30 Day Book Challenge – Day 17

Today’s Prompt: Favorite quote from your Favorite book

Am I seriously supposed to pick out just one? Well, here’s one of my favorites from another great book:

For Ántonia and me, this had been the road of destiny; had taken us to those early accidents of fortune which predetermined for us all that we can ever be. Now I understood that the same road was to bring us together again. Whatever we had missed, we possessed together the precious, the incommunicable past. – My Ántonia, Willa Cather

I believe that’s the very last sentence in the book. (Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong; I don’t own a copy!) I like it a lot because it’s just so true. Knowing that you shared a certain time in the past with a very special person is something you can always treasure, even if that person seems to be gone forever. And besides, you never know when fate might bring you back together again! This quote is a source of hope for me. There’s something evocative about the phrase “accidents of fortune.”

What’s one of your favorite quotes from a book?

9 thoughts on “30 Day Book Challenge – Day 17

  1. I’ve always loved a line (also a last line) in the book Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan. It reads: “I’ve always wanted to end a book with the word mayonnaise.”

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    • Richard, thanks for posting this. I haven’t thought about Trout Fishing in America or Brautigan for years. Decades. What a pleasant memory on a Monday morning. He wrote another book that I liked even better, IIRC. I’ll have to try to remember what it was…

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  2. Like you, I have many quotes I love from any number of books. It’s very hard to pick a single quote from a single book without feeling that I’m being unfair to the rest.

    That said, I love this quote from Pride and Prejudice:

    “There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” ~ Elizabeth Bennet, ch. 31

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  3. John 8:36

    New International Version (NIV)

    36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

    I was gonna post something from Mein Kampf, just as a joke. Would have been funny to see your reaction. ;p

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    • You should have posted something from Mein Kampf. In a very odd way, those ramblings of a madman would have been entertaining. 🙂

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  4. Yeah, I could have kept it going. Then start sending you Nazi propaganda to have you edit it. HAHA That would be funny. *wonders what you would have done*

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