What’s Comin’ Will Come… Discussing Quotations in Literature

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Hello fellow bookworms! It’s Sunday, which means it’s discussion time. This is when I write to think more deeply about books, why we read, and why literature is so important in our lives.

Throughout August, I will be talking about quotations in literature, focusing on why they are so important to us as readers, and what we can do to make the most of these small snippets of literature in our everyday lives. Today’s post will be focused on my favourite quote from a book series that the majority of the bookworm population have read, enjoyed and will cherish forever… Harry Potter!

Hang on, what did I talk about last week?

So last Sunday I talked about why quotes from literature are so important to us, and how they differ from generally inspiring quotes, as well as how quotes stand out to us when we’re reading, and how we keep track of our favourite quotes. This week, I wanted to share with you one of my favourite quotes from literature, and what it means to me, and explain how we can use our favourite quotes in everyday life.

Who doesn’t love a bit of Harry Potter?!

I thought it would be a good idea to apply what I discussed last week to one of my all time favourite quotes from the Harry Potter series, and explain why it is my favourite quote. This quote is…

What’s comin’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.

– Hagrid, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Who said it?

Hagrid is known in the Potter books for being slightly dopey, but a very lovable character, but when Dumbledore falls to his death, it’s almost like he feels a wave of responsibility for certain things. Of course, he is the keeper of keys for the castle, but he feels an overwhelming sense of protection, towards the trio in particular, but also an urge to guard the castle even more than before. This quote is more than reassurance for Harry, Ron and Hermione, but also for himself, to know that, even with Dumbledore gone, he is a strong and powerful faculty member of Hogwarts who will do whatever he can to protect the students.

The meaning behind the quote

It’s quite a self-explanatory quote- whatever happens in the future is going to happen. We can do as much as possible to change it, but most is inevitable, and we just have to deal with it when whatever ‘it’ is finally arrives.

I have seen quotes similar to this, worded slightly differently, before, and anyone can take inspiration and meaning from them, but what I love about being able to draw meaning from a book that means so much to me, is it’s context. General inspirational quotes you find on Pinterest are great (don’t get me wrong, I have a board or two with a collection of them), but what they lack is the context behind them. Literary quotes have several layers of context, such as who says the quote, and what is happening at the time. The context behind this quote is the fact that Dumbledore has just died, the only person Voldemort was ever scared of, which means Hogwarts is in an extremely vulnerable position, as are all students and staff within it. With Voldemort now returning to power, and the risk of battle right around the corner, this quote is perfectly placed towards the end of Half-Blood Prince, to provide the characters and us as readers, a sense of reassurance that, even though we know what’s coming, all we can do is prepare as best we can and tackle the problem with heads held high.

Why does this quote mean so much to me?

There are an abundance of quotes throughout the Harry Potter series that speak to people in different ways; it is well renowned for quotes that readers live by. The story itself is full of important life lessons and morals, but it’s this quote in particular that really speaks to me for many reasons. I often (by often, I mean constantly) worry about the future. I want to have the ability to see what’s coming, so I can change it by acting accordingly in the present. I use this quote as a mantra, telling myself that I can only do so much to change the future, and what cannot be changed is going to happen, whether I like it not. I use the second part of the quote to prepare myself, and to make sure I’m ready to ‘meet it when it does’ eventually come my way.

Similar literary quotes

While this quote is my favourite from Harry Potter, I have found other quotes that speak to me in very similar ways. One of those is from Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (which is kind of coincidental…), when Newt Scamander says…

My philosophy is worrying means you suffer twice.

– Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

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and another one from The Fault In Our Stars…

Nothing to be gained by worrying between now and then. And yet I still worried.

– Hazel Grace, The Fault In Our Stars

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The reason I wanted to talk about Hagrid’s quote instead of these two though, is because you have to read a bit deeper into it to find the meaning. Newt’s and Hazel’s quotes both state worry in the text, whereas Hagrid’s doesn’t, and you have to search around to find the worry within the text, because it is so well contained. This, again, is down to the context. Hagrid doesn’t want to come across worried to the students, therefore he contains his worry in a more positive way. This is what I really like about this quote; while it embodies a feeling of worry, it is displayed in a slightly happier light.

