“Best Quotes” lists are everywhere, each with their own take on what collection of ten or twenty or one hundred lines constitute the cream of the crop in English literature. They're absolutely wonderful, and I’ve spent many an hour online simply trawling through them, enjoying the genius of the authors showcased. However, most of these lists stick exclusively the kinds of books that everyone agrees are masterpieces, the kinds that get studied in high schools and colleges around the country. In focusing on these novels, best quotes lists often neglect lines from contemporary or pop-culture works of literature that are also deserving of recognition. So, in honor of excellent writing no matter where it appears, here are some of my favorite lines that probably won’t appear on most best quotes lists.
1. “Let the guilt teach you how to be brave next time.” –Veronica Roth, Divergent
2. “The trouble with small furry animals in a corner is that, just occasionally, one of them’s a mongoose.” – Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad
3. “Be careful of love. It’ll twist your brain around and leave you thinking that up is down and right is wrong.” –Rick Riordan, The Battle of The Labyrinth
4. “The boys throw rocks at the frogs in jest. But the frogs die in earnest” –Joanna Russ, The Female Man
5. “When you can live forever, what do you live for?” –Stephanie Meyer, New Moon
6. “Before the blast, they say there’d been sermons about fire, about the end of the world. The fire itself gave the final sermon, and after that there were no more.” –Francesca Haig, The Fire Sermon
7. “That’s the thing about pain. It demands to be felt.” –John Green, The Fault In Our Stars
8. “A profound love between two people involves, after all, the power and chance of doing profound hurt.” – Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness
9. “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth would that make it not real?” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows
10. “Collective thinking is usually short-lived. We’re fickle, stupid beings with poor memories and a great gift for self-destruction. But who knows? Maybe this time will be it.” –Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay
If you have any pop-culture quotes that you're particularly fond of, let me know in the comments!
With excitement and optimism,