Top Most Awesome Quotes Part 3

Have you ever came across a quote in a book that just struck something deep inside you, and in that moment, you had to write it down so you’d never forget it? I have. In fact, I get enamored with quotes frequently, and I have an ever evolving list where I compile them all. These quotes range from funny, to inspiring, to wise, to simply beautiful. And I like sharing them, and hearing quotes from people who also keep their favorites close to heart, so with no further ado, here’s the next 10.

  • “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Lady Windmere’s Fan, Wilde


  • “I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn’t already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.” – The Book Thief, Zusak


  • “’But that’s just as bad,’ protested Milo.’You mean just as good,’ corrected the Humbug. ‘Things which are equally bad are also equally good. Try to look at the bright side of things.'” – The Phantom Tollbooth, Juster


  • “Population: None.

    It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite member divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.” – The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Adams


  • “It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the death and walking into the arena with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore knew—and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents – that there was all the difference in the world.” – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Rowling


  • “It struck me as pretty ridiculous to be called Mr. Darcy and to stand on your own looking snooty at a party. It’s like being called Heathcliff and insisting on spending the entire evening in the garden, shouting ‘Cathy’ and banging your head against a tree.” – Bridget Jone’s Diary, Fielding 


  • “Crying does not indicate that you are weak. Since birth, it has always been a sign that you are alive.” – Jane Eyre, Bronte


  • “It takes ten times as long to put yourself together as it does to fall apart.” – Mockingjay,  Collins


  • “’I just thought to myself, all of a sudden, that we had something in common. A natural chemistry, if you will. And I had a feeling that something big was going to happen. To both of us. That we were, in fact, meant to be together.’

    ‘You got all this,’ I said, clarifying, ‘at the tire display?'” – This Lullaby, Dessen

And, as last time, for my final quote I’ve selected one that a visitor left by. I’m really happy that people leave quotes in the comments, because they all are fantastic, and I’ve put several new books on my to read list just because I figure that if the author had one quote like that, then maybe the whole book is great. This week’s final quote is brought to you by Molly Mortensen, who left a quote from Terry Pratchett that I found both amusing and true.

  • Death: “Human beings make life so interesting. Do you know, that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom.” – The Hogfather, Pratchett

What are your favorite quotes? Do you also like to collect/write quotes down? Let me know in the comments, below! 


30 thoughts on “Top Most Awesome Quotes Part 3

  1. I would love to write down quotes, but I just don’t. I tend to re-read quotes I think are really fantastic. Plus, I do look at quotes on Goodreads and try to like as many as I can.

    My favorites change all the time, but for right now here is one of mine.
    “That’s right,’ she told the girls. ‘You are bored. And I’m going to let you in on a little secret about life. You think it’s boring now? Well, it only gets more boring. The sooner you learn it’s on you to make life interesting, the better off you’ll be.”
    ― Maria Semple, Where’d You Go, Bernadette


    • Ah, nice. I don’t have that much experience with Goodreads (besides using it as a review exchange), but I imagine it has a lot of excellent quotes listed.

      Yes, my favorite quotes are continually vying for first place, too, haha. I really like your quote. Especially the part about it being on you to make life interesting! So true. It’s crazy how two people can be doing nothing in an empty room, and one could occupy one’s self for hours, while the other would probably fall asleep within thirty minutes.


  2. I could make a really long list of my favorite quotes from books. An infinite one, probably.
    I love what you included from The Phantom Tollbooth, one of my favorite childhood, or really for any age, books. There are so many things from there that can confuse yet enlighten.


  3. I make it a point to list my favourite quotes for all my ebook reads, but for physical books I just mark them with bookmarks. Love your picks, especially the Douglas Adam’s one.

    A line I’ve been thinking about recently from And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini:
    “They say, Find a purpose in your life and live it. But, sometimes, it is only after you have lived that you recognize your life had a purpose, and likely one you never had in mind.”


    • Nice. I do kind of the same with physical books, only I dog ear them. Thanks! Yes, I love Douglas Adams. I think every list that I’ve done has at least one quote from him, and there’s still more on my complete collection.

      Thanks for the quote! I truly like it; Khaled Hosseini has a lot of great words of wisdoms in his books.


  4. I don’t really collect quotes, but I do underline lines I love while I’m reading. My sister is collecting the first lines of her favorite books, which I think is a really cool idea!

    One of my favorite quotes comes from my favorite book, The Great Gatsby: “So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning-fork that had been struck upon a star.”

    I just think Fitzgerald’s writing is so beautiful!


