Discover

I discovered The Folio Society yesterday. I instantly fell in love with a number of their books, and I’m currently trying to decide which book(s) I want to purchase for myself. I’ve always loved books, and am starting to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of art (SF MOMA and the de Young Museum are some of my favorite places in the city). I can’t wait to add these books to my personal library.

Quotes: September Edition

I wrote a blog post talking about how I write down lines from books I’m reading. Here are some lines that I loved from the books that I read in September:

(I also just realized that both the books I read in September were about World War 2)

People aren’t supposed to look back. I’m certainly not going to do it anymore. — Slaughterhouse-Five

But sleep would not come. Tears came instead.  — Slaughterhouse-Five

“That’s one thing Earthlings might learn to do, if they tried hard enough: Ignore the awful times, and concentrate on the good ones.” — Slaughterhouse-Five

“Other people’s dreams aren’t very interesting, usually.” — Slaughterhouse-Five

The worst can always be true. — The Nightingale

Inside, the house echoed the voice of a man who wasn’t there. — The Nightingale

I belong to a generation that didn’t expect to be protected from every danger. — The Nightingale

Vianne finished the letter and immediately began reading it again. — The Nightingale

But when he looked at her — and she looked at him — they both knew that there was something worse than kissing the wrong person.
It was wanting to.
The Nightingale

“Now that you’ve met me, you’ll never be able to forget me. That’s something.” — The Nightingale

I see the surgeon in him suddenly, the man who is used to staring past blood and bone to find what is broken. — The Nightingale

How can I start at the beginning, when all I can think about is the end? — The Nightingale

“Some stories don’t have happy endings. Even love stories. Maybe especially love stories.” — The Nightingale

Quotes: August Edition

I wrote a blog post talking about how I write down lines from books I’m reading. Here are some lines that I loved from the book that I read in August:

It’s tough to live with people stuck in the past, isn’t it? — Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution. — Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I exist to serve. — Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Thank you for being my light in the darkness. — Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Quotes: July Edition

I wrote a blog post talking about how I write down lines from books I’m reading. Here are some lines that I loved from books that I read in July:

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. — Mother Night

No one has mastered the art of life. Everyone is just stumbling in the dark. — Here

It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety. — Foundation

To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as well. — Foundation

Memories sting when they come suddenly. — Foundation

Quotes: June Edition

I wrote a blog post talking about how I write down lines from books I’m reading. Here are some lines that I loved from books that I read in June:

She had studied the universe all her life, but had overlooked its clearest message: For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love. — Contact 

It’s in the code — there’s a method called clay_is_awesome. I assume every programmer writes one of those. — Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

This sounds very interesting to me, but mostly because this girl is very interesting to me. — Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

“They’re not magic. They’re only as capable as their programmers, right?” — Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

The most vital things we hide even from ourselves. — Fortune Smiles

“Toucan cereal.” — Fortune Smiles

There are many challenges to long distance running, but one of the greatest is the question of where to put one’s house keys. — The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

“He knows she isn’t perfect. She knows he definitely isn’t perfect. They know there’s no such thing as perfect.” — The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

It strikes him that it is odd to have to use the thing that may not be working to consider the thing that isn’t working. — The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

In the end, we are collected works. — The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Quotes: May Edition

I wrote a blog post talking about how I write down lines from books I’m reading. Here are some lines that I loved from books that I read in May:

“No piece of software is ever bug free.” — Snow Crash

“I became the sky.” — God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian

In the limit, the Menger sponge is an object with an infinitely large surface area that is also invisible. — Here’s Looking at Euclid: A Surprising Excursion Through the Astonishing World of Math

(The Menger sponge is fascinating)

When it comes to sums, nothing makes all the difference. — Here’s Looking at Euclid: A Surprising Excursion Through the Astonishing World of Math

Love

I love reading. I really do. I love how books allow me transcend my current physical and mental state and enter new realms. I love experiencing the world through the eyes and mind of another. I love how the words speak to me.

A few months ago I started writing down lines from a book I was reading. These were lines that I felt were exceedingly beautiful, or that simply appealed to me at that moment in time. This has now turned into a habit for every book that I read.

The line that started this all? It’s from The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao:

It’s never the changes we want that change everything.