What makes a favorite book quote? Better yet, why are some book quotes seemingly more impressionable than others? Of course the answers to those questions will vary depending on who you ask. What is clear, though, is this – there are certain quotes that have transcended years, decades and generations, and have even touched those who claim to lack a love for reading. These quotes are timeless treasures hidden within those books that distill inspiration through the transformational messages they bring.
Popular Book Quotes
Compiling a list of the very best book quotes in the world would involve the impossible task of accounting for the different tastes of every single book lover on earth. However, the book quotes collected by ChatEbooks are, nonetheless, worth mentioning for their ability to persist in the hearts and minds of the masses.
- Life is to be lived, not controlled; only by continuing to play in the face of certain defeat can humanity be won.
– Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (1953)
- A good book can knock you out, so much so that, once you are finished with it, your only wish is that the author was a close friend, that way you could talk to him by phone whenever you wanted. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen often.
– J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in Rye (1951)
- People can never be anything other than themselves, no matter how hard they wish or how far they go. That’s all.
– Haruki Murakami: Blind Willow, Sleeping Willow (2006)
- Reading a book can sometimes fill you with an unexpected evangelical zeal. You suddenly become convinced that, shattered as the world is, it can never be put back together unless every breathing man, woman, and child in the world reads that book.
– John Green: The Fault in Our Stars (2012)
- No one can wear one face for themselves, and another face for the multitudes, not for any considerable period of time. Eventually, they will become bewildered as to which is the true face, and which one is false.
– Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Scarlett Letter (1850)
- I say this, a town cannot be a town if it doesn’t play host to a bookstore. Sure, it could call itself a town; but, in the absence of a bookstore, it cannot hope to fool a single soul.
– Neil Gaiman: American Gods (2001)
- My life, I think, is a kind of music. Even when it isn’t good by any stretch of the imagination, it can still have form and melody.
– John Steinbeck: East of Eden (1952)
- If you must only remember one rule, remember this: forget everyone else and absolutely laugh at everything. Yes, that sounds egotistical, but you will not find a finer cure for the curse of self-pity.
– Anne Frank: The Diary of Anne Frank (1947)
- He tried to not look too long at her as he stepped down, as though she was the very sun shining in the sky. And yet, like the sun, he still saw her without looking.
– Leo Tolstoy: Anna Karenina (1877)
- Those who live truly enjoy a rare thing. Most other people merely exist.
– Oscar Wilde: The Soul of Man Under Socialism (1891)
- Books are everything: the plane, the train, the road, the destination and even the journey. More importantly, books are home.
– Anne Quindlen: How Reading Changed My Life (1998)
- For the human mind, nothing is more painful than great and sudden change.
– Mary Shelley: Frankenstein (1818)
- It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.
– Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist (1988)
- I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.
– Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813)
- It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.
– Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)
- There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
– Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969)
A reader might forget a character’s name in a book, the setting or the year it was published, but rarely do they forget their favorite book quotes. An irresistible page-turner is a great achievement, but the best books, fiction or non-fiction, pack sentences that stay with you long after you’ve finished reading the book. They can be words of advice or inspiration, confessions of the truth or even raw moments of pain. These passages are so perfectly expressed that they become unforgettable book quotes that are passed down through generations. What are some of your favorites?