Bookishly Quotable

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday Topic:
Bookishly Quotable (in no particular order)

1.  “I’ve had an elegant sufficiency; any more would be a superfluity.”  –Fred Chappell, I Am One of You Forever, Uncle Gurton (character in “The Beard”)

2.  “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”  –Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It

3.  “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”  ―Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who!

4.  “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”  ―Kathryn Stockett, The Help

5. “People are often unreasonable and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you.  Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.  Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.  Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.”
–Kent M. Keith, Paradoxical Commandments

6.  “Do you remember me telling you we are practicing non-verbal spells, Potter?”
“Yes,” said Harry stiffly.
“Yes, sir.”
“There’s no need to call me “sir” Professor.”
The words had escaped him before he knew what he was saying.”
―J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

7.  Acts 20:24…However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.

8.  Psalm 73:26…My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

9.  “Books are living things and their task lies in their vows of silence. You touch them as they quiver with a divine pleasure. You read them and they fall asleep to happy dreams for the next 10 years. If you do them the favor of understanding them, of taking in their portions of grief and wisdom, then they settle down in contented residence in your heart.”   –Pat Conroy, My Reading Life

10.  “Honor is the presence of God in man.”   –Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline

Teaser Tuesday (14 Feb)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read – Open to a random page – Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s Teaser taken from:
 The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty

“Someone needs to give the Pope thirteen babies. Just for a week or so. See how he likes no birth control then.”

Bonus Teaser:
The Breakdown Lane by Jacqueline Mitchard

“There’s a strange sensation – you recall it from childhood – about sleeping in the afternoon. You rise into a different world from the one in which you lay down. The shadows have been rearranged. There’s a sensation of sad sweetness, as if something has been overlooked. I used to feel it coming out of the movies just before dinnertime, after the matinee. How, I wondered, did Broadway actors face it, this bittersweet sense of time’s slipping past.”

Teaser Tuesday (7 Feb)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read – Open to a random page – Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s Teaser taken from:
 The Portable Ring Lardner

I and Carey and him set at the same table together for supper.  It to him half an hour longer’n us to eat because he had to excuse himself everyt ime he lifted his fork.

“Doctor told me I needed starch,” he’d say, and then toss a shoveful o’ potatoes into him.  Or, “They ain’t much meat on one o’ these chops,” he’d tell us, and grab another one.  Or he’d say “Nothin’ like onions for a cold,” and then he’d dip into the perfumery.”

“Better try that apple sauce,” says Carey.  “It’ll help your malaria.”

“Whose malaria?” says Ike.  He’d forgot already why he didn’t only hit .356 last year.

Teaser Tuesday (24 Jan)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read – Open to a random page – Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s Teaser taken from:
 I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman

“I’m sure this is a shock, although that’s not my intention, to shock you.  Up until a few weeks ago, I never thought I would have any communication with you at all and accepted that as fair. That’s how it’s been for more than twenty years now.  But it’s hard to ignore signs when they are right there in front of your face, and there was your photo in Washingtonian magazine, not the usual thing I read, but you’d be surprised by my choice of reading material these days.  Of course, you are older, a woman now.  You’ve been a woman for a while, obviously.  Still, I’d know you anywhere.”

Bonus Teaser taken from:
Family History by Dani Shapiro

“I start to move toward Kate, but she shakes her head, her eyes narrow in warning, and I stop.  She turns her back, squaring her little shoulders resolutely away from me.  The movie ends there.  I turned off the camera and stood alone in a crowd of parents, my arms dangling uselessly by my sides.”

Teaser Tuesday (17 Jan)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read – Open to a random page – Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s Tease taken from:
 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

“He became my confidante, someone with whom I could share thoughts I could never voice…In exchange, he trusted me with his.”