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10 Quotes Readers Fell in Love with This Year

Posted by Hayley Igarashi on December 29, 2015

An apple a day allegedly may keep the doctor away, but a quote a day can offer much-needed encouragement and inspiration. That's why we handpick a special quote for Goodreads members every day. (Not subscribed to our Quote of the Day email? Sign up here!) Check out which words of wit and wisdom were the most popular this year.


10. "Books are the carriers of civilization...They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print." Barbara W. Tuchman (Quote of the Day for January 30)

9. "You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore." William Faulkner (Quote of the Day for May 7)

8. "Don't wait for a light to appear at the end of the tunnel, stride down there and light the bloody thing yourself." Sara Henderson (Quote of the Day for September 15)

7. "We all have our time machines, don't we. Those that take us back are memories...And those that carry us forward, are dreams." H.G. Wells (Quote of the Day for September 21)

6. "Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real." Nora Ephron (Quote of the Day for May 19)

5. "Sleep is good, he said, and books are better." George R.R. Martin (Quote of the Day for August 6)

4. "Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, an absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it must do it." Jeanette Winterson (Quote of the Day for August 27)

3. "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." Dr. Seuss (Quote of the Day for March 2)

2. "Woke up this morning with a terrific urge to lie in bed all day and read." Raymond Carver (Quote of the Day for May 25)

1. "One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away." Stephen Hawking (Quote of the Day for January 8)


Do you have a favorite inspiring book quote? Share it with us in the comments!


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message 2: by Kike (new)

Kike Ramos This are all amazing, my faves are 4, 6, 7 and 10 tho


message 3: by Erma (new)

Erma Talamante I cannot live without books...
- Thomas Jefferson

Great man, great quote, and so fitting to me!


message 4: by Dyooma (new)

Dyooma i love these


message 5: by Shahid (last edited Dec 29, 2015 11:08PM) (new)

Shahid Ul Islam There is greatness in doing something you hate for the sake of someone you love...
- Shmuley Boteach (Quote of the Day for November 19)


message 6: by Shahid (new)

Shahid Ul Islam Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer
- Jean de La Fontaine


message 7: by Shahid (new)

Shahid Ul Islam What makes the desert beautiful,' said the little prince, 'is that somewhere it hides a well...
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince


message 8: by Shahid (new)

Shahid Ul Islam When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge...
- Tuli Kupferberg (Quote of the Day for September28)


message 9: by Shahid (new)

Shahid Ul Islam There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature...
- P. G. Wodehouse (Quote of the Day for October 15)


message 10: by Shahid (new)

Shahid Ul Islam 'And how shall I think of you?'...He considered a moment and then laughed. 'Think of me with my nose in a book!'...
- Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (Quote of the Day for November 1)


message 11: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Numbers 4 and 1. I love love love quotes. Now I have to go searching through my forever long lists to share here. Fun stuff :)


message 12: by Omnia (new)

Omnia so beautiful <3


message 13: by D.G. (new)

D.G. #1 made me tear up. Awesome quotes!


message 14: by Books of Cat (new)

Books of Cat They all are amazingly true!!! 4-6-10 are my faves <3


message 15: by Qing (new)

Qing Wang Your Quote of Day has become part of my daily reading. :) I look forward to seeing them every night (that's when they arrive in my mailbox). This year my favorite is this one: "Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly."


message 16: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Millane Yeah. Totally !!


message 17: by Laura (new)

Laura My favorite is the 9th, it's how I'm feeling these days after xmas


message 18: by Siya (new)

Siya I love the 7th one... makes total sense..


message 19: by Carmen (new)

Carmen Distratto My favourite are the 3rd, the 4th and the 9th, particularly the last one.


Ertica*~She'sABookBirdy~*Castley "We all have our time machines, don't we. Those that take us back are memories...And those that carry us forward, are dreams." H.G. Wells (Quote of the Day for September 21)

Wow, this so true. This remind me of a Walt Disney quoted " Keep Moving Foward "


Erin (Paperbackstash) *Proud Book Hoarder* Some good ones mixed with the melodramatic.


