Book Quotes to Live By

It’s cliché but true: words are powerful.


It’s cliché but true: words are powerful.

If you think about it, language expresses incredibly complex ideas and feelings just using a bunch of random sounds and shapes on paper (or, nowadays, a computer screen), out of which meaning is somehow construed. It’s pretty mind-boggling, and I’m beginning to ramble, but the point I’m really trying to make is… book quotes are amazing. What reader can deny it?

I got the idea for this post from Lost in Neverland’s recent post where she shared a list of book quotes, and I thought, hey, I love quotes and I plaster them all over my reviews to spice them up, so why not compile a list of some of my favorites?

Without further ado, here are some particularly memorable quotes from classics I’ve read.

“Nothing is more deceitful,” said Darcy, “than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.”

– Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice

“No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused”

– Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

“Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive–it’s such an interesting world. It wouldn’t be half so interesting if we know all about everything, would it?”

– L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

“Never did she find anything so difficult as to keep herself from losing her temper when she was suddenly disturbed while absorbed in a book. People who are fond of books know the feeling of irritation which sweeps over them at such a moment. The temptation to be unreasonable and snappish is one not easy to manage.”

– Francis Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

“I see that it is by no means useless to travel, if a man wants to see something new”

– Jules Verne, Around the World in 80 Days

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

– Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Conventionality is not morality.”

– Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

Yes, I know this post was super short, but it was fun to create the list.

As always, thanks for reading my blog! Have you read any of these books? Which quote is your favorite?

24 comments on “Book Quotes to Live By”

  1. Thank you for adding TWO Jane Austen quotes! I especially love the one from Northanger Abbey – Henry Tilney is literally my fictional leading man 🤣💖💖

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      1. It’s truly a great one – which is strange because it’s her first novel, and I don’t usually love first novels (such as in the Harry Potter series XD)

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  2. I can think of many people and characters, fictional and real, past and current— and even currently trending, for whom the first quote rings true.

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    1. thanks! I read Emma last year as well, but it was actually my least favorite Jane Austen book out of the 3 I’ve read. You should try Pride & Prejudice if you like romance or Northanger Abbey if you like more satirical-ish books (that one is my favorite)

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