Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Top Favourite Book Quotes

"Top Ten Tuesday" is an original feature/weekly meme created on the blog "The Broke and the Bookish". This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at "The Broke and the Bookish".

It is now hosted by Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl.

Since I am just as fond of them as they are, I jump at the chance to share my lists with them! Have a look at their page, there are lots of other bloggers who share their lists here.

Favourite Book Quotes
(these could be quotes from books you love, or bookish quotes in general)

This is a topic close to my heart. As many of my book friends know, I publish some quotes every Friday (well, most Fridays) and then add them to my long list of quotes here.

Therefore, it was not easy to find the Top Ten from those hundreds of quotes I've collected so far. I'm sure I missed some of the best ones while going through the list.

There is one, though, that I had to think about right away because it is my all-time favourite by Jorge Louis Borges:
"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
It's probably time for me to read one of his books.

One of my favourite authors, Jane Austen, has said a lot about reading, as well. Here's a quote I totally subscribe. I have a house of my own with my husband and we do have an excellent library, even if I do say so myself.
"I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! - When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library."

And another of my favourite authors, Orhan Pamuk, said
"I read a book one day and my whole life was changed."
I think this has happened to many of us, even if it was changed into being an avid reader.

I also like this one by P.J. O'Rourke:
"Always read something that will make you look great if you die in the middle of it."
Made me laugh but it's got something.

And then there's one, by one of the cleverest presidents the United States ever had, Barack Obama:
"Reading is important. If you know how to read then the whole world opens up to you"
This is so true. If we keep on reading, we keep on education ourselves. The amount of stuff I learned through reading is a lot larger than anything I learned at school, even though I learned a lot there, as well.

This one by Luisa Moats goes out to all the teachers in the world who passed on their knowledge to the next generation. I remember my very first teacher. She gave me a great start in life and who knows where I would be without her. I felt extremely honoured when she had a baby and gave her the same name as mine.
"Teaching reading IS rocket science."

Imagine a house without windows! I feel the same as Horace Mann does, we definitely need books in every house. I feel sorry for everyone who would have the possibility but still doesn't have anything to read in the house.
"A house without books is like a room without windows."

St. Augustine is right. The world IS a book and we can travel wherever we want with very little money and effort.
"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."

And who wouldn't agree with Lailah Gifty Akita. I can't remember the last time I was bored. The same went for my children, if they had no idea what to play, they selected a book.
"How can you be bored? There are so many books to read!"

And, last, but not least, a quote by William Feather. Good books are great friends, they are there for you whenever you need them.
"Finishing a good book is like leaving a good friend."


  1. I love that Jane Austen quote - I have it on a t-shirt and a tote bag :)

    "A house without books is like a room without windows." and I quote this one dramatically to my partner every time he moans about all the books scattered about our house!

    1. That's lovely. I'm sure it's on at least one of my many "booky" paraphernalia.

      If your partner needs to talk to another "book addict sufferer", he can always talk to my hubby. We've been together for forty years and he's still alive. ;)

    2. And thank you so much for your visit. I'm looking forward to your list.

  2. I hope paradise does have a library. :)

    My post .

    1. It better, otherwise it doesn't deserve the name. ;)

      Thanks for your visit and for leaving your link. Will visit you there.

  3. I love that you picked quotes about reading! I also agree with Lailah Gifty Akita, I can't remember the last time I was bored either. Not sure if that is because of reading or being a mom to young kids lol, but reading is definitely part of it!

    1. Well, my Quotes< list is all about reading, I just had to choose the top ten of those hundreds of sentences. Don't know whether I found the absolute top ten but most of them are certainly great.

      I think being the mom to young kids helps not getting bored but my kids have left the house and I'm still not bored. So, believe me, it will stay like that.

      Thanks for your visit.

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    1. He is so right. And to compare books to windows is such a great analogy since we do see the world through books. Not only but it helps.

      Thanks for your visit.

  5. Finishing a good book is like leaving a friend! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

    1. That is such a great quote. Because it is so true. They never disappoint you.

      Thanks for your visit. I'm looking forward to your list.

  6. I love book quotes! You have some great ones here! My fav is “Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones” ~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    1. That is true and I should have included it here (it is on my long list of quotes but there were just too many).

      Thanks for your visit. No TTT for you this week?

  7. I'm thinking my romance novels aren't going to make me look great if I die in the middle of them. LOL Oh well. Maybe they'll think I had some deep secret or something. ;)

    1. LOL. In my eyes, anyone with a book in his hands is great.

      And even though I enjoy my books when they are a little heavier, I believe everyone should read what they enjoy.

      Thanks for your visit.