Bookish Musings | Highlights From My Quote Journal

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I love quotes. Alllll the quotes!

They are little capsules of wisdom and insight and hope.

There are a million lists of quotes on the internet, but I’m honored that you’re taking a few minutes to read mine. You. Are. The. Best!

In high school I kept a journal full of quotes and I would refer to it for motivation, insight, and reassurance. It helped me through some tough times (aka high school). It also impressed my college prof when I had three awesome quotes at the ready. Never underestimate the power of a good quote!

Of course many of my favorite quotes came from books, because books are wonderful and forever quotable. The following is a list of some of my favorite quotes.

Please comment with your own favorite book quotes. I have my notebook open and ready!


“Everything has to evolve or else it perishes.” – ‘A Separate Peace’ by John Knowles

“A smile fell in the grass- irretrievable!” – ‘The Night Dances’ a Sylvia Plath poem

“Follow your bliss.” -Joseph Campbell

“The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly.”- ‘Walden’ by Henry David Thoreau

“…things get broken, and sometimes they get repaired, and in most cases, you realize that no matter what gets damaged, life rearranges itself to compensate for your loss, sometimes wonderfully.” – ‘A Little Life’ by Hanya Yanagihara


“I don’t understand it any more than you do, but one thing I’ve learned is that you don’t have to understand things for them to be.” – ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ by Madeleine L’Engle

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” – ‘Anne of Green Gables’ by L.M. Montgomery

“Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people we’re quoting.” – meta quote from ‘An Abundance of Katherines’ by John Green

“It was her habit to build laughter out of inadequate materials.” – ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ by John Steinbeck


“I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.” – ‘The Chosen’ by Chaim Potok

“And so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” – ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’ by Anne Frank

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart: I am, I am, I am.” – ‘The Bell Jar’ by Sylvia Plath

“Chance encounters are what keep us going.” – ‘Kafka on the Shore’ by Haruki Murakami


“Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.” “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.” – ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood

“And her joy would become a restless thing, flapping its wings inside her, as though looking for an opening to fly away.” – ‘Americanah’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“My courage always rises with every attempt to intimidate me.” – ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen

“You can’t keep the birds of sadness from flying over your head, but you can keep them from nesting in your hair.” – ‘Walk Two Moons’ by Sharon Creech

“But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ by J.K. Rowling

I have so many more quotes that I love, but I didn’t want to make a mile-long list.

What are your favorite book quotes?

There are plenty of blank pages in my journal!


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