100 More Book Quotes

100 more quotes from books!

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A million dollars sounds like a lot, I know. Especially when you’re young. But you can’t let money erode your principles or you’ll wind up with nothing.
–  Wendelin Van Draanen, Sammy Keyes And The Dead Giveaway

We are all going, I thought, and it applies to turtles and turtlenecks, Alaska the girl and Alaska the place, because nothing can last, not even the earth itself. The Buddha said that suffering was caused by desire, we’d learned, and that the cessation of desire meant the cessation of suffering. When you stopped wishing things wouldn’t fall apart, you’d stop suffering when they did.
– John Green, Looking For Alaska

It is difficult, when faced with a situation you cannot control, to admit that you can do nothing.
– Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid

One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

You can’t dwell on what might have been.
– Wendelin Van Draanen. Flipped

There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.
– Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray

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 you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.
– Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird

We can experience nothing but the present moment, live in no other second of time, and to understand this is as close as we can get to eternal life.
–  P.D. James, The Children Of Men

I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.
– Herman Melville, Moby Dick

Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.
– Stephen King, Different Seasons

The things I do for love.
– George R. R. Martin, Games Of Thrones

Blood of my blood and bone of my bone. You carry me within ye, Claire, and ye canna leave me now, no matter what happens. You are mine, always, if ye will it or not, if ye want me or nay. Mine, and I wilna let ye go.
– Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

Death and taxes and childbirth! There is never a convenient time for any of them.
– Scarlett O’Hara, Gone With The Wind

There is neither happiness nor unhappiness in this world; there is only the compassion of one state with another. Only a man who had felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss. It is necessary to have wishes for death is order to know how good it is to live… the sum of all human wisdom will be contained in these two words: wait and hope.
– Alexandre Dumas, The Count Of Monte Cristo

Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but to make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for is. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.
– Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird

Sucks to your asmar.
– William Golding, Lord Of The Flies

Sometimes we get sad about things and we don’t like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret. Or sometimes, we are sad but we really don’t know why we are sad, so we say we aren’t sad but we really are.
– Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot.
– Truman Capote, Breakfast At Tiffany’s

We mortals, men and women, devour many a disappointment between breakfast and dinner-time; keep back the tears and look a little pale about the lips, and in answer to inquiries say, “Oh, nothing!” Pride helps; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our hurts— not to hurt others.
– George Eliot, Middlemarch

No one forgets the truth; they just get better at lying.
– Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road

Perhaps it was freedom itself that choked her.
– Patricia Highsmith, The Price Of Salt

Clocks slay time… time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.
– William Faulkner, The Sound And The Fury

The only lies for which we are truly punished are those we tell ourselves.
– V.S. Naipaul, In A Free State

None of those other things makes a difference. Love is the strongest thing in the world, you know. Nothing can touch it. Nothing comes close. If we love each other we’re safe from it all. Love is the biggest thing there is.
– David Guterson, Snow Falling on Cedars

You are your best thing.
– Toni Morrison, Beloeved

Why can’t people have what they want? The things were all there to content everybody; yet everybody has the wrong thing.
– Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier

I know. I was there. I saw the great void in your soul, and you saw mine.
– Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong

Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.
– Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Don’t ever let them tell you that you’re too stupid to do something. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy for you. Maybe you’re going to have to work for it a little harder than other people, which I know isn’t fair. But that doesn’t mean you should just give up.
– Meg Cabot, Abandon

So be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way!
– Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

She had waited all her life for something, and it had killed her when it found her.
– Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.
– Haruki Murakami, Kafka On The Shore

She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars.
– Neil Gaiman, Stardust

It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.
– Philip K. Dick, Valis

History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.
– James Joyce, Ulysses

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
– George Orwell, 1984

It sounds plausible enough tonight, but wait until tomorrow. Wait for the common sense of the morning.
– H.G. Wells, The Time Machine

Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.
– Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

There is an idea of a Patrick Bateman, some kind of abstraction, but there is no real me, only an entity, something illusory, and though I can hide my cold gaze and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable: I simply am not there.
– Bret Easton Ellis American Psycho

And meanwhile time goes about its immemorial work of making everyone look and feel like shit.
– Martin Amis, London Fields

No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.
– Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

We need never be ashamed of our tears.
– Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

It is a great misfortune to be alone, my friends; and it must be believed that solitude can quickly destroy reason.
– Jules Verne, The Mysterious Island

We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand, and it is no good moving from place to place to save things; because the shadow always follows. Choose a place where you won’t do harm – yes, choose a place where you won’t do very much harm, and stand in it for all you are worth, facing the sunshine.
– E.M. Forster, A Room With A View

It’s much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it.
– Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.
– Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget.
– Cormac McCarthy, The Raod

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

We are not always what we seem, and hardly ever what we dream.
– Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn

“You should know,” said Estella.
“I am what you have made me. Take all the praise, take all the blame; take all the success, take all the failure; in short, take me.”
– Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

But I was sure of something too: it’s a lot easier to be lost than found. It’s the reason we’re always searching, and rarely discovered – so many locks, not enough keys.
– Sarah Dessen, Lock And Key

To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.
– J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone

It’s not a crime not to know yourself. It’s not a crime to send life away. It’s just a shame.
– Andrew, O’Hagan, Be Near Me

No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same.
– Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why

