Blogmas #9: My Favourite Quotes from 2020 Reads

Hi all!

Welcome to Blogmas day 9! Still going strong, so far.

Today, I’m bringing you my favourite quotes from books I read this year! I’ve read many books and there have been some that either brought me to tears or made me fall in love with book even more.

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Blink and you’re twenty-eight, and everyone else is now a mile down the road, and you’re still trying to find it, and the irony is hardly lost on you that in wanting to live, to learn, to find yourself, you’ve gotten lost.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, V.E. Schwab

This quote devastates me because it’s something that’s always worried me: that I feel a bit left behind for someone my age.

Henry from The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue really understands this feeling, which is why I connected so much with this book, and his character.

Perhaps even people you like and admire immensely can make you see the World in ways you would rather not.

– Piranesi, Susanna Clarke
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This is such a powerful quote and a very good reminder. Just because you admire someone — a celebrity, a politician, a friend, whomever — doesn’t mean that they view the world the same way as you do.

I think that’s an important thing to remember, now more than ever, during these very divided political times.

Be a person with knowledge not just opinions.

– Girl, Woman, Other, Bernadine Evaristo
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I love this quote from Girl, Woman, Other! This is such an important thing to remember, especially during a time where the news has become privatised and more and more people get their (mis)information from Facebook.

Don’t just be a person who has opinions about things — you need to understand them too.

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

Animal Farm, George Orwell

This is such a powerful quote. At the beginning of Animal Farm, the quote is “All animals are equal”, but by the end of it, it’s transformed into “some animals are more equal than others”. This is because the pigs on the animal farm have become used to being in power and enjoy it — they no longer see themselves like the rest.

A powerful metaphor for how the rich and powerful treat the 99% in today’s society!

All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.

– The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Little Prince is such an adorable novel, written from the perspective of a child. And this quote is a favourite, because it’s so true.

So many adults forget what it’s like to be a child and often ridicule children for the way they behave: like children.

He pretends to be less special than he is, because the world has punished him for loving himself.

The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin
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Oh gosh, this quote! It breaks my heart every time I read it. The character who thinks this is a Black man who hides himself away because he knows how the world treats him.

But don’t fear! He soon finds out how very special he is.

‘I would follow you to the last shores of the world, if it were a thousand miles.’

He said, ‘Stay with me here instead.’

– The Persian Boy, Mary Renault

Unless you’ve read this book, it won’t devastate you in quite the same way. The main character, Bagoas, says this to Alexander the Great, who responds with “Stay with me here instead.”

It’s just a beautiful, romantic line that will make you ball your eyes when you realise how the book will end 😭.

There are many Beths in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners till needed, and living for others so cheerfully that no one sees the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping, and the sweet, sunshiny presence vanishes, leaving silence and shadow behind.

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

Even though I didn’t enjoy the second half of Little Women, I did enjoy most of it, especially the characters. And this quote about Beth broke my heart.

Beth is the quiet sister, the one who is scared of anyone not related to her who’s happy to just help those she loves and never expect anything in return. And this quote is about how important those people are, and how we shouldn’t take them for granted.

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What are your favourite quotes from books you read this year? Let me know!

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9 thoughts on “Blogmas #9: My Favourite Quotes from 2020 Reads

  1. Sumedha says:

    Love this post! I’m even more excited to read Girl, Woman, Other now because that one quote says so much about the book.

    One quote I loved from a recent fave is “Deprive a peasant of his harvest with a flash of the sword once and it is called robbery. Do it at random intervals and it’s described as banditry. Do it systematically, year after year, backed by swordsmen in uniforms, and it is called governance.” from In Search of Heer by Manjul Bajaj. The book has several great quotes, though.

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  2. Azia says:

    I love all these quotes! So beautiful ❤ I especially remember that one from Animal Farm. That quote has stuck with me for some time. Nice little piece of insight, that one. I've been looking forward to reading Piranesi sometime. I've heard nothing but good things. Addie La Rue is riddled with beautiful quotes!

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