Day 28 – Your Favourite Quote from a Book



When I said I was going to try the 30-day challenge – I should have pointed out that I’m giving it a go(ish) – rather than delivering the full 30 posts.

Because I’m not really up for a ‘Woman Vs Books’ challenge of epic proportions, I’ve picked my favourite days and topics from Becky’s list, and will post them over the next few weeks. Of course, in line with my logical thinking, I’ll not be doing them in any kind of order, I just picked the ones I liked best 🙂

So, let’s get started, with the first post – Day 28 ‘Your Favourite Quote from a Book’

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling.

Made it onto my list off the top of my head, then I trundled off to have a quick flick through the quotes I’ve marked on Goodreads in the past. I found that most of my favourite quotes aren’t from fiction books – and the person whose words I love the most come from Albert Einstein:

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

I loved that for someone with such a scientific mind, he understood the importance of art and imagination – science and logic alone will only get you so far – the leaps forward are in the creative minds that bend the rules.  I have the ‘reality’ quote on a picture above my ‘ready/writey’ chair.

I think this is my favourite one for love/relationships – so simple, but such an honest feeling:
“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

There are a number of other ones by AA Milne that touch on similar themes – love and loss, without being cheesy – perhaps it’s because Piglet and Pooh had such an open simple relationship, that this makes sense to me…? I love honey too 🙂

How about you – what are your favourite quotes?

4 thoughts on “Day 28 – Your Favourite Quote from a Book

  1. TonyT

    I came across one from Wilkie Collins “My hour for tea is half-past five,and my buttered toast waits for no one.” Made me smile.

  2. mel Post author

    That sounds about right – butter and toast are a glorious combination 🙂 If you add some bacon in the middle, I’d be even happier still. When I read this quote, I got the picture of the toast beside an open fire, freshly done!


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