My Quote Book Collection

*I’m posting every day in February as part of my determination to #makefebfun. For more info, read this post.*

I love a good quote. I’ve been known to flip through a book of quotations and copy down my favorite ones in a notebook. I appreciate it when someone can get a clever thought across in a sentence or two. A good quote can act as a souvenir from a favorite book, speech, movie, or poem. It may remind us of something very important or funny or both.

“If you could kick the person in the pants most responsible for your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.”

Theodore Roosevelt

I own t613861hree quote compilation books that I like to flip through from time to time. One, The Yale Book of Quotations edited by Fred R. Shapiro, is very serious and scholarly because, you know, Yale. It’s a heavy volume and contains quotations from a huge variety of people from Eminem to Einstein – OK, maybe it’s not that serious. I love the book, but it’s more of a research tool than a pleasure book; you wouldn’t just sit down with a cup of tea to read it straight through.

The other two quote books I own are shorter and more fun. I’ve mentioned before Jan Karon’s Mitford book series, of which I’ve only read the first book. Karon has produced several companion books to the series, including Patches of Godlight and A Continual Feast, which contain inspirational quotes “collected by Father Tim,” the main character in the series.

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The two books are great, both because of the quotes chosen(many religious and spiritual, some funny, some literary) and because of the format – a handwritten quote journal by a favorite book character. These are good books to read through if you need an escape from whatever’s going on in the real world.

 

I know there are other great quote compilations out there, but these three have served me well. Feel free to chime in with your favorite quotes … especially the brilliant one next to your high school yearbook picture.

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