Readers & Dreamers: 50 Beautiful Quotes from Books


It was impossible to feel alone in a room full of favorite books.” 

Goldfinch Book Quotes

Sometimes we all need to a little extra wisdom in the form of a good book quote! These quotable lines from books stay in our hearts long, long after we turn to the last page. Some are about love and self-compassion, others about independence and bravery. But all of them make us pause and wonder. 

Whether you love romance novels, non-fiction, memoir, or all of the above, we hope you connect with something on this list. And  if there's a quote you love - let us know in the comments. We're always looking to expand our list. 

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50+ Favorite Quotes from Books 

Love of Reading & Writing Quotes from Books

1. “Can you smell it? The scent of new books. Unread adventures. Friends you haven't met yet, hours of magical escapism awaiting you.” Katarina Bivald, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

2. “I realized then that I didn't understand anything. I read all the books I could.”  Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis 

3. “There's always a person for every book. And a book for every person.” Katarina Bivald, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

4. “I thought at times that poetry might be an elegant way of screaming.” Kathleen Rooney, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

5. "Read, read, read. That's all I can say."― Carolyn Keene, Nancy Drew 

6. “When in doubt, go to the library.” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

7. “The world was hers for the reading.”― Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 

8. "It was impossible to feel alone in a room full of favorite books. I had the sense that they knew me personally, that they’d read me cover to cover as I’d read them.” - Riley Redgate, Noteworthy

9. “No one with a book is ever alone, even in the darkest moments.” —Rachel Caine, Ash and Quill

10. “So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say.” ― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

Love Quotes from Books 

11. “We had the stars, you and I. And this is given once only.”― André Aciman, Call Me by Your Name

12. “To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.” Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice 

13. “Because I know you, he says tenderly, "and I remember what you sound like when you like something.” ~ Emily Henry, People You Meet On Vacation

14. “Love was action. It came to you. It was not a choice.” ― Ann Patchett, Bel Canto

15. “I love you, always. Time is nothing.”  ― Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife

16. “A life without love is like a year without summer.” ― Jenna Evans Welch, Love & Gelato

17. “You are, and always have been, my dream.”― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

18. “I like you very much. Just as you are.” ― Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary

Self-Love & Independence Quotes from Books 

19. “Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.” ― Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

20. “You are your best thing” ― Toni Morrison, Beloved

21. “Take care of yourself as if you’re the most awesome person you’ve ever met.”― Jen Sincero, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

22. “Alone had always felt like an actual place to me, as if it weren’t a state of being, but rather a room where I could retreat to be who I really was.”― Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

23. “I think I deserve something beautiful.”― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

24. “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre 

25. “You walk into any situation with an attitude that you’ve got this, you can defend yourself, you are strong.”― Jasmine Guillory, The Proposal

Friendship Quotes from Books

26. “Friendship is a real-deal insurance policy against the hurricanes of life—and there’s social-science evidence that the hard stuff seems less difficult with a good friend by your side.”Aminatou Sow & Ann Friedman, Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close

27. “Not a word passes between us, not because we have nothing to say, but because we don’t have to say anything.” —Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

28. “Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” —L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

29. “‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.’” —E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

30. “We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.” —Maya Angelou, I Shall Not Be Moved

31. “I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen.” —A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

32. “If you have two friends in your lifetime, you’re lucky. If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky.” — S.E. Hinton, That Was Then, This Is Now

Do The Right Thing / Advice Quotes from Books

33. “It is difficult to admit that one is wrong. Particularly when one has been wrong for a very long time.”  ― Fredrik Backman, A Man Called One

34. “But really justice has no coordinates, no teleology.” ― Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts

35. “Being nice is a good thing. You can be strong and nice. You don’t have to be one or the other.” ― Beth O'Leary, The Flatshare

36. “Sometimes what we want to do and what we must do are not the same. Pasquo, the smaller the space between your desire and what is right, the happier you will be.”― Jess Walter, Beautiful Ruins

37. “We can’t know what’s going to happen. We can just try to figure it out as we go along.” — Morgan Matson, Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour 

38. “Brave doesn't mean you're not scared. It means you go on even though you're scared.”― Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

39. “Learn everything. Fill your mind with knowledge—it’s the only kind of power no one can take away from you.”― Min Jin Lee, Pachinko

More Quotes About Life from Books

40. “I often make the mistake of thinking that something that is obvious to me is just as obvious to everyone else.” ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists

41. “The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.” ― Kate Chopin, The Awakening

42. “The people of the world could be divided into two groups: those who used all of their chances, and those who stood still through opportunity after opportunity, waiting for a moment that would never be perfect.” ― Jade Chang, The Wangs vs. the World

43. “There’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.” - J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings 

44. “It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

45. “A good swimming pool could do that—make the rest of the world seem impossibly insignificant, as far away as the surface of the moon.”― Emma Straub, The Vacationers

46. “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

47. “I like the night. Without the dark, we'd never see the stars.”― Stephenie Meyer, Twilight

48. “Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.”― Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

49. “Take your future into your own hands. Make it happen. Life is a coloring book, but you have the pens.”―Sophie Kinsella, My Note So Perfect Life 

50. “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

51. “I had the epiphany that laughter was light, and light was laughter, and that this was the secret of the universe.” ― Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

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