Someone asked for a rebloggable version, so here’s my attempt at that.
"Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people we’re quoting."
― John Green
“She feels in italics and thinks in CAPITALS.”
― Henry James, “The Portable Henry James”
"I was raised among books, making invisible friends in pages that seemed cast from dust and whose smell I carry on my hands to this day."
― Carols Ruiz Zafon, “The Shadow of the Wind”
"I like old things. They make me sad. It’s happy for deep people."
― Steven Moffat, “Doctor Who”
"I am a product of long corridors, empty sunlit rooms, upstairs indoor silences, attics explored in solitude, distant noises of gurgling asters and pipes, and the noise of wind under the titles. Also, of endless books."
― C. S. Lewis
“To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.”
― Victor Hugo, “Les Misérables”
"Sometimes I feel like I am an old person trapped in a young person’s body. I’m boring. I go to movies. I read. That’s about it."
― Alexis Bledel
"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Great Gatsby”
"Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks, not in the way they speak. Just in the way they are."
― Markus Zusak, “I Am the Messenger”
"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view - until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."
― Harper Lee, “To Kill a Mocking Bird”
"In life, the monsters win."
― George R. R. Martin, “A Game of Thrones”
"I must go in. The fog is rising."
― the last words of Emily Dickinson
“Think you’re escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.”
― James Joyce, “Ulysses”
"We are divided of course between liking to feel the past and liking to feel it familiar."
― Henry James, “The Aspern Papers”
“Usually we walk around constantly believing ourselves. ‘I’m okay’ we say. ‘I’m alright’. But sometimes the truth arrives on you and you can’t get it off. That’s when you realize that sometimes it isn’t even an answer—it’s a question. Even now, I wonder how much of my life is convinced.”
― Markus Zusak, “The Book Thief”
"If you judge people, you have no time to love them."
― Mother Teresa
"We have everything we need to be happy, but we aren’t happy. Something’s missing. I looked around. The only thing I positively knew was gone was the books I’d burned in ten or twelve years. So I thought books might help."
―Ray Bradbury, “Fahrenheit 451”
“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
― William Faulkner, “Light in August”
“Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, “Invisible Monsters”
“So many people are shut up tight inside themselves like boxes, yet they would open up, unfolding quite wonderfully, if only you were interested in them.”
― Sylvia Plath
"There are only two worlds - your world, which is the real world, and other worlds, the fantasy. Worlds like this are worlds of the human imagination: their reality, or lack of reality, is not important. What is important is that they are there. these worlds provide an alternative. Provide an escape. Provide a threat. Provide a dream, and power; provide refuge, and pain. They give your world meaning. They do not exist; and thus they are all that matters."
― Neil Gaiman
“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”
― Agatha Christie
“Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.”
― George Orwell
'Humans are the only animal that blushes, laughs, has religion, wages war, and kisses with lips. So in a way, the more you kiss with lips, the more human you are.' 'And the more you wage war'
― Jonathan Safran Foer, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”
"We’re fickle, stupid beings with poor memories and a great gift for self destruction."
― Suzanne Collins, “Mockingjay”
"I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will."
― Charlotte Bronte, “Jane Eyre”
"If you haven’t the strength to impose your own terms upon life, then you must accept the terms it offers you."
― T. S. Eliot
"One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple."
― Jack Kerouac, “Dharma Bums”
"Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences."
― Sylvia Plath
"What a frightening thing is the human, a mass of gauges and dials and registers, and we can only read a few and those perhaps not accurately."
― John Steinbeck, “The Winter of Our Discontent”
"You won’t get anything unless you ask for it. Then if you ask for it and you don’t get it, maybe it wasn’t worth having in the first place. Some things are just never meant to be. No matter how much we wish they were."
― Amy Sherman, “Gilmore Girls”
"It takes a good-natured injudicious friend to complete the thing and make it perfect."
― Mark Twain, “Pudd’n Head Wilson”
"It was the fatal flaw of humanity which Nature, in one shape or another, stamps ineffaceably on all her productions, either to imply that they are temporary and finite, or that their perfection must be wrought by toil and pain."
― Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Birthmark”
"The thinker must think for truth, not for fame."
― W. E. B. Du Bois, “The Souls of Black Folk”
"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”
― William Shakespeare, “Julius Caesar”
"To speak of these things and to try to understand their nature and, having understood it, to try slowly and humbly and constantly to express, to press out again, from the gross earth or what it brings forth, from sound and shape and colour which are the prison gates of our soul, and image of the beauty we have come to understand - that is art."
― James Joyce, “A Portrait of the Artists as a Young Man”
"It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something."
― J. R. R. Tolkien, “The Two Towers”