Thursday, April 27, 2017

Quote Collection: April 2017

"Funny how things worked out. You never knew what was best for you in the long run and it was the long run that mattered."


It's been quite a reading month! There's a brand new (and somewhat lengthy!) April Reads video up on my channel, so I thought I'd get a new April Quote Collection up here on the blog. That first quote is from one of my favorite reads of the month, and since I can't resist, here are a few more from that same book...

"Mr. Pinnegar said nothing, which, in any argument, is always a trump card."

"There's still room for a bit of kindness in the world, and the next time you feel like taking a short cut across people's feelings when you want to get somewhere in a hurry, you might bear that in mind."

"Among his many great qualities, Mr. Addis had a straight eye and a rare sense of color. His daffodils marched two abreast along a road that was the shortest distance between two fixed points. No stragglers. No little clumps bivouacking in some sunny corner."

Old Herbaceous: A Novel of the Garden by Reginald Arknell

(Just talking about this book makes me want to pick it up again - a quick read, absolutely charming, so British, lots of flowers - all about the life of a head gardener in an English manor house!)

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"Why was it that one always regretted change? Things were not made to stay fixed, preserved in amber. Perhaps the only acceptable amber was memory."

Rose Cottage by Mary Stewart

(I'm so glad I finally got around to checking out Mary Stewart's mystery novels - this one was so well told, loved the way the story unfolded and the suspense!)

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"I wish I had known that girl...so interesting and a really remarkable face, though perhaps not strictly good-looking, and all the more interesting for that, because good-looking people are so often cows. I have been reading one of her books, really quite good and so well-written, and I didn't guess the murderer till page 200, rather clever, because I usually do it about page 15."

Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayers

(Finally got around to the first book in the Lord Peter and Harriet Vane series - I somehow read them in the totally wrong order - Gaudy Night was my favorite, but I loved this one too)

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"She had a kind of genius for being amazed by the world and by herself, all her life she remained a virtuoso marveller at things. As she said in her memoirs, this was the origin of fiction-writing: it began at those times when 'reality should no longer be taken for granted.'"

At the Existentialist Cafe by Sarah Bakewell

(That quote refers to Simone de Beauvoir, who I would now like to read, along with at least a dozen other phenomenologists, existentialists, and philosophers mentioned in this book)

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"It was the hour of unreality - the hour, that is, when unfamiliar things are real. An older person at such an hour and in such a place might think that sufficient was happening to him, and rest content. Lucy desired more."

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

(Just started this one and already enjoying it hugely!)

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"...then the soul is in God and God in the soul, just as the fish is in the sea and the sea is in the fish."

The Dialogue by St. Catherine of Siena

(I know I just had a bunch of quotations from this last month - in case you missed it, I did do a review video!)


What books have you been loving this month?

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