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100 phrases from famous books and writers (essential)

100 phrases from famous books and writers (essential)

May 6, 2021

Throughout history, literary works have been written that have left sentences for framing, that is, phrases from books written by great authors that have remained for the memory.

Some of them talk about love, others are reflective phrases and others are motivating phrases . Now, what these phrases have in common is that they are full of a deep and sure feeling that will make you think. That is why in this article we have decided to collect the best book phrases.

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The best book phrases

Here we present the best phrases of books , which reflect reflections, opinions and essential experiences. Let us begin.


1. The mystery of life is not a problem to solve, but a reality to be experienced (Duna, Frank Herbert)

The importance of experience is what really makes us live. Only in this one can we know the mystery of life .

2. Being alone has nothing to do with how many people are around (Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates)

Loneliness is a feeling that is usually associated with an enormous sadness. You can have many people around you, but feel incredibly lonely.

3. Be a man or be more than a man. Be firm with your purpose and firm as a stone (Frankenstein, Mary Shelley)

You have to keep going and do not leave behind your aspirations . Only then will you continue to feel alive.


4. The weak man becomes strong when he has nothing, because only then can he feel the madness of despair (The white company, Arthur Conan Doyle)

It is in the worst moments when we can grow more than ever. You have to learn from the bad

5. If you are looking for perfection you will never be happy (Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy)

Perfectionist people are incredibly unhappy.

  • If you want to know more about perfectionism, you can visit our article: Perfectionist personality: the disadvantages of perfectionism

6. While the heart beats, while the body and soul are still together, I can not admit that any creature endowed with will needs to lose hope in life (Journey to the center of the earth, Jules Verne)

A great phrase pronounced by Julio Verne in his best known work.

7. I can not die yet doctor. Not yet. I have things to do. After all, I will have a whole life in which to die (The Angel Game, Carlos Ruiz Zafón)

The strength of hope keeps us alive in the most delicate moments.


8. I have hope or I might not live (Doctor Moreau's Island, H.G. Wells)

As in the previous point, Without hope we have nothing left .

9. I call people "rich" when they are able to meet the needs of their imagination (The portrait of a lady, Henry James)

A prayer from Henry James that talks about the thinking of rich people.

10. The sun is weak when it rises first, and gains strength and courage as the day progresses (Old curiosity shop, Charles Dickens)

Some nice words that They express the grandeur of the sun, the star that gives us light and heat .

11. It is on the nights of December, when the thermometer is at zero, when we most think of the sun (Los miserables, Victor Hugo)

This phrase reminds us that if we have something when we do not value it when we lose it we miss it

12. Each book, each volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it, lived and dreamed of it. Every time a book changes hands, each time someone lowers their eyes to the pages, their spirit grows and strengthens (The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafón)

Carlos Ruiz Zafon , one of the great Spanish writers, tells us the immensity of books and how passionate writers are when they give life to their stories.

13. My advice is: never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time (David Copperfield, Charles Dickens)

Charles Dickens It tells us that we should not be procrastinators.

  • Do you want to know what procrastination or "I'll do tomorrow" syndrome is? To have all the information, click here

14. Fight to the last breath (Henry VI, William Shakespeare)

William Shakespeare , the well-known playwright, poet and English actor, gives us a great motivating phrase.

15. Getting what you want is as difficult as not getting what you want. Because then you have to figure out what to do with it, instead of figuring out what to do without it. (The realm of possibility, David Levithan)

David Levithan It expresses that humans are nonconformist. When we get what we want, then we want more.

16. Stop worrying about getting older and think about growing up (The dying animal, Philip Roth)

To be happy you have to think about continuing to grow and one must continue to develop.

17. Create a perfume that is not only human, but superhuman. An angel scent, so indescribably good and full of vigor that whoever smells it would be spellbound and would have no choice but to love the person who carried it, that is, to love him, Grenouille, with all his heart (Perfume, Patrick Süskind)

A romantic phrase that was pronounced in "El Perfume", a work by Patrick Süskind .

18. How wonderful it is that no one needs to wait for a single moment before beginning to improve the world! (The Diary of Anne Frank, Anne Frank)

Anna Frank He was one of the best-known victims of the Nazi holocaust. In his diary, he wrote this beautiful thought.

19. You think you know all your possibilities. Then, other people come into your life and suddenly there are many more (The realm of possibility, David Levithan)

The possibilities increase as we meet new people. The important thing is to be in movement. So things come.

20. There is nothing in the world, neither man nor devil nor anything, that is as suspect to me as love, because it penetrates the soul more than anything else. Nothing has to occupy and bind the heart more than love. That is why, when it does not have weapons to govern itself, the soul sinks, for love, into the deepest of the ruins (The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco)

This affirmation of Umberto Eco It makes reference to how love floods us, and how the lack of love is capable of leaving us dead in life.

