These literature quotes are for you book worms out there.
We all have that book.
You know the one.
The one that changed our lives.
The one that we read from cover to cover so many times that we lost count.
The one where the pages are dog eared to our favorite parts and the spine is kind of falling apart, but we won’t throw it away because that book means so much to us.
For me that book is my first copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
When I read that book it sparked my love for literature and opened a whole new world for me.
Suddenly, I could step out of reality and into adventures of a lifetime.
What’s your favorite book?
Books taught me about life.
I learned how to see things from a new perspective.
I learned how to be brave towards the things I feared.
And I was inspired to be a better version of myself and to go for my dreams.
Literature is such an excellent source of inspiration.
No matter what you are going through in life, there is a character somewhere out there experiencing something similar.
Books offer a source of escape, letters of condolence, and a narrative of understanding.
Below is a collection of our favorite quotes from literature that will inspire you to take the next step in your own journey.
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Literature quotes about perspective
1. “Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.” – Emma Donoghue, Room
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2. “If not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.” – P.G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters
3. “After all, tomorrow is another day.” — Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind
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4. “Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.” — Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
5. “I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don’t know the answer” — Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
6. “Perhaps no man could appreciate his own world until he had seen it from space.” — Arthur C. Clarke, A Fall of Moondust
7. “The very stone one kicks with one’s boot will outlast Shakespeare.” — Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
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8. “This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.” — Dorothy Parker, The Algonquin Wits
9. “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.” — Mark Twain, More Maxims of Mark
10. “Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” – Dylan Thomas, “Do not go gentle into that good night”
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Literary quotes about bravery
11. “Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.” – Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
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12. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” — J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
13. “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 see it through no matter what.” — Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
14. “Bran thought about it. ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’ ‘That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him.” — George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
15. “There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater. But sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life. That is the sort of bravery I must have now.” — Veronica Roth, Allegiant
16. “At times the world may seem an unfriendly and sinister place but believe that there is much more good in it than bad. All you have to do is look hard enough. and what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may in fact be the first steps of a journey.” – Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events
17. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” —Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
18. “Who could refrain, that had a heart to love, and in that heart courage to make love known?” — William Shakespeare, Macbeth
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19. “You have plenty of courage, I am sure,” answered Oz. “All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.” – L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
20. “Anybody can learn to think, or believe, or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel… the moment you feel, you’re nobody ? but-yourself ? in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else ? means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.” —E.E. Cummings, E. E. Cummings: A Miscellany Revised
21. “Go for broke. Always try and do too much. Dispense with safety nets. Take a deep breath before you begin talking. Aim for the stars. Keep grinning. Be bloody-minded. Argue with the world. And never forget that writing is as close as we get to keeping a hold on the thousand and one things–childhood, certainties, cities, doubts, dreams, instants, phrases, parents, loves–that go on slipping , like sand, through our fingers.” — Salman Rushdie, Imaginary Homelands
22. “You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” — Stephen King, On Writing
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23. “I remembered that the real world was wide, and that a varied field of hopes and fears, of sensations and excitements, awaited those who had the courage to go forth into its expanse, to seek real knowledge of life amidst it’s perils.” — Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
Witty literature quotes
24. “To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness” — Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
25. “Think you of the fact that a deaf person cannot hear. Then, what deafness may we not all possess? What senses do we lack that we cannot see and cannot hear another world all around us?” — Frank Herbert, Dune
26. “All this fuss about sleeping together. For physical pleasure I’d sooner go to my dentist any day” — Evelyn Waugh, Vile Bodies
27. “And she’s got brains enough for two, which is the exact quantity the girl who marries you will need.” — P.G. Wodehouse, Mostly Sally
28. “One never can tell from the sidewalk just what the view is to someone on the inside, looking out.” — George Ade, Knocking the Neighbors
