100 Best Book Quotes of All Time

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Book quotes are powerful! They have the power to uplift us when we are sad, inspire us when we are unmotivated, and give us wisdom that can impact our lives.

Here at HookedToBooks, we love quotes just as much as anyone else! We especially love the quotes that came from inspiring authors that have changed the lives of bookworm people around the world.

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In today’s article, we compiled a list of the best 100 quotes from books. Some of them will inspire you; others will just shed light on different perspectives of life.

So, without further ado, here are the best 100 Book Quotes of All Time!

100 Best Book Quotes

“Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.”

Bryan Stevenson

“Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot.”

Truman Capote

“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Leo Tolstoy

“Not all those who wander are lost.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

“So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.”

Norton Juster

“You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”

Natalie Babbitt

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

J.K. Rowling

“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”

Victor Hugo

“You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget.”

Cormac McCarthy

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

Roald Dahl

“Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.”

Mary Shelley

“When you can’t find someone to follow, you have to find a way to lead by example.”

Roxane Gay

“I would always rather be happy than dignified.”

Charlotte Brontë

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“Time moves slowly, but passes quickly.” 

Alice Walker

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

Stephen Chbosky

“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

Sylvia Plath

“My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.”

Charles Dickens

“I can’t stand it to think my life is going so fast and I’m not really living it.”

Ernest Hemingway

“Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.”

Maya Angelou

“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.”

Charlotte Brontë

“And, now that you don’t have to be perfect you can be good.”

John Steinbeck

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

Paulo Coelho

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart: I am, I am, I am.”

Sylvia Plath

“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”

André Gide

“A friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face.”

Maya Angelou

“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.”

John Green

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

Paulo Coelho

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

H.Jackson Brown Jr.

“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

Emily Brontë

“Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.”

J.K. Rowling

“The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.”

Chuck Palahniuk

“Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all.””

Toni Morrison

“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”

David Mitchell

“The past is not dead. In fact, it’s not even past.”

William Faulkner

“None of us really changes over time. We only become more fully what we are.”

Anne Rice

“Most people are nice when you finally see them.”

Harper Lee

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”

Louisa May Alcott

“All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.”

Mitch Albom

“When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive.”

Paulo Coelho

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”

Lewis Carroll

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”

Mark Twain

“Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.”

Haruki Murakami

“Maybe everybody in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”

John Steinbeck

“Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”

Nicole Krauss

“I believe there are monsters born in the world to human parents.”


“Sometimes you have to keep on steppin’.”

Mary D.

“Ideally a book would have no order to it, and the reader would have to discover his own.”

Mark Twain

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”

Zora Neale Hurston

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”

J.K. Rowling

“It’s much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it.”

Leo Tolstoy

“It was a pleasure to burn.”

Ray Bradbury

“You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.”

Cormac McCarthy

“When you play the game of thrones you win or you die.”

George R. R. Martin

“The thing I realize is, that it’s not what you take, it’s what you leave.”

Jennifer Niven

“Home isn’t where you’re from, it’s where you find light when all grows dark.”

Pierce Brown

“In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.”

Anne Frank

“It is nothing to die; it is dreadful not to live.”

Victor Hugo

“If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.”

Lemony Snicket

“Pretend to be completely in control and people will assume that you are.”

Walter Isaacson

“Practise isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”

Malcolm Gladwell

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places.”

Ernest Hemingway

“It’s not what happens to us, but our response to what happens to us that hurts us.”

Stephen R. Covey

“The fear you let build up in your mind is worse than the situation that actually exists”

Spencer Johnson

“Learn to use your emotions to think, not think with your emotions”

Robert T. Kiyosaki

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

George Orwell

“The most common way people give up power is by thinking they don’t have any”

Sheryl Sandberg

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.”

Eckhart Tolle

“Vulnerability is about sharing our feelings and our experiences with people who have earned the right to hear them”

Brené Brown

“Most people don’t know what they want unless they see it in context”

Dan Ariely

“There are only two ways to influence human behaviour: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it”

Simon Sinek

“The view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life”

Carol S. Dweck

“Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.”

Ralph Ellison

“Politics is when people choose their words and actions based on how they want others to react rather than based on what they really think.”

Patrick Lencioni

In a very real way we have two minds, one that thinks one that feels”

Daniel Goleman

“What we mean by “simple” is finding the core of the idea”

Dan Heath

“I chose to,””Only a few things really matter,” and “I can do anything but not everything”

Greg McKeown

“You cannot be anything you want to be—but you can be a lot more of who you already are.”

Tom Rath

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

Jane Austen

“Leadership on the other hand is about creating change that you believe in”

Seth Godin

“No matter what we’re doing on the outside, people respond primarily to how we’re feeling about them on the inside.”

The Arbinger Institute

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”

L. M. Montgomery

“That is the one unforgivable sin in any society. Be different and be damned!”

Margaret Mitchell

“I prefer unlucky things. Luck is vulgar. Who wants what luck would bring? I don’t.”

D. H. Lawrence

“Tomorrow I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.”

Margaret Mitchell

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

Jane Austen

“We are never so poor that we cannot bless another human, are we?”

Kali Fajardo-Anstine

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

Tayari Jones

“I had the epiphany that laughter was light, and light was laughter, and that this was the secret of the universe.”

Donna Tartt

“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.”

Bram Stroker

“At any rate, that is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great.”

Willa Cather

“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.”

Willa Cather

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if only someone remembers to turn on the light.”

J.K. Rowling

“Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.”

Paulo Coelho

“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.”

Virginia Woolf

“Just think happy thoughts and you’ll fly.”

J.M. Barrie

“The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there…and still on your feet.”

Stephen King

“Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.”

J.K Rowling

“Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armour, then it can never be used to hurt you.”

George R.R. Martin

We hope you enjoyed reading these awesome book quotes.

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