22 Book Quotes That’ll Inspire You

One of my favorite things about reading a new book is underlining all of my favorite quotes. There is something very satisfying about underlining a good quote. It lets you hold onto the words for just a little bit longer, just letting your mind soak it all in. It’s how I get a lot of my inspiration. Who doesn’t love to be inspired?

Since I aspire to be inspired, and aspire to inspire others, I’m sharing 22 inspiring book quotes that will most definitely inspire you. I also wanted to see how many times I could fit the word ‘inspire’ into one post (title included).

I hope these inspiring book quotes inspire you to feel inspired to accomplish all of the things that have led you to seek out inspiration in the first place.


Figure out what your gift is, Edward Adler, and then blow that shit up.

Ann Napolitano, Dear Edward

You all listen now, this is a real lesson in life. Yes, we got stuck, but what’d we girls do? We made it fun, we laughed. That’s what sisters and girlfriends are all about. Sticking together even in the mud, ‘specially in mud.’

Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing

Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up.

Veronica Roth, Divergent

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.

G.K. Chesterton, Coraline

You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it.

Yann Martel, Life of Pi

‘The thing about growing up with Fred and George,’ said Ginny thoughtfully, ‘is that you sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got the nerve.’

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

And I say also this. I do not think the forest would be so bright, nor the water so warm, nor love so sweet, if there were no danger in the lakes.

C.S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet

Would you like an adventure now, or would you like to have your tea first?

J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

You can’t live your life for other people. You’ve got to do what’s right for you, even if it hurts some people you love.

Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

If you aim to be something you are not, you will always fail. Aim to be you. Aim to look and act and think like you. Aim to be the truest version of you. Embrace that you-ness. Endorse it. Love it. Work hard at it. And don’t give a second thought when people mock it or ridicule it. Most gossip is envy in disguise.

Matt Haig, The Midnight Library

You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.

A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

That was the first time her grandfather leaned down and whispered, ‘Be Brave,’ into her ear. And then, ‘Or pretend to be. It’s all the same.’

Kristin Hannah, The Four Winds

Where there’s life, there’s hope

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Standing on the fringes of life…offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

When you get up every day, I want you to remind yourself that tomorrow will be better than today. That you are a person of value. That you are important.

Abi Dare, The Girl with the Louding Voice

It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…

Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go

Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.

Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

If you want something different, the only person holding you back is you. What is it you love to do?

Sarah Penner, The Lost Apothecary

It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Don’t let the bastards grind you down.

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

I hope you found some inspiration whilst reading these inspiring book quotes. Feel free to let me know in the comments what your favorite inspiring book (or non-book) quotes are. I’m always looking to be inspired!


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