Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Quotes from Books

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke & the Bookish. This week should feature the top ten of Top Ten Tuesday Topics, but seeing as I only started to participate recently, I do not have a top ten yet. So I decided to share my Top 10 Quotes From Books, a topic the others covered on April 14.

Let’s see whether you can work out my favourite authors, shall we?


1.) “Not all those who wander are lost.” – Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

This quote remains my absolute favourite quote. As someone who likes to travel, Bilbo’s poem to Aragorn / Strider is the perfect reminder that travel also serves a purpose and wanderers are by no means lost.


2.) “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.” – Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

I read The Fellowship of the Ring when I was still learning English. It took me a while to figure out what Bilbo says here. But I just adore the sass in this quote.


3.) “To a great mind, nothing is little.” – Sherlock Holmes in A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Just a reminder that even to the greatest mind, nothing is insignificant. So why do simpler minds think details are not important?


4.) “The story so far: In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” – Opening sentence of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams

Fiction imitates life. I think this is brilliant.


5.) “It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.” – in Valis by Philip K. Dick

Sometimes I feel like it’s the only repsonse.


6.) “Of course it is happening inside your head, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” – Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Wise words from Dumbledore. Who says thoughts and ideas can’t be real just because we’ve only just thought of them?


7.) “No.” – Hamlet by William Shakespeare (Act III, Scene III, Line 92)

One of Shakespeare’s most underrated lines. Seriously, though, I couldn’t help myself. It’s amazing how often I quote this Shakespearean gem in every day life.


8.) “Curiously enough, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was ‘Oh no, not again.'” – in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Sometimes you’re the petunias, sometimes you’re the sperm whale. I feel like I’m a bowl of petunias.


9.) “If this typewriter can’t do it, then f@#$ it, it can’t be done.” – in Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins

This  sentence from the opening  paragraph perfectly sums up how I feel about my computer and assignments.


10.) “Have a biscuit, Potter.” – Minerva McGonagall in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

I just love that stern, no-nonsense Professor McGonagall says this in response to Harry calling Dolores Umbridge a liar. Even Harry expects the telling-off of a lifetime for disrespecting a teacher, but McGonagall is so proud (because she can’t say anything to Umbridge herself) that she offers Harry a biscuit. If only all teachers were this understanding!

(P.S.: the above quote is right up there with McGonagall telling Peeves the poltergeist that the chandelier unscrews the other way…)

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7 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Quotes from Books”

  1. I’m still new to TTT as well, so I just did my own thing this week. I’m having a blast checking out everyone else’s lists though. I love this topic, but I would probably be really bad at it because I never remember quotes. 🙂 Great list, and happy reading!


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