Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite YA Book Quotes

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There’s nothing like finding a quote in a young adult book that makes you smile or think. Today I’ll be sharing some of my favourite quotes from this genre that don’t already seem to be well known. I decided to narrow it down like that to make this week’s post a little more challenging than it might have otherwise been.

If not for this stipulation, I would have turned this post into nothing but Harry Potter quotes. Maybe someday Top Ten Tuesday will revisit this topic and I can do exactly that. Haha!

“Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: you’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself.”

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

“Each of the dancers took a partner, the living with the dead, each to each. Bod reached out his hand and found himself touching fingers with, and gazing into the grey eyes of, the lady in the cobweb dress. She smiled at him.
“Hello, Bod,” she said.
“Hello,” he said, as he danced with her. “I don’t know your name.”
“Names aren’t really important,” she said.
“I love your horse. He’s so big! I never knew horses could be that big.”
“He is gentle enough to bear the mightiest of you away on his broad back, and strong enough for the smallest of you as well.”
“Can I ride him?” asked Bod.
“One day,” she told him, and her cobweb skirts shimmered. “One day. Everybody does.”
“I promise.”

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

“I avoided my eyes while brushing my teeth, then climbed into bed with a copy of The Blind Assassin, because if you’re not with the book you want, you might as well want the book you’re with.”

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert


“She read all sorts of things: travels, and sermons, and old magazines. Nothing was so dull that she couldn’t get through with it. Anything really interesting absorbed her so that she never knew what was going on about her. The little girls to whose houses she went visiting had found this out, and always hid away their story-books when she was expected to tea. If they didn’t do this, she was sure to pick one up and plunge in, and then it was no use to call her, or tug at her dress, for she neither saw nor heard anything more, till it was time to go home.”

What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge

“I remember exactly how it felt to see that first message from him in my inbox. It was a little bit surreal. He wanted to know about me. For the next few days at school after that, it felt like I was a character in a movie. I could almost imagine a close-up of my face, projected wide-screen. It’s strange, because in reality, I’m not the leading guy. Maybe I’m the best friend.”

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.

“Basketball Rule #5
you stop
your game
you’ve already

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander.

“Falling in love is about hormones and pheromones and powerful emotions that overwhelm our better judgement. Staying in love requires time and effort and knowledge and trust that has to be earned over the course of lifetimes. Falling in love is the illusion. Staying in love is the real miracle.”

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson.

“I got to thinking that poems were like people. Some people you got right off the bat. Some people you just didn’t get–and never would get.”

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

“I never knew how much we consumed. It seems as if we are all appetite, as if a human being is simply a bundle of needs to drain the world. It’s no wonder there are wars, no wonder the earth and water and air are polluted. It’s no wonder the economy collapsed, if Eva and I use so much merely to stay alive.”

Into the Forest by Jean Hegland

“You cannot change what you are, only what you do.”

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman


  1. I haven’t read any of these, but I’m really excited for Hazel Wood and The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza. Great quotes!

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  2. I’ve been thinking about reading “A Wrinkle in Time” because of the upcoming adaptation. Though to be honest, I don’t know much about the story, so I guess first of all, I should read up on it. 🙂

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    • You’re welcome.

      I read “A Wrinkle in Time” so long ago that I don’t remember anything about it. I’m still trying to decide whether I should reread it before I watch the movie.

  3. There’s only a few things like Harry Potter, A Song of Ice and Fire and a few other series that I’ve collected book quotes from. I don’t really pay much attention to quotes to be honest! I guess that’s why I had to change topic this week!

  4. Never read any of these books!Nice list!
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  5. Simon! <3
    And I haven't read The Hazel Wood yet, but I love the quote already!

  6. So many great quotes. 🙂

  7. Great quotes! I loved Madeleine L’Engle’s books as a child and remember enjoying What Katy Did too.

  8. OOh nice quotes! Like that one from The Hazel Wood! Great picks!

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  9. I really love that last quote!

  10. I just bought a Kwame Alexander book for my nephew for his birthday and really wanted to keep it for myself. Great quotes!

  11. Great list of quotes, and that one from What Katy Did seems so accurate. Have a great week.

    • Thank you. Yes, that’s my favorite quote from What Katy Did. The rest of the story is fantastic, too.

  12. I’m reading A Wrinkle in TIme to my daughter, she is liking it. Great quotes.

  13. So most of these are new to me but I love them all the same!

  14. I always love to see a Simon quote. Love that book!

  15. I love that quote from Simon! And the one from Elena Mendoza makes me want to read the book!

  16. I love that quote from the Hazel wood!

  17. I’ve heard some great thing about The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza and that quote makes it sound even better (also the cover is great)

  18. Proxyfish @ Books by Proxy says:

    What lovely quotes 😀 I particularly like the one from A Wrinkle in Time! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Great list! I love the Golden Compass quote.

  20. A Wrinkle in Time will hit the theater this year and somehow I’m happy seeing its quotes in here. xD Anyway, I really love that quotes from Aristotle and Dante, couldn’t agree more with that! ^^

  21. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier this week! I love the quotes you chose, especially the Simon one. I’m actually rereading that one in a few weeks and I can’t wait. 🙂

  22. Simon vs has some great quotes. The quote of A Wrinkle in Time makes me curious to read it. 🙂

  23. Ahhh we have the same Wrinkle in Time quote!! I love that one so much!!! I haven’t read The Hazel Wood yet, but I love that quote as well! Now I can’t wait to read it.

    This one was my favorite on your list though. “Falling in love is about hormones and pheromones and powerful emotions that overwhelm our better judgement. Staying in love requires time and effort and knowledge and trust that has to be earned over the course of lifetimes. Falling in love is the illusion. Staying in love is the real miracle.” So beautiful! I’ve never heard of this, but I want to read it now!!

    • Astilbe says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed my quotes. It’s cool that we both blogged about the same one when it came to A Wrinkle in Time.

      I hope you like The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza if you read it.

  24. Thanks, a good read.

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