21. Whoever you are, whatever you do, when you firmly want something, it is because this desire was born in the soul of the universe. It is your mission on earth (The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho)

Paulo Coelho He explains that when we have a passion in life, we must fight for it.

22. Suddenly he slipped down the corridor, and as he passed me, his amazing pupils of gold paused for a moment in mine. I should have died a little. I could not breathe and my pulse stopped (The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende)

A phrase from the book "The House of the Spirits", in which It is related a love affair lived in the first person .

One of those situations in which we meet someone who attracts us a lot. The time stops to stop.23. Man goes much farther to avoid what he fears than to achieve what he desires (The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown)

Negative situations can be positive to help us grow and to develop as people.

24. Our lives are defined by opportunities, even those we lose (The curious case of Benjamin Button, F. Scott Fitzgerald)

The opportunities that we lose, like it or not, are also part of our lives and they mark us.

25. Not everything that is of gold shines, nor all the wandering people are lost (The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien)

A phrase to reflect, taken from the famous work: "The Lord of the rings."

26. Love and desire are two different things; that not everything that is loved is desired, nor everything that is desired is loved (Don Quixote de la Mancha, Miguel de Cervantes)

Miguel de Cervantes separates what love is from what desire is.

27. When you have consoled yourself, you will be glad you met me (The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupèry)

An ironic phrase that can be found in one of the pages of "The Little Prince" by Antoine Saint-Exupèry.

28. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the time of belief, it was the time of disbelief, it was the season of light It was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair (History of Two Cities, Charles Dickens)

This is a phrase taken from the great text of Charles Dickens "History of the cities".

29. And once the bad smells of the past had dissipated, I wanted to flood it with fragrances now (Perfume, Patrick Süskind)

When you overcome the bad things that have happened to you, the future and the present seem less bad to you.

30. It will be very difficult for me to avenge all those who have to be avenged, because my revenge would only be another part of the same inexorable rite (The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende)

Revenge is not a good option , so you have to leave behind the grudges

  • And, how are the resentful people? You can know it in this text: Resentful people: 10 traits and attitudes that characterize them

31. I know who I was this morning when I got up, but I think I have had to change several times since then (Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll)

People can change their mood throughout the day. It's normal

32. I am not a bird and no net catches me. I am a free human being with an independent will (Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte)

Human beings, at least in the West, have the great virtue of deciding to be free and independent. Charlotte Bronte .

33The greatest adventure is what awaits us. Today and tomorrow have not been said yet. The possibilities, the changes are all yours to make. The mold of his life in his hands is to break (The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien)

We can, at least to a large extent, choose the path we want to follow in life . It is up to us to strive to achieve the goals we have in mind.

34. I feel like I'm moving forward while moving away from something, and everything is possible (American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis)

A phrase pronounced in the great novel of Bret Easton Ellis , titled "American Psycho".

35. If people simply love others just a little, they can be very happy (Germinal, Émile Zola)

How different the world would be if people only cared a little for others,

36. You never know what bad luck has saved you from worse luck (It's not country for old people, Cormac Mccarthy)

A fine irony that expresses that, despite bad luck, things could always be worse .

37. I do not like to work - no man likes it - but I like what is at work - the opportunity to find yourself. Your own reality - for you, not for others - what no other man can know (The Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad)

Work may be heavy many times, but work is synonymous with health.

38. Alicia: How much time is forever? White rabbit: Sometimes only a second (Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll)

A phrase about the time of Lewis Carroll that invites reflection.

39. The worst of the religion was the religious people (The nuptial plot, Jeffrey Eugenides)

A few words from Jeffrey Eugenides who talk about the religious theme.

40. The mind makes its own place, and in itself can make a heaven from hell, and a hell from heaven (Paradise lost, John Milton)

John Milton It makes reference to that our mind is powerful. It is not events that cause us suffering, but how we interpret these events.

41. Ammu said that human beings were creatures of habit, and that it was amazing the kind of things they could get used to (The god of small things, Arundhati Roy)

Habituation is a type of learning very common in humans. It is part of our species.

42. Love those you love while you have them. That is all you can do. Let them go when you should. If you know how to love, you will never escape (My name is memory, Ann Brashares)

You have to love and respect the people for whom you feel a special affection

43. There are people who, the more you do for them, the less they do for themselves (Emma, ​​Jane Austen)

If you do a lot for someone, get used to it and become dependent . It is a problem that can be prevented by taking certain precautions.

44. There are books whose backs and covers are by far the best part (Oliver Twist, Charles Dickes)

Not all books are masterpieces . And in fact, some, even, not without worthy or to read.

