The 10 Best Book Quotes to Live By

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Anyone who's a lifelong reader knows that the books we read help shape who we are and how we think. And the very best characters and stories are the ones that we love to quote, from the favorite books we read as children to the classic books we read as adults. Below are, in our humble opinion, ten of the best book quotes to guide the way you live. If we missed your favorite, let us know in the comments!

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The Time Machine

The Time Machine

By H. G. Wells

“It sounds plausible enough tonight, but wait until tomorrow. Wait for the common sense of the morning.” —H.G. Wells, The Time Machine

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Invisible Man

By Ralph Ellison

“Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.” —Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

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Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

By Charlotte Brontë

"Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs." —Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

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Anna Karenina

By Leo Tolstoy

"It's much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it." —Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

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East of Eden

By John Steinbeck

“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” —John Steinbeck, East of Eden

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The Witches

By Roald Dahl

"It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you." —Roald Dahl, The Witches

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The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

By Nathaniel Hawthorne

“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.” —Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

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The Great Gatsby, which contains some of the best book quotes

The Great Gatsby

By F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone … just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

By Charles Dickens

“We need never be ashamed of our tears.” —Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

By J.K. Rowling

“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” —J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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