    • Ah nice, I do kind of the same, but with a dog ear system instead of underlining. Yeah, that is definitely a cool idea. First lines can be so defining!

      I love Fitzgerald. I actually have two of his other quotes on my other book quote lists. Everything in the Great Gatsby just makes me want to hold it in my hands and marvel at it, like one of those really delicate, intricate snow globes…if that makes any sense at all, haha.


      • No, that totally makes sense. I feel the same way! When I get really excited and nerdy about it, I’ll flip through The Great Gatsby and say to whoever’s around, “just listen to this sentence! And this one!” I never cease to be wowed by Fitzgerald’s talents when I read that book.


  5. Hi! Oh my gosh, I love this post so much. I’m currently reading The Book Thief and that book has a lot of good quotes. I’m a big quote fan too. I’ve written down page numbers from books with a “tag” word or phrase so I can go back to a specific quote I liked. I’ve been thinking of doing a weekly “favorite book quote” feature type thing.

    The quote in “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe”, if you’ve seen or read The Fault In Our Stars, it reminds me of what a character says. I had to go back and see if that was actually the exact quote because it’s so similar. *cue awkwardness if it is the same exact quote in TFiOS*.

    Ha, I love that last quote.

    I’ll share a few myself, then. 🙂

    “What I told you about saving people isn’t true. You might think it is, because you might want someone else to save you, or you might want to save someone so badly. But no one else can save you, not really. Not from yourself. […] You fall asleep in the foothills, and the wolf comes down from the mountains. And you hope someone will wake you up. Or chase it off. Or shoot it dead. But when you realize that the wolf is inside you, that’s when you know. You can’t run from it. And no one who loves you can kill the wolf, because it’s part of you. They see your face on it. And they won’t fire the shot.”
    ― Ava Dellaira, Love Letters to the Dead

    “I know I wrote letters to people with no address on this earth, I know that you are dead. But I hear you. I hear all of you. We were here. Our lives matter.”
    ― Ava Dellaira, Love Letters to the Dead

    “There are a lot of human experiences that challenge the limits of our language,” she said. “That’s one of the reasons that we have poetry.”
    ― Ava Dellaira, Love Letters to the Dead

    “But we aren’t transparent. If we want someone to know us, we have to tell them stuff.”
    ― Ava Dellaira, Love Letters to the Dead

    “When we are in love, we are both completely in danger and completely saved.”
    ― Ava Dellaira, Love Letters to the Dead

    “she walked like she belonged in a better world,”
    ― Ava Dellaira, Love Letters to the Dead

    “So maybe when we can say things, when we can write the words, when we can express how it feels, we aren’t so helpless.”
    ― Ava Dellaira, Love Letters to the Dead

    “Nirvana means freedom. Freedom from suffering. I guess some people would say that death is just that. So, congratulations on being free, I guess. The rest of us are still here, grappling with all that’s been torn up.”
    ― Ava Dellaira, Love Letters to the Dead

    “I think it’s like when you lose something so close to you, it’s like losing yourself. That’s why at the end, it’s hard for her to write even. She can hardly remember how. Because she barely knows what she is anymore.”
    ― Ava Dellaira, Love Letters to the Dead

    “Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”
    ― Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

    “I want everyone to meet you. You’re my favorite person of all time.”
    ― Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

    “What are the chances you’d ever meet someone like that? he wondered. Someone you could love forever, someone who would forever love you back? And what did you do when that person was born half a world away? The math seemed impossible.”
    ― Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

    “I just want to break that song into pieces and love them all to death.”
    ― Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

    “It’s not the changes that will break your heart; it’s that tug of familiarity.”
    ― Jennifer E. Smith, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

    “He’s like a song she can’t get out of her head. Hard as she tries, the melody of their meeting runs through her mind on an endless loop, each time as surprisingly sweet as the last, like a lullaby, like a hymn, and she doesn’t think she could ever get tired of hearing it.”
    ― Jennifer E. Smith, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

    “Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?”
    ― Jennifer E. Smith, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

    “He looks at her and smiles. “You’re sort of dangerous, you know?”
    She stares at him. “Me?”
    “Yeah,” he says sitting back. “I’m way too honest with you.”
    ― Jennifer E. Smith, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

    I kind of went to Goodreads and typed in my last three recently read books and copied a bunch of quotes. I think I went overboard. I hope that’s okay. 😀


    • Aw, thank you so much! And thank you for all the quotes. Oh okay, I can kind of see what you mean by the Douglas Adams quote and the Fault in Our Stars quote. I’ve read Fault in Our Stars, but I didn’t even make the connection until you pointed it at out. But yes, the whole pondering about infinity and how a thing can appear to be infinite (or not so) depending on the way you look at it.
      You should do a weekly quote thing!
      I just finished reading Love Letters to the Dead, so I actually recognize most of the quotes you put! Yay! I love the quote you left about Eleanor and Art. Eleanor and Park was just a beautiful book, and Park is one of my favorite characters that I’ve met in a while. He’s adorable. And the book made me have so many emotions, many all at once.

