In these 75 phrases from famous books we have a great variety of messages . We have compiled phrases from books of the most heterogeneous nature: narratives, romantic phrases, Spanish and Latin American novelists, best sellers, self-help and philosophy . A varied selection!
The 5 best phrases of famous books
Before making the complete list, we want to show a quintet of quite special phrases . We have chosen them, as they express very interesting ideas. In addition, they have been written by distinguished novelists whose narratives are undoubtedly part of popular culture.
1.- “ Be a man or be more than a man. Be firm with your purpose and firm as a stone ”. Book: Frankestein , author Mary Shelley .
2.- “It is difficult in times like these to think about ideals, dreams and hopes, only to be crushed by the harsh reality. It is a miracle that I did not abandon all my ideals. However, I cling to them because I still believe, despite everything, that people are really good in their hearts ”. Book: The Diary of Anne Frank , author Anne Frank .
3.- “While the heart beats, while the body and soul are still together, I cannot admit that any creature endowed with will has the need to lose hope in life.” Book: Journey to the Center of the Earth , author Jules Verne .
4.- “I would create a perfume that was not only human, but superhuman. An angel scent, so indescribably good and full of vigor that whoever smelled it would be enchanted and would have no choice but to love the person who wore it, that is, to love him, Grenouille, with all his heart ”. Book: El Perfume , author Julio Patrick Süskind .
5.- “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of folly, it was the age of belief, it was the age of disbelief, it was the season of the light was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair ”. Book: A Tale of Two Cities , author Charles Dickens .
We also have lists of: phrases from series and movies , as well as short poems . These are excerpts from sources known to many people. In any case, in this set of phrases obtained from well-known books we have an interesting variety of topics.
Famous book phrase of the week
Let’s see a phrase for this week. It is an excerpt from a well-known novel , which talks about the topic of novelty and scandal. Perhaps, it is a more than necessary expression in these times where we are usually oversaturated with information and news.
6.- “ I love scandals that worry others, but those that worry me don’t interest me. They don’t have the charm of novelty . ” Book: The Picture of Dorian Gray , author Oscar Wilde.
What do we deduce from this peculiar phrase? Well, it happens that many times we confuse the novelty with the important. Therefore, it is necessary to give things their fair level . We cannot live pending for those that others place on a pedestal of importance that perhaps does not concern us.
All our famous book quotes
We continue with our phrases. They are all from known texts. In any case, we wanted to continue by citing renowned novelists. We have writers of all nationalities . The intention is to put together a heterogeneous panorama showing the variety of international literature.
7.- ” When you feel like criticizing someone, remember that not everyone has had the same opportunities that you had .” Book: The Great Gatsby , author F. Scott Fitzgerald.
8.- ” Most men are like leaves that fall and flutter indecisively while others are like the stars: they follow a fixed route, no wind reaches them and they carry their own law and trajectory within them .” Book: Siddhartha , author Herman Hesse.
9.- “ You can only see well with your heart. The essential is invisible to the eyes ”. Book: The Little Prince , author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
10.- “ Alicia: How long is forever? White Rabbit: Sometimes just a second ”. Book: Alice in Wonderland , author Lewis Carroll.
11.- ” There are two remedies for every evil: time and silence .” Book: The Count of Monte Cristo , author: Alexandre Dumas.
12.- ” All adults have been children before, but few of them remember them .” Book: The Little Prince , author: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
13.- “ To speak nonsense is the only privilege that humanity has over other organisms. It is by speaking nonsense that one comes to the truth. I speak nonsense, therefore I am human ”. Book: Crime and Punishment , author Fyodor Dostoevsky .
We pause. The reason? Well, we want to give a categorization to all this large number of collected phrases. In this regard, we now have love-type appointments. We invite our readers to compare them with our collection of 20 Valentine’s phrases .
14.- ” Love is the longing of the half of ourselves that we have lost .” Book: The unbearable lightness of being , author Milan Kundera .
15.- ” When you love a person you love him as he is, even if it is not as one would like him to be.” Book: Ana Karenina , author León Tolstoi.
16.- ” Keeping something that helps me remember you would be admitting that I can forget you .” Book: Romeo and Juliet , author William Shakespeare.
17.- ” Have you ever fallen in love? It’s not horrible? It makes you so vulnerable. Open your chest and open your heart and it means that someone can enter you and undo you ”. Book: Las Benévolas , author Neil Gaiman .
18. “ You can’t say ‘no’ to the people you love, not often. Thats the secret. And when you do, it has to sound like ‘yes’ or you have to make him say ‘no’. Book: The Godfather , author Mario Puzo .
