As a person who loves good and meaningful quotes, I want to, yet again, share some of my favourite quotes from the books I have read this year. I definitely have more than twenty-two, but I will be sharing my top favourites with you.
Let us look at my 22 favourite quotes of 2022!
“When you fall in love with the process rather than the product, you don’t have to wait to give yourself permission to be happy. You can be satisfied anytime your system is running.”—Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
“In the future . . . if by some miracle you ever find yourself in the position to fall in love again . . . fall in love with me.” He presses his lips against my forehead. “You’re still my favorite person, Lily. Always will be.”—It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Life was a choice. You get to choose how you handle things. You get to choose how you deal with those things. You get to choose if a rose is beautiful or if its thorns are a menace to your fingers.—Luna and the Lie by Mariana Zapata
I had so much time to listen. To look. To study people and places and possibilities. All I had to do was open my eyes. All I had to do was open a book—to see the stories bleeding from page to page. To see the memories etched onto paper. I spent my life folded between the pages of books. In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.—Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Loneliness is a strange sort of thing. It creeps up on you, quiet and still, sits by your side in the dark, strokes your hair as you sleep. It wraps itself around your bones, squeezing so tight you almost can’t breathe. It leaves lies in your heart, lies next to you at night, leaches the light out from every corner. It’s a constant companion, clasping your hand only to yank you down when you’re struggling to stand up. You wake up in the morning and wonder who you are. You fail to fall asleep at night and tremble in your skin. You doubt you doubt you doubt do I don’t I should I why won’t I And even when you’re ready to let go. When you’re ready to break free. When you’re ready to be brand-new. Loneliness is an old friend standing beside you in the mirror, looking you in the eye, challenging you to live your life without it. You can’t find the words to fight yourself, to fight the words screaming that you’re not enough never enough never ever enough. Loneliness is a bitter, wretched companion. Sometimes it just won’t let go.—Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
If more people with compassion chose to see the ugly and not turn a blind eye, maybe this world would be a better place.—The Pawn and the Puppet by Brandi Elise Szeker
Death comes for the roses and the apples, it comes for the mice and the birds. It comes for us all. Why should death stop us from living?—Gallant by V.E. Schwab
That’s the thing about women. There’s no good way to be one. Wear your emotions on your sleeve and you’re hysterical. Keep them tucked away where your boyfriend doesn’t have to tend to them and you’re a heartless bitch.—Book Lovers by Emily Henry
“That’s life. You’re always making decisions, taking paths that lead you away from the rest before you can see where they end. Maybe that’s why we as a species love stories so much. All those chances for do-overs, opportunities to live the lives we’ll never have.”—Book Lovers by Emily Henry
“For anyone who wants it all,” she begins, “may you find something that is more than enough.”—Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Where her books were, she was.—Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
People might be dismissive of someone obsessed with mystery stories, as if the line between fiction and reality was so distinct. They didn’t know, perhaps, that Sherlock Holmes was based on a real man, Dr. Joseph Bell, and that the methods Arthur Conan Doyle created for his fictional detective inspired generations of real-world detectives. Did they know that Arthur Conan Doyle went on to investigate mysteries in his real life and even absolved a man of a crime for which he had been convicted? Did they know how Agatha Christie brilliantly staged her own disappearance in order to exact an elegant revenge on a cheating husband? They probably did not.—Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Anxiety and excitement are cousins; they can be mistaken for each other at points. They have many features in common—the bubbling, carbonated feel of the emotion, the speed, the wide eyes and racing heart. But where excitement tends to take you up, into the higher, brighter levels of feeling, anxiety pulls you down, making you feel like you have to grip the earth to keep from sliding off as it turns.—The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
When things are bad, give yourself a point for everything.—The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
“All the money, all the power—none of it compares to a good book. A book gives you everything. It gives you a window into other souls, other worlds. The world is a door. Books are the key.”—The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
“With mysteries,” she said, “with crime, you get all this information—everything matters. The location. The time. The weather. The building. The ground. Every single thing that floats by. Every object in the room. Everything everyone says. It’s a lot of stuff. And you have to look at it all and find the pattern, find the thing that stands out, figure out the thing that means something. Is there a piece of thread stuck in the fence? Did someone hear a noise? Is there a fingerprint under the table? And there could be thousands of fingerprints—so which one means something? You take everything in the world and you figure out what matters. That’s what it is. And then you make things right.”—The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
“All great lives should have at least one grand mystery, Avery. I won’t apologise for being yours. […] So here we are, Avery Kylie Grambs. The little girl with the funny little name. A skeleton key for so many little locks. […] You may be tested by the flames, but you need not burn. […] You’re young. You’re female. You’re nobody—use that. […] Let your anger light a fire that the world will never extinguish.”—The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
“I know that secrets can eat you alive, and the truth can break your heart, and sometimes, it’s hard to know which is worse.” […] “I know that you can have the best intentions and still get the worst results.”—Nothing More to Tell by Karen M. McManus
She wasn’t thinking about last words, she was thinking about all the words, all the memories. It was love; thorny and complicated and sad and happy. But it was a red feeling too.—Five Survive by Holly Jackson
“What am I going to do with you?” “Love me forever?” My mouth moves on its own. “Careful, or I just might.”—A Duel with the Vampire Lord by Elise Kova
Everything is a lesson, every moment is an opportunity to learn.—Lovelight Farms by B.K. Borison
“I’m going to love her in all the quiet ways, the slow ways, the loud and obnoxious ways.”—Lovelight Farms by B.K. Borison
What is your favourite book quote of 2022?
Keep reading, stay safe and never stop telling stories.