31 Beautiful Book Quotes That Will Provide Comfort Whenever You Feel Lost


1. “We can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.” — George Elliot, The Mill On The Floss

2. “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”
—John Steinbeck, East of Eden

3. “A pain stabbed my heart, as it did every time I saw a girl I loved who was going the opposite direction in this too-big world.”
― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

4. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” — Anne Frank, The Diary Of A Young Girl

5. “Get busy living or get busy dying.” — Stephen King, The Shawshank Redemption

6. “There isn’t always an explanation for everything.”
― Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

7. “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

8. “Be steady to your purposes and firm as a rock. This ice is not made of such stuff as your hearts may be; it is mutable and cannot withstand you if you say that it shall not.” — Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

9. “I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” — Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

10. “But at times I wondered if I had not come a long way only to find that what I really sought was something I had left behind.”― Jon Krakauer, Into Thin Air

11. “We spend our time searching for security and hate it when we get it.” — John Steinbeck, America and Americans (Paradox and Dream)

12. “We must have ideals and try to live up to them, even if we never quite succeed. Life would be a sorry business without them. With them it’s grand and great.”— Lucy Maude Montgomery, Ann of Avonlea

13. “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

14. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

15. “He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking.”― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

16. “Home is where you feel at home. I’m still looking.”― Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

17. “Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.” ― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

18. “Beware; for I am fearless. And therefore powerful.” — Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

19. “Life is not like water. Things in life don’t necessarily flow over the shortest possible route.” — Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

20. “We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” — J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

21. “Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.” ― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

22. “Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.”― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

23. “There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.” — Bram Stroker, Dracula

24. “Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

25. “To sell your soul is the easiest thing in the world. That’s what everybody does every hour of his life. If I asked you to keep your soul – would you understand why that’s much harder?”― Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

26. “We fight our way in, and try to buy our way out. We are alert, curious, hopeful, and we take more drugs designed to make us unaware than any other people. We are self-reliant and at the same time completely dependent. We are aggressive, and defenseless.”— John Steinbeck, America and Americans (Paradox and Dream)

27. “All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

28. “It was when I was happiest that I longed most…The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing…to find the place where all the beauty came from.” ― C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces

29. “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.” — L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

30. “There is a basin in the mind where words float around on thought and thought on sound and sight. Then there is a depth of thought untouched by words, and deeper still a gulf of formless feelings untouched by thought.” ― Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

31. “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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