TTT- Memorable Things Characters Have Said

Hello and welcome! I have a confession to make. I found this week’s Top Ten Tuesday challenging. Why is it a challenge, you may be asking? Well, it’s because I can never remember if a quote I like is something a character says or thinks! So I decided to include both. Also, I don’t remember the actual characters that said the quotes.

I’m bad at remembering things like that. Chalk it up to a disorganized mind. Thanks ADHD.

Anyway, Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and originally created by The Broke and the Bookish.

“Just because something seems impossible doesn’t make it untrue.”

Written by Deborah Harkness in A Discovery of Witches. I have made no secret of my love for this series. I will continue to sing its praises for years to come. Is it perfect? No. There is no such thing as a perfect book. And that’s okay. Hmm, getting a little preachy there Lauren. Moving on!

“Don’t cry about troubles that haven’t yet come.”

Written by Patricia Briggs in Moon Called. This is part of a longer line, but the advice from this part of it is sound. I have generalized anxiety so I tend to do worry about future problems that haven’t happened yet. This quote is a good reminder not to.

“Death isn’t a final ending, Wallace. It is an ending, sure, but only to prepare you for a new beginning.”

Written by TJ Klune in Under the Whispering Door. This book is infinitely quotable. Seriously. Another quote I love is “It’s never enough, is it? Time. We always think we have so much of it, but when it really counts, we don’t have enough at all.” I mean, come on! I’m only going to count the one above though, because reasons.

“You can’t change the past. You can’t change other people. You can change you though. You narrate this story. So start to write a new chapter.”

Written by Matt Haig in The Comfort Book. This book is full of good quotes and memorable chapters. It helps that it’s a self-help book, kinda. It’s mostly thoughts, feeling, blurbs and musings by the author that make him feel better when he is feeling lost himself. I highly recommend you check it out if you suffer from depression. It won’t cure you, but it might make you smile.

“What’s the purpose of me?” “You’re here to learn about people.” “That’s something I’m doing. That’s not my reason for being. When I am done with this, I will do other things.”

Written by Becky Chamber in A Psalm for the Wild Built. This conversation between the two characters is extraordinarily deep. It opened up a whole new avenue of thinking for me, and it might for you too. I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect to think this much in a story between a robot and a monk.

“People without depression won’t understand that, but the fatigue of mental illness makes your very body a prison.”

Written by Jenny Lawson in Broken (in the best possible way). I will always recommend anything by Jenny Lawson. Her memoirs about mental health resonate with a lot of people. It’s hard sometimes to find writers that truly encapsulate the mental health struggle, but she manages it.

“It’s something small, but I think the smaller things can be just as important.”

Written by TJ Klune in The House in the Cerulean Sea. You didn’t think this list was going to happen without this book on it, did you? This book really spoke to me earlier this year and I can see myself reading it again when I need a hug. I know, I have the Hubs for actual hugs, but I meant figurative hugs.

“Kindness is what brings true pleasure in life.”

Written by Jeff Guinn in The Autobiography of Santa Claus. I love Christmas, and this book was just filled with the holiday spirit. It’s a great book to read with your older kids (meaning not toddlers, because there are depictions of war), but for your middle-grade readers, this could be a fun read. It’s got 25 chapters, so a chapter a day until Christmas!

“I could have become a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module, but then I realized I could access the combined feed of entertainment channels carried on the company satellites.”

Written by Martha Wells in All Systems Red. Murderbot is the best, aren’t they? I haven’t finished this series, having only read the first one. I need to fix that. But there is something wholesome about a robot that just wants to watch its shows and calls itself Murderbot.

“Inexperience can be overcome, ignorance can be enlightened, but prejudice will destroy you.”

Written by Mercedes Lackey in The Black Gryphon. My love for Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar set books runs deep, and this prequel to those books is no exception. Her books are riddled with lines like these. You’ll find yourself nodding along in agreement with them quite often.

Honorable mention: “In my experience, everybody hurts everybody. The trick is picking the kind of hurt you want to live with.” Written by Alexis Hall in The Affair of the Mysterious Letter. Cause ouch.

Well, there you have it. Ten memorable quotes where I can’t remember the person who said them! Oh well. At least I had quotes. Did I have to dive into the furthest recesses of my mind and then google them to make sure I got them right? Yes, yes I did. It’s that disorganized mind thing again.

3 thoughts on “TTT- Memorable Things Characters Have Said

  1. I love this post. I am dreadful at remembering things characters say but I do recognise a lot of these as I’ve read most of your list.


    • I am too. I think I’m going to buy a pretty journal and start writing down my favorite quotes. Possibly. Maybe. Maybe not. Would it be fun? Yes. Would I remember to do it every time I found a quote? Nope.
      Also, you clearly have good taste.


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