Favourite Quotes + More

Here are some of my favourite quotations I’ve come across in books and other places. Hope you find some you love too.

This is organised alphabetically by author’s surname.

William Blake

Visions of the Daughters of Albion

“They told me that the night and day were all that I could see;
They told me that I had five senses to enclose me up,
And they enclosed my infinite brain into a narrow circle,
And sunk my heart into the abyss, a red round globe hot burning.”


Stephen Chbosky 

Perks of Being a Wallflower

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”


Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.”


Mary Oliver

“In our marginal existence, what else is there but this voice within us, this great weirdness we are always leaning forward to listen to.”

“There’s a difference between being alone and being lonely. Writers know that. I have never met a writer who does not crave to be alone. We have to be alone to do what we do.”


Mary Ruefle

Madness, Rack and Honey

“As I speak, blood is coursing through our bodies. As it moves away from the heart it marches to a 2/4 or 4/4 beat and it’s arterial blood, reoxygenated, assertive, active, progressive, optimistic. When it reaches our extremities and turns home–the heart–well, it’s nostalgic, venous blood (as in veins), it’s tired, wavelike, rising and falling, fighting against gravity and inertia, and it moves to the beat of a waltz, a 3/4 beat, a little homesick now, and full of longing.”


Kate Tempest

Hold Your Own

“And he saw that no matter how far you have come,
You can never be further than right where you are.” – The Man Tiresias

“Language lives when you speak it. Let it be heard.
The worst thing that can happen to words is that they go unsaid.” – These Things I Know

“Do not love the idea of life more than you love life itself.” – These Things I Know

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