October 17, 2008

THE FIVE: Favorite Lines From Books

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Why is it that we can memorize song lyrics and remember lines from full movie scenes, but when it comes to thinking of a significant sentence or important line in a book, we struggle to come up with one? Or maybe it’s just me who has trouble thinking of specific groupings of words in books . . .

Regardless of my mind’s reluctance to remember quotes from my favorite writing, I was determined to collect and record the most memorable lines I could find. So I searched through the best parts of a few of my top book choices and found five great lines and quotes that I shall now never forget:

Diaryofawimpykid5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
“The real reason I agreed to do this at all is because I figure later on when I’m rich and famous I’ll have better things to do than answer people’s stupid questions all day long.”


Charlie_and_the_chocolate_factory_4 4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
“Everything in this room is eatable. Even I’m eatable. But that is called cannibalism, my dear children, and is in fact frowned upon in most societies.”



3. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”



2. If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko
“You have to be a size three and named Barbie for my giggle. Between my giggle and the extra forty pounds, I’ve got to be the coolest girl in the whole seventh grade.”



1. The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
“The way your life plays out depends on which dominoes you choose to push over and which ones you leave alone.”

Can YOU remember and record your favorite book quote or line? Challenge on!

— Carly M., STACKS Staffer

  1. elfheroine1

    Favorite quotes??
    Oh, The Lord of the Rings,
    Billbo: “Third and finally, I wish to make an ANNOUNCEMENT. I regret to announce that though, as I said, eleventh-one years is far too short a time to spend among you, this is the END. I am going. I am leaving NOW. GOOD-BYE!”
    And Anakin Skywalker and Tru Veld, in Jedi Quest.
    Anakin: “Save it. Time’s up. The evacuation is beginning. You can get aboard a ship—”
    Tru: “Or we can stick you in a detention cell,”
    Anakin: “And things are so confusing around here, we just might forget to get you out before the winds shift,”
    Ruuin(bad guy): “C’mon. You wouldn’t do that. You’re Jedi.”
    Anakin: “Technically, we’re not, We’re TRAINING to be Jedi.”
    Tru: “There’s quite a difference, actually, we’re just learning the rules.”
    Anakin: “So let me think. Is it against Jedi rules to leave a suspect imprisoned when we know a deadly toxin is in the air? You have any idea, Tru?”
    Tru: “I think I skipped that class.”
    The Legacy of the Force, Bloodlines, book 2
    Ben Skywalker: “I’m sure I’ve seen you before, nice to meet you ma’am.”
    Lumiya: “You might have seen me around the university.”
    Ben: “I’m only thirteen.”
    Lumiya: “Really? Oh, perhaps not, then.”
    And Artemis Fowl
    Holly: “Leave Artemis alone. This is not the time to blame him.”
    Artemis: “Thank you.”
    Holly: “There’s plenty of time for that later.”
    Artemis: “That was completely uncalled for.”
    And Gollum
    Tee hee!

  2. pacohaley

    Umm, well, most of the ones I know are from PJO, oh here’s one. It’s when Nico keeps asking Percy questions in The Titan’s Curse.
    By that time I wanted to stuff the kid in a steak-flavored sack and throw him to the wolves.
    Or something like that. I’m sure I could think of more…. PJO has a ton of that stuff.

  3. Katharine

    Like This one From Harry Potter 7 “Stop it!” “Why? It’s not hurting you !” Thats only 7 words simple! This is From Chapter 33 pg.664. If You would like to read the parts I didn’t put in it! You can !

  4. Emma

    This is from “Ink heart” The most amazing book ever!
    ‘Meggie looked over at her suspiciously. “While we’re here on our own, do you think you could stop looking at me as if you wanted to poison me all of the time? Could that be arranged?”
    Haha. Not the funnest moment, but one of them.
    Read Ink heart! :D

  5. Ariel (magic*esi)

    Well, I always tend to remember lines from books, and most of those are funny but I have some serious ones.
    1. “Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold.” from the Outsiders. We read this in school so everyone memorized all the important lines.
    2. “Oh look! A Blibbering Humdinger!” from Harry Potter 7. It’s not that hard to remember, as it’s five words long, but I like it anyway.
    3. “Don’t Look Now, but look who it is.” from Don’t Look Now, Clarice Bean. I thought it was so funny.
    Those are all I can think of…

  6. Cindy (_lady_of_wisdom_)

    This is from “The Battle of the Labrynth”
    I nodded, looking at Rachel with respect.
    “You hit the Lord of the Titans in the eye with a blue plastic hairbrush.”

  7. Tamarinia

    This is from Hidden Talents by David Lubar… If you sing this to the tung of ‘My Darling Clemintine’, I gurrentee it will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day!
    Every fraction has to numbers
    seperated by a line.
    If the numerator’s greater
    You can simlifiy it fine.
    Use subtraction, use subtraction
    Or divison to save time.
    You’ll reduce that pesky fraction
    Don’t forget this little rhyme!

  8. Zoe

    Do favorite chapter titles count? Some of my favorites are “In Which a Great Many Cats Express Opinions”and “In Which the Plot Positivly Curdles and the King of Dragons loses her Temper” from Calling on Dragons,”Everybody Hates Me but the Horse”,”I Get a New Enemy for Christmas”and”I Break a Few Rocket Ships” from The Titan’s Curse,and”The Schwa Gets Radiation Therapy in a Room That Doesn’t Smell That Good No Matter How Many Times It’s Disinfected” from The Schwa Was Here.

  9. Spartana

    Ah…Alcatraz Verses the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson… There is so many good qutates in this book it’s hard to narrow it down… But, alas, here are a few:
    “Don’t say that, boy! There are apsolutly no gaks here! Why do you think there is so much straw around?!”
    “We’ll just sit here-”
    “In our cages-”
    “Contemplating our impending doom.”
    “Blasted giant penguins.”
    “What’s your talent?”
    “I have the talent to trip and fall.”
    “I can say things that make no sense whatsoever.”
    “I thought everyone here had that talent.”
    I could name millions more. :) I highly recommend this book!!!

  10. S

    How about this one between Peeves and Professor Flitwick from Harry Potter:
    “Where did they go, Peeves?”
    “Shan’t say nothing unless you say please.”
    “NOTHING! Ha haaa! You said please so I said nothing!”
    I’ve being longing to do that to someone… :)

  11. Floramundi

    My favorite quote is from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. It’s from Dobby.
    “Then Dobby must di it,sir, for Harry Potter’s own good.”

  12. Jack

    One of my favorite lines, from Harry Potter 7:
    “Snape in Dumbledore’s study – Merlin’s pants!” yelled Hermione.

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