21 of our favourite book quotes to motivate and inspire you

  • From Toni Morrison to Margaret Atwood and Roald Dahl, these words will help you when times are at their toughest
  • While online learning may be familiar by now, it doesn't make the situation any less challenging
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Start the new school year with these quotes that will inspire you to be your best self!

It’s been something of a challenging year, and while going back to school online may feel familiar by now, that doesn’t mean it will necessarily be easy.

But we do believe you’ve got this, and can continue to be your brightest, best self. Here are 21 of our favourite quotes from books to inspire and motivate you, even when times are at their toughest.

You are your best thing.
Beloved, Toni Morrison

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.
Les Miserables, Victor Hugo

Inspirational movie quotes that motivate us to live our best lives

It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.  
Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen

It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting. 
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.  
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest. Except when you don’t. Because, sometimes, you won’t. I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.
Oh the Places You’ll Go, Dr Seuss

We know this is a tough time right now, but you've got this!

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.
David Copperfield, Charles Dickens

Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.
Wonder, R. J. Palacio

When people talk listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen.  
Across the River and into the Trees, Ernest Hemingway

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Oh, it’s delightful to have ambitions. I’m so glad I have such a lot. And there never seems to be any end to them – that’s the best of it. Just as soon as you attain to one ambition you see another one glittering higher up  still.  
Anne of Green Gables, L. M. Montgomery

If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.  
The Twits, Roald Dahl

It was all very well to be ambitious, but ambition should not kill the nice qualities  in you.  
Ballet Shoes, Noel Streatfeild

So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.
The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster

We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.
Mansfield Park, Jane Austen

Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

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And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.
East of Eden, John Steinbeck

She decided long ago that life was a long journey. She would be strong, and she would be weak, and both would be okay.  
Furthermore, Tahereh Mafi

Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.  
Matilda, Roald Dahl

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship. 
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

You can’t help what you feel but you can help how you behave.
The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood