Top Ten Tuesday: Quotes About Love

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For today’s Love Freebie theme, I’ve decided to share ten bookish quotes about love.

Some of them are about romantic love, but others are about the many other types of love that exist: platonic, familial, universal, practical, and more.

I believe this holiday can be used to celebrate all of them if you wish.



1. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches


2. “Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.”
Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember


3. “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”
Mahatma Gandhi 


4. “Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart


5. “Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven


6. “Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.”
Maya Angelou


7. “How do you spell ‘love’?” – Piglet
“You don’t spell it…you feel it.” – Pooh”
A.A. Milne


8. “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”
Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband


9. “Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze. ”
Elinor Glyn


10. “There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”
Vincent Van Gogh



Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Thank you for visiting our post today.


Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Summer Quotes

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Long and Short Reviews has a small team of people who take turns writing Top Ten Tuesday posts. I feel excited every time Freebie posts pop up and try to request them as often as I can.

This week I’m going to use the freebie post to share ten bookish summer quotes.


“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
Henry James


“All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne’s House of Dreams


“The library in summer is the most wonderful thing because there you get books on any subject and read them each for only as long as they hold your interest, abandoning any that don’t, halfway or a quarter of the way through if you like, and store up all that knowledge in the happy corners of your mind for your own self and not to show off how much you know or spit it back at your teacher on a test paper.”
Polly Horvath, My One Hundred Adventures


“I have only to break into the tightness of a strawberry, and I see summer – its dust and lowering skies.”
Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye


“It was summer and moonlight and we had lemonade to drink, and we held the cold glasses in our hands, and Dad read the stereo-newspapers inserted into the special hat you put on your head and which turned the microscopic page in front of the magnifying lens if you blinked three times in succession.”
Ray Bradbury, The Illustrated Man


“The sound of crickets, the feel of warm dried grass on the soles of his feet and the scent of baked earth pleased him. The big thick glass was icy in his hands. When he set it down, the tinkle of the ice cubes sounded personal.”
Ian McEwan, Lessons


“There are not enough jam jars to can this
summer sky at night. I want to spread those
little meteors on a hunk of still-warm bread this
winter. Any trace left on the knife will make a kitchen sink like that evening air

the cool night before
star showers: so sticky so warm so full of light”
Aimee Nezhukumatathil


“The thing about a deep summer’s evening is that it is filled with an array of sounds that never intrude on the silence because they were created to accentuate it, not fill it.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough


Meeting someone on a summer’s evening is like giving a dead flame new life.”
Caleb Azumah Nelson, Open Water


“And I spent a wonderful summer, below the trees in the Godavari, writing my poetry.”
Avijeet Das, Why the Silhouette?


What are your favorite bookish summer quotes?

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Quote Freebie

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This week’s topic is a book quote freebie.  Which is perfect since I seem to collect book quotes.  I have no real theme for today other than these quotes either made me laugh, cry, or think about something differently.

  1. Men don’t have to pay attention the way we do. Men die because they make mistakes. Women? We die because we’re female.

This is from The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix.  It struck me for two reasons.  A) because it’s true and B) because a man put that thought onto paper.  Granted, the narrator is female, but still.

  1. Guncle Rule number eight: Live your life to the fullest every single day, because every day is a gift. That’s why people die. To teach us the importance of living.

There are so many quotes that I wanted to include from The Guncle by Steven Rowley, but most of what I saved were a bit um… inappropriate (albeit hilarious) … for this post.  This one got me though.

  1. When it comes to lying, there’s a golden rule: tell as much truth as you can. The truth is, after all, the easiest to remember. It’s the most consistent with inarguable fact.

From Bath Haus by P. J. Vernon.  This book was nuts, okay?  But that quote?  Right on the money.

  1. This is the terrible thing about a tragedy. It isn’t with you every minute. You forget it, and then you remember it again. And you see it with a stark quality: This is what is required of you now, just to get along.

