So… I was inspired to start this blog post when my boyfriend and I were talking about certain videos online that we’ve watched (or that I was absolutely unable to watch, to this day). I told him I just couldn’t put myself through some of those because of the horrific nature of it, the stark reality, and how intensely some of those trigger me.
But then I was reminded of something Tarryn Fisher said, and, while I didn’t have the exact quote on me, I repeated the gist of it to him, and he agreed that it was profound and was a totally different take on a subject that most didn’t want to talk about.
But then I found the quote, and…
What “line” (or thought) have you read in a book, or by an author (whether it be uplifting, profound or dark) or even by a person on TV or in your life, that continues to haunt you, or has stayed with you to this day?
Mine would be a post by Tarryn Fisher about a horrifying, distressing video she saw (that maybe inspired some parts of her book “Marrow“). I never forgot this, and am so glad I found that old post. She wrote:
“…I didn’t want to turn my face away from his suffering. Some might say that you don’t need to see it to know it exists. And while that is true, I felt that if he was hurting, the least I could do was hurt along with him. Somehow, by watching his pain, I was also acknowledging it...”
So let’s discuss all the amazing quotes that haunt us, or that inspire us, or that enlighten us, or that made us laugh, swoooooon, think, changed our minds. Quotes that have left us changed. Quotes that we will forever remember.
What line was it, for you?
Kathy: Mists of Serengeti by Leylah Attar had so many lines that really connected with me. But my favorite and one that is so true right now in my life is:
“When you lose someone you love, it doesn’t end with that event, or with their funeral, or with their name on a tombstone. You lose them again and again, every day, in small amounts that catch you off guard. Almost.”
Maryse: WOW!! I love that. This was a GREAT book. 5 stars all the way!!
Marla: Dylan Allen from Envy. I thought that line was so profound!
“Your deeds are your monuments.”
Cait: The Boy and His Ribbon
“Give me a few more years, Della Ribbon. Just a few more before you leave me.”
Maureen: Mine is from Alanea Alder‘s Bewitched & Bewildered series. I love this quirky way of saying don’t be normal.
“Be a Fruit Loop in a bowl of Cheerios.”
Maryse: And a fruit loop in a bowl of cheerios is delightful and much yummier!!!
Melissa: Stay gold, Ponyboy (The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton)
“You can’t run away to find yourself. Yourself is there no matter where you go. The difference is, if you’re running, you’ll be too busy to pick up the sword and face your enemies. Sometimes your enemy will be you; sometimes it will be those with the power to hurt you. Take off your shoes and stop running. Live barefoot and f**king fight.”
– Tarryn Fisher, F*ck Love
Maryse: OH YESSSS. This one 100%!!!!
Katelynn: Tarryn Fisher, Mud Vein. I’ve never read anything bad by her. She’s my favorite.
“There is a string that connects us that is not visible to the eye. Maybe every person has more than one soul they are connected to, and all over the world there are those invisible strings… Maybe the chances that you’ll find each and every one of your soul mates is slim. But sometimes you’re lucky enough to stumble across one. And you feel a tug. And it’s not so much a choice to love them though their flaws and through your differences, but rather you love them without even trying. You love their flaws.”
Maryse: he is so profound. LOVE HER!! And how true is that quote? I feel it’s spot on and I love it.
Jamee: Yes, another Tarryn Fisher quote. But I think of this often. Mud Vein really is the BEST book.
“You’ll feel me in the fall backwards.”
Michelle: There was one in Kristen Ashley’s book “Walk Through Fire” that stuck with me. …Oooh, I remember this passage so clearly. One of my fave KA reads. Now I wanna do a reread.
“I’m done walking through fire for you, High! … I’m done not because I’m done but because there’s nothing left of me to burn. You have it all. You’ve always had it all! I gave up everything so you can have it all! Please! God! Leave me to my nothing.”
Maryse: WOW!!! That is intense!!! LOVE IT!
Gisele (my mom!): For me it was the title of a book by Danielle Steele… Now and Forever… remember I made a quilt with those words on it?
Maryse: Yes I do!!! Deep, dark green and it was satin, if I can remember right? I wonder if we have a picture of it?
Carol: I have three from three different books. I first read The Lord of the Rings fifty years ago and the words are just as powerful to me now as they were then.
“Doom. Grief at last wholly overcame them, and they wept long: some standing and silent, some cast upon the ground. Doom, doom. The drum-beats faded.”
“He looked on the bright point of the sword. He thought of the places behind where there was a black brink and an empty fall into nothingness. There was no escape that way.”
“As if in answer there came from far away another note. Horns, horns, horns. In dark Mindolluin’s sides they dimly echoed. Great horns of the North wildly blowing. Rohan had come at least.”
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King
Sherry: Zsadist to Bella
“I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, though I could see. And then you came…and I was awakened.”
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Omw! I love this. I have so many lol. But will just share two of my favorites.
From Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen:“Some of
us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss … .” He turned to
me. “But every once in a while you find someone who’s iridescent,
and when you do, nothing will ever compare.”
Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino. “We can’t always control our circumstances, who our parents are, where we live, or how much money we make, but in those rare moments when we can shape our fate, when we do have the power to make our own happiness, we can’t be too scared to do it.”
Mine will always be Amy Harmon’s Making Faces:
True beauty, the kind that doesn’t fade or wash off, takes time. It takes pressure. It takes incredible endurance. It is the slow drip that makes the stalactite, the shaking of the Earth that creates mountains, the constant pounding of the waves that breaks up the rocks and smooths the rough edges. And from the violence, the furor, the raging of the winds, the roaring of the waters, something better emerges, something that would otherwise never exist. And so we endure. We have faith that there is purpose. We hope for things we can’t see. We believe that there are lessons in loss, power in love, and that we have within us the potential for a beauty so magnificent that our bodies can’t contain it.”
Alayna to Hudson in Forever With You: “If there is no sttruggle there is no progress.”