19.- “There is nothing that occupies and ties more to the heart than love. For this reason, when it does not have weapons to govern itself, the soul sinks into the deepest of ruins . Book: The name of the rose , author Umberto Eco .
20. “Love does not look with the eyes but with the soul.” Book: A Midsummer Night’s Dream , author William Shakespeare .
21.- ” It is a strange claim of man to want love to lead somewhere .” Book: Les miserables , author Victor Hugo .
22.- ” I want to be what you are, see what you see, love what you love … You are my love and my life forever .” Book: Dracula , author Bram Stoker .
Now it’s time to change the theme. This time, we opted for creating a category of Spanish and Latin American novelists. These are sentences written in our language. Likewise, it makes it clear that literature in the Spanish language is of undoubted level.
23.- “ Lord, sorrows were not made for beasts, but for men; but if men feel them too much, they become beasts ”. Book: Don Quijote de la Mancha , author: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
24.- ” The world was so recent that many things lacked names, and to mention them you had to point your finger at them.” Book: One Hundred Years of Solitude , author Gabriel García Márquez.
25.- ” It will be very difficult for me to avenge all those who have to be avenged, because my revenge would be just another part of the same inexorable rite.” Book: The House of the Spirits , author Isabel Allende.
26.- “We walked without looking for each other, but knowing that we were walking to find each other ”. Book: Hopscotch , author Julio Cortázar .
27.- “ Happiness, I don’t know if I care what it is, Ricardito. What I am sure of is that it is not that romantic and huachafa thing that is for you. Money gives security, it defends you, it allows you to fully enjoy life without worrying about tomorrow. The only happiness that can be touched ”. Book: Mischief of the bad girl , author Mario Vargas Llosa .
28.- “ Once, your late father told us that you cannot measure time by days, like money by cents or pesos, because the weights are the same and every day is different and perhaps every hour. I didn’t quite understand what he was saying, but the phrase stuck with me ”. Book: The Brodie Report , author Jorge Luis Borges .
29.- “ Music, states of happiness, mythology, faces worked by time, certain twilights and certain places, want to tell us something, or something they said that we should not have lost, or they are about to say something; this imminence of a revelation, which does not take place, is, perhaps, the aesthetic fact ”. Book: Other inquisitions , author Jorge Luis Borges .
30.- “ The ideas that upset us never suddenly arrive; the sudden drowns out a few moments, but leaves us, as we go, long years of life ahead. The thoughts that drive us crazy with the worst madness, that of sadness , always arrive little by little and as without feeling, as without feeling the fog invades the fields, or the consumption of the breasts ”. Book: The Family of Pascual Duarte , author Camilo José Cela .
31.- “ Each image carries within it many contrary or disparate meanings that, without suppressing, the poet reconciles. In the poetic moment, the opposites merge in harmony ” . Book: El arco y la lira , author Octavio Paz .
32.- “The sky is neither high nor low. It is above and below us at the same time ”. Book: Aura , author Carlos Fuentes .
33.- “ Sometimes I think nothing makes sense. On a tiny planet that has run into nothingness for millions of years, we are born in the midst of pain, we believe, we fight, we get sick, we suffer, we make people suffer, we scream, we die, they die and others are being born to start the useless comedy again ” . Book: The tunnel , author Ernesto Sábato .
34.- ” The memory of the heart eliminates bad memories and magnifies the good ones, and that thanks to that device we can cope with the past .” Book: Love in the time of cholera , author Gabriel García Márquez .
35.- “ Each book, each volume that you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it, lived and dreamed of it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone lowers their eyes to the pages, their spirit grows and strengthens ”. Book: The Shadow of the Wind , author Carlos Ruiz Zafón .
Now we make another category. We refer to quotes from playwriting books . The theater writers have left us excellent phrases. It must be said that writing dialogues is an art. Not everyone can put on paper what the lips have to pronounce in the mouth of the actors.
36.- “He listens to all; your voice, a few. Listen to everyone’s judgment and keep yours ”. Book: Hamlet , author William Shakespeare . Of course, in this list could not the great English playwright. This phrase is undoubtedly an excellent lesson in personal judgment.
37.- “ To be or not to be, that is the question. What is more worthy action of the mind, to suffer the penetrating shots of unjust fortune, or to oppose the arms to this torrent of calamities, and to put an end to them with daring resistance? To die is to sleep. No more? And for a dream, shall we say, the afflictions are over and the pains without number, heritage of our weak nature? … This is a term that we should eagerly request. Dying is sleeping … and maybe dreaming ”. Book: Hamlet , author William Shakespeare . Here we have one of the most popular phrases in world literature. The “to be or not to be” is known in all corners of literature.
