Great Quotes By Great Authors

Just some quotes I picked here and there that have some deep meaning to them. Note: not all quotes are from books. Some were taken from journals, diaries, and interviews.


In lieu of the movie recently coming out, I chose this famous last line from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”. Is it possible to repeat the past?


Another quote that discusses the past, a common theme among some of the quotes.


Shakespeare..need I say more?


Gotta love Mr. Wordsworth. A remarkable poet who shares his meaning of expression through the written word.


One of the original great authors in history, if I do say so myself.


I had to throw in a good ol’ Harry Potter quote from the master himself, Albus Dumbledore. J.K. Rowling never ceased to amaze her readers through the wisdom of Hogwarts’ finest headmaster.


Another Fitzgerald quote here. He says it best when declaring in not so many words “live life to the fullest”


This great quote from Ernest Hemingway’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls” (1940) is powerful enough to be placed here, because our actions and life choices do in fact dictate the outcome of tomorrow.


A leader in the transcendentalist movement, Henry David Thoreau gave us this quote as a means to discover ourselves within the seclusion of our own minds.


While this Tolstoy quote is definitely an eye opener, I chose this particular representation of it purely for it’s presentation… Though I’m not one of them..Science-y people unite!


Tell the’s plain and simple..or so C.S. Lewis says.


The author of “the Call of the Wild” and “White Fang” is at it again! GO BEAT THAT INSPIRATION OUT OF YOU!


James Joyce..originating the phrase “we learn from our mistakes”.


Jane Austen, one of the greatest female writers ever (don’t worry I have two others following). Nothing is strange when we give it a look. Ideas, things, concepts, all are actually reasonable, you just need to ask yourself “why?”


Harper Lee..To Kill A Mockingbird is an absolute favorite of mine. Though she wrote during times when there was segregation, this quote holds true today when looking at issues we face in the 21st century.


Samuel Clemens..I’m sorry, Mark Twain is the one who is telling you that you’ll regret not doing things..not me. But hey, can you blame him?


I love Emily Dickinson. Such powerful words did indeed come from a not-so-talkative poet, and that is why she is regarded as one of the greats in the field.


John Steinbeck wrote some intriguing things in his time, but all of his quotes really are him just flat-out speaking his mind.


Dostoevsky was definitely a guy not to be trifled with..okay so maybe I made that stuff up but what I do know is true is he does not fear looking at the worst of things and coming to terms with them.


This is the doing of William Blake. While I won’t go into discussing the meaning of this, I will point out three interesting facts.
1. this poem influenced aforementioned author Aldous Huxley’s book “The Doors of Perception”.
2. this poem influenced aforementioned author C.S. Lewis’ book “The Great Divorce” taken from a different line.
3. It also helped inspire the name for the rock band, “The Doors”.


Edgar Allan Poe, perhaps one of the most brilliant poetic minds, and certainly the most chilling reminds us that strangeness is beauty…in a roundabout way.


I know that a lot of people don’t like J.D. Salinger or “The Catcher in the Rye” because Holden Caulfield is a whiny baby but you gotta admit, this is the truth. There are some things better kept to yourself.


Charles Dickens wants us to all feel love. Don’t think “it was the best of times. it was the worst of times”..just think it was…and still is..the best of times!


Beautiful. That is how I just describe the words and language of J.R.R. Tolkien. The work he did in “The Lord of the Rings” was remarkable and is beloved of adults and children today whether in book or movie form, and though it says it above, I’ll leave you with it again, “Not all those who wander are lost”.

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