Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May 2017 Quote Collection

"She sometimes suspected she had nice ankles but nobody had ever mentioned it before."

It's time for another quote collection! Without further adieu...

"Barney Snaith had a way of saying things that gave them poignancy. When he said good evening you felt that it was a good evening and that it was partly his doing that it was. Also, you felt that some of the credit was yours."

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

(The first quote is from The Blue Castle as well - did a buddy read of this with some lovely booktube ladies, and we all just loved it - a treat!)


"It so happened that Lucy, who found daily life rather chaotic, entered a more solid world when she opened the piano."

"Cecil made one talk in his way, instead of letting one talk in one's own way. This tired one. Was that it? And Cecil was the kind of fellow who would never wear another fellow's cap."

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

(Could barely keep up with all the quotations I wanted to copy out of this book. Quirky and sometimes pretentious but also self-consciously and delightfully absurd - and yet exploring these really interesting insights and truths buried beneath the absurdity.)

You can hear more about A Room with a View in my Garden Book Tag video!


"Mrs. Corner would have disbelieved the statement if she could, but she could not disbelieve it; nobody could be in Mrs. Duff's company for ten minutes without realizing that here was a woman who scorned untruth."

Summerhills by D.E. Stevenson

(So charming, heart-warming, and well-written - D.E. Stevenson never disappoints. Mrs. Corner, by the way, is, according to the character Nannie in the book, a "sumph." What a great word.)


"The ways of joy like the ways of sorrow are may; and hidden away in the depths of Judith's life - though as yet she knows it not - is the germ of another life, which shall quicken, grow, and come forth at last."

Reuben Sachs by Amy Levy

(Found this Persephone Book for $3 at a used book shop and ended up quite liking it. Rather melancholy, but there was a Jane Austen quality to the writing and the insight into the characters that I really liked.)


"And how about Rome? Don't even let yourself think that it can't be. Say at once that it shall be."

"How strange it is rummaging in all that old metaphysical lumber." (about Schoepenhauer)

"[Henry James] talks, thank heaven, more lucidly than he writes."

The Letters of Edith Wharton edited by R.W.B & Nancy Lewis

(Highly literary and intellectual, full of European adventuring and little evocative descriptions and scenarios that take you straight back in time to the moment - really enjoying these letters!)

1 comment:

  1. So you're an Anglophile litgeek who also loves all things Disney?

    You--and your blog--are an absolute treasure. Your Disney YouTube videos--and tips and reviews--have made my and my husband's recent Disney visits even better! But this is the first time I've actually come to your blog and looked around. As an Anglophile litgeek who also loves Disney, this is SUCH A TREAT. :D

    How I made it through undergrad and grad school without reading A Room With a View, I will never know. But I anticipate rectifying that over the summer.

    Take care,