One of the reasons we love books so much is because of those phrases or paragraphs that are beautifully worded and pull at our emotions. They could be about love, life, friendships, traumas, reading, and so much more. Whatever it is, something about them makes them stay in our minds.
There are numerous articles about famous book quotes, but I want to also include books that aren’t as popular or known. Because one of the purposes of this post is to motivate you to pick up a book. There are a lot of great books out there that you may not know about. And even if you aren’t a reader or a book lover. Maybe you haven’t found THE book yet. You know, that book that awakens the pleasure of reading in you. Or you haven’t found the genres and types of literature that you enjoy.
So let’s see below some of the best quotes from famous books and books you haven’t heard about!
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Inspirational Book Quotes That Will Make You Want To Read
1. “Sometimes an understanding silence was better than a bunch of meaningless words.” –Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan (new adult contemporary romance)
2. “Don’t try to make me grow up before my time.” – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (classic historical fiction)
3. “Nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as believing that I’m standing on the outside of my life looking in and wondering what it would be like if I had the courage to show up and let myself be seen.” – Daring Greatly by Brene Brown (personal development)
4. “In school we only learn to recognize the words and to spell but the application of these words to real life is another thing that only life and living can give us.” – In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (true crime)
5. “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” – Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (classic romance and historical fiction with gothic elements)
6. “Forgiveness is a tough thing. Both in the offering…and the accepting.” – The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin (survival fiction with romantic elements)
7. “Man needs the existence of mysteries. Not their solution.” – The Magus by John Fowles (mystery and fantasy with philosophical elements)
8. “It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (fantasy and adventure)
9. “When I loved you, it meant everything you said or did to me had meaning. Emotional meaning. It moved me, excited me. It depressed me…” – The Magus by John Fowles (mystery and fantasy with philosophical elements)
10. “A heart open to joy is a heart vulnerable to sorrow.” – Anastasia by Sophie Lark (historical fiction, fantasy, and retelling with romantic elements)
11. “No one wants to be a monster.” – Find Her by Lisa Gardner (psychological thriller)
12. “Sometimes the victim, sometimes the perpetrator? None of us are one or the other. We’re all both to different degrees.” – Where The Blame Lies by Mia Sheridan (thriller with romantic elements)
Speaking of Mia Sheridan, here’s an up-to-date reading guide of all her books and series. If you are a romance reader (and also a thriller lover), I’m sure you’ll hopelessly fall in love with her words.
13. “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will; which I now exert to leave you” – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (classic romance)
14. “Love can consign us to hell or to paradise, but it always takes us somewhere.” – By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho (contemporary romance with philosophical and spiritual elements)
15. “It is not good to want a thing too much. It sometimes drives the luck away. You must want it just enough, and you must be very tactful with Gods or the gods.” – The Pearl by John Steinbeck (historical fiction)
16. “There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.” – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (classic romance)
17. “They both seemed to fear words. Words were always the villain between them. They said too much, then not enough.” – Lions and Lace by Meagan McKinney (historical romance, regency)
18. “I’m tired of being enclosed here. I’m wearying to escape into that glorious world, and to be always there: not seeing it dimly through tears, and yearning for it through the walls of an aching heart: but really with it, and in it.” – Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (classic romance and historical fiction with gothic elements)
19. “Our kiss may have been a middle finger to anyone who didn’t want us together, but her smile was a middle finger to the darkness in my soul.” – A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole (young adult contemporary romance)
20. “A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody. Don’t make no difference who the guy is, long as he’s with you. I tell ya,” he cried, “I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an’ he gets sick.” – Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck (historical fiction)
21. “His fists clenched at his sides. “Damn it! Where’s your pride?” “Pride? It’s in my heart, of course.” “You’re letting me demean you!” She smiled. “You can’t do that. I can only demean myself.” Kiss An Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (new adult contemporary romance)
22. “It is a universal truth that no matter how well one knows a scene, to observe it from above is something of a revelation.” – The House At Riverton by Kate Morton (historical fiction and mystery with romantic elements)
Do you love to read descriptive historical fiction that abounds with mysteries? Kate Morton writes unforgettable stories that transport you to another world. If you haven’t read them yet, here’s a Kate Morton reading guide that will help you decide where to start.
23. “It is silly of you, for there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” – The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (classic fiction)
24. “There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.” – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (fantasy)
25. “I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things.” – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (young adult contemporary romance)
26. “I believed, with the innocence of those who can still count their age on their fingers, that if I closed my eyes and spoke to her, she would be able to hear me wherever I was.” – The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (historical fiction set in Spain, mystery)
27. “He was unable to bear in his soul the crushing weight of so much past.” – One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (fiction, magical realism)
28. “But to be truly loved by a courtesan, that is a much harder won victory.” – Camille: The Lady of the Camellias by Alexandre Dumas the son (classic romance, French literature)
29. “Sometimes you don’t even realize anything is wrong until someone comes along and changes you, and makes you want more.” – Stinger by Mia Sheridan (new adult contemporary romance)
30. “We always think there’s enough time to do things with other people. Time to say things to them. And then something happens and then we stand there holding on to words like ‘if’.” – A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (contemporary fiction)
31. “My dear girl, you cannot keep bumping your head against reality and saying it is not there.” – The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (psychological thriller)
And I’ll finish with one of my favorite book quotes ever:
32. “Books are mirrors – you only see in them what you already have inside you.” – The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (historical fiction set in Spain, mystery)
Wow, beautiful. #13 is my favorite. this does make me want to read the books. Pinned for later!
Deanna | Life By Deanna says
So many great quotes 🙂
Susan /JoyAmongChaos says
I’ve only read a couple of these, but see that I need to up my reading game. #11 sounds thrilling!
Skye Sauchelli says
What a timely post for me! I’ve just recently become more of a reader. My whole life I told myself I didn’t like reading. But then I picked up a book and finished it in just a few days- a record for me because I’m a slow reader. That book changed my perspective on a lot (it was a self-help book), and it showed me that I just have to find the right books, and then I’ll love reading. And since then, reading has become a relaxing pastime for me!
Oh wow, I’m so glad to hear this! And I really believe that you have to find the right books and then you’ll start to love reading. It was the same for me a few years ago.
jimmy clare says
i love to read books