21 Quotes From Books That Are Better Than The Movie

“A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.”

– Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

No offense to the directors, writers, actors, and all who produce movies, but, what can we say? We’re book people.

Some of our favorite books have been made into movies, and while we love watching them, they just don’t compare. Here are some lines from our favorite books that have been adapted for the big screen.

"Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book."

 – John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“When I was your age, television was called books.”

– William Goldman, The Princess Bride 

“Buy the ticket, take the ride.”

– Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”

 – George Orwell, 1984

"He would write it for the reason he felt that all great literature, fiction and nonfiction, was written: truth comes out, in the end it always comes out."

 – Stephen King, The Shining

“The world was hers for the reading.”

 – Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

"I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right."

 – Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”

– J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

“The compelling thing about making art - or making anything, I suppose - is the moment when the vaporous, insubstantial idea becomes a solid there, a thing, a substance in a world of substances.”

– Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife

“Write about what disturbs you, particularly if it bothers no one else.”

 – Kathryn Stockett, The Help

"In the English language there are orphans and widows, but there is no word for the parents who lose a child."

 – Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

“Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

 – Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

“It's strange because sometimes, I read a book, and I think I am the people in the book.”

 – Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”

 – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

“Maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren't so different. We saw the same sunset.”

 – S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders

“I would always rather be happy than dignified.”

 – Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

“It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.”

– E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web 

"I like good strong words that mean something."

– Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”

– Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”

 – L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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