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. “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
2. “After all, tomorrow is another day.” — Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind
3. “Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.” — Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
4. “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
5. “Perhaps no man could appreciate his own world until he had seen it from space.” — Arthur C. Clarke, A Fall of Moondust
6. “The very stone one kicks with one’s boot will outlast Shakespeare.” — Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
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7. “One never can tell from the sidewalk just what the view is to someone on the inside, looking out.” — George Ade, Knocking the Neighbors
8. “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
9. “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
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Literary quotes about bravery
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”
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. “Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.” – Emma Donoghue, Room
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. “If not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.” – P.G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters
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. “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
29. “This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.” — Dorothy Parker, The Algonquin Wits
30. “If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?” — T.S. Eliot
31. “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.” — Mark Twain, More Maxims of Mark
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
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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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More literature quotes and sayings
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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Which of these literature quotes resonated with you best?
Trying to narrow down inspirational literary quotes is almost impossible. With hundreds of thousands of books covering a vast number of topics and genres, there are millions of literature quotes to choose from.
We know that our list of inspirational quotes from literature may not reflect quotes from your favorite books. That’s why we want to hear from you. Let us know what we missed by commenting with your favorite literature quotes. What books do you find the most inspirational? Do you have a story that changed your life? Let us know in the comment section below.
March 23, 2021 6:00 AM EST