The Best Inspirational Quotes from Books

Posted by Hayley on February 6, 2017


When we need a rallying cry to take on the world or a mantra to keep the blues away, we know where to turn…to the wisdom waiting patiently within our books.

So the next time life throws you a grim curveball, take a page from the following books. Get inspired and share your favorite encouraging quotes with us in the comments.


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From A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson:

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure."


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From The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien:

"The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater."


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From Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now by Maya Angelou:

"What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain."


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From A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches by Martin Luther King Jr.:

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."


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From Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde:

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."


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From Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss:

"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…"


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From The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho:

"And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."


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From Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein:

"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be."


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From The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi by Francis of Assisi:

"All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle."


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From Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery:

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



Looking for more bookish encouragement? Explore Inspirational Journeys here.

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message 1: by Katieb, Goodreads employee (new)

Katieb Great list!


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Great list/idea, and I love the graphic


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* What book is the quote in the graphic from?


message 4: by Annette (new)

Annette Everett From The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien


message 5: by Doug (new)

Doug Simon Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder* wrote: "What book is the quote in the graphic from?"

JRR Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring.


message 6: by berthamason (new)

berthamason Cheesy.


message 7: by Alex (new)

Alex Here's one from one of my favorite books written for young adults, but totally inspiring for me (a so-called adult : )

"...being brave doesn’t mean you’re not afraid to do something. Being brave means you’re terrified, but you do it anyway.”

Smith, Abby. Pettikin (Kindle Locations 3859-3861). Softlight Press LLC. Kindle Edition.


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