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10 Powerful Quotes From Literature About Life, Love, and Friendship

Part of the reason we love reading is the promise of having an insightful conversation with our favorite author. As many of us do, authors tend to write from their own personal experiences, which is why we’re able to relate so well to a particular story, or especially, quote. These quotes remain with us long after we’ve finished a novel. Sometimes we even tape them to our bathroom mirror as a reminder for how to approach the day. We’ve rounded up 10 powerful quotes from literature about life, love, and friendship that have stuck with us, and, perhaps, might have a special meaning for you, as well.

1) “He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

― Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

2) “All that is gold does not glitter. Not all those who wander are lost. The old that is strong does not wither. Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”

— J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

3) “We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”

— J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

4) “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

— Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray

5) “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”

— A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

6) “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”

— F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

7) “The world breaks everyone and, afterward, many are strong at the broken places.”

— Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

8) “I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”

— Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

9) “I don’t understand it any more than you do, but one thing I’ve learned is that you don’t have to understand things for them to be.”

— Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

10) “Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”

— Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl 


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