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
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.” Quotes from books, like this one from Rising Strong, are inspiring and powerful.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Favorite quote: “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” Already read this popular pick? Here are the 20 best books for the person who’s read everything.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
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.” If you want more love quotes from books, check out these 15 romantic book quotes.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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.”
On My Own by Diane Rehm
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
Favorite quote: “We accept the love we think we deserve.” These are the 10 surprising books every teen should read before high school.
Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
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.” Check out these other 17 uplifting quotes that will stay with you.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Favorite quote: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
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.”