My Quote Library Grows with Every Read

There are certain lines that will forever be seared in my brain:

“There is another.”


“It wasn’t over. It still isn’t over!”

“We have to go. I’m almost happy here.”

But I think I can speak for most kids who grew up in the same decades that I did and say that one line stands above the others when it comes to the instant quotation:

“My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

Just reading this line on your computer, you’re picturing Mandy Patinkin duel to the death with the six-fingered man, right?

To me, The Princess Bride is more than just a movie. There are whole scenes I can recite from memory. There was an ill conceived Halloween costume one year when I decided I simply had to be Princess Buttercup.

I liked this movie a lot.

Then I got older and discovered something amazing.

It’s not just a movie.

It is also a book. In fact, it is also two books but one of them is long out of print and no one ever reads it because if the later book is to be believed, it is thousands of pages of dry, dull history that no one really cares for.

Really, we just want to read about the true love, the sword play and the ROUS’ right?

I’m reading The Princess Bride right now for the fantastic Geek Girls Book Club, and I gotta say, it’s really fun.

It’s so fun that I’ve been curling up with a paperback instead of a movie most nights since the beginning of November. Now, I’m a big reader. Some have even called my reading habits a little sick. But I like to vary my entertainment from time to time, and my routine usually includes TV or a movie at the end of a long day.

But lately I cannot wait to get back to Princess Buttercup and the Dread Pirate Roberts.

I always fall into a book around this time of year. Something about the approaching holidays or the wind that is getting the biting edge again drives me into the corner of the couch with a paperback that smells like old paper and glue. Nothing can yank me out short of a crowbar.

In a month, I’ll be rereading Little Women. I do every Christmas.

In the new year, I’ll be calmly devouring whatever spoils of the gift-giving season were passed around in bright paper.

Then it’ll be back to looking for recommendations and scouring the new fiction tables at bookstores for another year.

I love the density of my reading list at this time of year. The Princess Bride and Little Women really only scratch the surface of this year-ending list, and I know I’ll get through probably an additional three or four titles before it’s 2012.

Do I care that it makes me a bit of a hermit as the leaves crackle under the feet of those more social and outdoorsy than I? Nope. Give me a good book and a hot drink and leave me to my reading.

I need to keep adding to my memorable line collection after all.

Bonus points if you can name the sources of the quotations above!

Image Credit nyanyalea tumblr

  • Heather Mckown

    I recommend you read Franny and Zooey if you haven’t already. Endless quotes to throw around in random conversations “i wish you’d learn to leave a goddamn party when it’s over”zooey (when someone wont stop talking about something)…”i’m just sick of ego, ego, ego my own and everyone elses. i’m sick of everyone that wants to go somewhere do something distinguished and all, it’s disgusting” franny (i may have grotesquely misquoted franny both quotes are from memory).

    • Rachael Berkey

      I actually read F&Z a few years ago. It is in my “I should reread this” pile at the moment. I loved it the first time around, but I have the feeling I’ll appreciate it more on the reread. Have you read Nine Stories? I think that’s my favorite.

    • Heather Mckown

      Rachel I have read nine stories. I also quote it frequently “if you want to stare at my shoes just go ahead and do it, just don’t be a goddamn sneak about it” (may also be a misquote) I have bipolar disorder and it used to be my plan to kill myself at the same age Seymour Glass committed suicide, but luckily that idea no longer seems like a brilliant one. I was going to mention it in my original comment as well, but didn’t want to gush over the glass family too much incase you had read franny and zooey and had hated it (actually i have j.d. salinger to thank for my engagement since my facebook name used to be Franny Glass and it is the reason my fiance first added me).

  • Robin Epley

    I HIGHLY recommend the Sherlock Holmes series if you haven’t already read them. Most Victorian literature can be kind of stuffy, (and trust me: I’m and English Lit major, I know “stuffy”) but these books have really held up. They’re worth every bit of praise you’ve ever heard. And the best part? There’s a ton of them, AND you can picture the Downey Jr./Law version if you want while reading. God knows I do. Soooooooo much better than Rathbone…

    • Rachael Berkey

      I’ve been meaning to pick up Sherlock Holmes for a while now. It feels like a good winter read to me. (Is it weird that I treat books like clothing in a seasonal sense?)

  • Robin Epley

    Ack! I do my major a dishonor! I meant *an

  • Sílvia Juncà

    I saw the ’94 Littlle Women movie two days ago, I’ll definetly read the book this Christmas! I’m sure it’s so much better than the movie althoough I enjoyed a lot..
    I have a quote list getting longer every year too, it’s great to keep adding amazing quotes. They are hard to find but when they are good, they are SO good!

    • Rachael Berkey

      Oh I hope you love the book. It really is so much better than the movie. I mean, there just aren’t words to compare them.

