Top 5: Meaningful Book Quotes

Okay lovelies, here is where I get to fangirl over my favourite meaningful quotes out of all the books I have read so far. I’m having to really restrain myself though because five is just not enough! It was also super difficult for me not to make the whole list consist of Dumbledore quotes, oops. Anyway, I’ve managed to whittle my favourites down to create this ultimate favourites list. Right, we’re about to get super deep so brace yourselves:


“Life is a book, and there are a thousand pages I have not read.”

― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Princess


Yes, yes, my favourite quote is from a Shadowhunter related book; I am nothing if not predictable when it comes to these top fives. This little metaphor fills me with so much optimism for the future and that is the reason why it’s one of my faves. Plus, Will is the one who says this quote and he is my total bae.


“Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”

― Veronica Roth, Divergent

We all have fears and they suck. Sometimes everyone lets their fears control them instead of the other way about, but reading Divergent helped me put my fears into perspective and I’ll always be grateful for that. This is one of my favourite quotes about fear from the trilogy and it always makes me feel a little better when I’m down about my anxieties.


“If you’re good at it, and you love it, and it helps you navigate the river of the world, then it can’t be wrong.”

― Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

This book is hilarious but it has its serious moments, like this one. Whenever I doubt a decision I’ve made or am about to make, I like to think of this quote because it’s true. I actually included this quote in my personal statement for my uni application to describe how I feel about business management and I got accepted, so woohoo! I guess that’s one of the reasons why this quote is so high up on my list.


“What if we could stop being different colors, different backgrounds, and just be in love?”  

― E. Lockhart, We Were Liars

This quote struck a cord with me and I’m not even exactly sure why because I’ve never had an experience like this before. One thing I absolutely hate though is discrimination and this quote is really quite sweet and highlights a major issue in some societies. Even though it’s 2016 there’s still prejudice towards certain religions, races and people’s sexuality which is a damn shame.


“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”

― John Green, Paper Towns

Although I’m not this book’s biggest fan, this one quote resonates with me quite deeply because I do idolise certain celebrities when I probably shouldn’t (Luke Hemmings). I also tend to think that normal people are ‘out of my league’ almost because sometimes I forget that they’re only human too and are nowhere near perfect.

Wow, that was difficult but there you have it, my top five. Although these are some of my favourite meaningful quotes, they’re not exactly my favourite moments or scenes in books but I still love them. Comment telling me what your favourite book quotes are and why.


Thanks for reading,

S xo

30 thoughts on “Top 5: Meaningful Book Quotes

      1. You MUST read Looking for Alaska! Also be sure to read Green’s An Abundance of Katherines (I’m pretty sure that’s the title. One of my students gave me a copy as a ty and I’ve bought at least four copies to put in my Little Free Library. It’s always gone in a couple of hours.

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      1. Absolutely! At first I was thinking about shifting out the course – but halfway through the year I dismissed the thought because I realized how awesome this would be. That’s so sweet of you to ask, thank you!

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    1. I need to copy almost all the quotes in my quote notebook (a paper one,not on the computer, ha!) I had no idea young authors and young people had such profound insights and thoughts. Although some of my students come up with observations and comments on something that take the top of my head off. My usual comment on such an aha-learning-moment is, “Do you mind if I steal that to use in a future class? Keep on blogging. I’m enjoying your blog and you immensely!

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      1. What a lovely comment, thank you so much 🙂 I’m smiling from ear to ear now! I love it so much when I come across a great quote in a book. I have a quote wall in my room, where I stick all of the quotes I like from books do I can look at them whenever I want (sort of like your quote book haha).

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  1. The “book” is a gift from a friend. Start hinting to your friends. Any kind of journal (think half-price books, Tuesday Morning, lower end Hallmark) will do for a quote book. Once for “favors” when I met two girlfriends for lunch, I gave them each a journal with owls on it (wisdom–get it?). In the first three pages I put some quotes from my book/collection (Like the one by Eleanor Roosevelt that says something about a woman is like a teabag; you don’t know how strong she is until she is put it hot water. That one is very true.)
    I love the idea of a quote wall, but i doubt my husband (of 51, soon to be 52, years of marriage) would want all those sticky notes etc. on the wall. However, you should see the wall behind my desk in the study!
    Have a good week and keep sending out interesting things. You are a bright spot in my day!

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    1. Your comments are a bright spot in my day Rae! I’ve had a horrendous day at work and I’m super stressed but this comment has made me feel better, so thank you ☺️ I totally love the idea of giving my friends notebooks with some of my favourite quotes in them (I might pinch that one from you!). And wow! Congratulations on being married for so long, I hope I end up loving someone that much lol 💕

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      1. There’s nothing like 51 years except more and more time together. With my husband, as his mother told me as a new bride, “I know you two will make it, Prentice could make a good marriage with anybody.” I didn’t appreciate the comment at the time, but after this length and distance, she was absolutely 100% right!

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  2. Regarding your comment on John Green…
    Maybe you are a little more mature than most graduating seniors in high school or first or second year community college (Fault in Our Stars), and that’s why you felt that way. My heart is always with the student who does not read or is a reluctant reader. I will be sneaky and trap them with anything, then they tell me about a book they found and loved; I read it and find the life lessons in them cause me to love it too.

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    1. I love your sneaky ways of influencing people to read haha. And it’s a really beautiful sentiment. I adore seeing teachers go above and beyond for their pupils, showing an interest in them as a person. I still keep in contact with one of my high school teachers who treated me this way ☺️ (ps. I wish I had you for English in high school because none of my classmates ever read outside of class haha).

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      1. Your last comment did not surprise me at all! I wish I had taught high school, but Mr. L was a teacher too, and many years ago when we taught, husbands and wives were not allowed to teach in the same building, so even though my teacher’s certification was 6-12, and he didn’t even have a certificate and had to teach under a waiver, he was 6″2 and was placed at the high school where he taught every math (after he first taught it to himself) for 31 years. I was sent the jr. high because I am only 5’31/2″ and spent my first 12 years teaching there. Now 40+ years later, I wish you were in my Advanced Writing Class (required at the junior level at our university–good job security for me), I’d open my fall class to you whether you met the requirements or not. Today, my students are dual credit sophomores (about three or four a semester), students at the junior, senior, and graduate level at the university, and you know, many of them hate to read. How sad. I’m doing my part to try to remedy that asap!! Ha!

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      2. It’s rubbish that they didn’t let you both work at the same school, it doesn’t even make sense! What a lovely thing to say, thank you so much Rae ☺️ I actually considered going to uni for English Lit, but ended up going with my head and choosing International Business instead :/ But definitely keep up trying to get people to read! I’m trying to do my bit to remedy that too ☺️📚


  3. This is such a nice group of quotes! I’ve always loved that Paper Towns quote as well, although I never could get into the book. I think I tried at least three times without making it past chapter one, haha

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      1. Aww, it’s awful when you push through and get no reward for it! Sometimes you push and it ends up being great, though, so it’s hard to know when to stop reading. And yes, it’s a beautiful quote!

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