Favourite Quotes from the Last Books I Read

Hi everyone,

Here’s another installment of my favourite quotes from books that I have read recently (hoping for this to become a regular post!)

Again, thanks to Kristen Kraves Books for the idea!

The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu


“The three factors that seem to have the greatest influence on increasing our happiness are our ability to reframe our situation more positively, our ability to experience gratitude, and our choice to be kind and generous.”

“You show your humanity by how you see yourself not as apart from others but from your connection to others.”

“Courage: “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. I felt fear more times than I can remember, but I hid it behind a mask of boldness. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”



Lady Susan and Other Works by Jane Austen

“I am tired of submitting my will to the caprices of others—of resigning my own judgement in deference to those to whom I owe no duty, and for whom I feel no respect.”

“That woman is a fool indeed who, while insulted by accusation, can be worked on by compliments.”




Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling


“As much money and life as you could want! The two things most human beings would choose above all – the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.”

“There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”



84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

“I love inscriptions on flyleaves and notes in margins, I like the comradely sense of turning pages someone else turned, and reading passages someone long gone has called my attention to.”

“I remember years ago a guy I knew told me that people going to England find exactly what they go looking for.”

“I go through life watching the english language being raped before me face, like miniver cheevy, i was born too late.

and like miniver cheevy i cough and call it fate and go on drinking.”



Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling


“When in doubt, go to the library.”

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

“He missed Hogwarts so much it was like having a constant stomachache. He missed the castle, with its secret passageways and ghosts, his classes, … the mail arriving by owl, eating banquets in the Great Hall, sleeping in his four-poster bed in the tower dormitory, visiting the gamekeeper, Hagrid, in his cabin next to the Forbidden Forest in the grounds, and especially, Quidditch, the most popular sport in the wizarding world”



What are some of your favourite quotes you have read recently?

Love Zoë xx

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