Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Quotations From Books

March 6, 2018

Has it really been three years since the last time I did a fave quotations post? Ah, well, here we go.

1. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

ASAGAI: For a woman it should be enough.
BENEATHA: I know—because that’s what it says in all the novels that men write.

2. Fame, Glory, and Other Things on My To Do List by Janette Rallison

It’s been a week and a half since Brendan broke up with me, but I try not to think about him. He only crosses my mind when I see Lauren and him walking around the hallways holding hands, or when they eat lunch in the cafeteria sitting so close together you’d think they were Siamese twins, or when I cry myself to sleep every night. But besides all of that, I’m doing really well.

3. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Moral: The weak can overcome the strong if the weak persist. Persisting isn’t always safe, but it’s often necessary.

4. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

I get out of bed every day because I never know where I’ll meet with one of God’s small graces. Maybe I’ll be cleaning a room and find a dollar bill. Maybe I’ll be at the gas station on a slow night and be paid to watch the sun set. Or maybe I just won’t hurt that much that day. What a miracle each day is.

5. The Mothers by Brit Bennett

But we were girls once, which is to say, we have all loved an ain’t-shit man. No Christian way of putting it.

6. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Growing up and seeing your parents’ flaws is like losing your religion. I don’t believe in God anymore. I don’t believe in my father either.

7. A House for Happy Mothers by Amulya Malladi

“It’s like this,” Mayuri had once explained, citing the several thousand pounds and five years in therapy she had spent to find herself. “You keep going to a bookstore and asking for a dozen red roses. They obviously don’t have red roses and you come home disappointed. That’s what’s going on with you your mother. You keep expecting roses and keep getting disappointed. I know not to ask for roses at a bookstore. That’s why I have no issues with my amma.”

8. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

A.J. nods out of politeness, but he doesn’t believe in random acts. He is a reader, and what he believes in is narrative construction.

9.  The Girl in the Box by Ouida Sebestyen

Oh, God, you know I want to live. I was just getting the hang of it.

10. Story Thieves by James Riley

Maybe you just haven’t found your favorite book yet. I honestly don’t think anyone has. Just when you think you might have a favorite, something even better comes along. It’s the one rule they taught me in librarian school.

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    • Akilah

      Aw, thanks!

  1. Roof Beam Reader

    I love seeing that quote from A Raisin in the Sun. I finally read that one a few months ago, my first Hansberry, and I absolutely adored it. I quickly looked up everything else she ever wrote/published and was devastated to discover she died so young. Still, I’m eager to read the few other pieces she did leave with us.

    • Akilah

      Yeah, I read it for the first time over winter break and had the same reaction. Half of this list could have been quotes from that play, tbh.

  2. Akilah



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