Favorite Book Quotes: Part 1

One of my favorite parts about reading is writing down the different quotes that I find inspiring, fascinating, and otherwise thought provoking. This list features the first 10 of my favorite book quotes. The order of the quotes doesn’t imply that I like one over the other.

For this list, there isn’t much in terms of how or why. They’re just quotes from books that I enjoyed. In some cases, I might not have even enjoyed the book. I’ll try not to include multiple quotes from the same book in each list, but the same author may appear more than once with quotes from different books.

For the sake of time and page space, I’m opting to not explain why I love each quote. I’d rather you, my 20-something awesome followers, just read and reflect on them without having me preach why I think they’re significant words.

  1. “Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss…. But every one in a while you find someone who’s iridescent, and when you do, nothing will ever compare” – Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped.
  2. “A Secret is a strange thing. There are three kinds of secrets. One is the sort everyone knows about, the sort you need at least two people for. One to keep it. One to never know. The second is a harder kind of secret: one you keep from yourself. Every day, thousands of confessions are kept from their would-be confessors, none of these people knowing that their never-admitted secrets all boil down to the same three words: I am afraid. And then there is the third kind of secret, the most hidden kind. A secret no one knows about. Perhaps it was known once, but was taken to the grave. Or maybe it is a useless mystery, arcane and lonely, unfound because no one ever looked for it” – Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves.
  3. “My words are unerring tools of destruction, and I’ve come unequipped with the ability to disarm them” – Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys.
  4. “Words could betray you if you chose the wrong ones, or mean less if you used too many” – Robyn Schneider, The Beginning of Everything.
  5. “In my mind I am eloquent; I can climb intricate scaffolds of words to reach the highest cathedral ceilings and paint my thoughts. But when I open my mouth, everything collapses” – Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies.
  6. “The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them” -Stephen King, The Body. 
  7. “Fear can’t hurt you…. When it washes over you, give it no power. It’s a snake with no venom. Remember that. That knowledge can save you,” Maureen Johnson, The Name of the Star.
  8. “It was written I should be loyal to the nightmare of my choice” – Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness.
  9. “Poetry, plays, novels, music, they are the cry of the human spirit trying to understand itself and make sense of our world” – L.M. Elliot, Annie, Between the States.
  10. “Maybe one day the words will pour out like so many others, easy and smooth and on their own. Right now they take pieces of me with them” – Victoria Schwab, The Near Witch. 


At the very least, even if you didn’t love these quotes, I hope it was a reminder of how amazing it is the 26 letters (in the English alphabet, anyway), can make so many different words, and how those words can have so much meaning when arranged in a certain way.

What are some of your favorite book quotes? Did you spot any of your favorites on this list?

Part two coming soon!



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