45. The world was so recent that many things lacked a name, and to mention them you had to point them out with your finger (One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Marquez)

The world, and specifically human beings, have evolved over the centuries.

46. ​​Older people can never understand something on their own and it is very boring for children to have to give them explanations over and over again (The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)

A sarcastic phrase that can be found in the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, "The Little Prince".

47. When you feel like criticizing someone, remember that not everyone has had the same opportunities you had (The great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald)

Criticism is easy, and criticism is not always based. Therefore, before carrying them out, we must be clear about the reasons.

  • Related article: "10 tips to better fit the criticism"

48. Life changes fast. Life changes in an instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends (The Year of Magical Thought, Joan Didion)

You have to take advantage of life to the fullest because it happens very fast . You have to stop lamenting and enjoy it.

49. Do you know what happens when you hurt people? Ammu said. When you harm people, they begin to love you less. That's what sloppy words do. They make people love you a little less (The god of small things, Arundhati Roy)

People who love you must be cared for . Because if not, we can harm them.

50. When you're scared but you do it anyway, that's bravery (Coraline, Neil Gaiman)

Courage is a very positive quality that we can possess , and it helps us overcome great obstacles.

51. You have to be careful with books and what's inside them, since words have the power to change us (The mechanical Angel, Cassandra Clare)

Words can be very powerful and have an effect on our thoughts.

52. Friendship is undoubtedly the best balm for the pains of loving disappointment (Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen)

This phrase refers to another popular phrase that says: "who has a friend, has a treasure".

53. We tell ourselves stories to live (The White Album, Joan Didion)

Joan Didion , speaks of the fact that, after all, we all live the story of our lives.

54. Speaking without meaning is the only privilege that humanity has over other organisms. It is by talking nonsense when one comes to the truth. I speak meaningless, therefore I am human (Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky)

The great Dostoevsky It leaves us with this pearl to reflect on how we come to make sense of our lives.

55. You can not say "no" to the people you love, not often. Thats the secret. And when you do it, it has to sound like a "yes" or you have to make it say "no" (The godfather, Mario Puzo)

It is hard to love someone and have to mention the word "no". Even so, sometimes it is necessary.

56. Others will write from the head, but he writes from the heart, and the heart always understands him (The legend of Sleepy Hollow and other stories, Washington Irving)

From the soul is when you write the best stories, because it allows you to unleash creativity and authentic emotions.

57. If you want to know what a man is like, look how he treats his inferiors, not his peers (Harry Potter and the Chalice, J.K. Rowling's Fire)

Our behaviors are a reflection of who we are. They are the reflection of our thoughts.

58. All endings are also beginnings. We just do not know at the time (The five people you'll meet in heaven, Mitch Albom)

When something is over, it's an opportunity to start something new . One more opportunity to be happy.

59. The wands are as powerful as the witches who use them. Some witches like to boast that they are bigger and better than other people (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling)

It is not the wand that does good or evil, but it is the people who use it who decide what to do with it.

60. People find it much simpler to forgive others for being wrong than for being right (The Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling)

A nice phrase by J.K. Rowling about forgiveness. Is it due or not to forgive who has hurt us? Know the answer here.

61. Have you ever fallen in love? It's not horrible? It makes you so vulnerable. Open your chest and open your heart and it means that someone can enter you and undo you (The benevolent, Neil Gaiman)

Closing to love is a great suffering and can cause serious emotional problems . Therefore, we must open up and love.

62. Happiness can be found, even in the darkest times, only if you remember to turn on the light (The Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling)

Even in bad times, you have to turn on the happiness switch so as not to live anchored in suffering .

63. In the afternoon he went to see the movie "The Lord of the Rings", which he had not had time to see before. He thought that orcs, unlike human beings, were simple and uncomplicated creatures (The Girl with the Tattooed Dragon, Stieg Larsson)

Human beings are experts in the art of complicating our lives.

64. It is strange to think that, when one fears something that is going to happen and wants the time to begin to slow down, time usually passes more quickly (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling)

Recreate in the worries is nothing positive . Moreover, thinking negatively can lead to what is known as self-fulfilling prophecy.

66. To reflect serenely, very serenely, is better than to make desperate decisions (The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka)

Self-reflection is key to mental and emotional well-being.

  • Therefore, we invite you to read the following article: "Personal Development: 5 reasons for self-reflection"

67. She was so impressed by her enormous tarabiscoteada nakedness that she felt the impulse to step back (One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez)

This is a beautiful extract from the book "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez .

68. It is better to look at the sky than to live there (Breakfast with diamonds, Truman Capote)

The sky is to contemplate it. Living there would mean that our end has arrived.