I don’t want you to leap into another relationship without thinking. Looking for perfect is a big, fat myth because perfect isn’t out there.
– Joan Bauer, Thwonk

Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find, for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.
– Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.
– William Shakespeare, Romeo And Juliet

It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like so long as somebody loves you.
– Roald Dahl, The Witches

It would be a good idea if more people knew how to think.
– Madeleine L’Engle, A Wind In The Door

I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together, in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane.
– John Green, Looking For Alaska

Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.
– John Steinbeck, Of Mice And Men

Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.
– Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

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

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

Terror made me cruel.
– Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand.’ First single. Fucking brilliant. Perhaps the most fucking brilliant song ever written. Because they nailed it. That’s what everyone wants. Not 24-7 hot wet sex. Not a marriage that lasts a hundred years. Not a Porsche or a blow job or a million-dollar crib. No. They wanna hold your hand. They have such a feeling that they can’t hide. Every single successful love song of the past fifty years can be traced back to ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand.’ And every single successful love story has those unbearable and unbearably exciting moments of hand-holding. Trust me. I’ve thought a lot about this.
– Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist

He shall never know how I love him; and that not because he’s handsome, Nelly, but because he’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.
– Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.
– Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.
– J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

You can love someone so much, he thought. But you can never love people as much as you can miss them.
– John Green, An Abundance Of Katherines

This moment will just be another story someday.
– Stephen Chbosky, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.
– Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird

Many places you would like to see are just off the map and many things you want to know are just out of sight or a little beyond your reach. But someday you’ll reach them all, for what you learn today, for no reason at all, will help you discover all the wonderful secrets of tomorrow.
– Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

Things never happen the same way twice.
– C. S. Lewis, Prince Caspian

In spite of everything, I still believe that people are truly good at heart.
– Anne Frank, The Diary Of A Young Girl

Sometimes things happen to people and they’re not equipped to deal with them.
– Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies: God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.
– Kurt Vonnegut, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

Eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart.
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Good resolutions are useless attempts to interfere with scientific laws. Their origin is pure vanity. Their result is absolutely nil.
– Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

The term “forgive and forget” doesn’t make sense to me. Forgiving does allow us to stop dwelling on an issue, which isn’t always healthy. But if we forget, we don’t learn from our mistakes.
Meg Cabot, Abandon

A little extra wisdom never goes amiss.
– J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows

The next time you’re faced with a choice, do the right thing. It hurts everyone less in the long run.
– Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped

Sometimes words are not enough.
– Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid

That’s who you really like. The people you can think out loud in front of.
– John Green, An Abundance Of Katherine by John Green

Once you start saying women are all about sisterhood and community, then you start underestimating people who might easily, I don’t know, take over the world.
– E. Lockhart, The Disreputable History Of Frankie Landau-Banks

If somebody likes me, I want them to like the real me, not what they think I am.
– Stephen Chbosky, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

We are all around you. You don’t think about us much, because we are invisible. Well, not exactly invisible. A lot of us have hair dyed in four colors, or wear five-inch platform sneakers, or carry enough metal in our skin that it’s a hassle getting on an airplane. Quite visible, actually, come to think of it. But we don’t wear signs saying what we are. After all, if you knew what we were up to, we couldn’t work our magic. We have to observe carefully, and push and prompt you in ways you don’t notice. Like good teachers, we let you think you’ve discovered the truth on your own.
And you need us. Someone has to guide you, to mold you, to make sure that today turns into yesterday on schedule. Because frankly, without us to monitor the situation, who knows what would get crammed down your throats? It’s not like you can just start making your own decisions, after all.
– Scott Westerfeld, So Yesterday

I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down at the bottom we, too, should have rights.
– Dr. Seuss, Yertle The Turtle And Other Stories

Oh, ‘tis love, ’tis love, that makes the world go round!
– Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wonderland

I believe that, before all else, I’m a human being, no less than you.
– Henrik Ibsen, A Doll’s House

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
– J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship Of The Ring

Physical beauty is passing. A transitory possession. But beauty of the mind and richness of the spirit and tenderness of the heart aren’t taken away, but grow! Increase with the years!
– Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire

There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you’d better learn the sound of it. Otherwise you’ll never understand what it’s saying.
– Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

It is very difficult to make one’s way in the world without being wicked at one time or another, when the world’s way is so wicked to begin with.
– Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid

Even strength has to bow to wisdom sometimes.
– Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

Realize your youth while you have it. Don’t squander the gold of your days, listening to the tedious, trying to improve the hopeless failure, or giving away your life to the ignorant, the common, and the vulgar. These are the sickly aims, the false ideals, of our age. Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.
– Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray

There are some things your mind has been hiding from you.
-Obert Skye, Leven Thumps And The Gateway To Foo

Infatuation cannot be sustained indefinitely, my friend. Love that embraces the entire person is a monumental gift that takes time to grow.
– Joan Bauer, Thwonk

One time, when I was very little, I climbed a tree and ate these green, sour apples. My stomach swelled and became hard like a drum, it hurt a lot. Mother said that if I’d just waited for the apples to ripen, I wouldn’t have become sick. So now, whenever I really want something, I try to remember what she said about the apples.
– Khaled Housseini, The Kite Runner

There is no such thing as equality for some. Equality must be for all. That is what freedom is. That is what liberty is. No human being is born more or less important than any other. How can we allow ourselves to forget that? What simpler truth is there?
– David Levithan, Wide Awake

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