50 Literary Quotes to Start Your Day

by , Thursday November 13, 2014
50 Literary Quotes to Start Your Day

Whatever your mood, we’ve got the perfect quotation to wake up to…



Don't worry if you missed your morning coffee this morning, because with these 50 quotes you can start your day right here on Movellas. We've searched some of the greatest books in history to bring you a list of quotes that are perfect for breakfast time. 



1. “Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.”-'The Sandman', Neil Gaiman


2. “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” -'Worstward Ho', Samuel Beckett


3. “Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.” -'The Picture of Dorian Gray', Oscar Wilde


4. "If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself." -'The Lightning Thief', Rick Riordan


5. "You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes." -'Winnie-the-Pooh', A.A. Milne


6. "Maybe everyone can live beyond what they're capable of." -'I Am the Messenger', Markus Zusak


7. “How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ‘em.” -'How Many, How Much', Shel Silverstein


8. "The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it." -'Peter Pan', J.M Barrie


9. "Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes." -'Coningsby', Benjamin Disraeli


10. "I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship." -'Little Women', Louisa May Alcott


11. “Kid, you’ll move mountains” -'Oh, The Places You'll Go', Dr. Seuss


12. "The Sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on." -'The Old Curiosity Shop', Charles Dickens


13. "In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart" -'The Diary of A Young Girl', Anne Frank


14. "Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud."  -'Letter to my Daughter' -Maya Angelou


15. “My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?” -'Cloud Atlas', David Mitchell


16. “It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” - 'The Alchemist', Paulo Coelho


17. “A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.” ―'Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator', Roald Dahl


18. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live” -'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' -J.K Rowling


19. “At times the world may seem an unfriendly and sinister place, but believe that there is much more good in it than bad. All you have to do is look hard enough. and what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may in fact be the first steps of a journey.” -'The End', Lemony Snicket


20. “The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it's as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues.” -'Moving Pictures', Terry Pratchett


21. “Don’t Panic” -'A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy', Douglas Adams


22. "The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. Frown at it, and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly kind companion; and so let all young persons take their choice." -'Vanity Fair', William Makepeace-Thackeray


23. "This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man." -'Hamlet', William Shakespeare


24. "There are times when it is one's duty to assert oneself." -'The Mysterious Affair at Styles', Agatha Christie


25. “Human beings are millions of things in one day.” ―'A Long Way Down', Nick Hornby


26. "Our fearlessness shall be our secret weapon." -'The Fault in Our Stars', John Green


27. “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.” –'To Kil A Mockingbird', Harper Lee


28. "Accept who you are; and revel in it.” -'Tuesdays With Morrie' -Mitch Albom


29. "I would always rather be happy than dignified." -'Jane Eyre', Charlotte Bronte


30. "Come what may, I am bound to think that all things are ordered for the best; though when the good is a furlong off, and we with our beetle eyes can only see three inches, it takes some confidence in general principles to pull us through." -'The Stark Monroe Letters', Arthur Conan Doyle


31. “I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” -'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', Lewis Carroll


32. “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” -'Travels with Charley: In Search of America', John Steinbeck


33. "No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself." -'A Room of One's Own', Virginia Woolf


34. “Live today. Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. Just today. Inhabit your moments. Don’t rent them out to tomorrow. Do you know what you’re doing when you spend a moment wondering how things are going to turn out? You’re cheating yourself out of today. Today is calling to you, trying to get your attention, but you’re stuck on tomorrow, and today trickles away like water down a drain. You wake up the next morning and that today you wasted is gone forever. It’s now yesterday. Some of those moments may have had wonderful things in store for you , but now you’ll never know.” -Stargirl', Jerry Spinelli


35. "You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” -'Everything Is Illuminated', Jonathan Safran Foer


36. "The mystery of life isn’t a problem to solve, but a reality to experience." -'Dune', Frank Herbert


37. "Unexpected intrusions of beauty. That is what life is." -'Herzog', Saul Bellow


38. "Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach." -'The Retur of the King', J.R.R. Tolkien


39. "Hope. Nothing is more intoxicating." -'Inkdeath', Cornelia Funke


40. "The world isn't just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no? And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no? Doesn't that make life a story?” -'Life of Pi' Yann Martel


41. "I’m ALIVE. Thinking about it, noticing it, is new. You do things and don’t watch. Then all of a sudden you look and see what you’re doing and it’s the first time, really." -'Dandelion Wine', Ray Bradbury


42. "May the odds be ever in your favour." -'The Hunger Games', Suzanne Collins


43. "Stop worrying about your identity and concern yourself with the people you care about, ideas that matter to you, beliefs you can stand by, tickets you can run on. Intelligent humans make those choices with their brain and hearts and they make them alone. The world does not deliver meaning to you. You have to make it meaningful." -'On Beauty', Zadie Smith


44. "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." -'The Great Gatsby' F. Scott Fitzgerald


45. "There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor." -'A Christmas Carol', Charles Dickens


46. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” -'Lady Windermere's Fan', Oscar Wilde


47. “And all the colors I am inside have not been invented yet.” -'Colors', Shel Silverstein


48. "Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and fully and well. Experience new things. Love and be loved, if you ever get the chance." -'One Day', David Nicholls


49. “Not all those who wander are lost.” -'The Lord of the Rings', J.R.R Tolkien


50. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” -'The Diary of a Young Girl', Anne Frank


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