  • Adam Malinowski

    Re-reading Little Women is a great use of your time. Excellent book!

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  • Mädi Kircher

    The Princess Bride is the example I always use to illustrate the rare instance where the movie is better than the book. 😀

    • Heather Mckown

      girl, interrupted the movie is better than the book too.

    • Rachael Berkey

      I have to say, the book is much like I was thinking it would be. But I can’t really compare them in the way that I normally would, and I can’t help but think that if it had happened the other way around – I’d read the book before seeing the movie – I might feel differently. But you’re right, as fun as the book was, I love the movie too much to think the book was better. It’s too wrapped up in my childhood and my memories for anything to supplant it, you know?

  • Elisabeth Miller

    Rachael – I started following your tumblr and LOVE it. I’m the same way about books. Do you do a year end review of books you’ve read? I always do “my year in books.” I think I’ve only read about 35 this year, which is not as many as I normally read… If you need book recs, let me know what you like!

    • Rachael Berkey

      Thanks! I haven’t done a year end review in a long time…mostly because I find that I read so much and don’t really keep track that by the time December rolls around I have a hard time remembering exactly what I read in that year and what was a reread or what I bought and forgot to read (happens a lot more than I like to admit I’m afraid). But maybe I’ll give one a shot this year. We’ll see. :)

    • Elisabeth Miller

      I started keeping a record of what I’ve read after I started reading books only to find halfway through that I’d already read them;)

      As for recs… Three Junes by Julia Glass, A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, Sister by A. Manette Ansay (actually, anything by her), anything by Amy Tan…

  • Kayleigh E. Shuler

    The Time Traveler’s Wife!!!! If you have not read that, you have to! Seriously you have to! I have re-read it twice already and plan to several more times, and I do not re-read books. I highly recommend The Time Traveler’s Wife and I also really liked Water for Elephants. I’m also on this book right now called Soul Flame, and that is amazing. Hope my recommendations help!

    • Rachael Berkey

      I loved The Time Traveler’s Wife and her other stuff too! Fearful Symmetry was creepy but great and her graphic novel is right up this bookworm’s alley. If you haven’t read it, look for it in the graphic novel section of your local bookstore or library. I think it’s call the Night Librarian but I can’t remember for sure.

  • Sarah Moore

    I re-read Little Women every year too!

    • Rachael Berkey

      Nice! I love it so much.

  • Anna Dobben

    I read “There is another” in Yoda’s voice in my head. Great article!! Enjoy Little Women :) I do everytime.

    • Rachael Berkey

      Yes! I love it! It is one of my favorite StarWars moments and I’m so glad it wasn’t too random for you to remember!

  • Mary Frances Shutes

    I have always wondered if I’m the only one that thinks ‘Toepick!’ when I see someone or I stumble and/or fall…

    I like Christopher Moore’s books when I feel wicked. I like Janet Evanovich when I’m in the mood for something fun.

    • Rachael Berkey

      Oh did you read Moore’s Jesus book? I’m totally blanking on the title but I died with laughter. He is a riot.

    • Mary Frances Shutes

      Lamb: the gospel according to biff, christs childhood pal. One of his best! I just reread Practical Demon Keeping for the 47th time.

  • Kate Hastings

    Hahahah Toepick! I love it. The Cutting Edge is awesome.

    And I’m pretty sure I can quote most of The Princess Bride movie.. “Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line!”

    Now I’m thinking that I have to read the book. I LOVE reading. LOVE it. But for some reason, I’ve never picked up The Princess Bride. Inconceivable!

    • Rachael Berkey

      Definitely pick up the book! And read the various introductions and addendums. They flesh out so much of the story and the movie and just make it even better.

  • Katie Hottell

    Everyone should read Little Women! It is the only book I have enjoyed in a different way every single time I’ve read it, which has to be close to 20. The Princess Bride is SUCH a good/funny book and movie, but the book is a little misleading, as William Goldman really had two daughters and no son at all AND Floren and Guilder (and the so-called “original” boring manuscript) aren’t real! I was a little ashamed at how fully I believed ol’ Billy but it doesn’t make the book any less entertaining.

    I also have never been a “comment”tator on web sites (as may be evident by this long post!) but HelloGiggles has converted me. :)

    • Rachael Berkey

      I had this gut-feeling that he was BSing his way through some of those prefaces & introductions. I didn’t do too much research cuz I didn’t want to be right. But that makes sense. Yay for becoming a commentator! You meet some really cool people through online communities like this! :)

  • Anonymous

    toepick!!! aw my fave – the cutting edge rocks!

  • Sara Michaels

    Loved The Princess Bride book! Good choice… :)

  • Heather Hoopes

    I can’t read or watch Little Women without crying like a little baby who lost her binky. So deliciously family and holiday oriented. 😀

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