Favourite Quotes from the Last Books I Read

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht


“When your fight has purpose—to free you from something, to interfere on the behalf of an innocent—it has a hope of finality. When the fight is about unraveling—when it is about your name, the places to which your blood is anchored, the attachment of your name to some landmark or event—there is nothing but hate, and the long, slow progression of people who feed on it and are fed it, meticulously, by the ones who come before them. Then the fight is endless, and comes in waves and waves, but always retains its capacity to surprise those who hope against it.”

“The fact that you are in a hurry is of no particular interest to them; in their opinion, if you are making your journey in a hurry, you are making it poorly.”

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer


“I am a grown woman– mostly– and I can guzzle champagne with whomever I choose.”

“Men are more interesting in books than they are in real life.”


“That’s what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you onto another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It’s geometrically progressive—all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.”


“Because there is nothing I would rather do than rummage through bookshops, I went at once to Hastings & Sons Bookshop upon receiving your letter. I have gone to them for years, always finding the one book I wanted – and then three more I hadn’t known I wanted.”


“All my life I thought that the story was over when the hero and heroine were safely engaged — after all, what’s good enough for Jane Austen ought to be good enough for anyone. But it’s a lie. The story is about to begin, and every day will be a new piece of the plot. ”

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett


“It was never the right time or it was always the right time, depending on how you looked at it.”

“It makes you wonder. All the brilliant things we might have done with our lives if only we suspected we knew how.”
“It was too much work to remember things you might not have again, and so one by one they opened up their hands and let them go.”
“For a man to know what he has when he had it, that is what makes him a fortunate man.”

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

“Such a thing is not possible.” I peered quietly at him. “Nothing is possible, sir, until it is made so.”


“Though a child, I did not picture a monster—he was no creature all teeth, all vicious blue eyes behind mangled wire spectacles; his voice was not slow and reptilian, his hands not huge black claws. I knew the nature of evil; I knew its benign, easy face. He would be a man, simply.”


“It was I who had failed in my understanding, you see. Life holds a sanctity for them we can scarcely begin to imagine; it therefore struck them as absurd that someone would choose to end it. A great ludicrous act. In any case, it was then I recognized that my own values—the tenets I hold dear as an Englishman—they are not the only, nor the best, values in existence. I understood there were many ways of being in the world, that to privilege one rigid set of beliefs over another was to lose something. Everything is bizarre, and everything has value. Or if not value, at least merits investigation.”

Thanks for reading!

Zoë xxx


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