15 Best Book Quotes Ever

These are the words you'll want to print out and tape on your wall so you can see them everyday.

By Jalyn Soo


After completing a book, you may forget the protagonist’s name and even the title of it, but you’ll never forget the best quotes from it. These quotes stay with us long after completing the book, and often play much relevance in our lives. Sometimes they mean so much to us, that we get them tattooed on ourselves as a reminder about life and its lessons. They inspire us and activate an trigger an emotional nerve in our hearts and minds. At times, they even help us see light at the end of the tunnel, giving us the courage and strength to carry on.

Here are 15 of the best book quotes of all time. While all books definitely have quotes that are impactful, these quotes here top them all.


via Marie-Sophie Tekian


1. Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else. — David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

2. Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. — Edgar Allan Poe, Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems

3. Everything was terrifyingly complex; everything was terrifyingly simple. — Scott Spencer, Endless Love: A Novel

4. I don’t know what’s worse: to not know what you are and be happy, or to become what you’ve always wanted to be, and feel alone. — Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon

5. And so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. — F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

6. Nobody even imagines how well one can lie about the state of one’s own heart. — Yukio Mishima, Thirst for Love

7. What we do now echoes in eternity. — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations (Dover Thrift Editions)

8. There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. — William Shakespeare, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Knickerbocker Classics)

9. Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach. — J.R.R Tolkein, The Return of the King (Lord of the Rings )

10. Our emotion is perhaps nothing but an expression of a poetry that was lost. — Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

11. We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories. — Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

12. We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand, and it is no good moving from place to place to save things; because the shadow always follows. Choose a place where you won’t do harm – yes, choose a place where you won’t do very much harm, and stand in it for all you are worth, facing the sunshine. — E.M. Forster, A Room With A View

13. She had waited all her life for something, and it had killed her when it found her. — Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

14. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you. — Roald Dahl, The Witches

15. You are your best thing. — Toni Morrison, Beloved