Everybody loves a good quote. Whether you’re a romantic, an intellectual, a writer, an adventurer, a comedian, or a politician, there’s a quote for you.
The best quotes provide valuable insight when it comes to love and life, and they inspire us to become the best version of ourselves. We hang them on our walls, tattoo them on body parts, and share them on social media.
I personally love quotes because I love words. As a writer, I find the art of arranging words in a way that communicates a powerful message simply fascinating. Every book says “I love you” or “you’re beautiful” or “be true to yourself” in a different way, and this is one of the many reasons I love reading.
So here are fifteen absolutely stunning quotes from literature. I hope you find them as helpful and inspiring as I did.
No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.
―The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.
—Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Not all those who wander are lost.
—The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart.
—The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.
—The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
—The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
What are men to rocks and mountains?
—Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.
—Autumn Leaves by André Gide
If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.
—The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket
We cross our bridges as we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and the presumption that once our eyes watered
—Rosencratz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
And I think the violets are little snips of the sky that fell down when the angels cut out holes for the stars to shine through.
—Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
Above, the stars shone hard and bright, sparks struck off the dark skin of the universe.
—The Stand by Stephen King
I hope, or I could not live.
—The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else.
—Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
In our village, folks say God crumbles up the old moon into stars.
—One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
What are some of the best quotes you’ve read?