Outlander quote tops Scotland's 10 most popular literary lines

Written by: Caroline Trevor


Diana Gabaldon's Outlander has won top spot of Scotland's top 10's most popular literary lines. Other authors amongst the top 10 are Lewis Grassic Gibbon, JK Rowling, JM Barrie, Iain Banks, Alasdair Grey and Roald Dahl.
However due to our huge fan base Diana came out on top of the poll, which was revealed as part of Book Week Scotland, the nation’s annual celebration of reading and literature.

Almost a third of the votes cast in the Scottish Book Trust survey were for a quote from the first instalment of the time-travel stories, largely set around the time of the Jacobite Rebellion, which has recently been turned into a hit TV series.

Outlander fans voted in their droves for a line said by Jamie Fraser, the Jacobite warrior at the center of Gabaldon’s stories, to Claire Randall, the Second World War nurse propelled back in time in the first book, which read: “I am your master…and you’re mine. Seems I canna possess your soul without losing my own.”

Marc Lambert, director of the Scottish Book Trust, said: “It is no surprise to see Diana Gabaldon at the top of this list – her fanbase is huge, loyal and fantastically supportive of the Outlander series of books, which are meticulously researched and have done wonders for Scottish tourism over the past few years.”
He added: “I’m also delighted to see a Scottish author sitting at No2.”

1. “I am your master … and you’re mine. Seems I canna possess your soul without losing my own.” Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

2. “You hated the land and the coarse speak of the folk and learning was brave and fine one day and the next you’d waken with the peewits crying across the hills, deep and deep, crying in the heart of you and the smell of the earth in your face, almost you’d cry for that, the beauty of it and the sweetness of the Scottish land and skies.” Sunset Song By Lewis Grassic Gibbon

3. “A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” The Twits By Roald Dahl

4. “You may shoot me with your words / You may cut me with your eyes / You may kill me with your hatefulness/ But still, like air, I’ll rise.” And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

5. “It was the day my grandmother exploded.” The Crow Road by Iain Banks

6. “The dead don’t go till you do, loved ones. /The dead are still here holding our hands.” Darling by Jackie Kay

7. “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.” The Little White Bird by J M Barrie

8. “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

9. “It is only with the heart that one can see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” The Little Prince by Antoine de St Exupéry

10. “You suffer from the oldest delusion in politics. You think you can change the world by talking to a leader. Leaders are the effects, not the causes of changes.” Lanark by Alasdair Gray

What is your favorite line from Outlander? Do you think the quote they chose from the book is the best out of this list?

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