Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Feeling Better and Some Quotes

Hello! Hope everyone who celebrated had a wonderfully happy Halloween! As you may have guessed from this update I'm feeling much better today though the pain has been on and off for the last several days. I'll get around to checking up on everyone and seeing what I've missed over the next week or so.

I actually posted a review today for Inkheart and since it's one of my favorites I thought I'd share the passages I liked best here. There may be spoilers so beware:

Quotes from Inkheart

Some books should be tasted/ some devoured, but only a few/ should be chewed thoroughly.

“If you take a book with you on a journey,” Mo had said when he put the first one in her box, “an odd thing happens: The book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words: the sights you saw in that place, what it smelled like, the ice cream you ate while reading it… yes, books are like flypaper-- memories cling to the printed page better than anything else.”

“You’re the one who says books have to be heavy because the whole world’s inside them.” ~ Meggie

She felt almost as if she could hear the books whispering on the other side of the half-open door. They were promising her a thousand unknown stories, a thousand doors into worlds she had never seen before.

“All books are in safe hands with me,” replied Elinor, sounding cross. “You know that. They’re my children, my inky children, and I look after them well.

The fire licked his skin like something living, a darting, burning creature that he had befriended, a creature that caressed him and danced for him and drove the night away.

Why do grown-ups think its easier for children to bear secrets than the truth? Don’t they know about the horror stories we imagine to explain the secrets? ~ Meggie

“Perhaps there’s another, much larger story behind the printed one, a story that changes just as our own world does. And the letters on the page tell us only as much as we’d see peering through a keyhole. Perhaps the story in the book is just the lid on a pan: It always stays the same, but underneath there’s a whole world that goes on-- developing and changing like our own world.”~ Mo

Mo’s face stayed with her in her slumber. It emerged in her dreams like a dark moon with figures leaping from its mouth, living creatures-- fat, thin, large, small, they hopped out and ran away in a long line. A woman, scarcely more than a shadow, was dancing on the moon’s nose-- and suddenly the moon smiled.

“A world of so many pages, Silvertongue, so very many pages, and I want to write my name on every one of them.” ~ Capricorn

“You know, it’s a funny thing about writers. Most people don’t stop to think of books being written by people much like themselves. They think writers are all dead long ago-- they don’t expect to meet them in the street or out shopping. They know their stories but not their names, and certainly not their faces. And most writers like it that way--.” ~ Mo

“And she loved his ink-black heart. Your heart is a stone, Capricorn, a black stone with about as much human sympathy as a lump of coal, and you are very, very proud of that.” ~ Fengolio

“I mean the magic of the written word. Nothing is more powerful for good or evil, I do assure you.” Fenoglio lowered his voice to a whisper. “I made you yourself out of words and letters, Basta! You and Capricorn.”

She had been right. The world was a terrible place, cruel, pititless, dark as a bad dream. Not a good place to live in. Only in books could you find pity, comfort, happiness-- and love. Books loved anyone who opened them, they gave you security and friendship and didn’t ask anything in return; they never went away, never, not even when you treated them badly. Love, truth, beauty, wisdom, and consolation against death. Who had said that? Someone else who loved books; she couldn’t remember the author’s name, only the words. Words are immortal-- until someone comes along and burns them. ~ Elinor

In books hatred is often described as hot, but at Cpricorn’s festivities Meggie discovered it was cold-- an ice-cold hand that stops the heart and presses it like a clenched fist against the ribs. Hatred made her freeze, in spite of the mild air wafting around her, telling her that the world was a good, safe place.

Meggie stroked its binding as she always did before opening a book. She had seen Mo doing the same. Ever since she could remember she had known that movement-- the way he would pick up a book, stroke the binding almost tenderly, then open it as if he were opening a box filled to the brim with precious things. Of course, the marvels you hoped to find might not be waiting inside the covers, so then you closed the book, sorry that its promise had not been kept. But Inkheart was not a book of that kind. Badly told stories never come to life. There are no Dustfingers in them, nor even a Basta.

“I’m only a kind of book doctor. I can give books new bindings, rejuvenate them a little, stop the bookworms from eating them, and prevent them from losing their pages over the years like a man loses his hair. But inventing the stories in them, filling new, empty pages with the right words-- I can’t do that. That’s a very different trade. A famous writer once wrote, ‘An author can be seen as three things: a storyteller, a teacher, or a magician-- but the magician, the enchanter, is in the ascendant.’ I always thought he was right about that.”


  1. Glad to hear you're feeling better,Lady Tink and thanks for the Inkheart quotes! Nice to hear some love for the tried and true print edition:)

  2. I am pleased to hear you are feeling better. I would press Mark as Read on your google reader, otherwise you will feel more stressed out.

    I loved Inkheart and yet I still haven't read the other two.

  3. I'm very glad to hear you're feeling better, Jen!

  4. I am glad to hear you are feeling better!

  5. Glad to hear you're feeling better! (I skipped the Inkheart quotes because I don't want to read any spoilers!)

  6. I'm glad to hear you are feeling better. I like the inkheart quotes!

  7. I'm glad you're feeling better, Jen! Take care!

  8. I am just glad that you are on the mend of feeling better!!! ((Hugs to you)) The world is not the same without Lady Tink floating around!!
    Hope you have a great night!

  9. I'm glad to hear you're feeling better.

  10. Glad to know you're feeling better now, Jen! I missed you!

    I remember those INKHEART quotes! :D

  11. Glad you feel better!

    I love Inkheart. It's one of my absolute favorites. I've been meaning to read the other two books for quite a while but my never ending review pile gets in the way. I really must read them. There's just something so enchanting and beautiful about Inkheart. Loved it so much. Thanks for the quotes! Loved reading them.


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