Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Bookish Quotations

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


Oh my!

Book quotes! There are just so many to choose from! I love me a quotation and – yes – I am that sort of person who will pepper their speech with quotations and allusions and references which really annoy a lot of people. And I do love those books which do the same thing. Reading Kate Atkinson’s Transcription at the moment – and all of Atkinson is so deliciously literary – I love Juliet’s damnation of Perry that

Any romantic notions she may have been fostering had been entirely numbed by cold and hunger. He was currently expounding on the regurgitating habits of owls. ‘Fur and bone of voles and mice,’ he said, and she thought of the witches in Macbeth and she laughed and responded with, ‘Eye of newt and toe of frog.’

‘Well, yes,’ he said, perplexed by the allusion. ‘Frogs – and rats – are occasionally found in their pellets. Shrews are common. You can identify the different species by their jawbones.’ He had no Shakespeare, she realized.


So let’s begin this list with the impossible task of reducing Shakespeare to his top ten quotes. And to make it harder, I am going to limit myself to quotations of no more than a line – evocative and potent, even when out of context, rather than literary references.

Rather than just a list, though, I thought I’d do it as a poll – to be honest just to play with different block on the blog! But please do make my day and click for your favourite!

And the joy of Shakespeare – one of so many joys! – is how he can be used in so many different contexts which he could never have anticipated. Like covid. Clearly prophesied in Macbeth!

Moving on to just an utterly self-indulgent survey of lovely bookish quotes, let’s consider one of my favourite and intimidatingly intelligent writers about writing,..

Umberto Eco

Quotes about libraries

And finally just a quick round up of lovely bookish ideas and quotes


October 6: Book Covers with Fall Colors/Vibes (or spring if you live in the southern hemisphere)
October 13: Super Long Book Titles
October 20: Books I Read Because Someone Recommended Them to Me (tell us who recommended them, if you want!)
October 27: Halloween Freebie


  1. I need to re-read The Name of the Rose. The first time I read it was for a political philosophy class and was bored out of my mind, so I think I need to give it another chance. Great list!!

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