My Favorite Book Quotes #3

I haven’t done a collection of my favorite book quotes since March, so I thought it was about time I did another one. Similar to my last quotes post, I’m sharing a collection of quotes I found from books I read since March.

It’s nice to do this both to remember the books I’ve read in the past few months and to document some of their best lines. Even if I wasn’t a massive fan of some of these books, I still love all these quotes.

“The Lord forgives, but the world does not forgive.”

– Min Jin Lee, Pachinko

“The nether world gains a ghost, just as the mortal world loses one more soul.”

– Jin Yong, Legend of the Condor Heroes

“You are like whitewashed tombs, beautiful to look at on the outside but inside full of filth and dead men’s bones.”

The Bible, Matthew 23:27

“I should not talk so much about myself if there were anyone else whom I knew as well.”

– Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“Men have died and worms have eaten them, but not for early rising. In fact, it is said that it’s the early worm that gets the bird.”

– Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night

“He bought himself a bottle of ink and a huge grey knitted shawl, which swathed him from head to foot, locked his formal clothes away so that he would not be tempted to go out and entered his novel as if it were a prison.”

– Adele Hugo (wife of Victor Hugo), from the Introduction of Notre-Dame of Paris

“Only a man who knows nothing of motors talks of motoring without petrol; only a man who knows nothing of reason talks of reasoning without strong, undisputed first principles.”

– G.K. Chesterton, “The Blue Cross”

“The criminal is the creative mind; the detective only the critic.”


“You just let all this go on before you and you never think to look at it for what it is.”

– Kazuo Ishiguro, Remains of the Day

“A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator, the smaller the fraction.”

– Leo Tolstoy (I found this quote in a math book I read)

“Souls are like athletes, that need opponents worthy of them, if they are to be tried and extended and pushed to the full use of their powers, and rewarded according to their capacity.”

– Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain

Which is your favorite quote? Is there any one which looks interesting? Have you read any of these books or plan to? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more musings and, as always,

Best wishes in your life full of adventure,

Madame Writer

12 thoughts on “My Favorite Book Quotes #3

  1. Great post, I love the one by Thoreau, also the quote by Victor Hugo’s wife – what an insight into a great authors mindset. My all-time favorite quote is the theme of my blog – “If adventures do not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.” Jane Ausitn. Thanks for sharing.

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