My Favorite Book Quotes #1

I keep a little notebook on my bookshelf filled with cool quotes I run across within books I’m reading. Recently, I’ve been enjoying reading other blogger’s talk about their favorite quote/quotes, either from individual books or books in general.

So I’m starting a new series on my blog, where I’ll be sharing with all you lovely readers my favorite quotes from random books that I copied down. I thought it might be something fun to do.


“Busy old fool, unruly sun,
Why dost thou thus
Through windows and through curtains call on me?”

—John Donne, “The Sun Rising”


“Revenge, at first though sweet,
Bitter ere long back on itself recoils.”

—John Milton, Paradise Lost, book 9, lines 171-172


“It would be a poor sort of world if one was only able to read authors who expressed points of view that one agreed with entirely.”

—Neil Gaiman, Rudyard Kipling: Tales of Horror & Fantasy, introduction


“Poetry is making, as its name says (poiesis). Poetry is not ornament but fundamental speech; prose is fallen poetry.”

—Peter J. Kreeft, The Philosophy of Tolkien, pg. 157

#5 (long one)

“O eloquent, just and mighty Death! When none could advise, thou hast persuaded; what none hath dared, thou hast done; and whom all the world hath flattered, thou only has cast out of the world and despised; thou has drawn together all the far-stretched greatness, all the pride, cruelty, and ambition of man, and covered it all over with these two narrow words: Hic jacet! [Here lies]

—Sir Walter Raleigh, The History of the World, ending


“History is not made only by kings and parliaments, presidents, wars, and generals. It is the story of people, of their love, honor, faith, hope and suffering; of birth and death, of hunger, thirst and cold, of loneliness and sorrow.”

—Louis L’amour, Sackett’s Land


“What a mysterious thing madness is.”

—Nellie Bly, Ten Days in a Madhouse


“Princely people normally act better than they say, while petty people speak better than they act. So in an orderly time, there are many sincere and genuine people, and while in a chaotic time there are multitudes of superficial and pretentious people.”

—Shao Yong, “The Fisherman and the Woodcutter”


“She had written what she left herself called upon to write; and though she was beginning to feel that she might perhaps do this thing better, she had no doubt that the thing itself was the right thing for her.”

—Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night


I feel like a lot of the same quotes go around the internet a lot, so today I wanted to share some unique ones! If you have a favorite quote from a book, what is it? Let me know down in the comments, follow my blog for more madness, and, as always,

Best Wishes in your life full of adventure,

Madame Writer

9 thoughts on “My Favorite Book Quotes #1

  1. A book quote series will be fine. Great idea. You enrich my soul, Madame Writer. I liked Sir Walter Raleigh the best. A death quote has special significance to a 63-year old!

    Shakespeare is another rich ‘quote mine’. Just open any page, read any act, any scene and there’s a quote there. And Shakespeare quotes kinda stick with you and don’t go away. 😀

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