Sometimes all it takes is one sentence to make you think about life in a whole new way. Here are some of the most beautiful quotes I’ve found in books, and a lovely reminder of the importance of a well written story.
“She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.” — J. D. Salinger, A Girl I Knew
“I have spread my dreams under your feet; / Tread softly because you tread on my dreams” — W. B. Yeats, Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
“‘Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.’” — E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web
“You’re the kind of person I wanna be with when I want to be alone.” — Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park.
“Why, sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” — Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass
“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.” — Roald Dahl, The Witches
“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” — Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
“She decided long ago that life was a long journey. She would be strong, and she would be weak, and both would be okay.” — Tahereh Mafi, Furthermore
“‘What day is it?’, asked Winnie the Pooh. ‘It’s today,’ squeaked Piglet. ‘My favorite day,’ said Pooh.” — A.A Milne, The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.” — Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
“What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul.” — Neil Gaiman, American Gods
“She leaned back in her chair, and a sunbeam got entangled in her hair.” ― Nicolas Barreau, Love Letters from Montmartre
“Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.” — Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” — Jack Kerouac, On the Road
Don’t underestimate the power of a good book.
Read. Read. And read some more.
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