A Short List of Favorite Book Quotes

Like most writers, I am an avid reader. The following quotes  are from books I have read over the years. It is a very short list compared to even the amount of books on my smallest book shelf.  If you have a favorite quote from a favorite book, I’d love it if you would share.

“The greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.” – Ronald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

“There is no place like home.” – L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz

“Sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland





“There should be a place where only the things you want to happen, happen” – Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

“Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.” – E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

“I am poor, but I am rich. I have my children, I have a garden with roses, and I have my faith and the memories of those who have gone before me. What more is there?”- Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising

“I’ve found that there is always some beauty left — in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.” –Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

“Together we would walk along the cliff looking at the sea, and though the white men’s ship did not return that spring, it was a happy time. The air smelled of flowers and birds sang everywhere.” –Scott O’Dell, Island of the Blue Dolphins

“I really do like listening to stuff that’s happened to other people. I guess that’s why I like to read.” – S.E. Hinton, That Was Then, This Is Now

“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” – Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

“I wonder if when you dream about somebody they dream about you.”- Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy

“If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again.” – Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca

“Now run along and play, but don’t get into trouble.’ George promised to be good. But it is easy for little monkeys to forget.” – H.A. Rey, Curious George

“Honest differences of opinion should never be permitted to destroy a friendship, he told me. “Haven’t you learned that yet, Reuven?” – Chaim Potok, The Chosen

“What do you do when it rains?” The captain answered frankly. “I get wet.” – Joseph Heller, Catch-22

“Thank God for books and music and things I can think about.” – Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon

“But dragons, my boy, have a whole different kind of mind.” – John Gardner, Grendel

“The rock, for its part, is not even aware of our existence because we are alive for only a brief instant of its lifespan. To it, we are like flashes in the dark.” – Michael Crichton, The Andromeda Strain

“I’m not really sure which parts of myself are real and which parts are things I’ve gotten from books.” –  Beatrice Sparks, Go Ask Alice

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” – Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Mr. Pine lived on Vine Street in a little white house. “A white house is fine,” said Mr. Pine, “but there are FIFTY white houses all in a line on Vine Street. How can I tell which house is mine?” – Leonard Kessler, Mr. Pine’s Purple House

“Who is John Galt?” – Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

“The world was hers for the reading.” – Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

“When they asked me what I wanted to be I said I didn’t know.

“Oh, sure you know,” the photographer said.

“She wants,” said Jay Cee wittily, “to be everything.” – Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

“She is like a little safe, locked, that no one can open. Perhaps there is a treasure inside.”  –  William Gibson, The Miracle Worker

“I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful one-hundred percent!” – Dr. Seuss, Horton Hatches the Egg

“Mrs. May looked back at her. “Kate,” she said after a moment, “stories never really end. They can go on and on and on. It’s just that sometimes, at a certain point, one stops telling them.”  – Mary Norton, The Borrowers


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