One of my resolutions for 2017 is to attempt to do more of the "Quote Collection" blog posts that I've done sporadically on here in the past. So let's start things off right! Here are some favorite lines I've picked up from the pages of January...
"I cannot be prevented from pirouetting behind Miss Matthews into prayers."
"She spreads her arms as she comes to [the trees] and takes to the shade like a swimmer."
"Out of me now my mind can pour. I can think of my Armadas sailing on the high waves. I am relieved of hard contacts and collisions. I sail on alone under white cliffs."
The Waves by Virginia Woolf
(been working my way slowly through this for awhile - so many beautiful lines and images!)
About authors like Wodehouse, Mitford, and Durrell... "One could learn to write from any of them, and I wish more people would. No matter what the genre, good writing alway tells."
Howards End Is on the Landing by Susan Hill
(a non-fiction book about an author revisiting all the books she has collected throughout her life - sounds really enjoyable but somehow wasn't. I did add a few titles to my list of books to check out, and there were some good passages, like the above the quote, but there were also a ton of opinionated presumptions and pretentious name dropping)
"Life would be split asunder without letters."
Gift of a Letter by Alexandra Stoddard
(a book about letter writing - somewhat pretentious but somehow in a pleasant way! This author drops quotes instead of names, and there are lots of inspiring lines from the letters of famous writers.)
"'I get a moral satisfaction out of putting things together,' he said. 'I like to see a thing finished.'"
The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
(my first taste of Eudora Welty - more about characters than plot, but definitely ideas that have stuck with me)
"The misfortune of Goldsmith in conversation is this: he goes on without knowing how he is to get off."
Brothers of the Quill: Oliver Goldsmith in Grub Street by Norma Clarke
(excited to read more about Oliver Goldsmith, a contemporary of Samuel Johnson and an author mentioned in Jane Austen!)
You can hear a few more lovely lines in my January Reads video!