Should You Collect Bookish Quotes? (Ft. Reasons Why You Should)

Posted March 6, 2018 by Sophia

Sometimes I’m horrible at getting my ideas across, so I like to collect bookish quotes to help me.

I kid you not. I’m a quote junkie, I collect quotes and I have no shame in admitting this. And if I didn’t lose anything and everything, I would have a book of quotes as well. (And then there’s work – probably not professional to do that.)

In fact, if quotes were building blocks like Legos, I’d have a mansion as well.ย So roomy. I can collect all the books! And no rent to pay. I can save money to buy all the books on my wishlist! Who wouldn’t?

Let’s talk about why some bookwormsย collect quotes, and why you should join us.

Because if they start allowing quotes to be in the physical form, you’ll want to be prepared, right?

1. Help! Motivation Level = LOW.

Sometimes you’re in a mood or a funk and there’s no one else available who can help improve it (they have busy reading lives too).

2. They’re smol and compact and fit in pockets nicely.

Quotes come in all shapes and sizes and can be reformatted to fit in the tiniest of tiny spaces. Everything else is too heavy.

3. The TBR will eventually topple over. Quotes can’t topple over. (Or they take a long time to do so.)

Because quotes aren’t in the physical form that can be stacked upon stacks of each other, youย can’t be killed. Your friends won’t be killed. Your family won’t be killed. Heck, your neighbors will appreciate you a lot because they’ll survive.

4. You might not like rereading but you like rereading small snippets.

Some bookworms like rereading, some bookworms don’t! But we all have our favorites scenes and lines that we’d love to pull out from the book.

5. Does anyone get the reference? Anyone???

Sometimes we quote our favorite lines and passages because why not and also they’re phrased better. Or… you want to test the world and see if they get the reference because if they do you may or may not befriend them. (What if they’re a fellow bookworm?!)

6. You can use them as sources of protection!

What better way to protect yourself than giving people a thousand paper quotes from your favorite quotes?

7. They’re more entertaining than textbooks

Textbooks are dense and confusing and omg my brain wants to scream after 30 minutes. Hahaha, what even is school reading because I don’t read school books. Quotes probably provide a much better source of entertainment.

8. Pretty wall decorations

Wallpapers are repetitive. Who has time for those when you can create your own and be surrounded by inspiration everywhere you go?*

*Disclaimer: I would not actually do this.

Let’s talk: Do you collect quotes? Have you considered collecting quotes? What are your favorite bookish quotes?

Sophia started blogging in February 2012 for the hell of it and is surprisingly still around. She has a GIF for nearly everything, probably listens to too much K-Pop and is generally in an existential crisis of sorts (she's trying her best). In 2020, she graduated with a Bachelor's in Communications and minor in Women's Studies. More of her bookish reviews and K-pop Roundups can be found at The Arts STL.

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39 responses to “Should You Collect Bookish Quotes? (Ft. Reasons Why You Should)

  1. Such a fun spin on this week’s topic, Sophia!! I confess, I don’t take much note of quotes after I finish a book – especially since I don’t read many e-books. I like a quote sometimes when reading a book, but then I forget its poignancy later on because it’s on to a new read. That said, those that I do spy again or manage to save on Goodreads are beautiful. Love your idea of using them as wall art too! That would be fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.

    • Thanks, Rissi! eBooks are definitely easier than physical books since you can highlight, haha. I tend to forget a lot when it comes to physical books, but yes, Goodreads is extremely helpful trying to get quotes from the books I’ve read that I forget to mark. ^_^

  2. I love quotes, whether from books or movies. Fun topic. ๐Ÿ™‚ #5 is awesome- I have SO done that, when I suspected someone might get a reference so I just put it out there. Ha ha and it’s awesome when they DO get it! And yes to #1 because a favorite quote can definitely improve your mood!

  3. I love collecting quotes in books! I tend to have sticky notes close to me whenever I read a physichal copy of a book just to mark quotes I like. I love it when one single quote can capture the entire spirit of a book. Oh and yes I do like re-reading but I also love re-reading certain snippets.

  4. I think my comment was eaten… If not, let me just add that my dream is to write quotes on my bedroom wall. One of those super-beautiful ones that would inspire me every day.

    • Nope, not eaten! Though weird WordPress users aren’t auto approved after one comment… Sigh.

      The quotes that capture the spirit of the book are rare and amazing and I just love them.

      Writing quotes on your bedroom wall sounds like a neat idea! You’ll be surrounded by your favorites every time you walk in your room, sleep… I can’t imagine a better wall, haha.

  5. I don’t collect quotes but every once in a while I do find myself perusing Goodreads quotes of some of my favorite books because I don’t typically re-read books but I enjoy re-reading snippets.

  6. Poinsettia

    Nice take on this week’s topic! I completely agree with #4. I do enjoy re-reading, but don’t often have time, so there are actually very few books I’ve read more than a couple of times. Quotes are nice little reminders of the books I’ve loved. Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  7. Jo

    Love the way you did your list this week! I totally get the last one as I have quotes all over my room for wall decoration!

  8. I loved this post-nice and unique! I have a notebook (Pride and Prejudice cover) that I started writing quotes in, I love it!! thanks for the smiles!!

  9. What a fun spin Sophia ๐Ÿ˜€ I used to collect quotes but then stopped. Now I simply mark them in books but yes I like reading quotes. I am a person who doesn’t like rereading ๐Ÿ˜€ so yes your point about rereading fragments is so true for me ๐Ÿ˜›

    • I usually like even the quotes that resonate the most with me on Goodreads, and sometimes write them down, but I tend to forget those later. ๐Ÿ™

      I encourage all the collecting! ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. I dont collect quotes (except I am trying to expand my collection of quotes on good reads) but I SO agree about quotes helping with motivation! When Iโ€™m writing a book review I often look back at quotes for inspiration on what to say. I also agree about liking to reread small passages but Iโ€™ve never been one to reread (Its just never as good as the first time!) Great post ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I’ve never used book quotes for reviewing motivation and figuring out what to say!

      I get your point about the second read not being as good as the first – after the first time, it’s an entirely different feeling and a familiar feeling at the same time.

  11. Oh dang, in your brain? I can barely remember what I ate for dinner last night and the assignments due after Spring Break. I admire your abilities to remember so well. O_O

  12. Oof, sharing can be painful sometimes. But one day, Charvi, one day! (Meanwhile, you can continue your collection and start plotting your wall.) ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Sometimes I use snippets in my blog posts because I need to provide evidence about a book… Hmm, speaking of which, I think I do this a lot with negative reviews. o_o