And so, the first year of a new decade slowly comes to an end. Despite everything that happened this year, I have read quite a lot of amazing books and also found a few all-time favourite quotes.

I am the type of person who instantly falls in love with a sentence whenever I relate to it in a way, or am just obsessed with the beautiful writing, and then, I would live with it in my mind for a long time. My favourites change all the time but after going through a few I marked in each book, I chose the following list of quotes that have found a way deep inside my heart.

So, without further ado, let us look at my 20 favourite books quotes of 2020!

I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.

—The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller

Through love, all is possible.

—House of Earth and Blood, by Sarah J. Maas

To wish was to hope, and to hope was to expect.

—Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen

Not all stories speak to all listeners, but all listeners can find a story that does, somewhere, sometime. In one form or another. 

—The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern

To save one is to save the world.

—The Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather Morris

Often, I feel overwhelmed by this sinking feeling in my heart that I will never be enough.

—Evidence of the Affair, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Come home and shout at me. Come home and fight with me. Come home and break my heart, if you must.

—The Queen of Nothing, by Holly Black

I know better than to take life directions from someone without a moral compass.

—My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.

—Becoming, by Michelle Obama

I didn’t believe it was possible to hide a woman’s beauty. I thought women were gorgeous no matter what they wore, and I didn’t think they owed anyone an explanation for their sartorial choices. Different women felt comfortable in different outfits. They were all beautiful.

—A Very Large Expanse of Sea, by Tahereh Mafi

Sometimes finding the way is tricky, but you always do. As long as you don’t give up.

—Spin the Dawn, by Elizabeth Lim

You are like a living rose among wax flowers. We may last forever, but you bloom brighter and smell sweeter, and draw blood with your thorns.

—An Enchantment of Ravens, by Margaret Rogerson

Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.

—The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the stars.

—Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer

Every voice raised against racism chips away at its power. We can’t afford to stay silent.

—Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, by Reni Eddo-Lodge

“Learn from your past and be better because of your past,” she would say, “but don’t cry about your past. Life is full of pain. Let the pain sharpen you, but don’t hold on to it. Don’t be bitter.”

—Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah

‘Because,’ she said, ‘when you’re scared but you still do it anyway, that’s brave.’

—Coraline, by Neil Gaiman

What she needs are stories. Stories are a way to preserve one’s self. To be remembered. And to forget. Stories come in so many forms: in charcoal, and in song, in paintings, poems, films. And books. Books, she has found, are a way to live a thousand lives—or to find strength in a very long one.

—The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, by V.E. Schwab

She wished she could fill herself up like this. She wished she could press mounds of rich soil into the gaps of her heart, occupying the space until flowers could take root and grow roses.

—These Violent Delights, by Chloe Gong

Once upon a time, all of us, no matter what we’ve grown up to do or who we’ve grown up to be, were little boys and girls, happy with nothing more than bouncing a ball against a wall.

—The Toymakers, by Robert Dinsdale

Keep reading and never stop telling stories.

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