My Favourite Lines in Literature

I recently came across an article on BuzzFeed titled "37 of the Most Heartbreakingly Beautiful Lines in Literature" and felt inspired. As a hopeless romantic and huge lover of books, nothing tugs at my heartstrings quite like a powerful quote. For today's post I thought I'd share some of my own personal favourites:

"I had to wonder if men were so blinded by beauty that they would feel privileged to live their lives with an actual demon, so long as it was a beautiful demon." Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden

"It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart." The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

"For people could close their eyes to greatness, to horrors, to beauty, and their ears to melodies or deceiving words. But they couldn't escape scent. For scent was a brother of breath. Together with breath it entered human beings, who couldn't defend themselves against it, not if they wanted to live. And scent entered into their very core, went directly to their hearts, and decided for good and all between affection and contempt, disgust and lust, love and hate. He who ruled scent ruled the hearts of men." Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Patrick Süskind 

"Somehow, something always happens just before things get to the very worst. It is as if Magic did it. If I could only just remember that always. The worse thing never quite comes." A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett 

"She generally gave herself very good advice (although she very seldom followed it)." Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

"When you will not fly into a passion people know you are stronger than they are, because you are strong enough to hold in your rage, and they are not, and they say stupid things they wish they hadn't said afterward. There's nothing so strong as rage, except what makes you hold it in - that's stronger. It's a good thing not to answer your enemies." A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett 

"We are all a great deal luckier than we realise, we usually get what we want - or near enough." Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl

"If you love her," I said, "you'll love somebody else someday." The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

"Would you like an adventure now, or would you like to have your tea first?" Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie

What are some of your favourite lines in literature? I'd love to know x


  1. Such a fab idea for a post, I love Memoir's of Geisha and of Harry Potter is full of great lines!

  2. These are all such wonderful quotes. My favourite must be the very first one, it is so true! xx

    Naya //