Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Favorite Quotes

At one time, in my library book discussion group, we had a participant who would bring in the book being discussed with the pages of her favorite quotes marked. Some months, her book looked a little like a porcupine with all the adhesive notes sticking out of the pages.

Other participants soon followed suit and bookmarked their favorite quotes. This often resulted in some pretty interesting discussions aside from those generated by the packaged questions.

For example, here's a quote from one of our kit titles, Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks:
If we balanced the time we spent contemplating God, and why He afflicted us, with more thought as to how the Plague spread and poisoned our blood, then we might come nearer to saving our lives.

While these thoughts were vexing, they brought with them also a chink of light. For if we could be allowed to see the Plague as a thing in Nature merely, we did not have to trouble about some grand celestial design that had to be completed before the disease would abate. We could simply work upon it as a farmer might toil to rid his field of unwanted tare, knowing that when we found the tools and the method and the resolve, we would free ourselves, no matter if we were a village full of sinners or a host of saints.
Can you see the discussion that might evolve from this quote?

Think about asking your group to bookmark their favorite quotes for your next meeting.


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