38.- “ There are things that cannot be said because there are no words to say them; and if there were, no one would understand their meaning. ” Book: Doña Rosita la soltera , author Federico García Lorca. Although Lorca is better known as a poet, it happens that here we have an excellent play from his pen.
39.- “ I believe that above all I am a human being, just like you… or, at least, I should try to be. I know that most men will agree with you, and that something like that is written in books. But now I cannot settle for what men say and what is written in books. I have to think about all this on my own and try to understand it ”. Book: Dollhouse , author Henrik Ibsen.
40.- “ What is life? A frenzy. What is life? A fiction, a shadow, an illusion, and the greatest good is small; that all life is a dream, and dreams are dreams ”. Book: Life is a dream , author Pedro Calderón de la Barca.
41.- “ Courtesy is key to open the will; and foolish discourtesy for enmity ”. Book: Fuenteovejuna , author Lope de Vega . Don Lope de Vega’s dramaturgical works are written in verse … but they have rhyme. There are those who consider them poetry, but we do not want to remove them from their theatrical work format.
42.- “ Well, let’s put the cards on the table. That suits me. I know I’m quite a liar. After all, seduction in a woman is fifty percent illusion. But when it comes to something important I tell the truth and the truth is this: I have not cheated my sister or you or anyone in my life. ” Book: A Streetcar Named Desire , Author Tenesse Williams .
43.- “ Doctors are not for that; its mission is to prescribe and collect; healing or not is the patient’s account ”. Book: The imaginary sick , author Moliere .
We have to take another break. It so happens that we now return to the category of storytellers. Novels and short stories are perhaps the most popular form of literature .
For this reason, many phrases in these books have undoubtedly passed into mass culture. We have here writers from different times and places on earth. Well-known authors such as Tolkien, Kafka or the unforgettable Hemingway . We invite you to review the following phrases!
44.- ” Not everything that is made of gold glitters, nor all the wandering people are lost.” Book: The Lord of the Rings , author JRR Tolkien.
45.- ” Reflecting serenely, very serenely, is better than making desperate decisions.” Book: The metamorphosis , author Franz Kafka .
46.- ” Sometimes man is extraordinarily passionately in love with suffering .” Book: Crime and Punishment , author Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
47.- ” It is better to look at the sky than to live in it .” Book: Breakfast with Diamonds , author Truman Capote .
48.- “ Until they are aware of their strength, they will not rebel, and until after they have revealed themselves, they will not be aware. That is the problem ”. Book: 1984 , author George Orwell .
49.- ” What gets you help is not pity, but admiration when you refuse to give up .” Book: The Hunger Games , author Suzan Collins .
50.- ” I love humanity, but to my surprise , the more I love humanity in general, the less people in particular inspire me .” Book: The Brothers Karamazov author Fyodor Dostoevsky .
51.- “ Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed, but not defeated ”. Book: The Old Man and the Sea , author Ernest Hemingway .
52.- “ When a woman remarries it is because she detested her first husband. When a man remarries it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs ”. Book: The Picture of Dorian Gray , author Oscar Wilde .
53.- ” The life of the sea baths and the life of travel make me see that the theater of the world has fewer sets than actors and fewer actors than situations .” Book: In Search of Lost Time , author Marcel Proust .
54.- ” The stars are on so that everyone can find their own one day .” Book: The Little Prince , author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry .
55.- ” I don’t want to die without scars .” Book: Fight Club , author Chuck Palahniuk .
56.- ” I know who I was this morning when I got up, but I think I have had to change several times since then . ” Book: Alice in Wonderland , author Lewis Carroll .
57.- ” When someone leaves, it is because someone else is about to arrive .” Book: El zahir , author Paulo Coelho.
58.- “ I have no idea what awaits me, or what will happen when all this is over. For the moment I know this: there are sick people and I need to heal them ”. Book: La Peste , author Albert Camus .
59.- “ The creatures of the exterior looked from the pig to the man and from the man to the pig again; but it was impossible to say which was which ”. Book: Farm Rebellion , author George Orwell .
There are books that sell a lot! They are the so-called best sellers! Its authors have managed to sell millions of books around the planet . In addition, they have been translated into countless languages and many of his works have been made into films.
The popularity of these books makes these phrases are repeated by a large number of people . Therefore, we want to place them in this list that we have made.
60.- ” It is possible that the connections are invisible, but they are always there, buried just below the surface .” Book: The Da Vinci Code , author Dan Brown .
61.- ” There are some things that cannot be shared without being united, and knocking down a three-and-a-half meter troll is one of those things.” Book: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone , author JK Rowling .