      Haha, no, that’s totally okay! I enjoyed reading them all 🙂


      • You’re welcome. Yeah, I love quotes so I was just like “Gotta post them all”. Haha. I guess the quote I’m talking about is more from the movie actually. I don’t remember if he made the little speech in the book or not.

        Maybe it was just the infinity part. Hmm. Oh well.

        Actually I think it was because of how harsh the “any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination” and “you are a side effect of an evolutionary process that care little “From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.” then the “You are a side effect of an evolutionary process that cares little for individual lives. You are a failed experiment in mutation.”.

        I think I will once I figure out what I’m going to be doing every week on my blog. 🙂

        Love Letters had a lot of good quotes. How well did you like the book? I’m going to be posting a review of it (at this rate, finally) tomorrow.

        I adored Eleanor and Park, oh my gosh. I wrote a review which I needed to add to yesterday after seeing another version of mine in another document. (Such bad blogging etiquette I have). That book was just so great.

        Haha, that’s good to hear.


        • I really liked Love Letters. I didn’t love it, but it reminded me of Perks of Being a Wallflower, which I did love. I get what a lot of people say about Laurel, and how she doesn’t really show her grief over the incident and that she is overly obsessed with her sister, but to me, I think it’s intentional–that she doesn’t show her grief because she’s trying so hard to push it out of her memory–and as long as something is intentional it can still bother me without me disliking it. But, like I said, it’s not on my favorite’s list. What about you?

          Yes, Eleanor and Park was great. I must get to reading Rainbow Rowell’s other books; everyone says they are just as good.


          • I liked it a bit. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it. Maybe I went in to it with my expectations a bit too high though. I’m not sure. I think it was a kind of slow paced. It reminded me of Perks’ too.

            I didn’t like the way Laurel acted with her friends a couple times. She definitely idolized her sister who actually I felt was one of the best characters, even if she may have been a little one dimensional.

            I can understand why she didn’t really grieve. I think those letters and her idolizing of her was sort of her way of grieving. I have mixed thoughts really. The ending saved it for me though, I kind of predicted it, but it was still nice.

            I’ve heard that too about Rowell’s works, I’m going to definitely buy the rest when I get the chance. I know Fangirl and Attachments is occasionally on Book Outlet for $7.99 if you’re interested in that.


            • Yes, a bit slow paced. I wish more hints of what had happened to her had shined through earlier on. Yes, she does idolize her sister, but I felt that it made sense, and was at least constant throughout the book.

              Oh, wow, I did not know that–thanks for the tip! I’ll go check it out! 🙂


              • Yeah, that part really reminded me of Perks’ too, traumatic experience. It is good that it was a constant thing and did make sense.

                You’re welcome. 🙂 Neither one is currently available, but you can make an account and add them to your wish list and you’ll get an alert when they get a copy in.


  6. Nice list! (: I have a few favourite quotes, but they change all the time!

    A couple I can think of off the top of my head are:

    ~“Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.” – William Goldman, The Princess Bride

    ~”I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” – Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

    ~“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” – Lewis Carol, Alice in Wonderland

    ~”People are predictable. That’s what makes them easy to kill” – Shaun Jeffrey, The Kult


    • Ah, I love the Princess Bride one! The Princess Bride is one of my favorite books of all time, so several quotes on my favorites’ list comes from there.

      All of your other quotes are great, too. I love how your fourth quote is such a contrast to the previous ones. I was not expecting the second half of it, haha. 🙂


  7. Thank you, I’m glad you liked the quote I posted. 🙂 That Mockingjay one is probably the best of the whole series, just because it is all so true. I also like the Book Thief quote, I’ll have to add that to my reading list.

    This quote comes from my sister’s favorite book Dragonsinger By Anne McCaffrey.

    “There’s something wrong in not appreciating one’s own special abilities, my girl. Find your own limitations, yes, but don’t limit yourself with false modesty.”


    • Yes, I loved your quote! Yes, that’s exactly what I thought about the Mockingjay quote. Yes, the Book Thief is so beautiful–you should definitely check it out.

      I think your quote definitely applies to a lot of people, myself included at times. It’s a good thing to remember.


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