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T5W: Top 5 quotes

How can it be Thursday already? I don’t understand but before I even noticed the week has almost gone.. I’ve been so busy, I really have to take a moment to breathe, sit down and read a bit..

In this post another topic from top 5 Wednesday because I just couldn’t help myself. I love a good quote.
So here are five of my favourites.

1)
“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

I love this quote! I really liked the relationship between Darcy and Elisabeth, how it grew slowly but surely. And when they finally confessed their love to each other, I couldn’t help but smile..

This is also what it was like for me. I had known my husband for quite a while before we started dating. I can’t possibly remember when I started loving him, I only remember that I did.. well do..

2)
“There is an arch supported by four vast columns. Etched over hundreds and hundreds of yards of stone, furlongs of stone, there are names:
“Who are these, these? The men who died in this battle?”
“No. The lost, the ones they did not find. The others are in the cemeteries.”
“These are just the … the unfound.” When she could speak again. “From the whole war?”
The man shook his head. “Just these fields.”
Elizabeth sat on the steps. “No one told me. My God no one told me,”
― Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong

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This arch is called The Menin Gate in Ypres. It’s a very impressive monument. I go there from time to time because I feel like these names deserve my attention.
When I went there for the first time, I stayed until they played The Last Post in the evening. They play it every evening under the gate and they have done so every evening since 1928 only interrupted by the Second World War.
It was so tragic and everyone was so respectful. I will remember it forever.

I have read a lot of book about the wars but Birdsong touched me in a way others didn’t. It doesn’t mask the horror, it tells you exactly what’s going on.

3)
“It was amazing to me then, and still is, that so many people who wander into bookshops don’t really know what they’re after–they only want to look around and hope to see a book that will strike their fancy. And then, being bright enough not to trust the publisher’s blurb, they will ask the book clerk the three questions: (1) What is it about? (2) Have you read it? (3) Was it any good?”
― Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Yup, this is exactly how it works 🙂 and I treasure the conversations I have had with people who really love books, while I was working at the bookshop. These where the best moments, when I could recommend them books and they recommended others to me.
And when they came back a week later and told me how much they loved it, they would ask me the 4th question: What else do you have for me? And I would walk around grinning like a fool for the rest of the day.

4)
“Usually we walk around constantly believing ourselves. “I’m okay” we say. “I’m alright”. But sometimes the truth arrives on you and you can’t get it off. That’s when you realize that sometimes it isn’t even an answer–it’s a question. Even now, I wonder how much of my life is convinced.”
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

Doesn’t need a lot of explaining, I think. I have often found myself saying “I’m fine” when I’m really not and it’s like I’m trying to convince myself more than I’m trying to convince others..

5)
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Or

“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Or

“Maybe ‘okay’ will be our ‘always”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

*crawls into a corner and sobs quietly*

There you go, five (more or less) of my favourite quotes.. I have a lot of quotes I like so maybe I should make this a thing? When I come across a really good one, I’ll post it. If it doesn’t spoil the story of course..

You can find the topics of Top 5 Wednesday on this goodreads page:
https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/118368-top-5-wednesday

If you want to give your top 5, just go ahead and share them with us.
Leave a link in the comments..

That’s all for now..
Have a nice day/afternoon/evening depending on where you live and when you read this ;).

Love

Ellen

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