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

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!

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 the best relationship books, 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. “I wish I knew how to quit you.” —Brokeback Mountain, Annie Proulx

3. “Who, being loved, is poor?” —A Woman of No Importance, Oscar Wilde

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. “We loved with a love that was more than love.” —Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe

7. “All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.” —War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

8. “And I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you.” — Kiersten White, The Chaos of Stars

9. “It has made me better loving you … it has made me wiser, and easier, and brighter.” —The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James

10. “If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets.” —Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami

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

If you’re enjoying these quotes, make sure to check out our collection of wise Charles Dickens quotes on self-worth, love, and more.

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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

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Funny book quotes from classic literature

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

If you’re enjoying these quotes, you’ll love our collection of William Blake quotes for the creative soul.

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. “Reality continues to ruin my life.”― Bill Watterson, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes

Also, check out these classic Animal Farm quotes.

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. “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, East of Eden

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. “Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.” — Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

24. “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

25. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”― Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan

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26. “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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. “There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.” — J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

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
You might also like these Of Mice of Men quotes that will inspire you to keep your head up.

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
If you’re enjoying these quotes, you’ll love our collection of Great Gatsby quotes on love and loss.

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

If you’re enjoying these quotes, make sure to read our collection of book quotes about the power of reading from your favorite authors.

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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
If you’re enjoying these quotes, make sure to read our collection of Ernest Hemingway quotes from the iconic author.

 41. “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”― Marcus Tullius Cicero

42. “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King (see more Stephen King quotes)

43. “Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

44. “Books are the mirrors of the soul.” – Virginia Woolf, Between the Acts  
If you’re enjoying these quotes, you’ll love our collection of Virginia Woolf quotes that will help you understand life itself. 

45. “Books don’t offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw.”― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

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

47. “So many books, so little time.”― Frank Zappa

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

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

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

Also, check out these powerful library quotes that will make you want to sit down with a good book.

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 inspired you to get started.

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

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  1. 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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