Top Ten Tuesday-  Top  Ten Memorable Quotes from Book Characters

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

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This week , its memorable quotes from books- those lines that stay with you long after you have finished the book. I have so many favourites but weirdly I have forgotten some the books they were from. Thank goodness for the internet. Here are my favourites with no context given!

“I have learned,’ said Lymond, ‘that kindness without love is no kindness.”
― Dorothy Dunnett, Pawn in Frankincense

“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
― Erich Segal, Love Story

“To Everything? To the great Question of Life, the Universe and everything?”

“Forty-two,” said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.”

 Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

“She thought about how marvelous is would be to have a wife keeping the house in order, the meals on the table. At the same time it seemed ridiculously unfair that she could never have a wife. In fact, if she married, she would be expected to be the wife.”
― Robin Cook, Coma

“That’s sexism, that is. Going around giving people girly presents just because they’re a girl.”
― Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Good Omens

The more modest your expectations, the less often you will court disappointment.”

― Dorothy Dunnett, Checkmate

“Questions would be asked. Answers would be ignored.”
― Ben Aaronovitch, Midnight Riot

“Evil isn’t the real threat to the world. Stupid is just as destructive as Evil, maybe more so, and it’s a hell of a lot more common. What we really need is a crusade against Stupid. That might actually make a difference.”
― Jim Butcher, Vignette

“My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I’m well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Healthcliff! He’s always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being.”
― Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

“My son took many years to learn the simple truth. You cannot love any one person adequately until you have made friends with the rest of the human race also. Adult love demands qualities which cannot be learned living in a vacuum of resentment.”
― Dorothy Dunnett, Checkmate

““Patriotism,” said Lymond, “like honesty is a luxury with a very high face value which is quickly pricing itself out of the spiritual market altogether……Patriotism is a fine hothouse for maggots. It breeds intolerance; it forces a spindle-legged, spurious riot of colour…….  “And who shall say they are wrong?” said Lymond. “There are those who will always cleave to the living country, and who with their uprooted imaginations might well make of it an instrument for good. Is it quite beyond us in this land? Is there no one will take up this priceless thing and say, Here is a nation, with such a soul; with such talents; with these failings and this native worth? In what fashion can this one people be brought to live in full vigour and serenity, and who, in their compassion and wisdom, will take it and lead it into the path?”

Dorothy Dunnett, Game of Kings


I’m not surprised Dorothy Dunnett keeps popping up!

24 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday-  Top  Ten Memorable Quotes from Book Characters

  1. Oh, are you a fan of Dorothy Dunnett too? So am I! I love the Lymond Chronicles, though I can’t say I’ve seen her quoted too often, so thanks a lot for this. And that quote from Wuthering Heights is eternal, isn’t it?

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