Goodreads Members' Favorite Quotes of 2013

Posted by Jade on December 22, 2013
Words to live by. Words to laugh by. Words that make us see the world anew. Quotes are one of the most popular features on Goodreads. In 2013, members added 246,273 new quotes on the site, but which ones really resonated?

First up: the most popular quote from a book published in 2013! As a site for passionate readers, it makes sense that this one was also book-themed:

"Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read."
Cassandra Clare

Clare was also the most-quoted author this year. Members liked her quotes 316,495 times! Who else topped the quote charts in 2013? It looks like you also went crazy for the words of John Green, J.K. Rowling, Rick Riordan, and Nicholas Sparks.

In total, quotes were liked more than 10 million times on Goodreads this year. Here are the three quotes that received the highest number of likes in 2013:

The Four Loves, C.S. Lewis

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling

Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

Can't get enough great quotes? Sign up for our Quote of the Day feature! Each day we email a carefully selected quote to subscribers, along with a bit of info on the writer being quoted. (Did you know that Pippi Longstocking was named by author Astrid Lindgren's seven-year-old daughter? Or that Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes was once enslaved by Algerian pirates?) To receive the email, go to the Quote of the Day page and click on the subscribe button.

Here are your top three favorite Quote of the Day selections on Facebook in 2013:

"The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."
Harper Lee

"I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn."
Anne Frank

"All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream."
Edgar Allan Poe

This year we also launched a Young Adult newsletter—take a look at the December issue—which includes a monthly illustrated quote. Two of those became our most popular illustrated quotes on Facebook in 2013:

The Minpins, Roald Dahl

"Merlin's Song," Ralph Waldo Emerson

And we can't resist sharing another one of our favorites!

Excellent advice!

What was your favorite quote of 2013? Is there a quote that you will try to live by in 2014? Share in the comments!

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message 1: by Shahieda (new)

Shahieda "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel" Maya Angelou

message 2: by Joan (new)

Joan Anderson Shahieda wrote: ""I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel" Maya Angelou" I love that quote too. We have this posted at school.

message 3: by Liesel (new)

Liesel Meminger "That's when you really lose people: when the pain passes."- Delirium series by Lauren Oliver

message 4: by Shantae (new)

Shantae Charles When you have sunshine inside no storm can stop you.- Shantae Charles, Author of Church Love Novels

message 5: by Sue (new)

Sue Lenahan In times of change, the learners will inherit the earth while the learned will find themselves perfectly equipped for a world which no longer exists. --
Eric Hoffer.

message 6: by Pet (new)

Pet The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.”
― Nadine Gordimer

message 7: by Tom (new)

Tom "Touch is the most fundamental sense. A baby experiences it, all over, before he is born and long before he learns to use sight, hearing, or taste, and no human ever ceases to need it. Keep your children short on pocket money - but long on hugs." -Lazarus Long (Robert A Heinlein)

message 8: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer I hate to be a wet blanket, but I've been dismayed at all the misattributed quotes I find on Goodreads. You see this stuff all over the web, but on a website devoted to books and reading, I would hope for more accuracy.

For example, on your "Popular Quotes" page (, the "top" quotes are all incorrect. There's no evidence Dr. Seuss or Marilyn Monroe said or wrote the first two, and the third, by Bernard Baruch is mangled and taken out of context. Same goes for most of the quotes that follow. Is it so hard to ask for a citation when posting a quote? Otherwise they should all just say "unknown," because people are pulling them off Facebook and who knows where.

message 9: by Stacey (new)

Stacey (prettybooks) I'd love for more quotes about books/reading to appear in the YA newsletter! I share them on Tumblr.

message 10: by Leslie (new)

Leslie Somerville "...and how I survived, well that's another story." -Flowers in the Attic

message 11: by Eric (new)

Eric Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana. (Anon)

message 12: by Allen (new)

Allen The only rational thing about man, the rational animal, is his ability to rationalize his own present position.
Allen MacDiarmid

message 13: by Joyce (new)

Joyce Fields "It's better to die chasing a dream never caught than to die never having chased the dream." ~ Joyce Fields

(excerpted from "My Simple Quotes to Live By")

message 14: by SheRa (new)

SheRa McGyver "... when we say, 'I don't understand,' God replies, 'I don't care.' "
-- Stephen King, The Green Mile

message 15: by Annat (new)

Annat this is to much bad website ...

message 16: by Joseph (new)

Joseph Ybholy work hard ! Plan early ! Bear in mind , "its not raining when noah built the ark!

message 17: by Joseph (new)

Joseph Ybholy many will always say "am good , am smart , am nice "

but , i said , "if you want to know how you are , take a time and ask your enemy !

message 18: by Joseph (new)


do you know why? >

message 19: by Joseph (new)

Joseph Ybholy _how_ do you See my post!

message 20: by Joseph (new)

Joseph Ybholy to me , reading is part of exercise , what of you ?

message 21: by Joseph (new)

Joseph Ybholy failure to plan is planning to fail - ybholy

message 22: by Joseph (new)

Joseph Ybholy failure to plan is planning to fail - ybholy

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