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50 Book Quotes: From Romantic, Funny, Inspiring and Sad Books

Published on December 18, 2019 7:00 AM EST
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One of the best escapes we have in life, these book quotes will inspire you to rediscover the pleasure of reading.

Reading a good book is like going on a short hiatus from your life. We can all use a little break from our everyday selves once in a while! You can step into a daring romance, an adventurous quest, or a comedy of errors!

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Why is reading books important?

Whether you find romance, humor, or inspiration, you will not be the same after reading a great book. Sometimes, when you need a good cry, a book can accomplish the goal!

Below are 50 of the best quotes from books, and about books in general. Enjoy reading them, and be sure to also check out our hand-picked collection of books to read before you die as well as these insightful quotes about reading that will expand your mind.

Romantic book quotes from classical literature

1.) “He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking.” – Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

2.) “Whatever our souls are made out of, his and mine are the same…If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.” – Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

3.) “You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever.” – Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice

4.) “You and I, it’s as though we have been taught to kiss in heaven and sent down to earth together, to see if we know what we were taught.” – Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago

5.) “Do I love you? My god, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.” – William Goldman, The Princess Bride

6.) “And when one of them meets with his other half, the actual half of himself, whether he be a lover of youth or a lover of another sort, the pair are lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy.” – Plato, The Symposium

7.) “I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat was threadbare – there were holes at his elbows; the water passed through his shoes and the stars through his soul.” – Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

8.) “Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living. You said I killed you—haunt me then. The murdered do haunt their murderers. I believe—I know that ghosts have wandered the earth. Be with me always—take any form—drive me mad. Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul! Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

9.) “When he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of heaven so fine. That all the world will be in love with night. And pay no worship to the garish sun.” – William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet

10.) “I have for the first time found what I can truly love–I have found you. You are my sympathy–my better self–my good angel–I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wrap my existence about you–and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.” – Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

11.) “Your name is a golden bell hung in my heart. I would break my body to pieces to call you once by your name.” – Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn

12.) “I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.” – Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

13.) “I’ll hold you in my heart, until I can hold you in my arms.” –  JM Barrie, Peter Pan: J M Barrie illustrated by Steve Hutton

Funny book quotes from classic literature

14.) “Every harlot was a virgin once.” – William Blake, The Complete Poetry and Prose

15.) “To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.” – Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

16.) “Well, my comfort is, I am sure Jane will die of a broken heart, and then he will be sorry for what he has done.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

17.) “I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.” – Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

18.) “Money’s a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet.” – Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady 

Classic literature book quotes that inspire you to reach for greatness

19.) “You are a wonderful creation. You know more than you think you know, just as you know less than you want to know.” – Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

20.) “There is one thing, Emma, which a man can always do if he chooses, and that is his duty; not by maneuvering and finessing, but by vigour and resolution. – Mr. Knightley.” – Jane Austen, Emma 

21.) “It was against my principles and all, but I was feeling so depressed I didn’t even think. That’s the whole trouble. When you’re feeling very depressed, you can’t even think.” – J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye (see more quotes from Catcher in the Rye)

22.) “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart…I’ll always be with you.” – A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

23.) “Look, sir. Don’t worry about me,’ I said. ‘I mean it. I’ll be alright. I’m just going through a phase right now. Everybody goes through phases and all, don’t they?” –  J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye 

24.) “It’s delightful when your imaginations come true, isn’t it?” – L.M. Montgomery

25.) “Endless is the search of truth.” –  Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman 

26.) “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” – Willima Ernest Henley 

27.) “Don’t let politeness interfere with truth.” – Jean Webster, Daddy-Long-Legs & Dear Enemy 

28.) “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.” – Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

29.) “Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do.” – C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair 

Some of the saddest classic book quotes

30.) “So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.” – Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

31.) “Wilbur never forgot Charlotte. Although he loved her children and grandchildren dearly, none of the new spiders ever quite took her place in his heart.” – E. B. White, Charlotte’s Web

32.) “I buried Little Ann by the side of Old Dan. I knew that was where she wanted to be. I also buried part of my life along with my dog.” – Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows

33.) “I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn’t ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog.” – John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

34.) “She had tricked him. She had made him leave his old self behind and come into her world, and then before he was really at home in it but too late to go back, she had left him stranded there — like an astronaut wandering about on the moon. Alone.” – Katherine Patterson, Bridge to Terabithia

35.) “You see I usually find myself among strangers because I drift here and there trying to forget the sad things that happened to me.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Quotes about books from authors

36.) “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  

37.) “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” – Mark Twain

38.) “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” – Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey 

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

40.) “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” – Ernest Hemingway

 41.) “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, Pride and Prejudice 

42.) “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

43.) “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

44.) “Books are the mirrors of the soul.” – Virginia Woolf, Between the Acts   

45.) “It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.” – C.S. Lewis 

46.) “A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition.” – Henry Miller, The Books in My Life 

47.) “Be awesome! Be a book nut!” – Dr. Seuss 

48.) “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.” – Walt Disney

49.) “Speaking personally, you can have my gun, but you’ll take my book when you pry my cold, dead fingers off of the binding.” – Stephen King 

50.) “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” – J.K Rowling 

Which of these book quotes resonated with you best?

I never get rid of a book, and often say they hold the stories of my new friends! Mark Twain says that “good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience are the ideal life.” (That is one extra book quote!) I am in full agreement.

Books are one of the best escapes we have in life. Of course, knowledge can be found in books, but so can adventure, love and humor. If it’s been a little while since you sat snuggled with a blanket and read a new book, you should carve out some time and enjoy a good read! Hopefully, these book quotes have inspire you to get started.

Did you enjoy the quotes above? Which of these book quotes is your favorite? Let us know in the comment section below.

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    Christina Smith

    December 19, 2019 at 11:53 AM

    Where the Red Fern Grows quote- brought back memories of my childhood. I read that book at least 4 times. Reading the quote brought tears to my eyes. I was 9 years old the first time I read the book. I’m so proud of the child I was, understanding the love and bond between dogs and children. It has a lasting impact on my life. Thanks for bringing so many quotes of significance together to ponder.

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