Reading is one of the best gifts many of us are given, taking our minds to a place where imagination can be free and so much learning happens. From the classics, to educational books to new writing that hits the shelves each day, many authors simply have a way with words. So much of what we read allows our minds to wander and travel to places far, far away and much of that sticks with us for years to come. Many books give you the chance to look deep within yourself, find your inner passions and spark dreams that can even change your life. For anyone out there who loves the power of a good story, here’s a look at some of the best lines from books that will stay with you long after you read them.
“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…” –Oh the Places You’ll Go, Dr. Seuss
“It is to the credit of human nature that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates.” –The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” —A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” – The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” –The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
“Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit em, but remember that it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” —To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
“Get busy living or get busy dying.” –The Shawshank Redemption, Stephen King
“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” – On the Road, Jack Kerouak
“By the time we arrived, as evening was approaching, I felt as sore as a rock must feel when the waterfall has pounded on it all day long.” —Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden
What are your favorite lines from books you’ve read over the years?