85 Inspiring Quotes From Best-Selling Books That Will Move You Deeply

“I went away in my head, into a book. That was where I went whenever real life was too hard or too inflexible.”

― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane    

It feels like home to be understood and some great books feel like home.

Below are some quotes from best-selling books, I loved most.


“There are days I feel as though the interesting part of my life has happened to me. The curtain has come down, the guests have gone home, and I am here alone, waiting for a ride. This life, the one I made for myself through varying amounts of design and chance, seems to have started and stopped between twenty-five and thirty-five.”

― Carole Radziwill, What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love


“This is a big moment. A man I love is asking to marry me, and it seems as though everything stops for a moment while my life flashes by. I am sitting on high rock, and everyone I have known is scattered below me like figures in a wax museum. They are all smiling. Where am I going from here? I want to ask them, but I can’t speak."

― Carole Radziwill, What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love


“Nothing is ever as it seems. We hide our reality from the outside world from each other. We float along the process… what will we have for dinner? Did you call your mother? What time do you think you’ll be home? Phone calls and kisses and thank-you notes. You can lose a whole life on that.”

― Carole Radziwill, What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love


“I can’t stop thinking about a future I can’t plan. We are in the second our of a horror movie. The calm quite to lull you before the last fright. It appears peaceful, but you look at your watch and you know something bad is coming up because the movie is only half over. That’s how I feel this year.”

― Carole Radziwill, What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love


“How can I have loved someone that much in such a short time? And all these things I think about the two of us – did we actually feel what I remember? The further we get from it, the more those six months just seems like this weird … dream.”

– After you- Jojo Moyes


“How could I explain to this girl what Will and I had been to each other, the way I felt that no person in the world had ever understood me like he did or ever would again? How could she understand that losing him was like having a hole shot straight through me, a painful, constant reminder, an absence I could never fill?”

- Jojo Moyes– After you


“You’re just another teacher, man, so what are gonna do? Stare down the whole class? Fail the whole class? Get with it, baby. They don’t care about your mood, your headache, your troubles. They have their own problems, and you are one of them.”

- Frank McCourt - Teacher Man


“We could talk around it, we could lose ourselves in brief moments, but love ultimately meant more pain. More damage – to me or, worse, to him. Who was strong enough for that?”

- Jojo Moyes– After you


“You can’t undo something that’s happened; you can’t take back a word that’s already been said out loud. You’ll think about me and wish that you had been able to talk me out of this. You’ll try to figure out what would have been the one right thing to say, to do. I guess I should tell you, Don’t blame yourself; this isn’t your fault, but that would be a lie. We both know that I didn’t get here by myself.”

- Jodi Picoult- Nineteen Minutes


“I had never considered that you might miss a job like you missed a limb – a constant, reflexive thing. I hadn’t thought that as well as the obvious fears about money, and your future, losing your job would make you feel inadequate, and a bit useless. That it would be harder to get up in the morning than when you were rudely shocked into consciousness by the alarm. That you might miss the people you worked with, no matter how little you had in common with them. Or even that you might find yourself searching for familiar faces as you walked the high street.”

- Jojo Moyes – Me Before You


“There are normal hours, and then there are invalid hours, where time stalls and slips, where life – real life – seems to exist at one remove.”

Jojo Moyes – Me Before You


“They’ll have a ridiculous wedding, pop out an ankle biter or two, as you put it, buy a place in the country, and he’ll be shagging his secretary within five years… And she will be a little bit cross with him all the time without really knowing why and bitch about him at really awful dinner parties to the embarrassment of their friends, and he won’t want to leave because he’ll be scared of all the alimony… And they will have sex once every six weeks and he will adore his children while doing bugger all to actually help look after them. And she will have perfect hair but get this kind of pinched face –’ I narrowed my mouth ‘– through never saying what she actually means, and start an insane Pilates habit or maybe buy a dog or a horse and develop a crush on her riding instructor. And he will take up jogging when he hits forty, and maybe buy a Harley-Davidson, which she will despise, and every day he will go to work and look at all the young men in his office and listen in bars to who they pulled at the weekend or where they went on a jolly and feel like somehow – and he will never be quite sure how – he got suckered.”

