• I hoped we never had to realize all the opportunities we missed in this life.

The Year of Pleasures, Elizabeth Berg

  • Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

  • I hadn’t realized how much I’d been needing to meet someone I might be able to say everything to.

Talk Before Sleep, Elizabeth Berg

  • If wishes were fishes, we’d all cast nets.

Dune, Frank Herbert

  • The world to me was a secret, which I desired to discover; to her it was a vacancy, which she sought to people with imaginations of her own.

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

  • I’d cut up my heart for you to wear if you wanted it.

Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

  • But this road doesn’t go anywhere,” I told him.

“That doesn’t matter.” “What does?” I asked, after a little while. “Just that we’re on it, dude,” he said. Less Than Zero, Bret Easton Ellis

  • But who can remember pain, once it’s over? All that remains of it is a shadow, not in the mind even, in the flesh. Pain marks you, but too deep to see. Out of sight, out of mind.

The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

  • I disconnect the telephone to keep the outside world in it’s correct place.

Tell-All, Chuck Palahniuk

  • They wore blouses with buttons down the front that suggested the possibilities of the word undone. These women could be undone; or not. They seemed to be able to choose.

The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

  • 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.

Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes

  • Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

  • Of all creatures that breathe and move upon the earth, nothing is bred that is weaker than man.

The Odyssey, Homer

  • Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.

The Iliad, Homer

  • I’m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia.

The Silver Chair, C.S. Lewis

  • Stories were full of hearts broken by love, but what really broke a heart was taking away its dream — whatever the dream might be.

The Patriot, Pearl S. Buck

  • You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.

Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison

  • One of my great secrets was knowing I had the power to make her smile.

The Red Tent, Anita Diamant

  • She knew whose love she doubted. It wasn’t her parents’ and it wasn’t her friends: It was her own.

Forever In Blue, Ann Brashares

  • One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

  • One day, when I am a braver man, I will tell her these things, and then I will look her in the eye tell her I love her and ask her to be only mine. But until that day, we’re just friends.

Already Dead, Charlie Huston

  • To love would be an awfully big adventure.

Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie

  • There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.

The Truth About Forever, Sarah Dessen

  • When they finished laughing they were on their way to being not just friends, but the dearest of friends, the sort of friends whose lives are shaped by the friendship.

Spindle’s End, Robin McKinley

  • No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.

A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf

  • If I could but know his heart, everything would become easy.

Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen

  • The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen

  • …beauty, she had discovered occupied a narrow band. Ugliness, on the hand, had infinite variation.

Atonement, Ian McEwan

  • My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest.

David Copperfield, Charles Dickens

  • I wasn’t just the madwoman in the attic—I was the attic itself. The past was all over me, all under me, all inside me.

Prozac Nation, Elizabeth Wurtzel

  • Sing your song. Dance your dance. Tell your tale.

Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt

  • All men contain several men inside them, and most of us bounce from one self to another without ever knowing who we are.

The Brooklyn Follies, Paul Auster

  • The most important thing in life is to stop saying ‘I wish’ and start saying ‘I will.’ Consider nothing impossible, then treat possiblities as probabilities.

David Copperfield, Charles Dickens

  • I told her tea bags were just a convenience for people with busy lives and she said no one is so busy they can’t take time to make a decent cup of tea and if you are that busy you don’t deserve a decent cup of tea for what is it all about anyway? Are we put into this world to be busy or to chat over a nice cup of tea?

‘Tis, Frank McCourt

  • Accept who you are; and revel in it.

Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom

  • But life is a battle: may we all be enabled to fight it well!

The Letters of Charlotte Bronte, Charlotte Bronte

  • When you’re struggling with something, look at all the people around you and realize that every single person you see is struggling with something, and to them, it’s just as hard as what you’re going through.

Dear John, Nicholas Sparks

  • Then I thought, boy, isn’t that just typical? You wait and wait and wait for something, and then when it happens, you feel sad.

Absolutely Normal Chaos, Sharon Creech 

  • You can’t live your life for other people. You’ve got to do what’s right for you, even if it hurts some people you love.

The Notebook, Nicholas Sparks

  • Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.

The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold

  • the truth is, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live. Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom
  • Unexpected intrusions of beauty. That is what life is.

Herzog, Saul Bellow

  • Books have to be heavy because the whole world’s inside them.

Inkheart, Cornelia Funke

  • I think… the secret is to just settle for the shape of your life takes…Instead of you know, always waiting and wishing for what might make you happy.

She’s Come Undone, Wally Lamb

  • I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.

Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

  • Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I’d have the facts.

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

  • I don’t exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it.

The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

  • I’ll hold on to the world tight some day. I’ve got one finger on it now; that’s a beginning.

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

  • All I know is this: nobody’s very big in the first place, and it looks to me like everybody spends their whole life tearing everybody else down.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey

  • There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.

Dracula, Bram Stoker

  • I think it happens to everyone as they grow up. You find out who you are and what you want, and then you realize that people you’ve known forever don’t see things the way you do. And so you keep the wonderful memories but find yourself moving on. It’s perfectly normal.

Nicholas Sparks, True Believer

  • It’s laughing with your friend at a time when you shouldn’t. It’s the thrill of an escape that almost wasn’t. It’s the embarrassment you feel, naked for the first time. It’s helping a friend find something they lost. It’s a smile, a joke, a song. It’s what someone does that they like doing. It’s what someone does that they like remembering. It’s the thinking of things you may never do and the doing of things you may never have thought. It’s the road ahead and the road behind. It’s the first step and the last and every one in between, because they all make up the good life.

The Good Life

  • Listen, here’s what I think. I think that we can’t go around measuring our goodness by what we don’t do, by what we deny ourselves, what we resist, and who we exclude. I think we’ve got to measure goodness by what we embrace, what we create and who we include.


  • “If people were like rain, I was like drizzle and she was a hurricane.”

John Green, Looking for Alaska

  • “At some point, you just pull off the Band-Aid, and it hurts, but then it's over and you're relieved.”

John Green, Looking for Alaska

  • “I'm really not up for answering any questions that start with how, when, where, why or what.”

John Green, Looking for Alaska

  • “They love their hair because they're not smart enough to love something more interesting.”

John Green, Looking for Alaska

  • “I hated sports. I hated sports, and I hated people who played them, and I hated people who watched them, and I hated people who didn't hate people who watched or played them.”

John Green, Looking for Alaska

  • "I just did some calculations and I've been able to determine that you're full of shit.”

John Green, Looking for Alaska

  • Let's go and get some food. There is nothing Oreo's can't fix.

Jodi Picoult, Sing You Home.

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