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Quotable Goodreads: 2011's Most-Loved Quotes [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Patrick on January 25, 2012 175283



How many of us have an old dog-eared copy of our favorite book, with unforgettable passages underlined and starred? I can't count how many times I've turned to my wife and said, "I just have to read you this sentence." Quotes are a major way we remember what we've read. They are so important that some of us even tattoo them onto our bodies. Naturally, sharing quotes is a favorite activity on Goodreads, where members liked more than 5 million quotes in 2011!

The Goodreads quotes archive contains hundreds of thousands of quotations and canvasses thousands of books and authors. Readers can save the quotes that mean the most to them and share them with friends. Our collection of quotes is diverse in nature, but the most-loved quotes deal with big ideas—wisdom, beauty, courage, defiance, adventure (through reading, no less!), love, and fear.

In 2011, we also launched our Quote of the Day feature. Every day we email subscribers a new carefully chosen quote. (Click the "subscribe" button on the right side of this page to get in on the action!) We also post the daily quote to our Facebook fan page and Twitter. Here are the top five most-popular Quote of the Day selections on Facebook in 2011:

"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."
Groucho Marx



"Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation."
Walter Cronkite



"Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?"
Lucy Maud Montgomery




"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them."
Lemony Snicket




"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always."
Mahatma Gandhi



Some deal with humor, some with gravitas, and it probably surprises no one that many of our most-popular quotes are about books and reading. What else would you expect from a site full of bookworms?

Do you have a favorite quote from a book? What's the quote you'd be most likely to get tattooed on your body?
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message 1: by Amy-louise (new)

Amy-louise Mcaloon Here is one i live by but i dont know who it is by "Be who you want to be not what others want to see "


message 2: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt, 'This Is My Story,' 1937


message 3: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Yanez The measure of hell you're able to endure is the measure of your love
~Ayn Rand


message 4: by Artemis (new)

Artemis Don't walk in my head with your dirty feet - Buddha


message 5: by Laz (new)

Laz the Sailor I'd like to see more quotes from people who are alive...


message 6: by Christopher (new)

Christopher Keith “After all, we make ourselves according to the ideas we have of our possibilities.”
V.S. Naipaul


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