In the last two years, my good friend and business colleague Dean Kirkland WA native like myself, have made over 20 trips between our Washington DC office and our Vancouver office. We always like to keep costs down where we can and so much of these journeys was done in the car. Naturally the gives a great deal of time to talk about stuff and try to have some fun. We often play games in the car and as we are both bookworms, we usually like to pick out our favorite quotes, and see if the other knows where it is from. As a result, we have assembled a list of our favorite quotes of all time, check them out and see if you agree.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

Maya Angelou

“I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.”

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“One must be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

—Cassandra Clare, The Infernal Devices

“I could hear the human noise we sat there making, not one of us moving, not even when the room went dark.”

—Raymond Carver, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”

“We cross our bridges as we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and the presumption that once our eyes watered.”

—Tom Stoppard, Rosencratz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.”

-George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

You know that dejection that comes upon you when you realize that the person you’re talking to might as well be from Jupiter, for all the chance you have of making them get what you’re saying? I hate that.”

― Julie Powell, Julie and Julia

“You are not your job, you’re not how much money you have in the bank. You are not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You are not your fucking khakis. You are all singing, all dancing crap of the world.”

— Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

“D’you know what happens when you hurt people?’ Ammu said. ‘When you hurt people, they begin to love you less. That’s what careless words do. They make people love you a little less.”

—The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

What are your favorite book quotes? Let us know in the comments section below this post.

 

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