“Anything worth dying for is certainly worth living for.” — Joseph Heller, Catch-22. Here are 50 Famous Book Quotes Worth Reading.

Famous Book Quotes

1. “Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.” — Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

2. “We all require devotion to something more than ourselves for our lives to be endurable.” — Atul Gawande, Being Mortal

3. “So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.”— Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

4. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

5.  “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” — Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey

6. “None of us really changes over time. We only become more fully what we are.” – Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat

7. “And, now that you don’t have to be perfect you can be good.” — John Steinbeck, East of Eden

8.  “Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” – Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

9. “We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” — William Shakespeare, The Tempest

10. “We need never be ashamed of our tears.”― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

11. “Anything worth dying for is certainly worth living for.” — Joseph Heller, Catch-22

12. “It is a great misfortune to be alone, my friends; and it must be believed that solitude can quickly destroy reason.”― Jules Verne, The Mysterious Island

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13. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

14. “... a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

15. “I can’t stand it to think my life is going so fast and I’m not really living it.” ― Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

16. “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” — L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables 

17. “Most people are nice when you finally see them.” — Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

18. “And may the odds be ever in your favor.” — Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

19. “How easy it was to lie to strangers, to create with strangers the versions of our lives we imagined.” — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah

20. “Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.” — Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

21. “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

22. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” — J.R.R. Tolkein, The Fellowship of the Ring

23. “It was all very well to be ambitious, but ambition should not kill the nice qualities in you.”
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24. “The past is not dead. In fact, it’s not even past.” — William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun

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25. “The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.” ― John Green, Looking for Alaska

26. “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” —Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

27. “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”— Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

28. “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” — J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

29. “A friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face.” — Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

30. “When you can’t find someone to follow, you have to find a way to lead by example.” — Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist 

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31. “When you play the game of thrones you win or you die.” — George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

32. “Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.”― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

33. “The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Diary

34. “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest I go to than I have ever known.” — Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

35.  “If you have the guts to be yourself, other people’ll pay your price.” — John Updike, Rabbit, Run

36. “Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.” — Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

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37.“It sounds plausible enough tonight but wait until tomorrow. Wait for the common sense of the morning.” — H.G. Wells, The Time Machine

38. “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” — Marthe Troly-Curtin, Phrynette Married

39. “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” — Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

40. “Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.”
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41. “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” — Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

42.  “Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot.” — Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

43. “Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

44. “Time moves slowly, but passes quickly.” — Alice Walker, The Color Purple

45. “There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.” — Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark

46. “Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will . To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.” — Alfred Lord Tennyson, Ulysses

47. “There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.” — J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers by 

48. “It's much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it.” — Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

49. “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” — Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

50. “All we can know is that we know nothing. And that’s the height of human wisdom.” — Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

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“The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Diary
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“Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.”
—Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Singsy
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“It is a great misfortune to be alone, my friends; and it must be believed that solitude can quickly destroy reason.”― Jules Verne, The Mysterious Island

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