Since going back to school, I haven't spent as much time reading for leisure as I would like, but I still consider books a big part of my life. My relationship with books is different now than it was three years ago, but that's part of being in a relationship - navigating change.
In honor of World Book Day, I want to share ten of my favorite quotes from books I've read (these are only some of the many quotes I love).
"Do you know the feeling when you start reading a book before the membrane of the last one has closed behind you? You leave the previous book with ideas and themes - characters even - caught in the fibers of your clothes, and when you open the new book, they are still with you."
-The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The quote perfectly describes something I've tried to express, and you know when you have a thought but not the words to say it, and when you finally find it written in someone else's words, you rejoice? This quote did that for me.
“Children are a burden to a mother, but not the way a heavy box is to a mule. Our children weight hard on my heart, and thinking about them growing up honest and healthy, or just living to grow up at all, makes a load in my chest that is bigger than the safe at the bank, and more valuable to me than all the gold inside it.”
-These is My Words by Nancy E. Turner
The word "burden" may seem harsh, but it truly is weight to worry over your children and their well-being.
"...there will be more joy in heaven over the tears of a repentant sinner than over the white robes of a hundred good men."
-Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
In reality, I don't think God will weigh one over the other, but I love this reminder that we can change for the better. We can overcome our mistakes of the past and be made whole because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ
"October. My favorite month... There's a chill in the air that lifts my heart and makes my hair stand on end. Every moment feels meant for me. In October, I'm the star of my own movie... and I have faith in my own rising action... I come alive in October... October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars into my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins."
-Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
I love October, and the phrase, "every moment seems meant for me" is exactly how I feel when I get to wear long pants and walk through crisp leaves.
"Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are."
-I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
I love this quote because character is truly what makes a person beautiful, but it also takes someone special to see that kind of beauty in others.
"It's the choosing that's important, isn't it?"
-The Giver by Lois Lowry
This quote is short and simple, but for me, it has great meaning. Agency and opposition are two strong themes in The Giver. These two things have essentially been removed from society in this book, and as they are introduced to the main character, Jonas, he begins to understand that they are necessary to the human experience.
“The depression belongs to all of us. I think of the family down the road whose mother was having a baby and they went around the neighborhood saying, "We're pregnant." I want to go around the neighborhood saying, "We're depressed." If my mum can't get out of bed in the morning, all of us feel the same. Her silence has become ours, and it's eating us alive.”
-Saving Fransesca by Melina Marchetta
This quote stands out to me because I've had some issues with depression, and even though my depression is quite mild, I know that it affects my family. Research has shown that mothers with depression are inconsistent in parenting and have difficulty attaching to their children. Additionally, children of depressed mothers are more likely to struggle with depression, themselves. "We" have depression, and it haunts me.
"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
-Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
This is another nod to the importance of agency. Our choices matter.
“Millions of people can draw. Art is whether there is a scream in you wanting to get out in a special way.”
-My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
I don't draw, but I have had other things screaming to get out.
“...I'm always finding humans at their best and worst. I see their ugly and their beauty, and I wonder how the same thing can be both."
-The Book Thief by Markus Zusak