Books are wonderful for people of all ages. They allow us to easily get wrapped up and personally invested in the various plots and characters. Sometimes without even knowing we needed a sign, a book can state something so perfectly that it resonates deeply within us. Below are some of my favorite examples. Not all of these books listed are new ones. But depending on where you are in life, these quotes can be helpful nonetheless.
1. “Home isn’t where you land; home is where you launch. You can’t pick your home any more than you can choose your family.”
This book comes from the gut-wrenching novel “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones. It follows the hardships a couple endures when the husband is falsely accused of rape, for which he ends up serving 12 years in prison.
2. “The familiar feels safe; that is, until we teach ourselves that discomfort is temporary and a necessary part of transformation.”
“How to Do The Work” by Dr. Nicole LaPera is one of the many self-help books I have read. Yet what made it stand apart was how often I re-visited it or felt like certain excerpts were written personally for me. This book really encouraged me to challenge my self-esteem and how I speak to myself. For a taste of her work and style, you can also find her Instagram with @TheHolisticPsychologist.
3. “I needed for the imaginary version of my world to be darker than my real world. Otherwise, I would have wanted to leave them both.”
If you haven’t jumped on the Coleen Hoover (CoHo, as her biggest fans know her) train yet, what are you waiting for? This quote is from “Verity,” a book that turned me onto thrillers and enthralled me with this particular author and her work. This book has more twists than the craziest rollercoaster and is one you won’t want to put down. Get on it!
4. “My work is to give you what I know of my own particular path while allowing you to walk your own.”
“Between The World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of the most spine-chilling non-fiction books you will ever read. It sheds light on racism in America and the world. I have often said there is much awareness in education, and this book proves that.
5. “We accept the love we think we deserve.”
This 1999 classic quote from “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky was made even more popular by the film adaptation. This quote was quite a blow to the stomach when you truly think about it. I read this right as I was coming out of a verbally abusive relationship. It helped me set the bar for how I would allow myself to be treated in future relationships.
6. “Too much light has come out of my darkness.”
If you want a book that can help those with chronic illness or their family and friends, “Brain on Fire” by Susannah Cahalan is it. In this book, she goes into depth about her medical journey and how much frustration lies in the unknowing. She also uses her platform to raise awareness for a medical condition she was the 217th person to be diagnosed with. That number has since risen to the thousands. It is a good book for others to know they are not alone in the medical hamster wheel and sheds light through empathy. This book was also made into a movie if you want the Cliff Notes version.
Take it from one bookworm to another: It is impossible to narrow all great book quotes down into a condensed list. But the ones above carry enormous significance for me. Whether you use reading for self-growth or a break from reality, something from the list above should fit your interest. Do you have a favorite book quote? Let us know in the comments below.
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