My top 10 Favourite quotes from books

The 10 following quotes are ones that earned themselves a permanent spot in my memory. Many of these come from my favourite books.


“But there are still the hours, aren’t there? One and then another, and you get through that one and then, my god, there’s another.”
– Michael Cunningham, The Hours

I can very much relate to this quote. It describes the struggle and my struggle and above all the drag of what life can feel like. 

“Why is the measure of love loss?”
– Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body

Tell me, why is it? 

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”
– Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I encounter so many people who accept the love that they think they deserve. I keep on using this quote around others because we shouldn’t just accept the love we think we deserve. Often, we deserve so much more. 

“So what is truth, then?”
“Truth is a successful delusion.”
– Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness of Other People

I simply love this. 

“In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him.”
– Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game

What is being said here is so very true. 

“Fear is temporary, regret is forever.”
– J.H. Trumble, Don’t let me Go

This is a quote that I have tried to start living by. Fear so often stops us from doing certain things. It can make us skip out on a possibly fun night, but fear can also stop us from helping someone in need. Fear passes but regret stays. 

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
– J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Yet another quote that I like to keep in mind. 

“I am haunted by humans.”
– Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

This is a quote from ‘death’. Even though I’m not ‘death’, I think it’s a very interesting quote. Humans can be haunted by their own human nature. It is not a thing we can escape. 

“I plan to learn enough to read you like a book.”
– Sylvia Brownrigg, Pages for you

This is me. This is what I do. 

“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”
– John Green, Paper Towns

All of us do this. Ever since I read this book I like to keep it in mind. I try to see people for who they are rather than for who I think they are or are supposed to be. 

Do you have any favourite quotes that mean a lot to you and if so, why?


3 Replies to “My top 10 Favourite quotes from books”

  1. jacolinemaes

    Thanks for sharing those quotes! One of my favorites is: ‘Ignorance is not bliss. Bliss is knowing the full meaning of what you have been given.’ This one is from David Levithan’s Two Boys Kissing. I think it’s a beautiful book and I think the quote is just so true.

  2. Miilru Post author

    I think I’ve read that quote before! I think the quote is very true indeed and yet another one, to keep in mind. Thank you for sharing it with me! I have yet to start reading Levithan’s books, but I’m very curious. I liked his part in Will Grayson, Will Grayson more than John’s.

  3. m

    “All’s well that ends well …and if it isn’t well, it hasn’t ended.”
    (Shakespeare, with a modern adaptation).

    Quote from Malou, above:
    “Why is the measure of love loss?”
    – Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body

    Tell me, why is it?

    My comment: “Why, is it?”

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