Words are astonishingly powerful entities. They are potent, fierce and gentle at the same time. They have the ability to heal, to transform, to repair and to annihilate. And they have this strange capacity to bind people together in shared dreams and emotions.
So here we have brought you some of the most beautiful lines penned in the books. Enjoy, and if you want, print them up as posters, because, why not?
1 Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets
“I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.”
2 Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters
“The one you love and the one who loves you are never, ever the same person.”
3 J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
“If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
4 Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
5 Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
“We accept the love we think we deserve.”
6 John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
7 Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”
8 Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”
9 David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
"You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do."
10 Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
“He's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”
11 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
"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. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring; renewed shall be blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king."
12 Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
“I would always rather be happy than dignified.”
13 Charles Bukowski, The Captain Is Out to Lunch and the Sailors Have Taken Over the Ship
"We're all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing."
14 F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
"The loneliest moment in someone's life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly."
15 J. D. Salinger, A Girl I Knew
"She wasn't doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together."
16 Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
"People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of."
17 Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
"I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart; I am, I am, I am."
18 Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed
"Beauty is an enormous, unmerited gift given randomly, stupidly."
19 Toni Morrison, Beloved
"The pieces I am, she gather them and gave them back to me in all the right order."
20 Langston Hughes, The Big Sea
"For poems are like rainbows; they escape you quickly."
21 Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale
"We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories."
22 Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”
23 Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
“No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.”
24 H.G. Wells, The Time Machine
“It sounds plausible enough tonight, but wait until tomorrow. Wait for the common sense of the morning.”
25 Philip K. Dick, Valis
"It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane."