11.21.2015

Best Quotes From My Favorite Books

I am an avid reader. Reading is a habit that has stayed with me since childhood. I remember whenever I finished a book, I would write down the best things about that book and tell everyone about it. It often included the best lines/quotes from that book.
I still do that. I have a notebook that holds all the precious words I keep finding from my new reads. Though most of the passages are from the story-line, they still make sense if you read them separately, resulting in ultimate inspiration. The more you read them, the more inspiring they seem to be.
I am so excited to share some of the best quotes from my favorite books. Trust me, it was so hard to handpick only a few of them.
Some of the best quotes from my favorite books




“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.” 
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won't tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn't change the fact that they were upset. And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn't really change the fact that you have what you have.” 
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“In time, the hurt began to fade and it was easier to just let it go. At least I thought it was. But in every boy I met in the next few years, I found myself looking for you, and when the feelings got too strong, I'd write you another letter. But I never sent them for fear of what I might find. By then, you'd gone on with your life and I didn't want to think about you loving someone else. I wanted to remember us like we were that summer. I didn't ever want to lose that.” 
― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

“The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected. Maybe they always have been and always will be. Maybe we've lived a thousand lives before this one and in each of them we've found each other. And maybe each time, we've been forced apart for the same reasons. That means that this goodbye is both a goodbye for the past ten thousand years and a prelude to what will come. 

When I look at you, I see your beauty and grace and know they have grown stronger with every life you have lived. And I know I have spent every life before this on searching for you. Not someone like you, but you, for your soul and mine must always come together. And then, for a reason neither of us understand, we've been forced to say goodbye.

 I would love to tell you that everything will work out for us, and I promise to do all I can to make sure it does. But if we never meet again and this is truly goodbye, I know we will see each other again, and maybe the stars will have changed, and we will not only love each other in that time, but for all the times we've had before.” 
― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

“Don't try to be useful. Try to be yourself: that is enough & that makes all the difference.” 
― Paulo Coelho, Manuscript Found in Accra

With every farewell comes a hidden hope.” 
― Paulo Coelho, Manuscript Found in Accra

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” 
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.” 
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“He was like a song I'd heard once in fragments but had been singing in my mind ever since.” 
― Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn't supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.” 
― Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

I could quote whole The Notebook if I had a chance. It's one of my ultimate favorites. Too charming to ignore. I didn't like the film because I thought they couldn't fit the charm in it. I know 3 hours wouldn't have done the justice anyways. It's sort of a ritual for me to start a new notebook/diary with a Notebook's quote. Ops.
As for the Paulo Coelho's books, I think he's the most inspiring writer I've ever read. I used to complain how story-less his books are, but later I realized his books were simply based on the philosophy and in order to understand them, the lack of story was necessary.

What are some of your favorite quotes from books?

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15 comments :

  1. Those are some amazing quotes! The Perks of Being a Wallflower and the Fault in Our Stars are some of my favorite books ever. I think one of my favorites has to be From House of Flowers by Truman Capote. "How do you know you're in love? she asked. Ah, said Rosita with swooning eyes, you feel as though pepper has been sprinkled in your heart and tiny fish are swimming in your veins."
    I also like the "We accept the love we think we deserve" which is from "Perks of Being a Wallflower."
    Natalie @findingmyownvoice7.blogspot.com

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  2. ELEANOR AND PARK ONES IS MY MOST FAVE!

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  3. Oh, one of my favorite parts of reading is finding those brilliant quotes that just hit you. These are all great! I LOVE Perks of Being a Wallflower. Such a quotable book. One that I like from Wuthering Heights is "He's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”
    Peace & Love // Celestralite

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  4. I didn't really enjoy Eleanor & Park but I definitely adore that book. I love Rainbow Rowell. She's an amazing writer. Omg Noor you should totally read Fangirl. It's a must read for every booklover (and you'll know why when you read it. Trust me).

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  5. Great post! My favourite isnt a book but an epic:

    No man can send me down to Hades, against my fate.
    And fate? No one alive has ever escaped it,

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  6. I love that second Chbosky quote, it's something I think all the time!

    You should read extremely loud and incredibly close if you haven't already!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  7. Paul Coelho is an amazing writer, and I always find myself utterly struck by and in love with his words... I feel like choosing a favorite book quote is so difficult! I'm going to have to go through my books to find my notes and highlights. I should do what you do and keep a notebook of book quotes! The last book I read that had a profound impact on me was All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, about WWII and St. Malo (a really wonderful town in France). This is such a great post!

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  8. What a lovely collection of quotes, and what a great idea to write your favourites in a notebook as you go along! I wish I'd done that when I was younger as I must have read thousands of books in my lifetime, but I'm DEFINITELY going to start now :) I sometimes jot down quotes I like but they're all over the place, I need to have a special notebook for them especially. I like The Notebook quotes the best, and the "He was like a song..." Memoirs of a Geisha one, how romantic. One of my favourite quotes is from Wuthering Heights "My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff!" Gets me every time :)

    ♥.•*¨ Amanda Says ¨*•.♥

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  9. Love these quotes, I really enjoyed reading them. I love most of everything that's said on the Notebook as well :)

    xoxo Emily
    http://www.ditchtheheels.com

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  10. Noor - I do that too, or if I don't write it down I reread it to the point it's committed to memory. I haven't read The Notebook in a few years, but the first line in the book has always been my favorite: "Who am I? And how, I wonder, will this story in?" I remember thinking that was the best opening sentence to a book I ever read. I still do.

    My favorite quotes come from two books - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and Looking for Alaska from John Green. I can recite them from memory, and they filter in and out through my mind every day. (The quote on my sidebar is from John Green). There have been many moments in life where reciting my favorite quote has helped to get me through.

    Z · HELLOZAUNI.COM

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  11. Great post ! I have such a diary as well. Although I don't use it a lot these days. Your post makes me want to dig up that diary and read them all. :)

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  12. I had a book which i filled with quotes - I need to dig it out :) (hopefully I still have it - house move means things can get lost very easily :/) The Notebook is epic for quotes!! I'm tweeting this one:

    “Don't try to be useful. Try to be yourself: that is enough & that makes all the difference.”
    ― Paulo Coelho, Manuscript Found in Accra

    xx

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  13. I read all these books and they are sooooooooooo amazing!!!!

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  14. lovely quotes! my favourite is most definitely the eleanor and park one, i love how much it says about beauty and ideals. so inspiring. one of my favourite books to quote from is the book thief, but, quite terribly, i have not read it yet.. 2016 i hope will be the year! xx

    safah - oh, how i wander.

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