Whenever I read I make sure that I have my trusty post-it note flags by my side. The past few years I started marking my favorite quotes in the books I've been reading. It's really awesome to be able to go back and see what lines caught my attention.
I hadn't really done anything once I marked the quotes, so I figured I should change that and start picking out a few of my favorites and share them in some blog posts.
For this post I chose 2-3 quotes from three books I read last month.
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
"Freedom is a glorious thing. Free yourself, Marin. The bars on your cage are of your own making."
"But the problem is .... those with no horizons want to pull yours down."
"From little seeds great flowers grow."
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
"Loneliness is a strange sort of thing.
It creeps up on you, quiet and still, sits by your side in the dark, strokes your hair as you sleep. It wraps itself around your bones, squeezing so tight you almost can't breathe. It leaves lies in your heart, lies next to you at night, leaches the light out from every corner. It's a constant companion, clasping your hand only to yank you down when you're struggling to stand up."
"Because sometimes you see yourself - you see yourself the way you could be - the way you might be if things were different. And if you look too closely, what you see will scare you, it'll make you wonder what you might do if given the opportunity. You know there's a different side of yourself you don't want to recognize, a side you don't want to see in the daylight. You spend your whole life doing everything to push it down and away, out of sight, out of mind. You pretend that a piece of yourself doesn't exist."
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
"I look like this because I'm alive," Reagan said. "Because I've had experiences. Do you understand?"
"They slow your brain down," he said, clutching an orange bottle of pills. "They iron out all the wrinkles. . . . Maybe all the bad stuff happens in the wrinkles, but all the good stuff does, too. . . . .
"They break your brain like a horse, so it takes all your orders. I need a brain that can break away, you know? I need to think. If I can't think, who am I?"
"Just . . . isn't giving up allowed sometimes? Isn't it okay to say, 'This really hurts, so I'm going to stop trying'?"
"It sets a dangerous precedent."
"For avoiding pain?"
"For avoiding life."
Do you mark your favorite quotes?