30 of the Most Quotable Books Ever Written (and Our Favorite Lines From Each)

These books—both new and old, fiction and non-fiction—are packed cover-to-cover with thought-provoking bits of wisdom, wit, and universal truths.

'Rising Strong' by Brené Brown

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Favorite quote: "There is no greater threat to the critics and cynics and fearmongers than those of us who are willing to fall because we have learned how to rise."

'The Alchemist' by Paulo Coelho

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Favorite quote: "It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting."

'Eat, Pray, Love' by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Favorite quote: "People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life."

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'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee

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Favorite quote: "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view ... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it." (Check out these mind-blowing facts about Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird.)

'On My Own' by Diane Rehm

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Favorite quote: "I don’t believe in closure. What does it really mean? Does it mean the closing of a door, the locking up of memories, the refusal to allow a flow of consciousness that may involve some measure of grief?"

'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' by Stephen Chbosky

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Favorite quote: "We accept the love we think we deserve."

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'Love Warrior' by Glennon Doyle Melton

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Favorite quote: "Beautiful means ‘full of beauty.’ Beautiful is not about how you look on the outside, beautiful is about what you’re made of. Beautiful people spend time discovering what their idea of beauty on this earth is. They know themselves well enough to know what they love, and they love themselves enough to fill up with a little of their particular kind of beauty each day."

'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' by Maya Angelou

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Favorite quote: "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." (You'll want to memorize these other Maya Angelou quotes too.)

'When Breath Becomes Air' by Paul Kalanithi

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Favorite quote: "It cannot be doubted that each of us can only see part of the picture. The doctor sees one, the patient another, the engineer a third, the economist a fourth, the pearl diver a fifth, the alcoholic a sixth, the cable guy a seventh, the sheep farmer an eighth, the Indian beggar a ninth, the pastor a tenth. Human knowledge is never contained in one person. It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete."

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'The Fault in Our Stars' by John Green

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Favorite quote: "As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once."

'Being Mortal' by Atul Gawande

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Favorite quote: "Human beings need loyalty. It does not necessarily produce happiness, and can even be painful, but we all require devotion to something more than ourselves for our lives to be endurable. Without it, we have only our desires to guide us, and they are fleeting, capricious, and insatiable."

'Thinking, Fast and Slow' by Daniel Kahneman

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Favorite quote: "Nothing in life is as important as you think it is, while you are thinking about it."

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'What I Know for Sure' by Oprah Winfrey

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Favorite quote: "When you make loving others the story of your life, there's never a final chapter, because the legacy continues. You lend your light to one person, and he or she shines it on another and another and another." (These Oprah quotes will make you want to seize the day.)

'Oh! The Places You'll Go' by Dr. Seuss

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Favorite quote: "Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest. Except when you don’t. Because, sometimes, you won’t. I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you." (Did you know these unusual facts about Dr. Seuss?)

'Wild' by Cheryl Strayed

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Favorite quote: "It had nothing to do with gear or footwear or the backpacking fads or philosophies of any particular era or even with getting from point A to point B. It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way."

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'All the Light We Cannot See' by Anthony Doerr

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Favorite quote: "Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever."

'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn

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Favorite quote: "I was told love should be unconditional. That's the rule, everyone says so. But if love has no boundaries, no limits, no conditions, why should anyone try to do the right thing ever? If I know I am loved no matter what, where is the challenge?"

'The Little Prince' by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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Favorite quote: "Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them."

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'But What if We're Wrong' by Chuck Klosterman

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Favorite quote: "The ultimate failure of the United States will probably not derive from the problems we see or the conflicts we wage. It will more likely derive from our uncompromising belief in the things we consider unimpeachable and idealized and beautiful. Because every strength is a weakness, if given enough time."

'Outliers' by Malcolm Gladwell

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Favorite quote: "Autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward—are, most people will agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying." (Don't miss this thought-provoking Gladwell essay on late bloomers.)

'Fight Club' by Chuck Palahniuk

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Favorite quote: "It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything."

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'I Was Told There'd Be Cake' by Sloane Crosley

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Favorite quote: "People are less quick to applaud you as you grow older. Life starts out with everyone clapping when you take a poo and goes downhill from there."

'The Light Between Oceans' by M.L. Stedman

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Favorite quote: "You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day."

'Naked' by David Sedaris

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Favorite quote: "I haven't the slightest idea how to change people, but still I keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should ever figure it out."

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'Just Mercy' by Bryan Stevenson

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Favorite quote: "Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done."

'The Road to Character' by David Brooks

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Favorite quote: "Recovering from suffering is not like recovering from a disease. Many people don’t come out healed; they come out different."

'Between the World and Me' by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Favorite quote: "I would not have you descend into your own dream. I would have you be a conscious citizen of this terrible and beautiful world."

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'Yes Please' by Amy Poehler

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Favorite quote: "Anger and embarrassment are often neighbors."

'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Favorite quote: "I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy."

'Me Before You' by Jojo Moyes

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Favorite quote: "They say you really appreciate a garden only once you reach a certain age ... There seems to be something miraculous about seeing the relentless optimism of new growth after the bleakness of winter, a kind of joy in the difference every year."

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