Notable Quotes

I want someplace to keep track of quotes from books, movies, and people that I really enjoy. Perhaps as this page gets longer, I’ll figure out some type of organization. Until then, I’ll just be grouping quotes in alphabetical order by the book or movie they’re from.

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Books

Alphabetical by Book Title

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

“There’s an old phrase,” Matthew says. “Knowledge is power. Power to do evil, like Jeanine… or power to do good, like we’re doing. Power itself is not evil. So knowledge itself is not evil.

To be such a complicated, mysterious piece of biological machinery, and more amazing still, to have the capacity to analyze that machinery! That is a special thing, unprecedented in all of evolutionary history. Our ability to know about ourselves and the world is what makes us human.

I used to think that when people fell in love, they just landed where they landed, and they had no choice in the matter afterward. And maybe that’s true of beginnings, but it’s not true of this, now.

I fell in love with him. But I don’t just stay with him by default as if there’s no one else available to me. I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other. I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me.

Ardently by Caitlin Williams

I have read some of the greatest truths in novels; the intricacies of human nature laid out and explained in a way that not great tome of essays or history book can ever do and in such beautiful language as to make me laugh or cry. I think a well written novel to be a rich source of treasure for the mind.

The knowledge that she was in loved washed over her with such force, like a great wave and it made her tremble.

“It feels odd, to have to depend on someone else for my happiness.” “You have always been such an independent character. So self-sufficient that I suppose it must seem strange, but I am afraid that loving and being in love requires a certain amount of surrender.”

The only thing I will really insist upon is an enduring love. The type that transcends time and distance, and survives misunderstandings. The kind that forgives and grows.

Anne Boleyn, a King’s Obsession by Alison Weir

We want men to admire us for our courage, our characters, and our intellect, not just our beauty.

It was the way you wore your clothes that mattered. If you stepped out as if you felt beautiful and elegant, others might just believe it.

Chosen by Grace by Alicia Rades

Someone will always have it worse than you. That doesn’t invalidate your feelings.

The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet by Caitlin Williams

But then, she had been more than kissed, surely, she had been claimed. He had imprinted himself on her, perhaps indelibly.

The Events at Branxbourne by Caitlin Williams

I was once impudent and brave, but my courage has been stolen from me. I would confront the culprit and ask for it back, but I suspect the thief is me.

What I have learnt is that we are the mere guardians and keepers of the Earth and everything in it. All is transient. We come to the world with nothing. We die with nothing.

This world is merciless, which means we should always try to be merciful.

“You are my love,” I tell her. “My only love, till the end of time. Whatever else may happen, and we may expect dark days ahead, never doubt that in this moment, beneath this perfect, blue sky, on this warm September day, you are loved as no other woman has ever been loved before. You are loved for all that you are, for what you once were, and for all you will come to be.”

Words are capable of being thrown like darts, can land with a force akin to blows from a fist; the damage they do can run deeper, linger longer after any bruise or broken bone might have healed.

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

Perhaps it was time for fathers to teach their sons how to behave around young women. They were not born superior, no matter how society falsely conditioned them.

I would not be treated as if… inferior because I’d been blessed with the ability to have children.

Inferno by Dan Brown

“Ah, yes,” Langdon said with a knowing smile. “Who better than a bunch of celibate male octogenarians to tell the world how to have sex?”

One of Langdon’s students had summed up the complex history with an amusingly accurate marginal note: “Christians like faces; Muslims like words.”

Mistress by Sophie Turner

“So we will have one mistress here, and no master?”… “Yes, Queen Elizabeth – I shall be your courtier.”

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton

And most of all, she loved the way that books could transport her from her otherwise mundane and stifling life and offer the experiences of a hundred other lives. Through books she could see the world.

Jane became something of a walking thesaurus when she was upset, a side effect of too much reading.

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton

If there was something strange in your neighborhood, you could, um, write the Society a letter, and they would promptly send an agent to take care of it.

Crying… does not indicate that you are weak. Since birth, it has always been a sign that you are alive.

Renegade by Sharonlee Holder

Courage, her father had once loosely quoted Mark Twain, is resistance to fear, the mastery of it rather than the absence of it.

The Ruin of Elizabeth Bennet by Darcie Rochester

It was a strange thing, Colonel Fitzwilliam reflected, how cleverness could make a plain woman pretty, but prettiness never made a stupid woman clever.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Arrogance usually hides something below the surface. It’s your duty to unearth it.

Wield your assets like a blade, Cousin. No man has invented a corset for our brains. Let them think they rule the world. It’s a queen who sites on that throne. Never forget that. There’s no reason you can’t wear a simple frock to work, then don the finest gown and dance the night away. But only if it pleases you.

Those who deserve respect are given it freely. If one must demand such a thing, he’ll never truly command it.

Roses have both petals and thorns, my dark flower. You needn’t believe something weak because it appears delicate.

Too Gentlemanly by Timothy Underwood

We, none of us, choose the talents we are possessed by, merely what we shall do with them.

When the music changes, only the worst dullard continues to step to the old rhythm.

Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard

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Fan Fiction

Alphabetical by Story Title

Hiding in Plain Sight by Clell65619

“Who you shag is between you and her. Hopefully her. I mean, I’ve got nothing against blokes into other guys, I always figured that was one fewer lad I had to compete against for the available tail.”

Larceny, Lechery, and Luna Lovegood! by Rorschach’s Blot

Youth and enthusiasm are no match for old age and treachery.

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Movies

Alphabetical by Movie Title

America the Beautiful

Look at that tree? Do you see that tree? Now look at that tree. Do you like that tree? Do you hate that tree ’cause it doesn’t look like that tree? Do you say the tree isn’t pretty ’cause it doesn’t look like that tree? We’re all trees. You’re a tree. I’m a tree. You’ve got to love your body, Eve. You’ve got to love your tree.

The Green Mile

I’m tired, boss. Mostly I’m tired of people being ugly to each other.

Wreck It Ralph

I’m bad, and that’s good. I will never be good, and that’s not bad. There’s no one I’d rather be, than me.

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People

Alphabetical by First Name

Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m possible! — Audrey Hepburn

Butterflies can’t see their wings. They can’t see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can. People are like that as well. — Naya Rivera

I never lose. I either win or learn. — Nelson Mandela

Don’t spill your blood for someone who never learned how to appreciate the color red. — Nichole McElhaney

The most wasted day is one without laughter. — Nicolas Chamfort

You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you’ve lost a friend. — Paul Sweeny

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience. — Victoria Holt

Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. — Voltaire

Writing is the painting of the voice. — Voltaire

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