You’ve probably noticed from the bar toward the top of my page that I tend to collect quotes.
I’ve mentioned in a review or two that I once took a creative writing class. In this class one of our semester-long projects was to fill a notebook full of interesting quotes, words and descriptions we found in the books we read. We had to fill up one notebook in a semester. I filled up three.
I learned, during this assignment, that I absolutely loved some of the wisdom I found buried deep in books. There are some great nuggets of truth and beauty in literature that non-readers miss out on. This assignment taught me that words are art.
It also made me a devout quote-collecter. I have gained so much insight from this activity. I love the truth I find in books. It’s quite amazing how much more I appreciate the simple artistry of the written word now that quote collecting has become a habit. Michelangelo had his sculpting and painting. Writers have their words and some writing can, in my mind, compete with Michelangelo’s David in both truth and beauty.
Here are some of my favorites:
“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.” Patrick Rothfuss
“Children are dying.” Lull nodded. “That’s a succinct summary of humankind, I’d say. Who needs tomes and volumes of history? Children are dying. The injustices of the world hide in those three words.” Steven Erikson (Deadhouse Gates)
“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” George R. R. Martin (A Game of Thrones)
What are some of your favorite book quotes?