I’ve always been an avid reader. From fantasy to nonfiction, historical fiction to sci-fi, to Gothic Romance to mystery…I’ve read a little bit of everything. I’m rather fond of collecting what I believe to be the best quotes out of the books that I’ve read. Here are the best quotes from my favorite books! This collection spans a variety of genres and styles, so there’s something for everyone!
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
“I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.”
Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
“This book taught me, once and for all, how easily you can escape this world with the help of words! You can find friends between the pages of a book, wonderful friends.”
“There could be few men whose love for a woman had been written on his face with a knife”
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
“To have privilege in one or more areas does not mean you are wholly privileged. Surrendering to the acceptance of privilege is difficult, but it is really all that is expected. What I remind myself, regularly, is this: the acknowledgment of my privilege is not a denial of the ways I have been and am marginalized, the ways I have suffered.”
“I’m tired of feeling like I should be grateful when popular culture deigns to acknowledge the experiences of people who are not white, middle class or wealthy, and heterosexual.”
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
“Because white men can’t / police their imagination / black men are dying”
“The sigh is the pathway to breath; it allows breathing. That’s just self-preservation. No one fabricates that. You sit down, you sigh. You stand up, you sigh. The sighing is a worrying exhale of an ache. You wouldn’t call it an illness; still it is not the iteration of a free being. What else to liken yourself to but an animal, the ruminant kind?”
The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
“Words. Borne on the ever swelling current of hatred, like flowers opening in the current, petals peeling back, then falling apart.”
“When a being reveals his pain in such a torrent, you are bound to respect the whole of the tragedy.”
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
“Those who do not weep, do not see.”
“If you wish to understand what Revolution is, call it Progress; and if you wish to understand what Progress is, call it Tomorrow.”
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
“When I like people immensely I never tell their names to anyone. It is like surrendering a part of them. I have grown to love secrecy.”
“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”
So there are some of my absolute favorite quotes from my favorite books. I hope that you all have found the same level of enjoyment in them as I have! I truly believe that books convey wisdom unlike any other medium, which is why I’m such an avid reader.
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