So that’s my favourite quote from the entire Harry Potter series, I hope you enjoyed reading about my (extensive) reasoning why I like this particular quote, and if you read this far without getting a bit bored (I’m sorry, I rambled!), I would love to know what your favourite Harry Potter quote is and why you chose it!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

The Importance of Quotations in Literature

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Hello fellow bookworms! It’s Sunday, which means it’s discussion time. This is when I write to think more deeply about books, why we read, and why literature is so important in our lives. As you may have discovered a pattern in my discussion posts, I like to have a discussion ‘theme’ for a month, because I feel it allows me to go into more depth about a specific topic without boring you all by putting it in one massively long post you probably won’t read.

Throughout August, I will be talking about quotations in literature, focusing on why they are so important to us as readers, and what we can do to make the most of these small snippets of literature in our everyday lives. Today’s post will be focused on what quotations mean to us as readers and why they are such an important part of the reader community…

What makes quotations from literature so important?

I find it difficult to express how much literary quotes mean to me. If you are familiar with the theory of horcruxes, it’s almost like taking a piece of a book and keeping it somewhere safe in your mind, so the book can continue to live, even when you’re not reading it.
This question could also be ‘why are quotes from literature different from inspiring quotes in general?’. Most quotes in our ‘collections’ are from the books that we’ve read and enjoyed, and they become a record of those books, so we are able to remember and cherish the stories through a snippet of literature. These quotes come from people who know how to do wondrous things with words, which means they quotes can also be read metaphorically and have more than one meaning, which adds depth to them that generalised quotes don’t tend to have. When we read a book, we are subconsciously on the look out for sentences or groups of words that come to life and bring meaning, whether it’s a well known quote we’ve heard before, or just a section that really resonates with us personally. These quotes then become a great comfort to us in times when we aren’t feeling our best, or need encouragement or motivation. If they come from our most treasured books, they become even more special. Those quotes that may not have been picked up by others, or are less popular among other readers, can be a lot more personal, and can seem like we have something special and unique. These literary quotes give us hope, they share morals and give insight into a world beyond what we know. Not only do these quotes have metaphorical depth, but they hold imagination that only readers can see, and allow us access to unknown places. They are fictional, but can be so much more!

How can you spot a quote when you’re reading?

If you’re reading a popular book, or something you have read before, you may be familiar with the quotes, and therefore spot them straight away when reading. However, if you’re reading a book that you aren’t familiar with, you may have to search around a bit more. I tend to find it sends a strange vibe through me, like I’ve struck a piece of gold in a mine full of words. It gives me the urge to sit back and think about what I’ve just read and think, or write it down immediately to make sure I don’t forget it, and so I can look back on it later. These are usually sentences or groups of sentences that resonate with you, because of something you have or are experiencing in life, which you draw wisdom from, or just words that are so well written they are just too beautiful not to savour.

Why and how do we collect our favourite quotes?

We collect the quotes we find in books to look back on them and remember the stories, and what the quotes meant at the time of reading. Maybe they mean something different now. So how do we go about making sure we have a record of these quotes, because let’s be honest, we are not all superhuman and cannot store hundreds of quotations in our brain! Personally, I use Goodreads to a keep a rough record of the quotes I find, but not all quotes are on Goodreads, and it isn’t easy to find them even when you have liked them. For the month of August, I am setting myself a task, or challenge of sorts. I am going to be keeping a ‘Note the Quote’ diary, writing down anything I read that I want to keep hold of for any reason. I will be aiming for at least 5 quotes per book, and at the end of the month, I will share all the quotes I found, and why I chose to write them down.
I hope you enjoyed reading, and if you have anything to add about why you feel literary quotations are important, please feel free to share in the comments!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