29. “Come what may, I am bound to think that all things are ordered for the best; though when the good is a furlong off, and we with our beetle eyes can only see three inches, it takes some confidence in general principles to pull us through.” — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Stark Munro Letters
30. “If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?” — T.S. Eliot
31. “Will not a tiny speck very close to our vision blot out the glory of the world, and leave only a margin by which we see the blot?” — George Eliot, Middlemarch
32. “It is a truth universally that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” — Jane Austin, Pride and Prejudice
Powerful quotes from literature
33. “Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.” — Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
34. “Terror made me cruel.” – Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
35. “Some men get the world; some men get ex-hookers and a trip to Arizona. You’re in with the former, but my God I don’t envy the blood on your conscience.” —James Ellroy, L.A. Confidential
36. “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”— Jack Kerouac, On the Road
37. “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” — George Orwell, 1984
38. “We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.” — Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
39. “It sounds plausible enough tonight but wait until tomorrow. Wait for the common sense of the morning.” — H.G. Wells, The Time Machine
40. “It’s much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it.” — Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
41. “Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.” — Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
42. “You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget.” — Cormac McCarthy, The Road
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Inspirational literature quotes
43. “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me.” – Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
44. “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver, The Summer Day
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45. “I’m choosing happiness over suffering. I know I am. I’m making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises.” – Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
46. “The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.” — J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye
47. “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
48. “I assign myself no rank or any limit, and such an attitude is very much against the trend of the times. But my world has become one of infinite possibilities.” —Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
49. “Be yourself and people will like you.” —Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
50. “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.” —Autumn Leaves by André Gide
51. “Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.” —Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
52. “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.” —Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
53. “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” —Phrynette Married by Marthe Troly-Curtin
54. “When you can’t find someone to follow, you have to find a way to lead by example.” — Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist
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Powerful literature quotes to inspire you
55. “She decided long ago that life was a long journey. She would be strong, and she would be weak, and both would be okay.” —Tahereh Mafi, Furthermore
56. “One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince by
57. “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” —Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
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58. “Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.” — Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
59. “It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.” — Agatha Christie, An Autobiography
60. “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” — William Goldman, The Princess Bride
61. “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” — Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
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62. “My dear, I don’t give a damn.” — Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind
63. “Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold.” — S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders
64. “I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful one-hundred percent!” — Dr. Seuss, Horton Hatches the Egg
65. “Always.” — J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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Famous literature quotes
66. “People aren’t supposed to look back. I’m certainly not going to do it anymore.” – Kurt Vonnegut
67. “In the end, you have to choose whether or not to trust someone.” – Sophie Kinsella
68. “Life was so short, and books so countlessly many.” – Aldous Huxley
69. “And now you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” – John Steinbeck
70. “Every man’s work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.” – Samuel Butler
71. “Never try to outgrow the people who were helping you walk, when you could not even walk.” – Akash Lakhotia
72. “The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
73. “It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.” – Henry James
74. “Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.” – Boris Pasternak
75. “Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.” – C. S. Lewis
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More literature quotes and sayings
76. “The best teacher is experienced and not through someone’s distorted point of view.” – Jack Kerouac, ‘On the Road’
77. “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents!” —Peggy C., ‘Little Women’
78. “I felt purged and holy and ready for a new life.” – Sylvia Plath, ‘The Bell Jar: A Novel Classic’
79. “I believe there are monsters born in the world to human parents.” – JA R., ‘East of Eden’
80. “Time, which sees all things, has found you out.” – Sophocles, ‘Oedipus the King’
81. “Tomorrow I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.” —Carla M., ‘Gone with the Wind’