69. Despite you, me and the world that breaks apart, I love you (Gone with the Wind, Margareth Mitchell)

When love is so intense, there is nothing that can separate you from that special person.

70. Joy sometimes causes a strange effect; oppresses the heart almost as much as pain (The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas)

Surely this phrase from the book of Alexandre Dumas it will make you think and reflect.

71. Walking in a straight line you can not get very far (The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupèry)

If we want to grow, we have to try different ways. In other words, leave the comfort zone.

72. What a treacherous thing to think that a person is more than a person (Paper Towns, John Green)

You have to be humble in this life , because not everyone has the same opportunities.

73. Everyone should be asked what is within their reach (The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupèry)

You do not have to be hard with people . You can not expect more from someone than you can offer.

74. When a woman remarries it is because she detested her first husband. When a man remarries it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs (The Portrait of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde)

An ironic prayer Oscar Wilde that talks about the risk that men take when getting married.

75. Death destroys man: the idea of ​​death saves him (Howards End, E. M. Forster)

Sometimes, thinking about death can help people not to take excessive risks that could end badly.

76. It is true that something is almost always found, if you look at it, but it is not always what you are looking for (El Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien)

Being in motion gives us new opportunities . Although they are not always what we had planned, they may be positive.

77. The supreme joy of life is the conviction that we are loved, loved by ourselves; rather, beloved in spite of us (Les Misérables, Victor Hugo)

It is not easy to love oneself, but sometimes we are our own enemies.

78. No man can think clearly when his fists are closed (George Jean Nathan)

George Jean Nathan contrasts in a very lyrical way reason and feelings. One of the most quoted phrases in the literature.

79. A man who is a teacher in patience is a teacher in everything else (George Savile)

The power of patience and the ability to manage time well, in a wise phrase.

80. Someone who does not believe in miracles is not realistic (David Ben-Gurion)

About the anomalies and inexplicable facts contained in reality.

81. There is no sadder vision than that of a young pessimist (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain refers here to the value associated with youth and the possibility that we despise it.

82. Hope is a good breakfast, but a bad dinner (Francis Bacon)

Hope as something that has a double edge: it is positive when a whole world of possibilities opens before us, but not so much when it is the last resort.

83. Education is the movement from darkness to light (Allan Bloom)

A powerful image to explain what education is.

84. The risk of a bad decision is preferable to the terror of indecision (Maimonides)

This philosopher of the Muslim Cordoba speaks about the negative of the indecision and the paralysis of the analysis.

85. A mind needs a book like a sword needs its sharpening stone (George R. R. Martin)

One of the witty phrases of the writer of fashion in the world of fantasy literature.

86. What is proven once could only be imagined (William Blake)

This quote refers to the perspective with which we should take what seems impossible.

87. Only the educated are free (Epictetus)

Education as an engine of freedom and autonomy.

88. All knowledge is hurtful (Cassandra Clare)

A wise phrase referring to the way in which each new piece of knowledge upsets the foundations of what we thought we knew.

89. Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom (Thomas Jefferson)

For Thomas Jefferson, these two values ​​are closely related.

90. Every society is three meals of chaos (Lenin)

The Soviet politician and revolutionary, on the fragility of the cohesions formed within a country.

91. It is not said I broke down to eat or I broke into a walk. You break to cry or to laugh. I think it's worth it to be shattered by those feelings (Albert Espinosa)

A phrase that emphasizes the human character of crying.

92. Time is what we love the most and also what we use the most (William Penn)

A paradox posed by the English philosopher William Penn. To be aware that life is to know how to make the most of it.

93. Freedom is never given; it is always won (Asa Philip Randolph)

About the effort and sacrifices necessary to gain freedom.

94. Once you have something to do, it's better to do it than to live with fear because of that (Joe Abercrombie)

Another of the writers in vogue in the medieval fantasy world offers us this reflection on the pending accounts.

95. Man is the only creature that refuses to be who he is (Albert Camus)

Albert Camus, in one of his philosophical statements about the struggle that the human being maintains with the creation of a meaning for his existence.

96. Creativity requires that courage be detached from certainties (Erich Fromm)

The father of humanistic psychoanalysis, on the relationship between courage and uncertainty.

97. The best part of beauty is that which no image can express (Francis Bacon)

Francis Bacon, about that part of beauty that can not be shown.

98. Those who do not know history are condemned to repeat it (Edmund Burke)

The conservative philosopher Edmund Burke, on the need to know the past.

99. Nothing is so incredible that oratory can not transform it into an acceptable one (Cicero)

Cicero talks about the power of well-designed discourses.

100. A small spark can ignite a flame (Dante)

A wise phrase in which we glimpse, through a poetic image, unsuspected ways in which very important and significant phenomena can appear.


50 COMMON ENGLISH PHRASES (May 2021).


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