Quotes from Books

I’m taking this week’s #FaveFiveFriday challenge, an initiative of Buzz Magazine. The topic is Favorite Five Lines/Quotes from Literature.

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My Favorite Lines/Quotes From Books

I love to use quotes in my posts. I’ve even made a calendar with some of my favorites. Being a bookworm, quite a few of those quotes come from books. This week’s topic is something I’m happy writing. That makes a difference in any post, I think.

1. “For you, a thousand times over.”
(from The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini)

I read the book many years ago, borrowing it from the neighborhood library without having an inkling of what the book had in store for me. It is, even today, one of the most traumatic books I have read. However, it is also one of the best books I’ve read. The line is a favorite because of the ending to this novel; kind of like a bittersweet moment.

Quotes Hosseini Kite Runner

2. “…and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge; that’s why I read so much…”
(from A Game of Thrones, by George RR Martin)

Very few people around me understand my passion for reading. To most, it is a hobby. They feel only academic books are important, and have often advised me to “stop wasting time reading so much.” From the moment I read this line, it has been in my mind. Tyrion Lannister is not a character I admire a lot, but this felt so true. Reading has helped to sharpen the imagination more than I can express.

3. “First you must have the images, then come the words.”
(from The Bridges of Madison County, by Robert James Waller)

I discovered this gem of a book when one of the best friends I made this year recommended it to me. It’s not often that I fall in love with a romance book, but this was beautiful. The line comes at the very start of the book. It’s one I connect with as a writer, and I feel many others would too. When I write fiction, I try to bring those images to life with my words. Then those words have more magic.

4. “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”
(from The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank)

I read this book once when I was in school. It touched my heart. I read it again a few years back. Many people feel this book needed to be fast-paced, but it’s not a thriller fiction. It’s the diary of a young girl who went through hardships we can’t even imagine. I relate to this quote because writing has helped me through many low phases. Those sorrows drip through the nib of the pen, into words. Do they disappear? No. But writing certainly dampens their effect, and gives me hope to push ahead.

5. “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
(from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by JK Rowling)

Of the five I’ve shared today, this quote is my favorite. Life has a lot of moments where we have to choose a path. This quote saved me from making a wrong choice. I’ve often turned to the cathartic power of words, and reading is as important as writing. There’s a reason why the Harry Potter series means much more to me, and I recommend it to many friends who haven’t read. I’m proud to be a Potterhead. After all this time? Always.

Quotes Rowling

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(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
8th September, 2017)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

22 thoughts on “Quotes from Books”

  1. “For You, a Thousand Times Over.” I read the kite runner when I was about to get married (was madly in love) and somehow this dialogue became one of my favorites. I used to say this to my husband (then boyfriend) a lot of times… somewhere life happened & I forgot about this. This post reminded me of that phase. I am probably going to say this in middle of a conversation today & surprise him! Ha ha.

    • Have fun with the surprise, Shalu. 🙂 That line does sound romantic too, though not in the book of course. 😛 LOL!

      Thanks for sharing a part of your story with me in the comment too. 🙂

  2. Nice pickup lines from books.
    I too love to mark the important lines from books I read.

    Where are these fave lines contest I would also like to participate if u can advise.

  3. “Sugar always caught more flies than vinegar’ is my top quote
    and second one:

    “Frankly, my dear I don’t give a damn’

    Both from, “gone with the wind’

  4. It am example how books can really inspire us and put us in right path. I haven’t read other books you mentioned but Harry Potter and i do remember those line by dumbledore!
    Quotes that changed the way I look at life and which inspired me are,
    “The world you desired can be won. It exists. It is real. It is possible. It’s YOURS” by Ayn Rand
    “I guard my treasures: my thought, my will, my freedom. And the greatest of these is freedom.” which is also by Ayn Rand from her book “Anthem”.

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