Jojo Moyes – Me Before You


“It’s just that the thing you never understand about being a mother, until you are one, is that it is not the grown man – the galumphing, unshaven, stinking, opinionated offspring – you see before you, with his parking tickets and unpolished shoes and complicated love life. You see all the people he has ever been all rolled up into one. I looked at Will and I saw the baby I held in my arms, dewily besotted, unable to believe that I had created another human being. I saw the toddler, reaching for my hand, the schoolboy weeping tears of fury after being bullied by some other child. I saw the vulnerabilities, the love the history. That’s what he was asking me to extinguish – the small child as well as the man – all that love, all that history.

Jojo Moyes – Me Before You


“This book – which was actually surprisingly readable – was all about a kind of battle for survival. It claimed that women didn’t pick men because they loved them at all. It said that the female of the species would always go for the strongest male, in order to give her offspring the best chance. She couldn’t help herself. It was just the way nature was.”

Jojo Moyes – Me Before You


“The worst thing about working as a carer is not what you might think. It’s not the lifting and cleaning, the medicines and wipes and the distant but somehow always perceptible smell of disinfectant. It’s not even the fact that most people assume you’re only doing it because you really aren’t smart enough to do anything else. It’s the fact that when you spend all day in really close proximity to someone, there is no escape from their moods. Or your own.”

Jojo Moyes – Me Before You


“When you are five, you know your age down to the month. Even in your twenties, you know how old you are. I'm twenty-three you say, or maybe twenty-seven. But then in your thirties, something strange starts to happen. It is a mere hiccup at first, an instant of hesitation. How old are you? Oh, I'm--you start confidently, but then you stop. You were going to say thirty-three, but you are not. You're thirty-five. And then you're bothered, because you wonder if this is the beginning of the end. It is, of course, but it's decades before you admit it.”

― Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants


“My platitudes don't hold their interest and I can hardly blame them for that. My real stories are all out of date. So what if I can speak firsthand about the Spanish flu, the advent of the automobile, world wars, cold wars, guerrilla wars, and Sputnik — that's all ancient history now. But what else do I have to offer? Nothing happens to me anymore. That's the reality of getting old, and I guess that's really the crux of the matter. I'm not ready to be old yet.”

― Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants


“‘I worked out what would make me happy, and I worked out what I wanted to do, and I trained myself to do the job that would make those two things happen.’
‘You make it sound so simple.’
‘It is simple,’ he said. ‘The thing is, it’s also a lot of hard work. And people don’t want to put in a lot of work.’"

- Jojo Moyes – Me Before You


“Although there are times I'd give anything to have her back, I'm glad she went first. Losing her was like being cleft down the middle. It was the moment it all ended for me, and I wouldn't have wanted her to go through that.”

― Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants


“What else do I have to offer? Nothing happens to me anymore. That’s the reality of getting old, and I guess that’s really the crux of the matter. I’m not ready to be old yet.”

― Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants


“I took his right hand in mine, and I brought it up close to my chest. ‘I know we can do this. I know it’s not how you would have chosen it, but I know I can make you happy. And all I can say is that you make me … you make me into someone I couldn’t even imagine. You make me happy, even when you’re awful. I would rather be with you – even the you that you seem to think is diminished – than with anyone else in the world.’”

- Jojo Moyes – Me Before You


“I realized I was afraid of living without him. How is it you have the right to destroy my life, I wanted to demand of him, but I’m not allowed a say in yours?”

- Jojo Moyes – Me Before You


“The truth doesn't always set you free; people prefer to believe prettier, neatly wrapped lies”

― Jodi Picoult, Keeping Faith 


“Let me tell you what you feel like when you know you are ready to die.

You sleep a lot, and when you wake up the very first thought in your head is that you wish you could go back to bed.

You go entire days without eating, because food is a commodity that keeps you here.

You read the same page a hundred times.

You rewind your life like a videocassette and see the things that make you weep, things that make you pause, but nothing that makes you want to play it forward.

You forget to comb your hair, to shower, to dress.

And then one day, when you make the decision that you have enough energy left in you to do this one, last, monumental thing, there comes a peace. Suddenly you are counting moments as you haven’t for months. Suddenly you have a secret that makes you smile, that makes people say you look wonderful, although you feel like a shell-brittle and capable of cracking into a thousand pieces.”

― Jodi Picoult, Keeping Faith


“My mother used to tell me that when push comes to shove, you always know who to turn to. That being a family isn't a social construct but an instinct.”

― Jodi Picoult, Keeping Faith


“This is love, I think. A place where people who have been alone may lock together like hawks and spin in the air, dizzy with surprise at the connection. A place you go willingly, and with wonder”

― Jodi Picoult, Keeping Faith


“My teacher in first grade said that long ago people used to believe all kinds of things, because they didn't know any better. Like you shouldn't take a bath, because it could make you sick. And then someone saw germs under a microscope and started to think differently. You can believe something really hard, and still be wrong. “

 ― Jodi Picoult, Keeping Faith


“If it is possible to die of grief then why on earth can't someone be healed by happiness?”

― Jodi Picoult, Keeping Faith


“The thing about having something hidden in your past is that you spend every minute of the future building a wall that makes the monster harder to see. You convince yourself that the wall is sturdy and thick, and one day, when you wake up and the horrible thing does not immediately jump into your mind, you give yourself the freedom to pretend that it is well and truly gone. Which only makes it that much more painful when something like this happens, and you learn that the concrete wall is really as transparent as glass, and twice as fragile.”

― Jodi Picoult, Keeping Faith


“We don’t have to accept each other’s beliefs…but we do have to accept each other’s right to believe them.”

― Jodi Picoult, Keeping Faith


“The worst thing about endings is knowing that just ahead is the daunting task of starting over.”

― Jodi Picoult, Keeping Faith


“Being a father, Colin knows, is no AT&T commercial, no simple feat of tossing a ball across a green yard or braiding a length of hair. It is knowing all the words to Goodnight Moon. It is waking a split second in the middle of the night before you hear her fall out of bed. It is watching her twirl in a tutu and having one’s mind leap over the years to wonder how it will be to dance at her wedding. It”

― Jodi Picoult, Keeping Faith


“In my experience, falling in love has little to do with wanting someone. It is much more enticing to me to be wanted”

― Jodi Picoult, Keeping Faith


“Look at my child, at the shine of her flyaway curls and the butterfly flight of her smile—this is not the face of someone dying by degrees. I have only known her for two years. But if you took every memory, every moment, if you stretched them end to end—they'd reach forever.”

― Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper


“You are allowed to take a break, you know. No one has to be a martyr twenty-four/seven.” But I hear her wrong. “I think once you sign on to be a mother, that's the only shift they offer.”

― Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper 


“Sometimes to get what you want the most, you have to do what you want the least.”

― Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper


“You don't love someone because they're perfect,” she says. “You love them in spite of the fact that they're not.”

― Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper


“I realize then that we never have children, we receive them. And sometimes it's not for quite as long as we would have expected or hoped. But it is still far better than never having had those children at all.”

― Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper


“ you said that none of us is obligated to go into a fire and save someone else from a burning building. But that all changes if you're a parent and the person in that burning building is your child. If that's the case, not only would everyone understand if you ran in to get your child—they'd practically expect it of you.”

― Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper


“IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE there are orphans and widows, but there is no word for the parent who loses a child.”

― Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper 


“THERE SHOULD BE A STATUTE of limitation on grief. A rule book that says it is all right to wake up crying, but only for a month. That after forty -two days you will no longer turn with your heart racing, certain you have heard her call out your name. That there will be no fine imposed if you feel the need to clean out her desk; take down her artwork from the refrigerator; turn over a school portrait as you pass—if only because it cuts you fresh again to see it. That it is okay to measure the time she has been gone, the way we once measured her birthdays.”

― Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper


“Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it's not because they enjoy solitude. It's because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.”

― Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper


“I wondered what happened when you offered yourself to someone, and they opened you, only to discover you were not the gift they expected and they had to smile and nod and say thank you all the same.”

― Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper


“Extraordinary things are always hiding in places people never think to look.”

― Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper


“It is the things you cannot see coming that are strong enough to kill you.”

― Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper


“true love is felonious… You take someone’s breath away… You rob them of the ability to utter a single word… You steal a heart.”

― Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper


“I believe that if you are lucky enough to have a child, then you should love them, whether or not society labels them as flawed, whether or not you label them as flawed. “You”

― Gilly Macmillan, The Perfect Girl


“Well dear, your bed is made now, but all I can say is, I hope your new husband will listen to your dreams.”

― Sarah Bilson, Bed rest


“These last few days I’ve been rereading the tales and wondering about the lessons kids learn at the end. Everything seems to wind up great for the good people—the princes and princesses get married, and the evil beasties meet with a hideous bloodcurdling death. I suppose that’s all kids can cope with, but it’s hardly an accurate representation of life, is it? We teach our children that everything works out for the best if they’re good and well behaved, but all the time we know it’s not true. Bad things happen to us no matter what. Princes and princesses may love each other ever so much—so much it hurts—but it doesn’t mean they’re going to live happily ever after.”

― Sarah Bilson, Bed rest


“I regret that it takes a life to learn how to live.”

― Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close   


“I hope that one day you will have the experience of doing something you do not understand for someone you love.”

― Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close


“There were things I wanted to tell him. But I knew they would hurt him. So I buried them, and let them hurt me.”

― Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close


“She wants to know if I love her, that's all anyone wants from anyone else, not love itself but the knowledge that love is there, like new batteries in the flashlight in the emergency kit in the hall closet.”

― Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close


“So many people enter and leave your life! Hundreds of thousands of people! You have to keep the door open so they can come in! But it also means you have to let them go!”

― Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close


“I missed you even when I was with you. That’s been my problem. I miss what I already have, and I surround myself with things that are missing.”

― Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close


“We had everything to say to each other, but no ways to say it”

― Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close


“What did thinking ever do for me, to what great place did thinking ever bring me? I think and think and think. I've thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.”

― Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close


“In bed that night I invented a special drain that would be underneath every pillow in New York, and would connect to the reservoir. Whenever people cried themselves to sleep, the tears would all go to the same place, and in the morning the weatherman could report if the water level of the Reservoir of Tears had gone up or down, and you could know if New York is in heavy boots.”

― Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close


“I did not need to know if he could love me.
I needed to know if he could need me.”

― Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close


“I hope you never think about anything as much as I think about you.”

― Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close


“There's nothing wrong with not understanding yourself.”

― Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close


“We talked about nothing in particular, but it felt like we were talking about the most important things...”

― Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close


“She let out a laugh, and then she put her hand over her mouth, like she was angry at herself for forgetting her sadness.”

― Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close


“She desperately wants to read mysteries, but she had to buy the cookbook because her angry husband is demanding hot meals as soon as he drops his briefcase at the door. She’s miserable in marriage, so is her husband. He drinks to escape, she cries in the bathroom sitting on the edge of the tub. They never should have gotten married. She’s even more miserable now that she bought the cookbook instead of Agatha Christie. She feels trapped.”

–Ruta Sepetys - Out of the easy


“There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.”

–John Green –The fault in our stars

“I’ve been married, and the one thing I’ve found is that the superficialities of marriage are the most important. In other words, pleasant conversation at breakfast, amusing banter at parties, and a compliment once or twice during the day matter more than whatever one is actually feeling which, frankly, no one really cares about anyway.”

– Candace Bushnell –Four blondes


“I had the big white fantasy, that dream you have about your wedding day. And then it comes true. And then, almost immediately afterward, you have the black fantasy. No one ever tells you about that one. You have this vision of yourself, all in black. Still young, wearing a big black hat, and a chic black dress. And you’re walking behind your husband’s casket. You have a fantasy that your husband has died. You still have your children and you’re still young, but you’re… free.”
– Candace Bushnell –Four blondes


“She learned that there were two kinds of men: those who apologized and continued their behavior and those who apologized and stopped it.”

–Olivia Goldsmith –Dumping Billy


“Young women met young men. They dated for a while and either broke up or made a commitment to make a commitment. Women pressed for marriage, and the men, albeit sometimes reluctantly, seemed eventually to fall into line. It was expected. And families, ever present in the background, pushed for it… Looking at the older couples in the pews beside and ahead of her, Kate saw bored, middle-aged men and stoic or overly sentimental women. Many held handkerchiefs or tissues to their eyes. When Kate saw an older woman cry at a wedding –and she’d been to lots of weddings- she often thought they cried because unconsciously they remembered their own hopes and the subsequent disappointment that marriage had brought them.”

