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Favourite Book Quotes Tag

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Hello lovelies! How are you? I hope you’re having a wonderful week! I was tagged in this lovely tag created by Celine and I’m so glad she tagged me, cause I love quotes. I’ve always loved them. I’ve collected them in my notebooks like a magpie’s nest of shinies for as long as I can remember. But I’ve rarely stopped to think about why I do this, or why these quotes mean so much to me. This tag made me do that and I realized that the quotes I collect are compasses to me, they tell me something about where I am and which direction I’m looking in.

Rules:
1. Mention the creator of the tag (Celine @Celinelingg).
2. Mention the blogger who tagged you.
3. List down 5 of your favourite book quotes along with the reasons.
4. Spread the love and tag some people to participate and connect! (There’s no limit in number, so have some fun and just tag!).

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1. “And now that you don’t have to be perfect. You can be good.”
-John Steinbeck, East of Eden

I don’t own a single notebook that doesn’t have these words scrawled somewhere in it’s pages. It’s half invocation, half affirmation. A reminder to myself that I was never my best self when I was trying to reach perfection.

2. “Never put your faith in a prince. When you require a miracle, trust in a witch”
-Catherynne M. Valente, In the Night Garden.

I could do a whole post on Valente quotes I adore, but this one’s special to me – cause seeing it on Tumblr led me to her writing. These words are fantastical and charming, but they also carry deep real life meanings to me: Don’t wait for a boy to save you, build a girl gang and save each other. Make your own magic.

3. “Be ground. Be crumpled. So wild flowers will come up where you are. You have been stony for too many years. Try something different. Surrender”
-Rumi

I think we can learn all we need to know to live a wild and creative life from reading Rumi. This quote resonates most deeply with me right now, because I’m learning to be softer and it reminds me of the beauty and possibilities in that.

4. “I want to talk to everybody as deeply as I can. I want to be able to sleep in an open field, to travel west, to walk freely at night.”
-Sylvia Plath.

So do I. Reading this quote makes me feel so in love with life and all it’s mad possibilities.

5. “Writing is saying to no one and to everyone the things it is not possible to say to someone.
-Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby

This. This is why I filled notebook after notebook with tiny, messy handwriting as a teenager. This is why I still sit at the kitchen table at 3 am with with my laptop and an open heart. This is why I started writing and why I won’t stop.

I tag: Gerry, Carly, Rachel, Vera and Savanna!

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Do you love quotes as much as I do? What’s your favorite book quote – and what does it mean to you? I’d love to hear about it!
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28 thoughts on “Favourite Book Quotes Tag

  1. Thanks for the tag! I LOVE the quotes you chose, the one from East of Eden in particular, that’s one of my top 10 books of all time and that quote is everything. A while ago I did a couple of posts about my favorite quotes (if you search my blog for ‘quotes’ the posts should come up) BUT it’s been over a year so maybe I’ll do this tag and focus on quotes from books I read in 2018.

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    1. I’m so glad! I found your posts and now I really want to read some David Malouf and W. Somerset Maugham. Reading quotes online has led me to so many wonderful books and authors. No pressure, but I’d love to read more of your favorite quotes!

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  2. Ok, I feel such a connection to you right now with these quotes! I’ve never read any of these works but the words you’ve chosen and what they represent make my heart so full ❤ And I'm sorry if that makes me a sap for saying that! 😀 Also, I definitely have to read East of Eden this year.

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  3. I’ve only recently, really since I’ve started blogging, thought much about quotes, and now I can’t read anything without underlining. I can see me graduating to notebooks full of quotes.

    You have picked some great ones here.

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    1. That’s lovely! I can’t read anything without underlining either. I read a lot of second hand books and I always get so excited when someone’s underlined their favorite parts. It’s like sharing a secret with a stranger.

      I’m glad you think so ❤️

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  4. I love quotes, and I love these quotes you’ve included in your post! They make me feel like many things are possible and that life is beautiful. One of my favourite quotes is “I remembered that the real world was wide, and that a varied field of hopes and fears, of sensations and excitements awaited those who had the courage to go forth into it’s expanse, to seek real knowledge of life amidst it’s perils.” It’s from Charlotte Brönte’s Jane Eyre!

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  5. Thanks for the tag!! 😀 These quotes are stunning. I especially love Sylvia Plath one, she’s got a lot of excellent quotes that I might mention in my post.

    I should read Catherynne M. Valente right? I’ve seen you and other book bloggers talk about her. What would you recommend first?

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    1. Your welcome! I’m so excited to see which quotes you choose 😊

      Yes! Yes! Yes! All her books are wonderful, but my favorite is Deathless. It’s a strange and magical Russian fairytale retelling set in St. Petersburg during the revolution. I love it ❤️

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  6. Thank you so much for the tag! This looks like a great one to do but boy you have picked some awesome quotes, I have no idea where I’d start 😛

    I’ll definitely do this one (I do all tags) but I’m about ten months behind so I may be a bit slow getting to it….

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  7. I love your quotes! ❤ Rumi has a very special place in my heart. ❤ I’m so with you regarding ‘perfection’. I call myself a recovering perfectionist and I’m seriously tempted to start a support group. Once I let go of my idea of perfection, I finally started breathing and appreciating all the beauty around me. Also, I’m making a note to check Valente’s books out, I’m all in for witches and girl power. ❤❤❤

    Thank you for thinking of me, I adore quotes and will definitely do this tag one day. ❤

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    1. I’m so glad you like my picks! Rumi’s got a special place in my heart too ❤️ Recovering perfectionist! I love that! I would 10/10 join your support group. That’s lovely, I really think you’ll love Valente’s writing. She’s all about feminism and fairy tales ❤️

      I so look forward to seeing what quotes you choose 😊❤️

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