This post is going to be a collection of all my favourite quotes from the last books I’ve read in the month of February. You can read my February wrap-up on blog here!
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
“The fact was, however, that she was always dreaming and thinking odd things and could not herself remember any time when she had not been thinking things about grown up people and the world they belonged to. She felt as if she had lived a long, long time.”
“Never did she find anything so difficult as to keep herself from losing her temper when she was suddenly disturbed while absorbed in a book. People who are fond of books know the feeling of irritation which sweeps over them at such a moment. The temptation to be unreasonable and snappish is one not easy to manage.”
“But I suppose there might be good in things, even if we don’t see it.”
The Library of Unrequited Love by Sophie Divry
“I prefer the company of books. When I’m reading, I’m never alone, I have a conversation with the book. It can be very intimate. Perhaps you know this feeling yourself? The sense that you’re having an intellectual exchange with the author, following his or her train thought and you accompany each other for weeks on end.”
“That’s what sofas are for: sit down, drink a cup of tea, talk of literature. At least that’s how I see it.”
“Book and reader, if they meet up at the right moment, it can make sparks fly, set you alight, change your life. It can, I promise you.”
“To all those men and women who will always find a place for themselves in a library more easily than in society, I dedicate this entertainment.”
The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley
“Why do you hate Indians? You know white people are are much worse, don’t you? It isn’t as though there’s some kind of international bar you’re not reaching out here. We’re terrible at everything. Lasting much past forty-five. Learning more than one language. It’s a miracle, actually; sickly prematurely aging worryingly inbred horsey idiots have managed to convince everyone else their way is best by no other means than firmness of manner and the tactical distribution of flags. I can’t believe no one’s called our bluff yet.”
“What’s gone before you, and what will come after,’ I said instead.
‘The past ahead. Time is like a river and you float with the current. Your ancestors set off before you did, so they’re far ahead. Your descendants will sail it after.”
Thanks for reading!
Love, Zoë xx