Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Quotes

Hello Internet on this Glorious Top Ten Tuesday! This weekend, while consuming tasty bratwursts, truffle-oil drenched fries and white wine (well, we tried, but then gave into canned beverages, we were in Brooklyn after all) Goosie Mama*, Grad Student and I came up with the following list of Top Ten Favorite Quotes

*Goosie Mama was there, but in all seriousness, perhaps she was just playing Jenga and scampering around....

On the Road by Jack Kerouac
"A pain stabbed my heart, as it did every time I saw a girl I loved who was going the opposite direction in this too-big world."
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
"Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her; If you can bounce high, bounce for her too,Till she cry "Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover, I must have you!"
Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness by Edward Abbey
"Men come and go, cities rise and fall, whole civilizations appear and disappear-the earth remains, slightly modified. The earth remains, and the heartbreaking beauty where there are no hearts to break....I sometimes choose to think, no doubt perversely, that man is a dream, thought an illusion, and only rock is real. Rock and sun."
How To Say Goodbye In Robot by Natalie Standiford
"The whole summer stretched out before us, long, hot, endless."
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
"I was blind and heart broken and didn't want to do anything and Gus burst into my room and shouted, "I have wonderful news!" And I was like, "I don't really want to hear wonderful news right now," and Gus said, "This is wonderful news you want to hear," and I asked him, "Fine, what is it?" and he said, "You are going to live a good and long life filled with great and terrible moments that you cannot even imagine yet!""
"Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book."
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
"It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting."
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (the Whale)
"Ahhh! Woooh! What's happening? Who am I? Why am I here? What's my purpose in life? What do I mean by who am I? Okay okay, calm down calm down get a grip now. Ooh, this is an interesting sensation. What is it? Its a sort of tingling in my... well I suppose I better start finding names for things. Lets call it a... tail! Yeah! Tail! And hey, what's this roaring sound, whooshing past what I'm suddenly gonna call my head? Wind! Is that a good name? It'll do. Yeah, this is really exciting. I'm dizzy with anticipation! Or is it the wind? There's an awful lot of that now isn't it? And what's this thing coming toward me very fast? So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding name like 'Ow', 'Ownge', 'Round', 'Ground'! That's it! Ground! Ha! I wonder if it'll be friends with me? Hello, Ground!  [Cuts to a distant view as the whale hits the ground and spews up a large mushroom cloud of snow]"
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
"My sister will die over and over again for the rest of my life. Grief is forever. It doesn't go away; it becomes a part of you, step for step, breath for breath. I will never stop grieving Bailey because I will never stop loving her. That's just how it is. Grief and love are conjoined, you don't get one without the other."
Thank you, internet, for the Well Read Ryan Gosling tumblr

(Notes from Grad Student: I love funny quotes, but none made the list. Honorable mention to Jellicoe Road, which I wanted to have quotes from, but couldn’t pick from all the awesome. AND GEEZ the whale makes me sad from the Hitchhiker's Guide...)

And to leave you with a Hey Girl Jack Kerouac  quote edition...


  1. I LOOOVE that Fitzgerald quote and the quote from The Sky Is Everywhere made me tear up. And wow, I love that first quote from TFIOS. I love Augustus! DFTBA.

  2. Oh, The Fault in Our Stars! I could quote the whole book. Or any book by John Green:) Augustus made my list as well:)

    My Top Ten

  3. See, this is why I cannot for the life of me read The Sky Is Everywhere. I'll just turn into a massive bawling fit of hysteria. Also, The Fault in Our Stars. BAWWWWWW.

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  4. Great picks! After seeing so many people with quotes from The Sky Is Everywhere, I definitely need to go and read that book!

    Here's my Top Ten Tuesday.

  5. I would have to say that any book quote from Ryan Gosling is an automatic favorite. I love the Hey Girl meme too!

    Laura @ The Traveling Owl

  6. The Fault in Our Stars has amazing quotes. I love the Hitchhikers' one too; I know it's terrible but it cracks me up every time :)

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  7. I love that quote from The Sky is Everywhere...and so many others from that book. ♥

  8. Thanks for stopping by and checking out the OPPL YA Blog! You have an awesome list! The whale's quote is sad, but a very good choice.

  9. Great quotes! I love the Edward Abbey one, and this also reminded me that I really need to read How to Say Goodbye in Robot!!

  10. I love the Edward Abbey one, too. I've always meant to read more of his books because I see his quotes everywhere. I love the TFIOS one too. And the Hey Girl one too! Haha.


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