Thursday Quotables: All the Light We Cannot See


Welcome back to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!

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All the Light

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
(published 2014 )


It strikes Werner just then as wondrously futile to build splendid buildings, to make music, to sing songs, to print huge books full of colorful birds in the face of the seismic, engulfing indifference of the world – what pretensions humans have! Why bother to make music when the silence and wind are so much larger? Why light lamps when the darkness will inevitably snuff them?

Slightly gloomy, I know, but so fitting for the mood of this wonderful and beautiful book. Here’s another I really like:

Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.

What lines made you laugh, cry, or gasp this week? Do tell!

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13 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: All the Light We Cannot See

    • I’d been meaning to read it for a while now. Luckily, my book group picked it for July, so I finally had the motivation to sit down and read it!

  1. Talk about the ultimate pessimist! That’s what the first quote reminds me of. The second one is actually rather beautiful 🙂 I really like it. It is a bit threatening, but it’s also very beautiful in a “life is fragile” kind of way.
    Have a great day,
    Amy x

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