Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Top Ten (Spoiler-Free) Quotes of 2012

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and features lists on different bookish topics. Today is a "rewind" day, so I chose quotes, and then refined it to "spoiler-free quotes of 2012" because otherwise there are too many to choose from. Some are insightful, some are inspiring, and some are just plain funny.

“Perhaps you have brain damage.”

“It would not shock me in the least,” I said.

“Would you like me to cut open your skull and check, my lord?” she asked.

Someone that short should not be that disturbing. “I . . . No. No, but thank you for the offer.”

“It is my duty to serve,” Lacuna intoned.

My life, Hell’s bells.

-Cold Days by Jim Butcher

“Hark,” he said, his tone very dry. “What stone through yonder window breaks?”

Kami yelled up at him, “It is the east, and Juliet is a jerk!”

Jared abandoned Shakespeare and demanded, “What do you think you’re doing?”

“Throwing a pebble,” said Kami defensively. “Uh… and I’ll pay for the window.”

Jared vanished and Kami was ready to start shouting again, when he reemerged with the pebble clenched in his fist. “This isn’t a pebble! This is a rock.”

“It’s possible that your behaviour has inspired some negative feelings that caused me to pick a slightly overlarge pebble,” Kami admitted.

-Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

“How do you feel about helicopters?"

There was a long pause. "How do you mean? Ethically?"

"As a mode of transportation."

"Faster than camels, but less sustainable.”

-The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

“No walking! No standing, no bending, no moving, no accessing the Shadow Roads,nothing. You don't swim for an hour after eating, you don't swan around like an idiot for an hour after narrowly avoiding death."

"Toby does," said Quentin.

"Toby is genetically predisposed to swan around like an idiot," Jin shot back. "Now sit.”

-Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire

“No matter how long you train someone to be brave, you never know if they are or not until something real happens.”

-Insurgent by Veronica Roth

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”

-The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

“I believed in happily ever after as much as anyone, because Jane Austen, Prince Charming, and Hugh Grant promised me it could happen.

But maybe that particular delusion was universal.”

-The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman

“There are some things more important than ourselves - more important than the limits of the present, and the whims of the now. There is a future to build and protect. And if we're going to make that future as reality, we have to stop fighting among ourselves. We have to end dissent whenever we find it. We have to trust one another again.”

-Partials by Dan Wells

“Given a choice between life and death, choose life. Given a choice between right and wrong, choose what's right. And given a choice between a terrible truth and a beautiful lie, choose the truth every time.”

-Blackout by Mira Grant

“Did those nice church ladies come by again?"

He nodded. "I asked them if a man died and then the woman remarried, and then the three of them met in heaven, would it be a sin for them to have a threesome, since they were all married in God's eyes. And they decided they were late to be somewhere else.”

-Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews

What are your favorite quotes? And what did you pick for today's topic? Leave a link to your post at the end of your comment so I can check it out!


  1. This is such a unique take on freebie week. I love your quotes from The Book of Blood and Shadow and Cold Days.

  2. oh so many of my favorites! and That Gansey is like a big ball of quotes love him!

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  3. I love TFiOS quote, a great pick! :)

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  4. LOL - Love the quotes, especially the first two. Definitely makes me want to read those books!

  5. I'm generally not a quote person, but I loved that one from Unspoken. Also the one for TFIOS. I think us book nerds can relate to that feeling :)

  6. I love the Fault in Our Stars quote! It's actually the only John Green book I've read. I really liked the Unspoken and Partials quotes as well. I'm hoping to read Partials soon! Thank you for sharing. :)
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  7. The dialogue for Cold Days sounds quirky to me, in an interesting way. I was not aware that there was a potential ethical debate regarding helicopters. Great quote from Insurgent, and also a very honest comment. You never know the true strength of a character until they are tested by something.

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