If you’ve been following me for a while, you have probably noticed that I am a total sucker for quotes! As I was reading over the course of 2017, I noted a few of my top favorites from the books I had read.
My Favorite Book Quotes from 2017
I hope that the epitaph of the human race when the world ends will be: Here perished a species which lived to tell stories.
— Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
Hate ricochets, but kindness does too.
— A List of Cages by Robin Roe
As long as we had ground under our feet and the wind at our backs, things were going to be okay.
— None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
The stunning beauty of the waning day was a stark contrast to the horrors we’d just witnessed, as if nature itself wanted to wipe away the memory of those monstrosities.
— The Beast of London by L.D. Goffigan
Photographs provided a tangible reality to men who were far from home, fearful and tired; they were posed proofs of success, souvenirs to send to sweethearts and loved ones, or simply ways of remembering, of grasping a moment in a swift changing and uncertain world.
— Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton
You must first learn patience, if you wish to learn anything at all.
— Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton
I would urge you to focus on the light in the darkness, on the one thing that makes humanity worth fighting for: love.
— Realm of Night by L.D. Goffigan
If she was thinking anything like he was, she was already seeing a future together, a life rolling out rug-like from their first date.
— A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman
Real power is facing up to your problems when you want to hide from them. Real power is picking yourself up from a fall and redoubling your efforts. Real power is the strength to choose what is right.
— The Limpet Syndrome by Tony Moyle
The opportunity cost of investing your life in something that’s not going to get better is just too high.
— The Dip by Seth Godin
I have tried so hard to forget, but memory is a stubborn thing. Memories linger no matter what I do. They’re there all the time – and worse. Even my dreams aren’t safe. I have vicious nightmares, and they’re real – too real – and suddenly I’m back there. I can’t will them away, I can’t squeeze them away, and the more I try the more they burrow in my head. I want to cut open my skull and dig my fingers into my brain and just pull them out.
— Feel Me Fall by James Morris
“You’re the doctor,” I said. “What’s your prescription?”
Try not to feel too shitty, was her main piece of advice. Stop, always, at 2.5 drinks. Make a list of good things – however small.
— Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
People judge you on what you show the world. Stop showing your ass.
— The Talented Ribkins by Ladee Hubbard
…the exoplanet’s name is Disappear. Which is why throughout the ‘verse when someone says they’re going to disappear you can never really know what they mean. These statements are usually followed by questions as to whether the ‘D’ is capitalized or not.
— The Pink Heist (A Strange ‘Verse Novel Book 1) by Adam El Shalakany
The only thing worse than dying is living without hope.
— From Ant to Eagle by Alex Lyttle
That was when I decided that all the ghost stories got it wrong: evil isn’t a spirit or monster or a ghost. It lives inside regular people, and it doesn’t know the difference between night and day.
— Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
“You can learn anything when you have to learn it. You could learn to fly if it meant you would live another day.”
— Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Anyone can look; everybody looks, but seeing is quite another thing.
— Murder in Little Shendon by A.H. Richardson
Anything could happen out there where the world touches the sky.
— 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
Difficult times, my friend, but there is a path. There must be. We will find it.
— Artemis by Andy Weir
“Don’t quit until you no longer draw breath. All is not yet lost,” Platz said to Callum.
— Midnight Blade (Soul Stones, #0.1) by T.L. Branson
Thanks for reading!
Did you have a favorite book quote this year? If so, I’d love to read it! Feel free to post it in the comments section below.