50 Best Literary Quotes (From Best Books of All Time)

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Want to read some great quotes or some great books in literature to get inspired, or just for the love of reading, then you are at the right place as we have gathered some of the best literary quotes from the best books of all time in literature.

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These quotes have been collected from some of the best books of all time and some quote is so powerful that a true reader can easily identify a book just by reading their popular quotes.

Below is the list of great literary and classic quotes in literature, which are inspiring as well as a life lesson from the great authors and writers.

People judge a book by its cover, so here you are getting a chance to judge a book by its quote, and just by reading these quotes you will understand why these are the best books of all time.

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50 Famous Quotes in Literature

(From Best Books of all Time)

1. The Alchemist

by Paulo Coelho

the alchemist famous quote

And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

The Alchemist

2. Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

pride and prejudice famous quotes

“A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.”

Pride and Prejudice

2. To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

to kill a mockingbird famous quotes

People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”

To Kill a Mockingbird

3. The Great Gatsby

by F.Scott Fitzgerald

the great gatsby story famous quotes

Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.”

The Great Gatsby

4. Harry Potter Series

by J. K Rowling 

harry-potter famous quotes

It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

5. Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

romeo and juliet famous quote

Don’t waste your love on somebody, who doesn’t value it .”

Romeo and Juliet

6. David Copperfield

by Charles Dickens

david copperfield famous quote

My advice is, never do tomorrow what you do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.”

David Copperfield

7. Alice Adventures in Wonderland

by C.S. Lewis

Sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Alice in Wonderland

8. The Lord of the Rings Series

by J.R.R Tolkien

Not all those who wander are lost.”

The Fellowship of the Ring

9. Lord of the Files

by William Golding

lord of the files famous quote

The greatest ideas are the simplest.”

Lord of the Flies

10. Moby Dick

by Herman Melville

moby dick famous quote

Ignorance is the parent of fear.”

Moby Dick


11. Middlemarch

by George Eliot

george eliot middle march famous quote

It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various point of view.”


12. Anna Karenina

by Leo Tolstoy

anna karenina famous quote

If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.”

Anna Karenina

13. 1984

by George Orwell

1984 famous quote

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”


14. Gulliver’s Travels

by Jonathan Swift

gullivers travel famous quote

Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.”

Gulliver’s Travels

15. Wuthering Heights

by Emily Bronte

wuthering heights famous quote

He’s more myself that I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

Wuthering Heights

16. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by J.K Rowling

harry potter famous quote

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

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

17. Ulysses

by Alfred Lord Tennyson

ulysses famous quote

Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will

To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield.”


18. Life of Pi

by Yann Martel

life of pi famous quote

It is true that those we meet can change us, sometimes so profoundly that we are not the same afterwards, even unto our names.”

Life of Pie

19. Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Bronte

jane eyre famous quote

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will, which I now exert to leave you.”

Jane Eyre

20. Heart of Darkness

by Joseph Conard

heart of darkness famous quote

We live as we dream, alone.”

Heart of Darkness

21. Mrs. Dalloway

by Virginia Woolf

mrs dalloway famous quote

What does the brain matter compared with the heart.”

Mrs. Dalloway

22. Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens

great expectations famous quote

I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.”

Great Expectations

23. War and Peace

by Leo Tolstoy

war and peace famous quote

“All we can know is that we know nothing And that’s the height of human wisdom.”

War and Peace

24. The Catcher in the Rye

by J.D Salinger

the catcher in the rye famous quote

I’m quite illiterate, but I read a lot.”

The Catcher in the Rye

25. The Faults in our Stars

by John Green

the faults in our starts famous quote

As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

The Fault In Our Stars

26. The Hungers Game

by Suzanne Collins

the hunger games famous quote

You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.”

The Hunger Games

27. Animal Farm

by George Orwell

animal farm famous quote

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

Animal Farm

28. Little Women

by Louisa May Alcott

little women famous quote

Its wicked to throw away so many good gifts because you can’t have the one you want.”

Little Women

29. The Tempest

by William Shakespeare

the tempest famous quote

We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.”

The Tempest

30. The Hobbit

by J.R.R Tolkien

the hobbit famous quote

There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”

The Hobbit

31. Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury

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If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn.”

Fahrenheit 451

32. Charlotte’s Web

by E.B. White

charlotte's web famous quote

”’Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.”’

Charlotte’s Web

33. The Fellowship of The Ring

by J.R.R Tolkien

the fellowship of the ring famous quote

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

The Fellowship of the Ring

34. Kafka on the Shore

by Harper Lee

famous quote from kafka on the shore

”Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.”

Kafka on the Shore

35. Beloved

by Toni Morrison

beloved famous quote

Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all.”


36. The Two Towers

by J.R.R Tolkien

the two tower the lord of the rings famous quote

There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”

The Two Towers

37. A Tales of Two Cities

by Charles Dickens

a tale of two cities famous quote

You have been the last dream of my soul.”

A Tales of Two Cities

38. Frankenstein

by Mary Shelley

frankenstien famous quote

Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.”


39. Looking for Alaska

by John Green

looking for alaska famous quote

The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.”

Looking for Alaska

40. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

by Stephen Chbosky

the perks of being a wallflower famous quote

We accept the love we think we deserve.”

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

41. Les Miserables

by Victor Hugo

les miserables famous quote

It is nothing to die; it is dreadful not to live.”

Les Miserables

42. Gone with the Wind

by Margaret Mitchell

gone with the wind famous quote

Tomorrow I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.”

Gone with the Wind

43. A Game of Thrones

by George R.R Martin

a game of thrones famous quote

Fear cuts deeper than swords.”

A Game of Thrones

44. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

by Truman Capote

breakfast at tiffanys famous quote

Anyone who ever gave you confidence you owe them a lot.”

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

45. The Road

by Cormac McCarthy

the road famous quote

You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget.”

The Road

46. The Witches

by Roald Dahl

the witches famous quote

It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.”

The Witches

47. One Hundred Years of Solitude

by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

one hundred year of solitude famous quote

There is always something left to love.”

One Hundred Year of Solitude

48. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

by Maya Angelou

i know why the caged bird sings famous quote

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing

49. Catch-22

by Joseph Heller

catch 22 famous quote

Anything worth dying for is certainly worth living for.”


50. All the Lights We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr

all the lights we cannot famous quote

Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.”

All the Lights We Cannot See

Neel Rana

About the Author- Neel Rana is a YA short story author, flash fiction writer, literary enthusiast and the founder of Pandora Post. Neel holds a degree in BA Honours in English Literature and has been writing since 2017. Neel’s magnum opus YA short storybook, “The Drunken Ghost” has been well received by the readers.