34 Inspirational Book Quotes That Will Motivate You

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Books have the power to change lives and make a difference, whether that’s motivating someone to achieve their goals or transforming their outlook on life. With that in mind, I curated an epic list of some of the most inspirational quotes from books.

If you’re lacking in the motivation department, you should check out these motivational quotes that will help you overcome obstacles.

Motivational Quotes to Help You Conquer Life’s Challenges 

“My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name’s Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.” ― Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” ― Coraline by Neil Gaiman

“Failure doesn’t define you. It’s what you do after you fail that determines whether you are a leader or a waste of perfectly good air.” ― A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.” ― Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

“It’s always the fear of looking stupid that stops you from being awesome.” ― The Selection by Kiera Cass

“What no one tells you is that the road to accomplishing your goals isn’t a straight line; it looks more like a corn maze. You stopped, you went, you backed up, and took a few wrong turns along the way, but the important thing you had to remember was that there was an exit. Somewhere.” ― The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

“Fear can be good, Laia. It can keep you alive. But don’t let it control you. Don’t let it sow doubts within you. When the fear takes over, use the only thing more powerful, more indestructible to fight it: your spirit. Your heart.” An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

“THEY SAY THE FIRST STEP is the hardest. But it’s really the third—when you’re too far in to turn back and not far enough to completely commit.” ― Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

“Sometimes the words that are left unspoken are the ones that most needed to be said.” ― Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland

“No. I can survive well enough on my own— if given the proper reading material.” ― Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Inspirational Quotes to Empower You 

“You are who you are in life, and you either live that time trying to bend yourself to make other people happy, or… you don’t.” ― From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

“If it means something, take it to heart. If it means nothing, it’s nothing. Let it go.” ― The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

“Life was all about choices. You chose what to make out of what you had. And I wasn’t going to let it make me its bitch. I could be a mature adult who knew her limits. I could be a good person. Maybe not all the time, but enough.” The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

“You can only find true happiness within yourself, not inside of other people, no matter how much you care about them. Make yourself happy, and the rest will come. I promise.” ― Hate Notes by Vi Keeland

“There are two kinds of guilt. The kind that’s a burden and the kind that gives you purpose. Let your guilt be your fuel. Let it remind you of who you want to be. Draw a line in your mind. Never cross it again. You have a soul. It’s damaged but it’s there. Don’t let them take it from you.” ― An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.” ― A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

“Push your boundaries, that’s what they’re there for.” ― Slammed by Colleen Hoover

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” ― Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr Seuss

“Don’t take life too seriously. Punch it in the face when it needs a good hit. Laugh at it.” ― Slammed by Colleen Hoover

“You can’t expect a relationship to succeed based on the love you felt at the beginning. It succeeds because you continue to build on it until the end.” ― Written in the Scars by Adriana Locke

Motivational Quotes for Seizing the Day 

“We might not have months or years, but we have moments. Thousands upon thousands of them. Let’s take each moment, seize it and wring it dry.” ― Full Tilt by Emma Scott

“When you spend too much time looking back and trying to figure out what went wrong, you’re missing out on moving forward.” ― Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland   inspirational quotes from books

“Don’t focus on the what ifs. Focus on what is.” ― Bossman by Vi Keeland

“Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after. Such moments are tests of courage, of strength.” ― An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

“Don’t be afraid to get hurt. It’s far better than never experiencing anything earth-shattering. Even temporary joy is better than nothing at all.” ― Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland

“We try so hard to hide everything we’re really feeling from those who probably need to know our true feelings the most.” ― Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

“The best things in life don’t come easy, but those things are the ones worth the sacrifice.” ― Sacrifice by Adriana Locke

“I’m starting to understand that you can always make time for the things that matter.” ―The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

Inspirational Quotes to Help You Overcome Failure

“All humans make mistakes. What determines a person’s character aren’t the mistakes we make. It’s how we take those mistakes and turn them into lessons rather than excuses.” ― It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover   inspirational quotes from books

“When life knocks you down, stop and look around for one thing that’s good, because there is always something. Then cling to that good.” ― The Baller by Vi Keeland

“There are times when you just need to acknowledge the shit … You just need to acknowledge it. Face the shit … Accept the truth in it. Own it, wallow in it, become one with the shit.” ― Making Faces by Amy Harmon   inspirational quotes from books

“Sometimes in life, we need a few bad days in order to keep the good ones in perspective.” ― Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

“When something is broken into too many pieces, you can’t stare at them and try to glue them back together; sometimes you just have to sweep up the pieces and buy something else.” ― Kulti by Mariana Zapata

“When one door closes, another one opens. I might just have to do a little breaking and entering to get the right one for me.” ― Kulti by Mariana Zapata