–Olivia Goldsmith –Dumping Billy


“I was funny; someone should write a book about the new, twenty-first-century stages of commitment and separation in relationships… Each action represented either a step in growth or a diminishment in love and trust. First a couple only had each other’s home numbers. Then they exchanged phone numbers at work. Then there was the important moment when you programmed both numbers into your home and cell phones, followed by the ceremonial leaving of the toothbrush, followed quickly by the leaving of personal hygiene products –deodorant, moisturizer, a razor. The most symbolically, came the critical exchange of keys. Eventually, of course, each of these actions was reversed.”

–Olivia Goldsmith –Dumping Billy


“She learned the hard way that no one was what he or she seemed, and that even the best-known, most trusted person had as many unfathomable layers as an onion.”

–Karen Robards –Maggy’s Child


“Anyone can name fourteen dead people. But we’re disorganized mourners, so a lot of people end up remembering Shakespeare, and no one ends up remembering the person he wrote Sonnet Fifty-five about.”

–John Green –The fault in our stars


“I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”

–John Green –The fault in our stars


“We made the story funny. You have a choice in this world, I believe, about how to tell sad stories, and we made the funny choice.”

–John Green –The fault in our stars


“Much of my life had been devoted to trying not to cry in front of people who loved me, so I knew what Augustus was doing. You clench your teeth. You look up. You tell yourself that if they see you cry, it will hurt them, and you will be nothing but A Sadness in their lives, and you must not become a mere sadness, so you will not cry, and you say all of this to yourself while looking up at the ceiling, and then you swallow even though your throat does not want to close and you look at the person who loves you and smile.”

–John Green –The fault in our stars


“I just want to be enough for you, but I never can be. This can never be enough for you. But this is all you get. You get me, and your family, and this world. This is your life. I’m sorry if it sucks. But you’re not going to be the first man on Mars, and you’re not going to be an NBA star, and you’re not going to hunt Nazis.”

–John Green –The fault in our stars


“I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”

–John Green –The fault in our stars


“He wasn’t perfect or anything. He wasn’t your fairy-tale Prince Charming or whatever. He tried to be like that sometimes, but I liked him best when that stuff fell away.”

–John Green –The fault in our stars


“What else? She is so beautiful. You don’t get tired of looking at her. You never worry if she is smarter than you: You know she is. She is funny without ever being mean. I love her. I am so lucky to love her, Van Houten. You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers.”

–John Green –The fault in our stars


“The night was ordinary. It usually is, I think, when your life changes. Most people aren’t doing anything special when the carefully placed pieces of their life break apart.”

― Carole Radziwill, What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love


“You never know when something is going to happen to change your life. You expect it to arrive with fanfare, like a wedding or a birth, but instead it comes in the most ordinary of circumstances.”

― Carole Radziwill, What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love


“Caroline had a theory about relationships. 'You're much happier when you wait…The ones that come to you are the only ones worth anything. It's like standing on the shore and spotting something in the water. You can splash around and try to get it, or you can wait and see if the tide brings it in.”

― Carole Radziwill, What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love


“I was reading love stories, the classics, one after another. You could lose yourself in someone else’s heartbreak while you held your breath for your own.”

― Carole Radziwill, What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love


“We create narratives for people, because they are simpler than the complexities of real lives. Everyone wants a good story, with a prince and a princess and a valiant. When narratives change, it’s unsettling, because whether or not they’re our own, they help to define us, and we don’t want to let go of them.”

 ― Carole Radziwill, What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love


“Ultimately what remains is a story. In the end, it’s the only thing any of us really owns. Some people write to explain their lives, others to escape them.”

― Carole Radziwill, What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love

Which of the above quotes touched you the most?

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The Books

Jojo Moyes- After you

Frank McCourt - Teacher Man

Jodi Picoult- Nineteen Minutes

Jojo Moyes – Me Before You

Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants

Keeping Faith 

My Sister's Keeper 

Bed rest 

Extremely loud and incredibly close 

Ruta Sepetys- Out Of The Easy

Carole Radziwill, What Remains

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