Favorite Passages

So I’ve been spending some time thinking about what the heck is my favorite passage from a book? I couldn’t decided on just one, so I decided to do three passages from a book, song and movie.


I was looking through my book case and found one of my mandatory books that I had to read when I was in high school. I know it may be weird, but I actually enjoyed reading The Scarlet Letter. It’s a about a lady who who allegedly committed adultery in the 1600’s and was pretty much exiled from her the town and has a baby. Later, readers find that the “baby’s father” is the hypercritical paster.

Here are the two quotes that I’m choosing:

“She had wandered, without rule or guidance, into a moral wilderness… Her intellect and heart had their home, as it were, in desert places, where she roamed as freely as the wild Indian in his woods… The scarlet letter was her passport into regions where other women dared not tread. Shame, Despair, Solitude! These had been her teachers—stern and wild ones—and they had made her strong, but taught her much amiss.”

“She could no longer borrow from the future to ease her present grief.”


My favorite movie is The Devil Wears Prada. I absolutely love this movie. It was very inspiring and quite funny. David Frankel directed this movie. Two of the main actress are Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep as Andy Sachs and Miranda Priestly. Basically, a girl moves to New York and lands a job at a magazine that “millions of women would kill for”. She becomes just the superficial women that she talks about and at the end realize that its not for her and gets a job(dream job) as a journalist.

My favorite passage is:  Starts at 1:28.

“This… stuff’? Oh. Okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent… wasn’t it who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.”


One of my favorite songs is At Your Best by Aaliyah. This song was originally a radio hit in the late 70’s from The Esley Brother. But Aaliyah, put her intimate twist on it in the 90’s and I fell in love.

Here is the lyrics:

“when I feel , what I feel, sometimes it’s hard to tell you so
you may not be in the mood to learn what you think you know
there are times when I find
you want to keep yourself from me
when I don’t have the strength; I’m just a mirror of what I see
but at your best you are love
you’re a positive motivating force within my life
should you ever feel the need to wonder why
 let me know, let me know”

6 thoughts on “Favorite Passages

  1. I never had to read the Scarlet Letter, but I DO love that scene in Devil Wears Prada, because it definitely puts people in place about being “better than” when it comes to fashion. Ahh she puts her in her place! LOVE IT!
    Oh and I love Aaliyah.. she was an amazing artist.

  2. My favorite by far is the quote from “The Devil Wears Prada”. Seriously a powerful and sassy little expert. You can’t help but have that “how dare you” attitude when you read it.

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