July Favourite Quotes

Hi everyone,

Today’s post is going to be my favourite quotes from the books I read in July. As I read quite a few books in July, I’ve been really excited to make this blogpost!

So without further ado…


The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

“First, there was trust. Then, there was betrayal. You cannot have one without the other. You cannot be betrayed by someone you do not trust.”

“History doesn’t record the intricacies of women’s relationships with one another; they’re not to be uncovered.”

“…that the hardest truths never rest on the surface. They must be dredged up, held to the light and rinsed clean.”


The Clocks by Agatha Christie

“It is clear that the books owned the shop rather than the other way about. Everywhere they had run wild and taken possession of their habitat, breeding and multiplying, and clearly lacking any strong hand to keep them down.”

“To every problem, there is a most simple solution.”


The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

“I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow, the million moving shapes and cul-de-sacs of shadow. There was shadow in bureau drawers and closets and suitcases, and shadow under houses and trees and stones, and shadow at the back of people’s eyes and smiles, and shadow, miles and miles and miles of it, on the night side of the earth.”

“Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.”

“The floor seemed wonderfully solid. It was comforting to know I had fallen and could fall no farther.”

“because wherever I sat—on the deck of a ship or at a street café in Paris or Bangkok—I would be sitting under the same glass bell jar, stewing in my own sour air.”

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”

“I am sure there are things that can’t be cured by a good bath but I can’t think of one.”


Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie

“Elephants can remember, but we are human beings and mercifully human beings can forget.”

“There is a proverb my grandmother used to repeat: Old sins have long shadows.”

“As one journeys through life,” said Poirot, “one finds more and more that people are often interested in things that are none of their own business. Even more so than they are in things that could be considered as their own business.”


The Conviction of Cora Burns by Carolyn Kirby

“Sometimes in life,’ Miriam said with great authority, ‘the truth of a thing hits you with bodily force. It is not a feeling that occurs very often but when it does you know you may rely upon it.”


The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”

“Cleverness is a quality a man likes to have in his wife as long as she is some distance away from him. Up close, he’ll take kindness any day of the week, if there’s nothing more alluring to be had.”


Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

“Everything if only you could see it clearly enough, is beautiful and complete – the ragged nest, Marion’s torn muslin skirts fluted like a nautilus shell, Irma’s ringlets framing her face in exquisite wiry spirals – even Edith, flushed and childishly vulnerable in sleep.”

“As always, in matters of surpassing human interest, those who knew nothing whatever either at first or even second hand were the most emphatic in expressing their opinions; which are well known to have a way of turning into established facts overnight.”

“Everything begins and ends at exactly the right time and place.”


Thanks for reading!

Love, Zoë x

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