Summertime always reminds me of how I used to spend my summer vacations reading book after book after book. All I want to do right now is sit outside and read those perfect summer books! I usually read non-fiction but for me, summer is all about really good fiction.
Here are my favorite quotes from the books I re-read every summer!
“We laugh and laugh, and nothing can ever be sad, no one can be lost, or dead, or far away: right now we are here, and nothing can mar our perfection, or steal the joy of this perfect moment.”
The Time-Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.”
The Bell Jar, Silvia Plath
“They were satisfied with their lives which had none of the vibrance his own was taking on. And he was angry at himself, that he could not change that for them.”
The Giver, Lois Lowry
“We were not a hugging people. In terms of emotional comfort it was our belief that no amount of physical contact could match the healing powers of a well made cocktail.”
Naked, David Sedaris
“‘…Your trouble, William, is that you have no ambition. You don’t see that there is in life only ever one goal.’
‘And what is that?’
‘More,’ George said simply. ‘Just more of anything. More of everything.'”
The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory
“You know those days when you’ve got the mean reds…the blues are because you’re getting fat or maybe it’s been raining too long. You’re sad, that’s all. But the mean reds are horrible. You’re afraid and you sweat like hell, but you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Except something bad is going to happen, only you don’t know what it is.”
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote
“Emotions, in my experience, aren’t covered by single words. I don’t believe in ‘sadness,’ ‘joy,’ or ‘regret.’ Maybe the best proof that the language is patriarchal is that it oversimplifies feeling. I’d like to have at my disposal complicated hybrid emotions, Germanic train-car constructions like, say, ‘the happiness that attends disaster.’ Or: ‘the disappointment of sleeping with one’s fantasy.’ I’d like to show how ‘intimations of mortality brought on by aging family members’ connects with ‘the hatred of mirrors that begins in middle age.’ I’d like to have a word for ‘the sadness inspired by failing restaurants’ as well as for ‘the excitement of getting a room with a minibar.’ I’ve never had the right words to describe my life, and now that I’ve entered my story, I need them more than ever. “
Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf
Do you have those books you love to read every summer? Any quotes to share??