Top 50 Book Quotes

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Book Quotes

All kinds of novels and literature in general are filled with wisdom and life lessons. Reading brings sense to our life and without books anything would be the same. Here you will find the most inspirational book quotes for you to remember the great pieces of literature that some incredible authors have left us. If on the other hand you are not so passionate about books, reading this article of book quotes is a good way to start. Also, you will find quotes by different authors talking about what books mean for them.

1“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”

Oscar Wilde

2“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero

3“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.”

James Baldwin

4“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

Harper Lee

5"Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know."

Alberto Manguel

6“I don’t believe in closure. What does it really mean? Does it mean the closing of a door, the locking up of memories, the refusal to allow a flow of consciousness that may involve some measure of grief?”

Diane Rehm

7“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”


8“So many books, so little time.”

Frank Zappa

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

J.R.R. Tolkien

10"She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live."

Annie Dillard

11“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

Stephen Chbosky

12“Be yourself and people will like you.”

Jeff Kinney

13“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”

Jhumpa Lahiri

14“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”

Jane Austen

15"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.

16"Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world."

Malala Yousafzai

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

Maya Angelou

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

André Gide

19“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?”

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Mark Twain

21"Well-behaved women seldom make history."

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

22"Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well."

Mark Haddon

23"As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

John Green

24“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”

Marthe Troly-Curtin

25“The library is inhabited by spirits that come out of the pages at night.”

Isabel Allende

26“Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”

Groucho Marx

27"Who, being loved, is poor?"

Oscar Wilde

28"If you don’t see the book you want on the shelf, write it."

Beverly Cleary

29“Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest. Except when you don’t. Because, sometimes, you won’t. I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.”

Dr. Seuss

30“One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

31“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a book.”

J.K. Rowling

32“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

C.S. Lewis

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

Anne Rice

34"What isn't said is as important as what is said."

Colson Whitehead

35“I was told love should be unconditional. That’s the rule, everyone says so. But if love has no boundaries, no limits, no conditions, why should anyone try to do the right thing ever? If I know I am loved no matter what, where is the challenge?”

Gillian Flynn

36“Autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward—are, most people will agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying.”

Malcolm Gladwell

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

John Steinbeck

38“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”

Ray Bradbury

39“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”

Ernest Hemingway

40"When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive."

Paulo Coelho

41"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies."

George R.R. Martin

42“I haven’t the slightest idea how to change people, but still I keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should ever figure it out.”

David Sedaris

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

Victor Hugo

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

L.M. Montgomery

45“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

46“′Classic′ - a book which people praise and don't read.”

Mark Twain

47"I don’t want to die without any scars."

Chuck Palahniuk

48"In the end, we’ll all become stories."

Margaret Atwood

49“I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties, there isn’t any privacy.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald

50"A room without books is like a body without a soul."