62.- “ I would like to find a way to show you that I do not belong to you. If I’m going to die, I want to do it being myself ”. Book: The Hunger Games , author Susan Collins .
63 .- “My world was orderly, calm and controlled, and suddenly you came into my life with your intelligent comments, your innocence, your beauty and your calm recklessness and everything that was before you began to seem boring, empty, mediocre… it was nothing anymore ”. Book: 50 Shades of Gray , author EL James .
64.- “It seemed that most of the myths about vampires focused on reflecting beautiful women as demons and children as victims . They also seemed like structures created to explain the high infant mortality rate and provide men with an alibi for infidelity. ” Book: Twilight , author Stephenie Meyer .
We now have a section dedicated to self-help book phrases . These books have also won a wide audience. They usually have a lot of advice, which is extremely useful in various situations of everyday life.
Self-help books are characterized by the simplicity of their expressions. For this reason, the phrases extracted from these texts amalgamate clarity and forcefulness in their content.
65.- “ The ‘no’ is necessary and we must learn to say it with peace”. Book: Toxic People, author Bernardo Stamateas .
66.- “Having tolerance for frustration is one of the essential skills of people. Tolerance to frustration allows us to enjoy life more, since we don’t waste time getting bitter about things that don’t work ”. Book: The art of not embittering life, author Rafael Santandreu .
67.- “ Investing in yourself is the best thing you can do. You will not only improve your life but also those of those around you. Only when you master the art of loving yourself can you truly love others. Only by opening your heart will you be able to reach that of others ”. Book: The monk who sold his Ferrari, author Robin Sharma .
68.- “ Nobody, in your whole life, has mistreated you more than yourself. The limit of the mistreatment that you tolerate from another person is exactly the same to which you submit yourself. If someone mistreats you a little more, chances are you will distance yourself from that person. However, if someone mistreats you a little less than you usually mistreat yourself, surely you will continue with that relationship and you will always tolerate it ”. Book: The four agreements, author Miguel Ruíz .
69.- “Did you know that, sometimes, something scary can be good. If you fear that things will get worse if you do nothing, that can move you to action. However, there is no use being so scared that fear prevents you from acting ”. Book: Who has taken my cheese? , author Spencer Johnson .
70.- “ Strategy is the way to organize resources. (…) Every great entertainer, politician, father of a family or employer knows that resources are not enough to succeed; they must be used in the most efficient way. Seeking a strategy is equivalent to admitting that talent and ambition, no matter how outstanding, always need to find a well-oriented path ”. Book: Who has taken my cheese? , author Spencer Johnson .
To close this collection of phrases from famous books, it is time to refer to some phrases from philosophy books . Keep in mind that philosophy has left interesting phrases over time. Therefore, we could not ignore it in this compilation that we offer to our readers.
71.- “ Human reason is afflicted by questions that it cannot reject, because they are assigned to it by the very nature of reason, and to which, however, it cannot even give an answer, because they exceed all capacity of reason. human ”. Book: Critique of Pure Reason , author Immanuel Kant .
72.- ” It can well be said that life is an episode that uselessly disturbs the sacred peace of nothingness .” Book: Parerga y Paralipómena , author Arthur Schopenhauer.
73.- “ I observe that a large part of the human species does not believe in God and does not suffer any visible punishment for it. And if there were a God, it seems to me highly unlikely that he would have such a sickly vanity as to be offended by those who doubt his existence . ” Book: What is an agnostic? , author Bertrand Russell.
74.- “ Get used to thinking that death for us is nothing, because all good and all evil reside in sensations, and precisely death consists in being deprived of sensation. Therefore, the right conviction that death is nothing to us makes the mortality of life pleasant to us; not because it adds an indefinite time, but because it deprives us of an inordinate desire for immortality ”. Book: Letter to Meneceo , author Epicurus.
75.- ” The beauty of things exists in the mind of those who contemplate them .” Book: Treatise on human nature , author David Hume .
In this way we have closed this long list with 75 phrases from famous books . We wanted to have a wide variety of authors. Also, the most varied amount of written genres. Keep in mind that many of these books are known to the people who read us.
Also, we have other compilations of interesting phrases. For example, the list of 50 friendship phrases or our optimism phrases . These are compilations as interesting, varied and complete as the ones we have presented in this text.
Alexa Clark specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has experience in listening and welcoming in Individual Therapy and Couples Therapy. It meets demands such as generalized anxiety, professional, love and family conflicts, stress, depression, sexual dysfunction, grief, and adolescents from 15 years of age. Over the years, She felt the need to conduct the psychotherapy sessions with subtlety since She understands that the psychologist acts as a facilitator of self-understanding and self-acceptance, valuing each person's respect, uniqueness, and acceptance.