Top Ten Tuesday: Book quotes that make me smile

This week's Top Ten Tuesday (hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl) is books that make you smile - I've tried to sum this up with a few quotes. We probably could all do with a bit of cheering up lately, and I had fun finding these. Warm characters that you care about, nice moments and jokes at inappropriate moments - all good for the soul I think.

"Why," demanded Ron, "Have you outlined all Lockhart's lessons in little hearts?!"

- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 

The Chamber of Secrets is the funniest of the Harry Potter books I think. Every re-read I'm always surprised by how much it makes me laugh. 

"I take no leave of you Miss Bennet. I send no compliments to your mother, you deserve no such attention."

-Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

There are two types of Jane Austen fans - those who think she's funny, and those who don't. I really don't get the second type.

"Rose had the sort of eyes that manage perfectly well with things close by, but entirely blur out things far away. Because of this even the brightest stars had only appeared as silvery smudges in the darkness. In all her life, Rose had never properly seen a star.

Tonight there was a sky full.
Rose looked up, and it was like walking into a dark room and someone switching on the universe."

- Indigo's Star by Hilary McKay

The Casson books make me laugh out loud but they're also full of beautiful warm moments. I like this one a lot - where Rose first looks at the night sky with her glasses on. My Dad says he thought stars were imaginary before he got his first pair.

"Sir," she said "You are no gentleman."
"An apt observation," he answered, airily. "And you miss, are no lady."

- Gone with the Wind  by Margaret Mitchell

"It struck me as pretty ridiculous to be called Mr. Darcy and to stand on your own looking snooty at a party. It's like being called Heathcliff and insisting on spending the entire evening in the garden, shouting "Cathy" and banging your head against a tree."

-Bridget Jones' Diary by Helen Fielding

"I've got two neptunes here," said Harry after a while, frowning down at his piece of parchment, "that can't be right, can it?"
"Aaaaah," said Ron, imitating Professor Trelawney's mystical whisper, "when two neptunes appear in the sky, it is a sure sign that a midget in glasses is being born, Harry..."

- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 

I spoke to him severely. [...]
"You know what you promised me, Erik? No more murders!"

- The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

"Marcus followed him into the kitchen. It wasn't like their kitchen at home - it was smaller and whiter, and had loads of gadgets, most of which looked like they'd never been used. [...]
"What's this?" 
"Ice cream maker. What do you want?"
"I'll have some ice cream, if you're making it."
"I'm not. It takes hours." 

- About a Boy by Nick Hornby

About a Boy makes me smile all the way through - is it partly nostalgia for the film? Maybe. But I love Will and Marcus, and I love the tone of the writing. 

"If I don't keep this job, then my only future career-options are working in Argos, or being a prostitute,' I say, wildly.

'Maybe you could work in Argos as a prostitute,' my mother says, merrily. She appears to be enjoying this conversation. 'They could list you in the catalogue, and people could queue up, and wait for you to come down the conveyor belt."

- How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

Caitlin Moran's duology How to Build a Girl and How to be Famous aren't always light and fun -  but they're also properly funny and warm and life-affirming. The essay about how musicians should learn to respect their teenage girl fans is everything.  

"It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end… because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing… this shadow. Even darkness must pass."

- The Lord of the Rings : The Two Towers by J.R.R Tolkien


  1. This is a fantastic list! Love it :D Particularly Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings :D

  2. I adored this post! It was so heartwarming and honestly just what we all need at a time like this. Thanks for stopping by earlier.

  3. Ugh I love that LotR quote. To be honest nothing's ever going to funnier than the Phantom in the Phantom of the Opera being called Erik. Great list!

    1. I just can't take him seriously once they start calling him by his name! Thanks!

  4. I love that Austen quote. And the LoTR one too! I love it when a book makes me smile or laugh. And you're right, especially now we need a little humor!

    1. Thanks, there were so many Jane Austen ones I wanted to put in, had to restrain myself!

  5. That quote "...Even darkness must pass..." from The Lord of the Rings : The Two Towers by J.R.R Tolkien always makes me smile. :) Here's my TTT list this week.

  6. I'll have to re-read 'the chamber of secrets' again just for laughs.

    I think Austen's books are funny but not Mansfield Park, I can't find that book funny at all. Okay, I might not have finished reading it.

    I enjoyed the quotes you have chosen to highlight the joy of these books.

    Have a lovely day.

    1. You too! Mansfield Park's got it's moments aswell, there's some great stuff when she goes back to her family near the end and is shocked at the way her siblings fight, that makes me laugh. Thanks!

  7. I forget how clever and funny the HP books are, the movies miss the mark so on that.

    And those who don't think JA books are funny are probably those who don't realize they are SUPPOSED to be funny or who think they are SO different for "not liking" JA. I remember an absurd review of someone who clearly set out to dislike Pride and Prejudice to be DifFerEnT. Said person clearly missed the sarcasm in those books. I do say I do struggle to laugh in some of the books as much as others.

    1. The jokes do get a bit lost in the Harry Potter films. Same with Jane Austen sometimes, especially the Keira Knightly Pride and Prejudice. I feel like they've all got their moments but Pride and Prejudice is definitely the funniest - I had a seminar at uni where most of the class spent the whole time saying how it wasn't funny at all and it made me so sad!!

    2. I wonder if people are judging by the movies for JA? And then when they read the books they miss it somehow? Or they are just used to modern humor. I kind of understand it not passing for some Americans (allegedly we don't understand sarcasm/facetiousness/irony, granted I've never hardly met any of those people, it's just our humor isn't subtle, but I wouldn't call JA subtle?).

    3. I think the film versions definitely influence it - if you were going into the books not expecting them to be funny aswell, you could miss it, but it's just different senses of humour as well I suppose.

  8. I love this list! You can't go wrong with LOTR :D

    Here's my Top Ten Tuesday post.

    Happy reading

  9. Great list! I need to read Pride and Prejudice for sure.

    My TTT:

    1. Thanks! Pride and Prejudice is a lot of fun :)

  10. The Austen quote though! Always assured some great quotes from her books. :) Fun spin on this topic. Thanks so much for the visit to Finding Wonderland.


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