14 Favorite Book Quotes

Favorite Book Quotes


Putting this post together gave me the opportunity to go down the favorite book quotes rabbit hole and it was a hole I didn’t realize how much I wanted to go down! I loved revisiting some of my favorite parts of my favorite books and I need to do it more often.

These aren’t my favorite book quotes of all time, but rather my favorite quotes of the ones I could get my hands on easily at the moment! Some probably would fall into my all-time favorites bucket, but I can’t know that for sure.

Finally, I realized as I was putting this together, that I could’ve written the entire thing in Cheryl Strayed quotes.

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14 Favorite Book Quotes

Beartown by Fredrick Backman (my review)
On ice hockey, but this could really pertain to any sport…

It’s only a game. It resolves tiny, insignificant things. Such as who gets validation. Who gets listened to. It allocates power and draws boundaries and turns some people into stars and others into spectators. That’s all.

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Books for Living by Will Schwalbe (my review)
On reading and recharging…

Reading is a respite from the relentlessness of technology, but it’s not only that. It’s how I reset and recharge. It’s how I escape, but it’s also how I engage. And reading should spur further engagement.

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Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen (my review)
On parenting…

Being a parent is not transactional. We do not get what we give. It is the ultimate pay-it-forward: We are good parents, not so they will be loving enough to stay with us, but so they will be strong enough to leave us.

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Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny (my review)
Brilliant…

You know, it would be far simpler and more effective if you could march your houseguest over to a bench in Central Park and say, You just sit right there while I go home and read the newspaper in peace. I’ll be back to pick you up in two hours. And if your houseguest was of the older, feebler variety, and you feared they might be mugged or beaten in the park, you could take them to a movie, possibly a matinee. Actually, there should be a houseguests’ club, like the kids’ club in a resort, where your houseguest could watch movies and play games and have a snack while you recharged your batteries.

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Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan (my review)
I’m probably one of these people…

Accepting things as they are is difficult. A lot of people go to war with reality.

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The Mothers by Brit Bennett (my review)
On betrayal…

The how of any betrayal was the hardest part to justify, how the lies could be assembled and stacked and maintained until the truth was completely hidden behind them.

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The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy (my review)
The memorable first line of The Prince of Tides probably encapsulates virtually all of Conroy’s work…

My wound is my geography. It is also my anchorage, my port of call.

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (my review)
On intimacy…

People think that intimacy is about sex. But intimacy is about truth. When you realize you can tell someone your truth, when you can show yourself to them, when you stand in front of them bare and their response is ‘you’re safe with me’ – that’s intimacy.

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Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed (my review)
You didn’t think you were getting out of here without a Cheryl Strayed quote, did you? Or two?

Trust yourself. It’s Sugar’s golden rule. Trusting yourself means living out what you already know to be true.

Or two?

Do you know what boundaries are? The best, sanest people on the planet do […]

Or three? This one on motherhood…

But as the mother of two children, I can tell you what most moms will: that mothering is absurdly hard and profoundly sweet. Like the best thing you ever did. Like if you think you want to have a baby, you probably should. I say this in spite of the fact that children are giant endless suck machines. They don’t give a whit if you need to sleep or eat or pee or get your work done or go out to a party naked and oiled up in a homemade Alice B. Toklas mask. They take everything. They will bring you to the furthest edge of your personality and abso-f*cking-lutely to your knees. They will also give you everything back. Not just all they take, but many of the things you lost before they came along as well.

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
On reading…

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.

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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
On living…

At those critical junctures, the question is not simply whether to live or die but what kind of life is worth living.

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White Fur by Jardine Libaire (my review)
On the wealthy, snobby grandmother…

Binkie, the one and only. He can hear her rings clacking on the plastic phone, and he chuckles, envisioning with amusement the bejeweled and suntanned manicured grip his grandmother thinks she has on his balls. And she does.

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Do you find yourself collecting literary quotes? What are some of your favorites?

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18 Comments

  1. Wendy wrote:

    I need to keep a log of my favorite quotes! I highlight them when I read but I don’t do anything with it! Great list.

    Posted 3.6.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I sometimes don’t do anything with mine ;( I do email my highlights when I’ve either purchased a book for Kindle or borrowed one from the library, but that feature doesn’t work for ARCs.

      Posted 3.8.18 Reply
  2. SusanR wrote:

    You mentioned my favorite quote by Pat Conroy. I agree, this line summed up all of his books. So sad that we won’t have more books from this fantastic author.

    Posted 3.6.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I know..it’s devastating, right?! Luckily, I read some of his books so long ago that I think I can re-read them and have them feel a little bit new. I re-read The Great Santini, Lords of Discipline, and Prince of Tides over the last 5 years. Need to get to Beach Music.

      Posted 3.8.18 Reply
  3. I enjoyed reading your quotes. You’ve chosen some wonderful ones to share with us! I have a few quotes I enjoy, but I think you’ve given me the idea to add quotes I love to my reading journal entries. That would be an easy way to keep up with them!

    Posted 3.6.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Great method to keep track of them! I’d do it too if I used a reading journal!

      Posted 3.8.18 Reply
  4. I love that quote from To Kill a Mockingbird. I really want to keep track of more quotes that I love in my bullet journal this year.

    -Lauren

    Posted 3.6.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Great place to do it!

      Posted 3.8.18 Reply
  5. Great quotes, Sarah. I especially love the ones from Standard Deviation, Lots of Candles, and Tell Me More. I’m curious what you do to keep track of quotes. Kindle? Or, something more?

    Posted 3.6.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Well – multiple methods, none of which are foolproof. I highlight on Kindle and then send the highlights via email when I’ve purchased the book or gotten it from the library (can’t do this with ARCs, which stinks). I get a PDF doc that I save in a folder. Then, I usually put at least one quote in every review, so when I’m going through them for that, I enter my favorites into Goodreads.

      Posted 3.8.18 Reply
  6. I can tell I’ll need to get hold of a copy of Tiny Beautiful Things 🙂 That final quote from it (plus the Quindlen one) reminds me a lot of All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer Senior — a great book about parenting if you don’t already know it.

    Posted 3.6.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I definitely need to read ALl Joy and No Fun…I’ve heard about it and think it pretty much encompasses my view of parenting 🙂 At least toddlers.

      Posted 3.8.18 Reply
  7. lissa wrote:

    that ‘standard deviation’ quote is so charming and funny.

    ‘tell me more’ quote is me too.

    I also collect quotes of all kinds but only recently did I write down passages/quotes from books I read.

    have a lovely day.

    Posted 3.6.18 Reply
  8. Tara wrote:

    What a great selection, Sarah! I always remember that quote from Standard Deviation; probably because I think it’s such a great idea – ha!

    Posted 3.6.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I know, right?! Absolutely brilliant.

      Posted 3.8.18 Reply
  9. That’s a good quote from Tell Me More, so true!

    Posted 3.6.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Oh God…it describes me to a tee. I’m always lamenting why something has to be a certain way…something making no sense yet that’s still the way it is.

      Posted 3.8.18 Reply
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird has so many great quotes.

    Lauren @ Always Me

    Posted 3.9.18 Reply

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