Fifteen Literary Quotes That Live With You For Life

How do you write a single sentence a reader remembers for the rest of their life? If you are like me, you see a line hi-lighted on your post and smile, someone has liked something you have written.

Many who have been following me will know that I have a recent obsession with the First Lines in books. Since I started reading I have had an obsession with collecting favourite quotes. I have the most beautiful lleather-boundbook where I keep all the quotes I have loved. Not just from books but, films, proverbs where ever a line attracts me I save it.

Here are fifteen of my favourite quotes from books and why I love them.

Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron

I looked up and saw the storm spilling like rivers of blackened blood from clouds blotting out the moon and covering the roof os the city in darkness. —

Shadow of the Wind is set in Barcelona after the Spanish Civil War. The book tells the story of Daniel who is taken to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books where he selects one. This choice changes his life forever. Although I am not a great fan of the book this quote is amazing. The imagery it conjures up is beautiful. I will revisit Carlos Ruiz Zafron books for writing like this. Every few pages there is a piece of literary genius.

This next quote from the same book I love because it could have been written about me.

Julien lived in himself for his books and inside them.

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

Summer had grabbed it’s beach towels, buckets and spades and packing up for the season.

The Chalk Man is a crime thriller and tells the story of a young boy who witnesses a terrible accident at a fair. Later in life, the same stickmen drawings start to reappear and it looks as if the past is going to repeat itself. I have to admit to enjoying the book but, not being wowed by it. Having said that it provided several quotes that were thought-provoking. These are two of my favourites.

Kids, from the moment they’re born, they fill your heart with love…and terror.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.

The Inkheart trilogy is one of my favourite of all time. These middle-grade books are the most beautiful thing I have ever read. They centre around the journey of Meggie and her father Mo. Mo has a gift and can read characters out of books. The book not only contains characters you will fall in love with but, contains a vault of book quotes. Books are at the centre of everything in this book. Every chapter starts with another quote. I found myself reading and loving the book whilst, adding to my TBR (to be read) list all the time. There are moments of great imagery, such as the quote above and then profound statements, such as the quote below. These books never received the acclaim of Harry Potter but, are a real hidden gem.

But it seems to me one who hates has already lost the most important thing of all.

What did he lose?

His own human self

Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

Like a wild animal, the truth is too powerful to remain caged.

Most readers have heard of the Divergent trilogy and have read the book, if not seen the film. This is the problem I have with the film, as far as I can remember, these quotes appear nowhere in it. For those that have been living in a cave, Divergent is dystopian. This trilogy tells the story of Trice and her fight for survival when she is found to be Divergent. The quotes are both thought-provoking.

Life damages us, everyone. We can’t escape the damage. But now, I am also learning this. We can be mended. We mend each other.

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Our debt was too great and the words thank you too small.

Hollow City is the second book in the series by Ransom Riggs. It tells the story of Jacob and his group of peculiar friends. The story also includes some amazing photographs that the author has collected. Out of the three books already released, this is my least favourite. However, it produces these two amazing quotes.

From the mouth of our elders comes a fountain of wisdom.

The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

Sometimes the rumour of an army is just as effective as the army itself.

The Ask and the Answer is the second part of the young adult trilogy, Chaos Walking. If you are a fan of A Monster Calls then this trilogy is as good. The story follows Todd Hewitt, a 12-year-old boy who runs away from Prentisstown. A town where everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts. The book is a classic good versus evil story. If you watch the news and follow current affairs this quote is very poignant.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Death ends a life, not a relationship

The five people you meet in heaven is a must read for anyone. The title explains what the book is about. This slim book is a work of genius throughout. It is hard to pick one quote to share but, this is my favourite. If you haven’t read this book, grab yourself a copy it is a book that will live with you for life.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.

The Nightingale is a beautiful heartbreaking book. It tells the story of two completely different sisters and how they survive in World War 2. Both live in occupied France, one in Paris, one in the country. This was one of the first historical fiction novels I read, I have read many more since. This book tells the untold story of women in France and how they become the backbone of the resistance. This quote is simple but, sums up the ethos of war perfectly.

Recently, my life has changed, during these turbulent three years, both of these last two quotes came to me and spoke to me on a personal note. The first appears in many Harlan Coben books. However, Coben cannot take credit for writing it, as it was a Yiddish proverb.

The second is my all time favourite quote and one I am considering being made into a tattoo, it is a perfect proverb.

Man plans, God laughs — Harlan Coben

What’s past is prologue. The Tempest — William Shakespeare

What is your favourite book quote?

Published by Sam H Arnold

Sam H Arnold is a writer of True Crime, Parenting and Writing Tips articles. If you have enjoyed her work you might consider donating her a coffee on Ko-Fi. Links to this and all her other work can be found on the about me page.

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