Category: Quote Books

Apr 14

Potent Quotables

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Happy Tuesday Bookworms!

I know there are a lot of people out there who are big into highlighting their books and quoting amazingness all over the place. It’s awesome, but frankly, I’m too lazy to do it most of the time. However. This week the folks at The Broke and the Bookish challenged the book blogosphere to get their “inspirational” quotes on for another thrilling edition of Top Ten Tuesday. Now, in fairness, my quotes aren’t necessarily inspirational because I would feel too much like a motivational poster if I went there. But. These are some of my favorite quotes on a variety of topics. Out of books, obviously.

potent quoteables

I first ran across the phrase “Potent Quotables” at Psychobabble. I’m not sure if Lyssa is the originator of the phrase but I adore it. Because Jeopardy!

1. On Joy: “She wished she had known back then. Known that happiness isn’t a point in time you leave behind. It’s what’s ahead of you. Every single day.”― Sarah Addison Allen, First Frost (review)

2. On Laughter: “There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.”― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower (review)

3. On Fate: “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

4. On Underdogs: “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” ― Neil Gaiman, Coraline (review)

5. On Humanity: “We like to pretend that our generous impulses come naturally. But the reality is we often become our kindest, most ethical selves only by seeing what it feels like to be a selfish jackass first. It’s the reason… we have to get burned before we understand the power of fire; the reason our most meaningful relationships are so often those that continued beyond the very juncture at which they came the closest to ending.” ― Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar (review)

6. On Truth and Finesse:

7. On Grief: “You know, a heart can be broken, but it still keeps a-beating just the same.” ― Fannie Flagg, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
8.  On Perspective: “Nothing is either as bad or good as it seems.”― Helen Fielding, Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination

9. On Imagination: “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

10. On Metaphysics. And Mary friggin Poppins: “The same substance composes us–the tree overhead, the stone beneath us, the bird, the beast, the star–we are all one, all moving to the same end.” ― P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins (review)

And there we have it. Potent Quotables a la Katie. What are some of your favorite quotes, Bookworms? Anybody else feel like they could have simply quoted the entirety of Tiny Beautiful Things?

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May 12

He’s Got The Whole World in His Pants

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Good Day, Bookworms!

This week I’m going to be traveling (the husband is going to be home though, take note, burglars!) to visit my BFF in Ohio. She’s just had a brand new little girl, and Crazy Aunt Katie can’t resist fresh baby. Her brother went and grew up on me (though at the ripe old age of 6 he’s now into Harry Potter, so yay!) In any case, I might be slow to respond to comments and/or with the social media. I trust you’ll forgive me.

wholeworldinhispantsWhen I was in middle school and my BFF and I were in the throes of our attached-at-the-hip-insane-giggle-fest stage, my parents acquired a book called He’s Got the Whole World in His Pants by Gavin Edwards. It’s a compilation of misheard song lyrics and we found it HYSTERICAL. The lyric that got us laughing harder than anything else? The lyrics for Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer.” They’re often misheard, but typically invoke the name of Tony Danza. This one though. This one.

Correct Lyric: “Hold me closer, Tiny Dancer.”

Misheard Lyric: “Hold my clothes and tie me down, Sir.” 

I’m not sure if it was the idea of nudity, bondage, or just the extreme politeness of the sentiment but it always sent us into uncontrollable laughter. I thought it might be fun to expose some of my and my nearest and dearest’s personally misheard lyrics. Shall we?

Jim is up first, my poor long-suffering husband. He’s a clean fellow, which helps to explain his latest lyric flub. While listening to Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors,” Jim heard:

Correct Lyric: “You and me and a pocketful of soul”

Jim’s Lyric: “You and me and  a pocketful of SOAP”

I can’t help but imagine a dude walking around in jeans foaming at the pockets with soap suds… Jim’s not alone in his lyrical incorrectness. I’ve made my share of bonehead lyric interpretations, and since we’re talking about my BFF here, I’m going to go with one of the songs that defined our grunge era teen angst, “Pepper” by the Butthole Surfers:

Correct Lyric: “They were all in love with dying”

Katie’s Lyric: “They were all in love with DIANE”

In my defense, the lyrics leading up to this point in the song list off a variety of people’s names and their escapades… I just thought they all had a thing for the illustrious Diane. It made sense to me. Of course, I also rationalized this gem from Cheryl Crow’s “Every Day Is a Winding Road“:

Correct Lyric: “I’ve been living on coffee and nicotine”

Katie’s Lyric: “I’ve been living on coffee and LUTEIN.”

At the time this song was popular, there was a commercial airing discussing the benefits of lutein, a vitamin that is supposed to promote eye health. I just ASSUMED Cheryl Crow was into vitamin supplements. Turns out she was a smoker. Still, at least I had a REASONS for thinking what I did within the context of the songs. My mom’s is perhaps more understandable, but infinitely funnier when considering the subject matter of the song, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising“:

Correct Lyric: “There’s a bad moon on the rise”

Mom’s Lyric: “There’s a BATHROOM on the RIGHT.”

Don’t go out tonight, folks. There may or may not be a bathroom on your right. You know how dangerous that can be. If you’re in the mood for some giggles circa 1996, track down a copy of He’s Got the Whole World in His Pants and have yourself yourself a giggle!

Have you got any misheard song lyrics you’d like to own up to?