Top Book Quotes of 2015 (so far)

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. The topics vary, so the one I’m tackling this week (albeit a little late) is “Top 10 quotes from books I’ve read in 2015.”

This is going to sound incredibly indecisive, but this isn’t truly a list of my 10 favorites– but it’s close. I got to the point with this list where I knew there were more I’d like to include, but I couldn’t find them in the book.  Some are poignant, while others are silly. With that said, I’m pretty sure I could have found infinite hilarious and crass Junot Diaz quotes, but I decided to keep the list PG-13.

  1. “One of the ex-sucias publishes a poem about you online. Its called, ‘El Puto,'” This is How You Lose Her, by Junot Diaz (I’m sorry, I had to  Junot Diaz’ hilarity out of my system first!)
  2. “What you do to children matters. And they might never forget.” God Help the Child, by Toni Morrison
  3. “But race is the child of racism, not the father. And the process of naming ‘the people’ has never been a matter of genealogy and physiognomy so much as one of hierarchy. Between the World and Me, by Ta –Nehisi Coates (This quote sparked such a good conversation at our monthly book club, that I had to include it.)
  4. “I feel sorry for you… because every morning you have to wake up and be you.” Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. (It’s a rough quote, but the whole exchange was one of my favorites. If you read this book, you’ll understand why I was so angry that this interaction wasn’t fully included in the movie. It really made the book for me.)
  5. “The power of just mercy is that it belongs to the undeserving. It’s when mercy is least expected that its most potent—strong enough to break the cycle of victimization and victimhood, retribution and suffering.” Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson
  6. All he did from freshman year through sophomore was react—sneer, laugh, dismiss, find fault, demean—a young man’s version of critical thinking.” God Help the Child, by Toni Morrison (This is the most accurate description of freshman year philosophy courses that I’ve ever heard.)
  7. “Alma is in a painting phase, and the people she paints are all the color of mold, look like they’ve just been dredged from the bottom of a lake. Her last painting was of you, slouching against the front door: only your frowning I-had-a-lousy-Third-World-childhood-and-all-I-got-was-this-attitude eyes recognizable.” This is How You Lose Her, by Junot Diaz
  8. To be black in the Baltimore of my youth was to be naked before the elements of the world, before all the guns, fists, knives, crack, rape, and disease. The nakedness is not an error, nor a pathology. The nakedness is the correct and intended result of policy, the predictable upshot of people forced to live for centuries under fear.” Between the World and Me, by Ta –Nehisi Coates
  9. “Ana Iris once asked me if I loved her and I told her about the lights in my old home in the capital, and how they flickered and you never knew if they would go out or not. You put down your things and you waited and couldn’t do anything really until the lights decided. This, I told her, is how I feel.” This is How You Lose Her, by Junot Diaz
  10. “My mother had always told her kids: If you’re about to do something, and you want to know if it’s a bad idea, imagine seeing it printed in the paper for all the world to see.” Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

One Comment

  1. I love all of these, especially the one you related to philosophy students. Great list!

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