20 Book Quotes That Have Changed My Outlook On Life

Have you ever felt so moved after reading a book? Now not just the vastness of the book but the quotes within it? Have they spoken to you on a deeper level? Have they got you through a dark time? Grief? Depression? Have they made you laugh until you have to cross your legs to stop a little bit of wee escaping? I know I’m not alone there! Has a quote reminded you of a happy time long gone past that put you in mind of a loved one? This is the power of a meaningful quote.

It’s called being human…

In a life where nothing is plain sailing I escape to books. I am the mother to three boys, two being autistic and my youngest boy having a chest condition since birth. It’s bloody hard and books give me that sense of peace that I crave through-out the day. I can live a life where I don’t have the constant demands and stresses of caring for three little people that need me so much. Books are my saving grace!

I’m going to quick-fire you with 20 of the very best quotes I have collected along the way. They all individually, mean something very important to me in their own way. I think I might just get a few of them tattooed on me one day, they have given me strength when I didn’t think I had any.


“Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” – Neil Gaiman, Coraline

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Alice In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep it’s edge.” George R.R. Martin, A Game Of Thrones.

“Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.” Terry Pratchett.

“I want to be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren.” J.R.R Tolkein

“That’s the duty of the old,’ said the Librarian, ‘to be anxious on the behalf of the young. And the duty of the young is to scorn the anxiety of the old.’

They sat for a while longer, and then parted, for it was late, and they were old and anxious.”
― Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass

“When you choose one way out of many, all the ways you don’t take are snuffed out like candles, as if they’d never existed. At that moment all Will’s choices existed at once. But to keep them all in existence meant doing nothing. He had to choose, after all.”
― Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass

“You deserve every star in the galaxy laid out at your feet and a thousand diamonds in your hair. You deserve someone who’ll run with you as far and as fast as you want to. Holding your hand, not holding you back.”
― Jay Kristoff, Illuminae

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“Oh, my sweet summer child,” Old Nan said quietly, “what do you know of fear?
Fear is for the winter, my little lord, when the snows fall a hundred feet
deep and the ice wind comes howling out of the north. Fear is for the long
night, when the sun hides its face for years at a time, and little children
are born and live and die all in darkness while the direwolves grow gaunt and
hungry, and the white walkers move through the woods”
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

“You’ll stay with me?’
Until the very end,’ said James.”
― J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

“I dreamed I was buying new shoes last night,” said Ron. “What d’ya think that’s gonna mean?”
“Probably that you’re going to be eaten by a giant marshmallow or something,” said Harry.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.”
― Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption: A Story from Different Seasons

“She breathed deeply of the scent of decaying fiction, disintegrating history, and forgotten verse, and she observed for the first time that a room full of books smelled like dessert: a sweet snack made of figs, vanilla, glue, and cleverness.”
― Joe Hill, NOS4A2

“Don’t ever have children, Tyler, unless you’re ready to be afraid everyday for the rest of your life.”
― Joe Hill, Crown of Shadows

“Choose a life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television. Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers… Choose DSY and wondering who the fuck you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit crushing game shows, stucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away in the end of it all, pishing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourself, choose your future. Choose life… But why would I want to do a thing like that?”
― Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting

“I have learned all kinds of things from my many mistakes. The one thing I never learn is to stop making them.”
― Joe Abercrombie, Last Argument of Kings

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28 thoughts on “20 Book Quotes That Have Changed My Outlook On Life

  1. Love this post – I rarelt jot down quotes from books, going to do that more next year but one I did write down this year was from Tempest and Slaughter
    ‘Arram watched the stars fall, awed, wondering which God was sending a fiery love letter to another God or even a mortal’
    I just loved the imagery in that quote

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  2. There are some nice quotes out there! I’m the worst with book quotes, I never remember them. Maybe it’s because I listen to a lot of audiobooks and it’s very hard to collect qyotes then because you can’t mark them or whatever.

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  3. These are beautiful! I liked too many to list… It’s wonderful to read about how books are a comfort to you when you have so many responsibilities. For what it’s worth, you sound like a supermum! Thank you so much for sharing these quotes, I’ll try to return the favour with my favourite ever quote (from East of Eden by John Steinbeck):

    ‘And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.’

    📕MP📚 X

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  4. I don’t really jot down quotes and only highlight them on my kindle sometimes but rarely go through them. I used to go and like quotes on GoodReads but it’s too much hassle 😀

    My top one from GR though:
    “What is wrong with you?
    Many, many things.”
    ― Ilona Andrews, Magic Slays

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