Books have an immense power to touch a person. They can make you think, they can make you act and they can transform you. I love words and I love books with overwhelming lines.
Here is a list of the Best Lines from One of the Most Powerful Books You’ve Read. The list being used as a reference with a little calibration my own is Bookriot.com’s ‘The Most Powerful Books You’ve Read’ list.
These are the lines I found most inspiring and worth sharing as the tagline of these book. Read these great books and mark your own favorite ones.
You are also welcomed to comment your own favorite line from your own most powerful books.
1) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee:
- “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
- “I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”
2) The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling:
- “After all this time?”
“Always,” said Snape.
- “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
- “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
3) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak:
- “The only thing worse than a boy who hates you: a boy that loves you.”
- “If only she could be so oblivious again, to feel such love without knowing it, mistaking it for laughter. “
4) 1984 by George Orwell:
- “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”
- “Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.”
5) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green:
- “Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”
- “My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”
- “Some people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them,” I said.
“Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That’s what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.”
6) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck:
- “How can you frighten a man whose hunger is not only in his own cramped stomach but in the wretched bellies of his children? You can’t scare him–he has known a fear beyond every other.”
- “If you’re in trouble, or hurt or need – go to the poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help – the only ones.”
7) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte:
- “I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.”
- “I would always rather be happy than dignified.”
8) Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger:
- “It’s funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they’ll do practically anything you want them to.”
- “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
- “Make sure you marry someone who laughs at the same things you do.”
9) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald:
- “In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”
- “I hope she’ll be a fool — that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”
10) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini:
- “When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness.”
- “And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.”