Literary Quotes to Live By

All my favourite quotes from books:

“Think about it – a little kid who doesn’t want to go home doesn’t have many places he can go. Coffee shops and movie theatres are off-limits. That leaves only libraries, and they’re perfect – no entrance fee, nobody getting all hot and bothered if a kid comes in. You just sit down and read whatever you want.”

“I want you to remember me. If you remember me, then I don’t care if everybody else forgets.”

“Every one of us is losing something precious to us … Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back again. That’s part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads – at least that’s where I imagine it – there’s a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library. And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every once in a while, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases. In other words, you’ll live forever in your own private library.”

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

“Not infrequently it has been beautiful to dream with you.”

“It was a beautiful story. Too bad no one will find out about it.”
“You surely don’t believe you’re the only writer of stories in this world. Sooner or later, someone – a greater liar than Baudolino – will tell it.” – Baudolino by Umberto Eco

“Perhaps, at some point, Yeong-hye had simply let fall the slender thread that had kept her connected with everyday life.” – The Vegetarian by Han Kang

“I wanted her to taste the Boland, the stone and sediment of Helshoogte.” – The Alibi Club by Jaco van Schalkwyk