So, asking a bibliophile and music obsessive for her favourite quotations is like asking a mother which child she loves the most. It was almost impossible to narrow it down, but I managed to decide, based purely on the first six lines that sprang to mind.
1. When I first read The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, I spent much of the time madly nodding in recognition. My copy is filled with pencil marks and underlinings - something I hadn't really done in a novel since I was a teenager - because the book is so full of relatable lines. My favourite is this, said by his teacher to narrator Charlie:
“Sometimes people use thought to not participate in life."
2. I didn't totally love the film Liberal Arts, but this quotation, which is not dissimilar to the one above, stuck in my mind:
"I just started to feel like reading about life was taking time away from actually living life, so I'm trying to, like, accept invitations to things, say "hi" to the world a little more... I keep thinking I'd be so much happier in bed with a book, and that makes me feel not super cool. I still read tons. I just feel like I'm more aware of a book's limitations. Does that make sense?"
When I heard this in the film, I felt like shouting "YES!" and doing a fist pump. Everything about it is just me, completely and utterly. This one line made up for the film in general being pretty disappointing.
3. The Smashing Pumpkins are pretty much my favourite band of all time, and I couldn't narrow it down to just one line. So first, we have (from Muzzle, on 1995's Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness album):
"I fear that I am ordinary just like everyone."
It's a ridiculous line, right? Typical Billy Corgan: overblown and juvenile, the sound of every teenage tantrum ever thrown. But also... isn't it just totally true? Don't we all fear, deep down, that we're ordinary and workaday and that there's nothing special about us in the least? Or maybe that's just me.
4. And secondly, from Siamese Dream track Rocket:
"I miss me, I miss everything I'll never be."
This is a line I love so much that I'm sorta/kinda/maybe planning on getting a tattoo of it.
5. I couldn't talk about favourite quotations without quoting The Smiths. From Handsome Devil, it is of course:
"There's more to life than books you know, but not much more."
I have this quotation framed in my front room, and I could not agree with it more.
6. Finally, I'm planning a whole post around this last one. From Nick Hornby's novel High Fidelity:
"What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos... nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?"
I'd love to hear about your favourite quotations, hit me up in the comments below.