Quotes I Liked – The Kite Runner (Part 2)

“‘It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime’” – page 131

“‘Sad stories make good books’” – page 135

“It turned out that, like Satan, cancer had many names.” – page 143

“Baba had wrestled bears his whole life.” – page 160

“I wanted to be just like Baba and I wanted to be nothing like him.” – page 169

“I guess some stories do not need telling.” – page 195

“[…] it always hurts more to have and lose than to not have in the first place.” – page 196

“‘And sometimes the dead are luckier’” – page 225

“‘And that, I believe, is what true redemption is, Amir jan, when guilt leads to good.’” – page 277

“There are a lot of children in Afghanistan, but little childhood.” – page 291

“Perspective was a luxury when your head was constantly swarming with demons.” – page 326

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Quotes I Liked – The Kite Runner (Part 1)

“That was a long time ago, but it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out.” – page 1

For you, a thousand times over.” – page 2

“With me as the glaring exception, my father molded the world around him to his liking. The problem, of course, was that Baba saw the world in black and white. And he got to decide what was black and what was white. You can’t love a person who lives that way without fearing him too. Maybe even hating him a little.” – page 15

“‘Children aren’t coloring books. You don’t get to fill them with your favorite colors.’” page 21

“That Hassan would grow up illiterate like Ali and most Hazards had been decided the minute he had been born, perhaps even the moment he had been conceived in Sanaubar’s unwelcoming womb – after all, what use did a servant have for the written word.” – page 26

“The generation of Afghan children whose ears would know nothing but the sounds of bombs and gunfire was not yet born.” – page 34

“Baba and I lived in the same house, but in different spheres of existence. Kites were the one paper-thin slice of intersection between those spheres.” – page 46

“And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.” – page 51

“‘But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.’” – page 54

“But this was my one chance to become someone who was looked at, not seen, listened to, not heard.” – page 62

“‘It was Homaira and me against the world. And I’ll tell you this, Amir jan: In the end, the world always wins. That’s just the way of things.’” – page 92

“[…] I wondered how and when I’d become capable of causing this kind of pain.” – page 97

Quotes I Liked – The Bell Jar (Part 3)

“’How do you feel?’

‘All right.’

But I didn’t. I felt terrible.” – page 139


“’I knew you’d decide to be all right again.’” – page 140

“It was as if what I wanted to kill wasn’t in that skin or the thin blue pulse that jumped under my thumb, but somewhere else, deeper, more secret, and a whole lot harder to get at.” – page 142

“Then I saw that my body had all sorts of little tricks, such as making my hands go limp at the crucial second, which would save it, whereas if I had the whole say, I would be dead in a flash. I would simply have to ambush it with whatever sense I had left, or it would trap me in its stupid cage for fifty years without any sense at all.” – page 153

“The more hopeless you were, the further away they hid you.” – page 154

“She looked loving and reproachful, and I wanted her to go away.” – page 166

“[…] I would rather have anything wrong with my body than something wrong with my head” – page 176

“[…] wherever I sat […] I would be sitting under the same glass bell jar, stewing in my own sour air.” – page 178

“[…] I kept feeling the visitors measuring my fat and stringy hair against what I had been and what they wanted me to be.” – page 195

“The bell jar hung, suspended, a few feet above my head. I was open to the circulating air.” – page 206

“It was like observing a Martian, or a particularly warty toad. Her thoughts were not my thoughts, nor her feelings my feelings, but we were close enough so that her thoughts and feelings seemed a wry, black image of my own.” – page 210

“To the person in the bell jar, blank and stopped as a dead baby, the world itself is the bad dream.” – page 227

“How did I know that someday […] the bell jar, with its stifling distortions, wouldn’t descend again?” – page 230

Quotes I Liked – The Bell Jar (Part 2)

“The trouble was, I had been inadequate all along, I simply hadn’t thought about it.” – page 72

“I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig-tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.” – page 73

“It occurred to me that my vision of the fig-tree and all the fat figs that withered and fell to earth might well have arisen from the profound void of an empty stomach.” – page 74

“So i began to think maybe it was true that when you were married and had children it was like being brainwashed, and afterwards you went about numb as a slave in some private, totalitarian state.” – page 81

“’Not bad.’ I thought it was dreadful.” – page 87

“I could tell Marco was a woman-hater, because in spite of all the models and TV starlets in the room that night he paid attention to nobody but me. Not out of kindness or even curiosity, but because I’d happened to be dealt to him, like a playing card in a pack of identical cards.” – page 102

