The Glimmer of Hope: Best Quotes from a Year of Reading

Small building at right with silver letters spelling “Hope’s Diner”; sign with same words to left. White car parked in front.
Hope’s Diner, Plaistow, New Hampshire, 1970–1980. Slide from the collections of The Henry Ford.

I read a lot, and as I go, I collect quotes that strike me — whether because they so closely match my view of the world, they introduce interesting new ideas, or they are just so exceptionally phrased. During 2019, I saved over 500 quotations from books, articles, and poems I read, and as the year winds down, I’ve culled those to 140 of my favorites. Since that’s still an awful lot of quotes, I…