40 Inspirational Quotes for Book Lovers

March 16, 2021

Are you a bookworm? Do you love saving your favourite literary quotes to take you back to that book you enjoyed so much? Are you looking for inspiration for your wallpaper, a bookish tattoo, or even a motto to live by? Then you'll love these 40 inspirational quotes for book lovers below.


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

The Minpins by Roald Dahl


2.  “Be yourself and people will like you.”

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney


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

Autumn Leaves by André Gide


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

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

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

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery


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

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


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

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


8. “You are your best thing.”

Beloved by Toni Morrison

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

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkein


10. “Well behaved women seldom make history.”

Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich 


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

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling


12.  “Get busy living, or get dying.”

Different Seasons by Stephen King


13. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

Lady Windemere's Farm by Oscar Wilde


14. “Enthusiasm makes up for a host of deficiencies.”

The Promised Land by Barack Obama


15. “One person alone is not a full person: we exist in relation to others.”

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood


16. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein


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

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt


18. “What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


19. “Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.”

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


20. “Nothing in life is as important as you think it is, while you are thinking about it.”

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman


21. “It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk


22. “You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day.”

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman


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

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson


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

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison


25. “It sounds plausible enough tonight, but wait until tomorrow. Wait for the common sense of the morning.”

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells


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

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy


27. “Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.”

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte


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

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami


29. “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde


30. “No one forgets the truth; they just get better at lying.”

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates


31. “We need never be ashamed of our tears.”

Great Expectations by Oscar Wilde


32. “It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.”

The Witches by Roald Dahl

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

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote


34. “Sometimes we get sad about things and we don’t like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret. Or sometimes, we are sad but we really don’t know why we are sad, so we say we aren’t sad but we really are.”

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon


35. “I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.”

Moby Dick - Herman Melville

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

Diary by Chuck Palahniuk

37. “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell


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

The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice


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

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom


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

The Zahir by Paulo Coehlo


Those are 40 of the most inspirational literary quotes. Spot any favourites in this list? Will you be reading any of these books?

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