Excerpts few will read, from places few will find.
Whether we're looking for a good start to an academic paper, a best man toast, a fresh perspective, or even a new book suggestion, it's hard to find more than the same worn out inspirational quotes from the same 25 books. There's so much more out there than Gatsby and Eat, Pray, Love.
Reading is my passion and my most prolific hobby, and for decades I've kept a diary of passages and quotes I love.
Now I'm sharing that collection with you.
There's no underlying theme. I preserve quotes that affect me deeply, teach me, put a jarring new take on something ordinary, or are sublime, perfect masterpieces of the English written word that leave me in awe.
Sometimes I keep things just because they sound nice, like many in the "exquisite descriptions" section.
The books come from anywhere. Most are non-fiction, but they range from venture capital deals,18th-century cholera plagues and Australian travelogues to particle physics, cartoons, and the history of toilets and stoplights.
A note on sourcing:
When I recorded quotes in my notebooks, I never expected that I'd ever share them with anyone else. I kept them purely for my own joy and inspiration. That's why there are some quotes where I neglected to put a source, their attributions are filled in to the best of my ability but marked with "With regret, author not recorded".