12 Literary Quotes To Live By

Some of the most inspiring quotes ever have come from books. Whether they’re told by wise wizards in fantastical worlds or real-life people going through a tough time, these words are powerful and give us some serious feels. Sometimes we could all use a little #inspo so we’ve gathered a library of some of our favorite quotes from classic books and authors. . .

Not all those who wander are lost.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord Of The Rings

Truer words have never been spoken, Mr. Tolkien!

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

Life can be hard, but if you can power through those hard times you’ll find there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.

If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.

Lemony Snicket, The Ersatz Elevator

In the face of a daunting task, as Violet Baudelaire so perfectly puts, sometimes the best course of action is not waiting until you’re ready to do it.

Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if only someone remembers to turn on the light.

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Dumbledore said this quote and, as we always do with our favorite Headmaster of Hogwarts, we totally agree!

Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up.

Veronica Roth, Divergent

There are some great quotes from Veronica Roth’s works, and this one hits us hard every time.

Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone… just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

As explained by Nick Carraway, the mouthpiece of this quote, every now and then it’s important to take a moment for reflection before saying something mean or harsh about someone else: they might have it worse than you think.

If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.

Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

Well said, Mr. Riordan!

Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.

John Green, The Fault In Our Stars

Life doesn’t have to be put into boxes: it can be whatever you want it to be.

There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.

Bram Stoker, Dracula

Everyone could benefit from hearing such words spoken to them.

Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.

L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Even if today might be rough, you can always make tomorrow better.

It is far better to be taught to think critically and then be allowed to make your own decisions than to have someone else's notions thrust upon you.

Christopher Paolini, Eldest

It’s always best to decide your own identity in life rather than someone else thrusting one upon you.

We need never be ashamed of our tears.

Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Human emotion should never be something to be feared or looked down upon, as Charles Dickens so perfectly puts it.

What’s your favorite quote from a novel? Let us know in the comments!

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