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11 of my Favourite Bookish Quotes


I absolutely love collecting quotes and have a dedicated notebook that is quickly filling up. I love everything from the thought-provoking and romantic, to phrases that have such a good grasp of the English language they give me goosebumps. Here are some of my favourites taken straight from the quote diary:

1. ‘The reason we lose people we care about is so we’re more grateful for the ones we still have. It’s the only possible explanation.’

Great Small Things by Jodi Picoult

This is one that has always stuck with me. It’s a comforting thought to think of when we lose someone close to us. It reminds us to remain grateful for the love that still surrounds us.

2. ‘Just him, his laptop and a bottle. A nightly, literary threesome and a disappointing cliche. We became independent states with liquid borders.’

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

I’m still contemplating how the author came up with this one.

Other great quotes from Sometimes I Lie
3. ‘Sam’s tone had always been sharp, but after being shot, it was as if every word was folded around the corner of a straight edge.’

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

Another one where I’m like damn I wish I could put words together this vividly.


4. ‘I fell in love with her when we were together, then fell deeper in love with her in the years we were apart.’

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

Of course, Nicholas Sparks had to feature. This is one of my favourites and came attached to a bouquet of flowers that Dom sent when we were living apart. It really resonated with our long-distance relationship.❤️

5. ‘She’s fifteen, above the age of consent, and he’s seventeen, but he’s still “the boy” in every conversation. She’s “the young woman”.
Words are not small things.’

Beartown by Fredrik Blackman

Such a powerful quote. Unfortunately true in real life as well as fiction.


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

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Famous for a reason, this quote will never get old.

7. ‘I would have written you, myself, if I could put down in words everything I want to say to you. A sea of ink would not be enough.’

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Ahhh, another swoony one.


8. ‘I hate that word. Straight. At the very least, those of us who are non-straight should get called curvy. Or scenic. Actually, I like that: ‘Do you think she’s straight?’ ‘Oh no. She’s scenic.’

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour

This one made me laugh. It was one of the first YA books I read and I loved it.

9. ‘It kills me sometimes, how people die.’

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Another powerful quote from one of my favourite books.


10. ‘Monday 14 May 2007
In the doctors’ mess, my friend Zac tells me he always muddles the words ‘shoulder’ and ‘elbow’ in his mind, and has to really concentrate before using either term. An intensive care registrar joins in from the next sofa: since childhood she’s always malapropped the words ‘coma’ and ‘cocoon.’ She shows us a piece of paper in her wallet that reads
COCOON = insect
COMA = patient
This, we hear, helps prevent the admittedly hilarious scenario of sitting down an inconsolable relative to break the news that their husband is in a cocoon.’

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

Not quite a quote that fits in my usual parameters but I honestly don’t think I’m ever going to get over this particular anecdote. And let me tell you there was A LOT to choose from.

11.’The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!’

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austin

Who can relate🙋 Although admittedly I found mine (stuck for life now Dom pal💍)

I’d love to hear some of your favourite quotes – share in the comments or tell me through my Insta @backpackingbookworm 🙂

2 responses to “11 of my Favourite Bookish Quotes”

  1. I feel like this one is me: ‘Just him, his laptop and a bottle. A nightly, literary threesome and a disappointing cliche. We became independent states with liquid borders.’ I’m assuming that is a bottle of wine, though, right? And you have a Sparks quote! ; )

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    1. Hahaha I think whisky, but wine would suffice😉

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