We all like a good book. Even more so, a book that leaves something resonating in your mind after that book is closed. A piece of literary memorabilia if you will. That not only reminds you of the author and the titie, but the writer’s purpose. There are many, but here are some of my favorites…

Invisible Man

Author: Ralph Ellison
Year: 1952
“Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.”

On The Road

Author: Jack Kerouac
Year: 1957
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”

The Handmaid’s Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood
Year: 1985
“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.”

The Time Machine

Author: H.G. Wells
Year: 1895
“It sounds plausible enough tonight, but wait until tomorrow. Wait for the common sense of the morning.”

Anna Karenina

Author: Leo Tolstoy
Year: 1877
“It’s much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it.”

Jane Eyre

Author: Charlotte Brontë
Year: 1847
“Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.”

The Road

Author: Cormac McCarthy
Year: 2006
“You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget.”

A Room With A View

Author: E.M. Forster
Year: 1908
“We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand, and it is no good moving from place to place to save things; because the shadow always follows. Choose a place where you won’t do harm – yes, choose a place where you won’t do very much harm, and stand in it for all you are worth, facing the sunshine.”


Author: James Joyce
Year: 1922
“History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.”

The Picture Of Dorian Gray

Author: Oscar Wilde
Year: 1890
“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

The Children Of Men

Author: P.D. James
Year: 1992
“We can experience nothing but the present moment, live in no other second of time, and to understand this is as close as we can get to eternal life.”

In A Free State

Author: V.S. Naipaul
Year: 1971
“The only lies for which we are truly punished are those we tell ourselves.”

Do you have a favorite quote from one of your favorite books? If you do please we’d liked to hear.

Until next week…Blessings and Peace.

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