82. “A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.” – A.A. Milne,’ When We Were Very Young’
83. “There are few people whom I really love and still fewer of whom I think well.” —Pauline S., “Pride and Prejudice”
84. “The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.” – Charles Dickens, ‘Nicholas Nickleby’
85. “Everything’s profound when there’s guns and zombies.” —Caroline R., ‘Sandman Slim‘
Literature quotes from popular books
86. “Mom is always saying I’m a smart kid, but that I just don’t apply myself.” – Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid
87. “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” – Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
88. “At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done–then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.” – Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
89. “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” – L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
90. “I looked at his grave and, with tears in my eyes, I voiced these words: “You were worth it, old friend, and a thousand times over.” – Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows
91. “I like good strong words that mean something…” – Louisa May
92. “I try all things, I achieve what I can.” – Herman Melville, Moby Dick
93. “I have a hunch from reading about old passageways that there may be one or more rooms off this tunnel,” – Carolyn Keene, The Hidden Staircase
94. “She thought to herself, “This is now.” She was glad that the cozy house, and Pa and Ma and the firelight and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods
95. “The monkeys seized all the cocoanuts within their reach and sent them down upon us.” – Johann David Wyss, The Swiss Family Robinson
96. “All for one and one for all.” – Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers
Thought-provoking literature quotes from books
97. “There’s no great loss without some small gain.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie
98. “If the others heard me talking out loud they would think that I am crazy. But since I am not, I do not care.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
99. “Other people’s tragedies should not be the subject of idle conversation.” – Kate DiCamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie
100. “[When it comes to God] We can’t run out of second chances…only time.” – Robin Jones Gunn, Yours Forever
101. “You don’t need scores of suitors. You need only one… if he’s the right one.” – Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
102. “What I mean is, things like that happen. They may seem might cruel and unfair, but that’s how life is a part of the time. But that isn’t the only way life is. A part of the time, it’s mighty good. And a man can’t afford to waste all the good part, worrying about the bad parts. That makes it all bad” – Fred Gipson, Old Yeller
103. “His conclusion was that things were not always what they appeared to be.” – Jack London, White Fang
104. “And that’s where the whole trouble is. We’re too much alike to understand each other because we don’t even understand our own selves.” – Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
105. “Things are never as bad as they seem.” – Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
106. “It’s strange indeed how memories can lie dormant in a man’s mind for so many years. Yet those memories can be awakened and brought forth fresh and new, just by something you’ve seen, or something you’ve heard, or the sight of an old familiar face.” – Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows
Timeless literature quotes from Jane Austen
107. “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” -Jane Austen, “Northanger Abbey”
108. “There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.” -Jane Austen, “Northanger Abbey”
109. “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”
110. “In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” -Jane Austen, “Pride and Prejudice”
111. “The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!” -Jane Austen, “Sense and Sensibility”
112. “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” -Jane Austen, “Persuasion”
113. “You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope…I have loved none but you.” -Jane Austen, “Persuasion”
114. “If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.” -Jane Austen, “Emma”
115. “I may have lost my heart, but not my self-control.” -Jane Austen, “Emma”
116. “If I could but know his heart, everything would become easy.” -Jane Austen, “Sense and Sensibility”
Short Literature Quotes That Will Make You Develop Interest In Books
117. “There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.” ― P.G. Wodehouse
118. “Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.” ― Fernando Pessoa
119. “Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.” ― Jane Yolen
120. “Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.” ― G.K. Chesterton
121. “Puns are the highest form of literature.” ― Alfred Hitchcock
122. “Literature is news that stays news.” ― Ezra Pound
123. “Without literature, life is hell.” ― Charles Bukowski
124. “Every man’s memory is his private literature.” ― Aldous Huxley
125. “Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.” ― Virginia Woolf
126. “The one way of tolerating existence is to lose oneself in literature as in a perpetual orgy.” ― Gustave Flaubert
Heart Warming Literature Quotes
127. “One day I will find the right words, and they all will be simple.” — Jack Kerouac
128. “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” — J.K. Rowling
129. “The author says one character’s definition of a classic is any book he’d heard of before he was thirty.” — Sinclair Lewis
130. “I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.” — F Scott Fitzgerald
131. “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest I go to than I have ever known.” — Charles Dickens
132. “Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.” — Charles Dickens
133. “Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” — Charles Dickens
134. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” — J.R.R. Tolkein
135. “Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old” — Jonathan Swift
136. “It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
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