Ertica*~She'sABookBirdy~*Castley “Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

― Walt Disney Company


message 23: by [deleted user] (new)

I love all of the quotes. So true!


message 24: by Fernando (new)

Fernando "My books are friends that never fail me."
(Letter to his mother, Margaret A. Carlyle; 17 March 1817)”
― Thomas Carlyle


message 25: by Kaj (new)

Kaj Samuelsson Nice ones, but especially 1, 4 and 8


message 26: by Joyce (new)

Joyce I may be misquoting, but one of my favorite is also from George R. Martin via the character of Jojen...the man who reads lives a 1000 lives, the man who does not lives only one.


message 27: by Pauline (new)

Pauline McGonagle I love No 8!


message 28: by Anubhav (last edited Dec 30, 2015 08:24AM) (new)

Anubhav Mishra "Books are my refuge. I can crawl into the space between the pages and curl my back to loneliness"
-Anubhav Mishra


message 29: by Susan (new)

Susan Wells My favorite quote is from Shantaram by John Gregory David "The Truth is a bully that we all pretend to like."


message 30: by Janet (new)

Janet Martin I vote for 1, 7, 8!!!


message 31: by Benozir (new)

Benozir Ahmed I just love 2, 4, 7


message 32: by Tim (new)

Tim Hicks “And Tiffany knew that if a witch started thinking of anyone as "just" anything, that would be the first step on a well-worn path that could lead to, oh, to poisoned apples, spinning wheels, and a too-small stove... and to pain, and terror, and horror and the darkness.”
The Shepherd's Crown


message 33: by Bob (new)

Bob Nelson "The solution to any problem - work, love, money, whatever - is to go fishing, and the bigger the problem, the longer the trip should be."

Author: John Gierach "Standing in a River, waving a stick"


message 34: by Julie (new)

Julie Castle "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year." Ralph Waldo Emerson


message 35: by ♥ Sandi (new)

♥ Sandi "It is what you read when you don't have to, that determines what you will be when you can't help it. ~Oscar Wilde "


message 36: by Kiasha (new)

Kiasha ♥ Sandi wrote: ""It is what you read when you don't have to, that determines what you will be when you can't help it. ~Oscar Wilde ""

That's one of the most beautiful and insightful quotes I've read.


message 37: by The Book Hermit (new)

The Book Hermit 2, 4 &5 are my biggest personal traits.


message 38: by The Book Hermit (new)

The Book Hermit Anubhav wrote: ""Books are my refuge. I can crawl into the space between the pages and curl my back to loneliness"
-Anubhav Mishra"

That is great.


message 39: by Erma (new)

Erma Talamante ♥ Sandi wrote: ""It is what you read when you don't have to, that determines what you will be when you can't help it. ~Oscar Wilde ""

That is really inspiring! And, a bit comforting, really. :)


message 40: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Nightingale As we move into 2016 I have reflected over 2015 and have decided that I am putting quote #9: You cannot swim for new horizons until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore by William Faulkner as my new mantra!


message 41: by Olivia (new)

Olivia interesting quote for today.


message 42: by The Book Hermit (new)

The Book Hermit Olivia wrote: "interesting quote for today."
I agree.


message 43: by Angelica (new)

Angelica "Your life. Love it. From the hurt to the wonder. From the bone to the flower. Love it. With everything you've got. It's yours" -Nayyirah Waheed

I just love that one so much


message 44: by Panda (new)

Panda "A writer is a world trapped in a person." - Victor Hugo


message 45: by Chaitanya (new)

Chaitanya Harinath Brilliant!!!


message 46: by Davide (new)

Davide Loved these quotes!
My favorite quote from a book I read this year is from Words of Radiance, which also happens to be the best book I've read in 2015.
---
He saw it in her eyes. The anguish, the frustration. The terrible nothing that clawed inside and sought to smother her. She knew. It was there, inside. She had been broken.

Then she smiled. Oh, storms. She smiled anyway.

It was the single most beautiful thing he’d seen in his entire life.

---


message 47: by Ray (new)

Ray 8/9 and 1 - wow


message 48: by Hanane (new)

Hanane “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
― Mae West


message 49: by Delor (new)

Delor Love it!


message 50: by Lysergius (new)

Lysergius I find myself in complete agreement with this statement by Sir Richard Francis Burton, "The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself."


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