you’re just nosy, which is fine), you can have a look at my kindle page. i’ve got a few things bookmarked there.

what are some of your favourite quotes? i’d love to hear them 🙂

…and as always, thanks for stopping by!

34 thoughts on “some of my favourite book quotes

  1. OBVIOUSLY there’s the bene-gesserit litany against fear (from dune by frank herbert)

    “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

  2. Jim Hunt here’s another heinlein gem for you (i know you like him – i do too… a LOT)

    “I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.”

  3. i DO grok! i’ll be sure to grab that grumbles one. there are still quite a few of his works i haven’t read, but i’ve read most of the ones from the 60’s and 70’s. time enough for love and the moon is a harsh mistress are probably my top tow faves so far.

    tell shandi i said hi and that i wish i was there!

  4. “People are dying every day, that haven’t ever died before.” [Baldy] Burt Sturdevant, World War II & Korean War SeeBee veteran. (retired Navy Construction Battalion). Navy/MARINE proverb: “Never punch a SeeBee, he might be your Grandfather.” 😉

  5. one from the boxing world: “You’ll never know if you don’t find out.” Jerry Quarry [doing commentary after retiring from the Ring; the Bayonne Bleeder uttered this when a boxer’s opening strategy against his opponent proved ineffective, and he neglected to try another tactic…] 🙂

  6. “She consented to rote memorization, but knew that it was at best the hollow shell of education. She did the minimum work necessary to do well in her courses, and pursued other matters.” Contact (carl sagan)

  7. “I’ll never forget that when things got really tough in my life, you stepped up and killed those dudes for me” John Dies at the End (David Wong)

  8. I <3 Heinlein! The Robert Heinlein: Virginia Edition Collection is SO awesome, but so so so so SO spendy. I have almost everything he's ever written, including a few paperbacks from the 40s! If you love Heinlein, you should also check out Spider Robinson. He's a disciple of Heinlein, and the one that the Heinlein foundation chose to finish Variable Star a few years back from 8 pages of notes and an outline that were found in Heinlein's stuff after Virginia passed away.

  9. I have really enjoyed reading your family back and forth, as well as all the quotes you shared with each other. My daily contacts don’t allow for much literary to and fro!
    As for quotes, how about this one?

    “What has mood to do with it? You fight when the necessity arises—no matter the mood! Mood’s a thing for making love or playing the baliset. It’s not for fighting.” – Gurney Halleck, from Frank Herbert’s DUNE.

    I almost always misquote that by saying “You fight when you have to.” I memorized that when I was selected for Airborne School. I fancied myself Duncan Idaho. Now days, I’m more like Gurney, for sure!

    Thank you for your blog. I plan to read more as I have time.

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