Quote Unquote #MFRWauthor

Week 40 of the year-long challenge. The end is in sight. Thanks for hanging in there with me. Following is a  selection of quotes that struck my fancy or those of my characters. Over the years I've read various genres, and you'll notice the quotes reflect the same eclectic mix.


"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." How To Build A Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later, Philip K. Dick

"Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?" Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling


"Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own." Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein

“Nay, this is not wise at all. But sometimes the heart tells us to venture where the mind fears to tread.” River of Tim, Lisa T. Bergren

“Love is not about conquest. The truth is a man can only find true love when he surrenders to it. When he opens his heart to the partner of his soul and says: 'Here it is! The very essence of me! It is yours to nurture or destroy'.” Lord of the Silver Bow, David Gemmell

“Quit being so hard on yourself. We are what we are; we love what we love. We don’t need to justify it to anyone… not even to ourselves.” The Republic of Thieves, Scott Lynch


“I knew who I was this morning, but I've changed a few times since then.” Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

"If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals." Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J. K. Rowling

“Courage isn’t the absence of fear, Owen. Courage is moving forward even when you’re afraid.” The Queen’s Poisoner, Jeff Wheeler

"All you have is what you are, and what you give." The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin


"The heart dies a slow death, shedding each hope like leaves until one day there are none. No hopes. Nothing remains." Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden"Even darkness must pass.” Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, J. R. R. Tolkien

"Everyone must leave something in the room or left behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you're there." Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

And lastly, just for fun.

I hope you enjoyed the quotes. Visit the other authors in the challenge to see what words they chose to quote. ~till next time, Helen

Here's Kathy's Post. The gremlins didn't get the rest of the hop links.


  1. The Harry Potter quote about the measure of a man...so true! Great list!

    1. I have also seen the sentiment in historical westerns. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Great list, and I love the last one!

    1. I learned about stubborn from the cat in the picture. If I wanted to walk around the block to the left and he wanted to go right, we went right. Or he took off his harness and went right anyway.

  3. Love all your quotes, especially the Harry Potter one:) That is SO true!

    1. Not implying that some of us are inferior, but these days the quote's sentiment feels especially appropriate. I prefer the golden rule but kindness to any and everyone is a great goal. thanks for stopping by.

  4. I enjoyed reading your favorite quotes, Helen. I loved the one for Lord of the Silver Bow by David Gemmell.

    1. There are very few book quotes that I remember so the post took some digging. Of course it would have been easier to use quotes from my books, but that wasn't allowed. :( Thanks for stopping by. :)

  5. Wonderful quotes Helen. I really enjoyed the one from Memoirs of a Geisha.


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