Quotes by famous authors can inspire us, motivate us, and remind us of the most special and important parts of human existence.
I’m not one of those readers who care about keeping my books clean and polished. In fact, ever since I was a kid, I’ve kept a pen or highlighter on my nightstand or next to my TBR pile.
Each time I see a tidbit of information worth remembering or a quote to live by, I mark it as a way to keep a note of the meaning it holds to me at the moment I first read it.
Sometimes I skim through old books just to find those quotes.
Life gets busy and we can easily forget what is important to us. Literature quotes from our favorite authors are special because they help us remember what matters most.
30 Quotes by Famous Authors
Here is a list of the best quotes by famous authors.
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default. — J.K. Rowling
You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. — Maya Angelou
Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose. — C.S. Lewis
We are all broken, that’s how the light gets in.— Ernest Hemingway
There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures. — William Shakespeare
And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. — Sylvia Plath
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words And never stops at all. — Emily Dickinson
‘I wish life was not so short,’ he thought. Languages take such a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about.— J. R. R. Tolkien
Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear. — Edgar Allan Poe
Where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again. — Anne Frank
Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is. — Mark Twain
Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be. — Elizabeth Gilbert
Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.— F. Scott Fitzgerald
It takes a great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still love it. — Oscar Wilde
If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. — Roald Dahl
Get busy living or get busy dying. — Stephen King
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. — Helen Keller
The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself. — Mark Caine
A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. — David Brinkley
Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success. — Thomas J. Watson
Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! — Dr. Seuss
Life is a journey, not a destination.— Ralph Waldo Emerson
When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. — Franklin D. Roosevelt
We rise by lifting others. — Robert Ingersoll
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. — Alice Walker
Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance. — Samuel Johnson
The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness. — John Muir
As you start to walk on the way, the way appears. — Rumi
Never think of pain or danger or enemies a moment longer than is necessary to fight them. — Ayn Rand
Straight roads do not make skillful drivers.— Paula Coelho
To avoid criticism: say nothing, do nothing, be nothing. — Aristotle
Trust our heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward. — E.E. Cummings
When you can’t change the direction of the wind- adjust your sails. —H.Jackson Brown Jr.
Have faith have faith. When you have nothing else have faith. — Francine Rivers
Let yourself be gutted. Let it open you. Start there. — Cheryl Strayed
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