My favourite types of books are the ones which are packed full of thought provoking quotes. The ones which, at the same time as telling a beautiful story, manage to throw a little bit of philosophy in there are really make you contemplate. The ones which make you put down the book for a second and think 'oh my goodness, that line was beautiful', before frantically typing it into your phone notes. And that is something which I do fairly often. In fact, my iPhone notes has a dedicated section for quotes from books which I just couldn't forget after turning the page. These are the kinds of sentences which really make a book memorable for me, so, instead of allowing these sentences to hide away inside the pages on my shelves, I thought I'd compile a list of some of my favourites.

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” 
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
― Roald Dahl, The Twits

"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

“Dark matter is needed to hold galaxies together. Your mind is a Galaxy. More dark than light. But the light makes it worthwhile. Which is to say: don't kill yourself. Even when the darkness is total. Always know that life is not still. Time is space. You are moving through that galaxy. Wait for the stars.” 
― Matt Haig, The Humans

“I wondered what that was like, to hold someone’s hand. I bet you could sometimes find all of the mysteries of the universe in someone’s hand.”
― Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

“You see, one loves the sunset when one is so sad.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

“We looked at the sky. So many stars, it seemed like a celebration, a grand, illicit party the galaxy was holding after the humans had been put to bed.”
― E. Lockhart, We Were Liars

“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be.”
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

"All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm. All the paper kids drinking beer some bum bought for them at the paper convenience store. Everyone demented with the mania of owning things. All the things paper-thin and paper-frail. And all the people, too. I've lived here for eighteen years and I have never once in my life come across anyone who cares about anything that matters."
 ― John Green, Paper Towns

"Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever."
― Anthony Doerr, All the Light we Cannot See


  1. I love this!! Goes to show how words can give so much life and meaning.

  2. What a wonderful post, I really needed this today! Quotes from good books are often so memorable and inspiring, I love that Great Gatsby quote so much. Thank you for the inspiring read xx

    Sending light & love your way,

    My Lovelier Days

    1. Thank you for reading Diana! Glad it could help :) x