February: Favourite Quotes

Hi everyone,

Today’s post is going to be a quick one showing you some of my favourite quotes from the books I read in February. Enjoy!


In Praise of Shadows by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

“Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty.”

“The older we get the more we seem to think that everything was better in the past.”

“We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates.”

“The heart of mine is only one, it cannot be known by anybody but myself.”

“The ancients waited for cherry blossoms, grieved when they were gone, and lamented their passing in countless poems. How very ordinary the poems had seemed to Sachiko when she read them as a girl, but now she knew, as well as one could know, that grieving over fallen cherry blossoms was more than a fad or convention.”

“If light is scarce then light is scarce; we will immerse ourselves in the darkness and there discover its own particular beauty.”


Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

“Water flows from high places to low places. That is the nature of gravity. Emotions also seem to act according to gravity. When in the presence of someone with whom you have a bond, and to whom you have entrusted your feelings, it is hard to lie and get away with it. The truth just wants to come flowing out. This is especially the case when you are trying to hide your sadness or vulnerability. It is much easier to conceal sadness from a stranger, or from someone you don’t trust.”

“With the coffee in front of her, she closed her eyes, and inhaled deeply. It was her moment of happiness.”

“She wanted to do things without having to worry what others thought.
She simply lived for her freedom.”

“Kohtake, though, liked her coffee hot, even in summer. She liked the aroma of it when it was freshly brewed. She couldn’t enjoy iced coffee in the same way. Coffee was far more pleasurable when it was hot.”


Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

“Things never happen the same way twice.”

“That’s the worst of girls,” said Edmund to Peter and the Dwarf. “They never can carry a map in their heads.”
“That’s because our heads have something inside them,” said Lucy.”

“Wouldn’t it be dreadful if some day in our own world, at home, men start going wild inside, like the animals here, and still look like men, so that you’d never know which were which.”

“But all night, Aslan and the Moon gazed upon each other with joyful and unblinking eyes.”


The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

“Everything will turn out right, the world is built on that.”

“The most amazing combinations can result if you shuffle the pack enough.”

“What would your good be doing if there were no evil, and what would the earth look like if shadows disappeared from it? After all, shadows are cast by objects and people. There is the shadow of my sword. But there are also shadows of trees and living creatures. Would you like to denude the earth of all the trees and all the living beings in order to satisfy your fantasy of rejoicing in the naked light?”

“Most bad,” the host concluded. “If you ask me, something sinister lurks in men who avoid wine, games, the company of lovely women, and dinnertime conversation. Such people are either gravely ill or secretly detest everyone around them.”


Thanks for reading!

Love, Zoë x

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