From The Last Thing He Told Me by Lauren Dave.

  1. “There’s nothing wrong with being a mapmaker.” … “Of course not. And there’s nothing wrong with being a lizard either. Unless you were born to be a hawk.”

This is both inspirational and amusing at the same time.  From Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.

  1. Dress shoes but no socks? Is that a thing now? Jesus, seriously? I think that might be the fourth sign of the apocalypse.

From The Red Book by James Patterson and David Ellis.  This made me think of my daughter and how she’d react to such a sight.

  1. “Lemonade.” Oblivious to the danger, Daniel went behind the bar to find the pitcher and refill her glass. Shaking his head, he began to laugh weakly. “I am standing in a vampire’s lair, and he serves me lemonade.”

From The Turn by Kim Harrison.  I love it when a character recognizes the ridiculousness of a situation.

  1. Geralt knew that bonnet and that feather, which were famed from the Buina to the Yaruga, known in manor houses, fortresses, inns, taverns and whorehouses. Particularly whorehouses.

From Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski.  I love this because what a way to introduce a character, right?  Geralt knows it’s Dandelion (Jaskier) by the feather alone.

  1. But I was wrong—I don’t need a man to look past my size. I need someone who’ll see me and love me exactly as I am. For all its flaws, this show made me believe that that’s possible.

From One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London.

  1. He smiled. If it was not for the fact that she knew he was a vicious murderer, the expression would have been pleasant. Eric Spears was a handsome man. A charming man. A brilliant one. A cunning and deadly animal.

I’m including this because I very rarely get consumed by the bad guy.  However, from the very first book in Debra Webb’s Faces of Evil series, I was half in love with the psycho Eric Spears.  This quote comes from the short story “My Evil Valentine” that was a prequel to the series.

Bonus quote: “Castellan,” said Geralt, “why act in haste? After all, I really could have an accident at work, irrespective of my intentions. Just in case, the wise men should be thinking about how to save me from the king’s anger and get those fifteen hundred orens, of which rumor speaks, ready.”

This is from The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski.  I laughed so dang hard when I read this.  Why?  Because Geralt is equating getting killed by a striga with a worker’s compensation claim.

Top Ten Tuesday: Quotes from Northanger Abbey

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Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!  This week is all about quotes.  Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen seems very appropriate for Fall considering Catherine’s taste for Gothic novels so I decided to pick ten great quotes from the book.  Reading these has reminded me that it has been far too long since I read it!

“No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy, would have supposed her born to be a heroine.”

“If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.”

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”

“It is only a novel… or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language.”

“If a rainy morning deprived them of other enjoyments, they were still resolute in meeting in defiance of wet and dirt, and shut themselves up, to read novels together.”

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“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”

“I am delighted with the book!  I should like to spend my whole life reading it.  I assure you, if it had not been to meet you, I would not have come away from it for all the world.”

“Where the heart is really attached, I know very well how little one can be pleased with the attention of any body else.”

“Friendship is really the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.”

“Wherever you are you should always be contented, but especially at home, because there you must spend the most of your time.”

Which of these quotes do you like best?  Have you read Northanger Abbey?  If so, what did you think?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Inspirational/Thought-Provoking Book Quotes

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I had a wonderful time rounding up these quotes. I hope all of you enjoy them, too.

1. “Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.”-  Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

2. “As long as there’s life, there’s hope.”  – Tamora Pierce, Alanna: The First Adventure

3. So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible. – Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

4. “Well, we all make mistakes, dear, so just put it behind you. We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us.”  – L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

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6. “The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there…and still on your feet.”  – Stephen King, The Stand

7. “But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”  – George Eliot, Middlemarch

8. “A mathematical formula for happiness: Reality divided by Expectations. There were two ways to be happy: improve your reality or lower your expectations.”  – Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes

9. “You should never be surprised when someone treats you with respect, you should expect it.”-  Sarah Dessen, Keeping the Moon

10. “I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.”  – Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl