135+ Best Book Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Most Famous Book Quotes

There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for. J.R.R. Tolkien

So many books, so little time. Frank Zappa

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. Antoine de Saint Exupéry

A room without books is like a body without a soul. Marcus Tullius Cicero

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will, which I now exert to leave you. Charlotte Brontë

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. Jane Austen

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. Charles Dickens

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience this is the ideal life. Mark Twain

Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful. Mary Shelley

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. Neil Gaiman

I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do. Harper Lee

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. Groucho Marx

A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean questions Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well or ill? John Steinbeck

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. Haruki Murakami

The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive. John Green

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. Jorge Luis Borges

This above all To thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man. William Shakespeare

Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them. Lemony Snicket

Why did you do all this for me? he asked. I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you. You have been my friend, replied Charlotte. That in itself is a tremendous thing. E.B. White

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. C.S. Lewis

I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart: I am, I am, I am. Sylvia Plath

Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. John Green

Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all. Toni Morrison

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde

We accept the love we think we deserve. Stephen Chbosky

There is no friend as loyal as a book. Ernest Hemingway

And so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. F. Scott Fitzgerald

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. Groucho Marx

Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand. Margery Williams

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though. J.D. Salinger

Ever body’s askin that. What we comin to? Seems to me we don’t never come to nothin. Always on the way. John Steinbeck

It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it. Oscar Wilde

Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same. Emily Brontë

One must always be careful of books, said Tessa, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us. Cassandra Clare

There are years that ask questions and years that answer. Zora Neale Hurston

If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. Toni Morrison

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship. Louisa May Alcott

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library. Jane Austen

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Leo Tolstoy

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame. Oscar Wilde

Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart. Haruki Murakami

Classic a book which people praise and don’t read. Mark Twain

It is nothing to die; it is dreadful not to live. Victor Hugo

I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited. Sylvia Plath

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. George Orwell

Books are a uniquely portable magic. Stephen King

Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat. Ralph Ellison

You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown ups, then you write it for children. Madeleine L’Engle

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. Daphne du Maurier

Books are the ultimate Dumpees put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back. John Green

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. Jane Austen

Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry. Cassandra Clare

Tomorrow I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day. Margaret Mitchell

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. Charles W. Eliot

Why, sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. Lewis Carroll

Be careful about reading health books. Some fine day you’ll die of a misprint. Markus Herz

Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody. J. D. Salinger

A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. William Styron

It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live. J.K. Rowling

A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest. C.S. Lewis

You pierce my soul. I am half agony. Half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. Jane Austen

Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live. Gustave Flaubert

So it goes. Kurt Vonnegut

In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them. Mark Twain

I had the epiphany that laughter was light, and light was laughter, and that this was the secret of the universe. Donna Tartt

Sleep is good, he said, and books are better. George R. R. Martin

There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm. Willa Cather

Books are the perfect entertainment no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life. Stephen King

When you play the game of thrones you win or you die. George R. R. Martin

Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly. Sir Francis Bacon

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places. Ernest Hemingway

When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes. Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus

From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood. Betty Smith

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. St. Augustine

Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering. Nicole Krauss

You get a little moody sometimes but I think that’s because you like to read. People that like to read are always a little fucked up. Pat Conroy

Very few castaways can claim to have survived so long at sea as Mr. Patel, and none in the company of an adult Bengal tiger. Yann Martel

You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive. James Baldwin

Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot. Truman Capote

Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself. George Bernard Shaw

Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet? L. M. Montgomery

There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it. Bertrand Russell

You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget. Cormac McCarthy

Think before you speak. Read before you think. Fran Lebowitz

Call me Ishmael. Herman Melville

Books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal. John Green

It was a pleasure to burn. Ray Bradbury

Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore? Henry Ward Beecherr

The past is not dead. In fact, it’s not even past. William Faulkner

I spent my life folded between the pages of books.

In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction. Tahereh Mafi

He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart. Chinua Achebe

Books are mirrors you only see in them what you already have inside you. Carlos Ruiz Zafón

And now, cried Max, let the wild rumpus start! Maurice Sendak

Books may well be the only true magic. Alice Hoffman

Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading. Kazuo Ishiguro

Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book. Jane Smiley

Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. Oscar Wilde

That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet. Jhumpa Lahiri

Time is the longest distance between two places. Tennessee Williams

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. Cicero

The voice of the sea is seductive, never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander in abysses of solitude Kate Chopin

Books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life. Christopher Paolini

We dream in our waking moments, and walk in our sleep. Nathaniel Hawthorne

Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author’s words reverberating in your head. Paul Auster

The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there and still on your feet. Stephen King

Books are like mirrors if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out. J.K. Rowling

But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. William Shakespeare,

No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally and often far more worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond. C.S. Lewis

My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time. Charles Dickens

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t. Mark Twain

So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible. Norton Juster

In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you. Mortimer J. Adler

I can’t stand it to think my life is going so fast and I’m not really living it. Ernest Hemingway

She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain. Louisa May Alcott

There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love. Dodie Smith

What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul. Neil Gaiman

It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you. Roald Dahl

I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The same substance composes us the tree overhead, the stone beneath us, the bird, the beast, the star we are all one, all moving to the same end. P.L. Travers

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home. Anna Quindlen

I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way. Jane Austen

Reading one book is like eating one potato chip. Diane Duane

Love is holy because it is like grace the worthiness of its object is never really what matters. Marilynne Robinson

I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else. Neil Gaiman

Each time you happen to me all over again. Edith Wharton

I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book. J.K. Rowling

Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared. It means you go on even though you’re scared. Angie Thomas

After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world. Philip Pullman

How easy it was to lie to strangers, to create with strangers the versions of our lives we imagined. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe. Madeleine L’Engle

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. Paulo Coelho

A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. Franz Kafka