“Children made me sick.” – page 113

“But even that didn’t shut out the light, so I buried my head under the darkness of the pillow and pretended it was night. I couldn’t see the point of getting up. I had nothing to look forward to.” – page 113

“Then I knew what the trouble was. I needed experience. How could I write about life when I’d never get a love affair or a baby or seen anybody die?” – page 117

“What did I think was wrong? That made it sound as if nothing was really wrong, I only thought it was wrong.” – page 124

“They understood things of the spirit in Japan. They disemboweled themselves when anything went wrong.” – page 132

“What bothered me was that everything about the house seemed normal, although I knew it must be chock-full of crazy people.” – page 135

“The figures around me weren’t people, but shop dummies, painted to resemble people and propped up in attitudes counterfeiting life.” – page 136

Quotes I Liked – The Bell Jar (Part 1)

“I guess I should have been excited the way most of the other girls were, but I couldn’t get myself to react. I felt very still and very empty, the way the eye of a tornado must feel, moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo.” – page 2-3

“[…] all the old ladies I ever knew wanted to teach me something, but I suddenly didn’t think they had anything to teach me.” – page 6

“[…] I didn’t have any illusions. I knew perfectly well he’d come for Doreen.” – page 8

“There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.” – page 18

“[…] if you do something incorrect at table with a certain arrogance, as if you knew perfectly well you were doing it properly, you can get away with it and nobody will think you are bad-mannered or poorly brought up. They will think you are original and very witty.” – page 25

“[…] suddenly he was scribbling letters and numbers and equal signs all over the blackboard and my mind went dead.” – page 32

“’Don’t let the wicked city get you down.’” – page 36

“It was comforting to know I had fallen and could fall no farther.” – page 43

“I felt sorry when I came to the last page. I wanted to crawl in between those black lines of print the way you crawl through a fence, and go to sleep under that beautiful big green fig-tree.” – page 52

“’I reckon a good poem lasts a whole lot longer than a hundred of those people put together.’” – page 53

“If you expect nothing from somebody you are never disappointed.” – page 56

“[…]I thought how strange it had never occurred to me before that I was only purely happy until I was nine years old.” – page 71

“The trouble was, I hated the idea of serving men in any way. I wanted to dictate my own thrilling letters.” – page 72

Quotes I liked – Will Grayson, Will Grayson

“‘Will, you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose.’ This seemed like a reasonable astute observation to me when I was eight, but it turns out to be incorrect on a few levels.” – page 1

“You like someone who can’t like you back because unrequited love can be survived in a way that once-requited love cannot.” – page 41

“‘So keeping the box closed just keeps you in the dark, not the universe.’” – page 196

“‘I am so proud of you that it makes me proud of me.’” – page 220

“You’d think that silence would be peaceful. But really, it’s painful.” – page 262

Quotes I liked – Lord Of The Flies

“They knew very well why he hadn’t: because of the enormity of descending and cutting into living flesh; because of the unbearable blood. […] Next time there would be no mercy. He looked round fiercely, daring them to contradict.” – page 29

“The assembly was lifted towards safety by his words. They liked and now respected him.” – page 36

“‘After all, we’re not savages. We’re English; and the English are best at everything. So we’ve got to do the right things.'” – page 42

“‘There’s nothing in it if course. Just a feeling. But you can feel as if you’re not hunting, but – being hunted; as if something’s behind you ask the time in the jungle.'”- page 53

“He wanted to explain how people were never quite what you thought they were.” -page 55

“Piggy saw the smile and misinterpreted it as friendliness.” – page 68

“Against this weapon, so indefinable and so effective, Jack was powerless and raged without knowing why.” – page 77

“‘I know there isn’t no beast – not with claws and all that, I mean – but I know there isn’t no fear, either.’ Piggy paused. ‘Unless.’ […] ‘Unless we get frightened of people.’ – page 90

“Simon became inarticulate in his effort to express mankind’s essential illness.” – page 96

“‘Because the rules are the only thing we’ve got!'” – page 99

“Percival Wemys Madison, of the Vicarage, Harcourt St. Anthony, lying in the long grass, was living through circumstances in which the incarnation of his address was powerless to help him.” – page 102

“The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering.” – page 125

“The greatest ideas are the simplest.” – page 142

“The beast was harmless and horrible.” – page 162

“Piggy and Ralph, under the threat of the sky, found themselves eager to take place in this demented but partly secure society.” – page 167

“Memory of the dance that none of them attended shook all four boys convulsively.” – page 175

