IV. Favourite Book Quotes

It has been such a wonderful reading year so far and my notebook is already brimming with beautiful and inspirational quotes, so I thought I’d share with you a couple that have truly resonated with me. ☆

“If someone asks you how you are, you are meant to say FINE. You are not meant to say that you cried yourself to sleep last night because you hadn’t spoken to another person for two consecutive days. FINE is what you say.”  

-Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

“Lock up your libraries if you like, but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind”. 

“Women have served all these centuries as looking-glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice it’s natural size”. 

-A Room of One’s Own by Virignia Woolf

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“…things get broken, and sometimes they get repaired, and in most cases, you realize that no matter what gets damaged, life rearranges itself to compensate for your loss, sometimes wonderfully.”

“Friendship was witnessing another’s slow drip of miseries, and long bouts of boredom, and occasional triumphs. It was feeling honored by the privilege of getting to be present for another person’s most dismal moments, and knowing that you could be dismal around him in return.”

-A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world”. 


“Where did you go to, if I may ask?” said Thorin to Gandalf as they rode along.

“To look ahead”, said he.

“And what brought you back in the nick of time?”

“Looking behind”, said he.

-The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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“I wept because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet”.

-Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

“Once, in my father’s bookshop, I heard a regular customer say that few things leave a deeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds its way into his heart. Those first images, the echo of words we think we have left behind, accompany us throughout our lives and sculpt a palace in our memory to which, sooner or later—no matter how many books we read, how many worlds we discover, or how much we learn or forget—we will return.”


“…sometimes it’s easier to talk to strangers than someone you know. Why is that?”

“Probably because a stranger sees us the way we are, not as they wish us to be”.

-The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

“bookshops are

time machines







and safe places”.

-The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell

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