What are your favorite lines from literature?

Holly Viers • Oct 30, 2017 at 7:30 PM

One of my favorite parts of reading is coming across extraordinary lines that stick with you long after the book has been closed.

So for this month’s column, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite lines — in no particular order — from books I’ve read over the years. Check out my list below.

“There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you'd better learn the sound of it. Otherwise you'll never understand what it's saying.” – “Just Listen” by Sarah Dessen

“He's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” – “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Brontë

“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” – “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” by J.K. Rowling

“Closing my eyes doesn't help. Fire burns brighter in the darkness.” – “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins

“You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world ... but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.” – “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

“No measure of time with you will be long enough, but we'll start with forever.” – “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” by Stephenie Meyer

“There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for.” – “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” by J.R.R. Tolkien

“If we'd never met, I think I would have known my life wasn't complete. And I would have wandered the world in search of you, even if I didn't know who I was looking for.” – “The Longest Ride” by Nicholas Sparks

“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” – “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen

“Maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren't so different. We saw the same sunset.” – “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton

“Becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.” – “Divergent” by Veronica Roth

“No story has power, nor will it last, unless we feel in ourselves that it is true and true of us.” – “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck

What are some of your favorite lines from books you’ve read? Email them to me at [email protected] I’d love to see them!

Holly Viers is a general assignment reporter for the Kingsport Times-News.

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