“They understood only too well the liberation into savagery that the concealing paint brought.” – page 191

“This was a savage whose image refused to blend with that ancient picture of a boy in shorts and shirt.” – page 203

“‘Fun and games'” – Page 223

Quotes I Liked – Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children

“I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.” – page 12

“All I could think was that grandfathers were supposed to die in beds, in hushed places humming with machines, not in heaps on the sodden reeking ground with ants marching over them, a brass letter opener clutched in one trembling hand.” – page 36

“‘When someone won’t let you in, eventually you stop knocking.’” – page 88

“[…] how many more like him these fields held, undiscovered, arrested in death; how many more had given up their lives here, looking for heaven.” – page 105

“All because of a seventy-year-old hurt that had somehow been passed down to me like some poisonous heirloom, and monsters I couldn’t fight because they were all dead, beyond killing or punishing or any kind of reckoning.” – page 108

“’We’re peculiar,’ he replied, sounding a bit puzzled. ‘Aren’t you?’” – page 146

“’If you must fail,’ he said grandly, ‘fail spectacularly.’” – page 326

“I had always known the sky was full of mysteries – but not until now had I realized how full of them earth was.” – page 342

“Sometimes it’s better not to look back.” – page 350

“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.” – page 351

“I wondered how such calm could belong to a world of war.” – page 352

Quotes I Liked – When God Was A Rabbit Part 2

“‘Memories, […] no matter how small or inconsequential, are the pages that define us.'” – page 122

“I am here but I am not yours” – page 131

“I watched him weave in and out of parents holding cigarettes and lager instead of their children’s hands.” – page 133

“‘Do I believe in a mystery; the unexplained phenomenon that is life itself. The greater something that illuminates inconsequence in our lives; that gives us something to strive for as well as the humanity to brush ourselves down and start all over again. Then yes, I do. It is the source of art, of beauty, of love, and proffers the ultimate goodness to mankind. That to me is God. That to me is life. That is what I believe in.'” – page 141-142

“‘There is absolutely no reason at all why a rabbit should not be God.'” – page 142

“That’s what she wrote; with an ironic exclamation mark. It had the power to break a heart.” – page 185

“The sound of the trunk fracturing and splintering and falling to earth was the sound his heart would have made, could it speak.” – page 215

“His own death he’d made peace with years ago, but everyone else’s still frightened him and so he held her hand to not let her go.” -page 217

“‘I have the not-knowing again and I feel scared.'” – page 248

“I saw them hold hands and jump; witnessed the last seconds of their friendship and they never let go.” – page 254

“Everyone had a story of grief. Everyone else’s was worse than yours.” – page 259

“When sweets were a penny and god was a rabbit.” – 269

“‘That’s the person I know, and through him is the way you’ll know me, because connected to all these things are moments, and for so many of them, I was there. And that’s the thing that hurts so much. […] You see, you were the only person who knew everything. Because you were there. And you were my witness.'” – page 308

Quotes I Liked – When God Was A Rabbit Part 1

I am splitting this post into two parts, as there were a lot of quotes I liked in this book, and some of them are a bit long, so here are the first twelve quotes I liked from When God Was A Rabbit by Sarah Winman:

“‘Without a reason, why bother? Existence needs purpose: to be able to endure the pain of life with dignity; to give us a reason to continue. The meaning must enter our hearts, not our heads. We must understand the meaning of our suffering.’” – page 13-14


“‘You said I could be anything I wanted when I was older.’ I said.

She smiled and said, ‘And you can be. But it’s not very easy to become Jewish.’

‘I know,’ I said forlornly. ‘I need a number.’

And she suddenly stopped smiling.” – page 15


“‘Are you going to die?’ I asked, and she laughed as if I’d told her a joke, and that laughter meant more than any No.” – page 33

“She was always late because she had unmanageable hair” – page 33

“She loved moments like that. The inclusiveness of family. I guess because she had none.” – page 49

“They lived in a temporary world of temporary men; a world that could be broken up and reassembled as easily and as quickly as Lego.” – page 51

“This was a world of drama, where comedy and tragedy fought for space.” – page 52

“[…] that strange day, the day when I discovered that even babies could die.” – page 56

“’I don’t want people to know I’m different’” – page 74

“It was an excess energy born of the dangerous, an energy that could unexpectedly turn play into war.” – page 103

“I wanted to be liked. But I was an outsider. And people didn’t miss outsiders.” – page 111

“‘Nothing stays forgotten for long, Elly. Sometimes we simply have to remind the world that we’re special and that we’re still here.’” – page 115