author quotes


“Stay” is a charming word in a friend’s vocabulary.

Louisa May Alcott

If you can find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.

Maya Angelou

There is a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.

Maya Angelou

Nobody minds having what is too good for them.

Jane Austen

When an opinion is general, it is usually correct.

Jane Austen

Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.

James Baldwin

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.

James Baldwin

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

William Blake

Men judge us by the success of our efforts. God looks at the efforts themselves.

Charlotte Bronte

Look twice before you leap.

Charlotte Bronte

If I could I would always work in silence and obscurity, and let my efforts be known by their results.

Emily Bronte

Reading is important— read between the lines. Don’t swallow everything.

Gwendolyn Brooks

Books succeed, and lives fail.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

A woman’s always younger than a man of equal years.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Where there is great love, there are always wishes.

Willa Cather

Give people a new word and they think they have a new fact.

Willa Cather

Love is blind!

Geoffrey Chaucer

Advice is like snow— the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A word is dead when it is said, some say, I say it just begins to live that day.

Emily Dickinson

Without a struggle, there can be no progress.

Frederick Douglass

A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.

Frederick Douglas

Oh, how with more than dreams the soul is torn, Ere sleep comes down to soothe the weary eyes.

Paul Lawrence Dunbar

Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love.

George Eliot

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot

The ancestor of every action is a thought.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Books are for nothing but to inspire.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is the way the world ends; not with a bang, but a whimper.

T. S. Eliot

The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it.

William Faulkner

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat… F. Scott Fitzgerald

I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.

Earnest Hemingway

In three words I can sum up everything I have learned about life: it goes on.

Robert Frost

Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.

Lorraine Hansberry

The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely.

Lorraine Hansberry

I love sleep. My life has a tendency to fall apart when I am awake, you know?

Ernest Hemingway

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.

Langston Hughes

It is from the blues that all that may be called American music derives its most distinctive characteristics.

James Weldon Johnson

Get busy living, or get busy dying.

Stephen King

Borrow trouble for yourself, if that’s your nature, but don’t lend it to your neighbors.

Rudyard Kipling

The one thing that does not abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.

Harper Lee

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.

Harper Lee

The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.

Jack London

For whatever is truly wondrous and fearful in man, never yet was put into words or books.

Herman Melville

What difference does it make if the thing you are scared of is real or not?

Toni Morrison

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.

George Orwell

Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

George Orwell

I have great faith in fools. My friends call it self-confidence.

Edgar Allen Poe

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.

Edgar Allen Poe

A fool thinks himself wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.

William Shakespeare

This above all: to thine own self be true William Shakespeare

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves.

William Shakespeare

No one wants advice— only corroboration.

John Steinbeck

Ours is not to reason why, ours is but to do or die.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Somebody’s boring me.

I think it’s me.

Dylan Thomas

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.

Henry David Thoreau

Books are thee treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.

Henry David Thoreau

It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.

Mark Twain

If we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.

Edith Wharton

I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.

Walt Whitman

Experience is one thing that you can’t get for nothing.

Oscar Wilde

No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.

Alice Walker

Being happy is not the only happiness.

Alice Walker

A sure way for one to lift himself up is by helping lift someone else.

Booker T. Washington

The impulse to dream was slowly beaten out of me by experience. Now it surged up again and I hungered for books, new ways of looking and seeing.

Richard Wright