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  • Writer's pictureJessica Nacovsky

43: 10 Favorite Literary Quotes

Updated: Apr 29, 2022

my bookshelves that look sparse after donating a bunch
My bookshelves

Howdy! I read a lot and sometimes, I'll come upon a phrase that captures a feeling I would've struggled to put into words, or is simply witty and fun. In the tone of Law and Order, here are those quotes.

  1. “Choosing a class became choosing a discipline, and choosing a discipline became choosing a career, and choosing a career became choosing a life, and how was anyone supposed to do that, when you only had one?” ― V.E. Schwab, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

  2. “I'm good but not good enough, which is worse than simply being bad. It is almost. The difference between being there when it happens and stepping out just in time to see it on the news. Still, I can't help feeling that in the closest arm of the multiverse, there is a version of me that is fatter and happier, smiling in my studio, paint behind my ears.” ― Raven Leilani, Luster

  3. “I raise a glass. What if there were no borders at all? Imagine if everyone could go anywhere they wanted at any time. Come and work, come and rest, come and look around. Stay if you like, move on, go home. Nation-states are a nineteenth-century invention.” ― Wendell Steavenson, Paris Metro

  4. “It never occurred to me that our lives, until then so closely interwoven, could unravel and separate over a thing like that. But the fact was, I suppose, there were powerful tides tugging us apart by then, and it only needed something like that to finish the task. If we'd understood that back then-who knows?-maybe we'd have kept a tighter hold of one another.” ― Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

  5. “Maybe that's what all lives were, though. Maybe even the most seemingly perfectly intense or worthwhile lives ultimately felt the same. Acres of disappointment and monotony and hurts and rivalries but with flashes of wonder and beauty. Maybe that was the only meaning that mattered. To be the world, witnessing itself.” ― Matt Haig, The Midnight Library

  6. "it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. / To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.” ― Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

  7. “Make no mistake: peaceful madmen are ahead of the future.” ― Gabriel García Márquez, Memories of My Melancholy Whores

  8. “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” ― Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

  9. “The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

  10. “if you could reason with religious people, there wouldn’t be any religious people.” ― David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks

I hope you found a seed of wisdom worth watering, or a new author to read! Thanks for stopping by! I put out a new blog post every Monday. Toodles!

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