Every single time we read a book, we go on a new adventure and we owe every journey to our favourite authors.

We learn new things about the world we live in, about people around us and perhaps, most importantly, we rediscover ourselves.

If you love books, you must have inevitably read something that shook you to your very core or has radically changed your perception on life itself. That’s what good books do – they open eyes, new horizons and feed our minds.

The best authors still delight us with stories and truths and for brief periods of time, they release us from the constraints of our own reality. You know a book is great once you get lost in its story, lose track of time and forget about your daily struggles. Oh, and the smell of a new one! It is the smell of knowledge and comfort…

Selecting a few quotes from your favourite authors was no easy task since there are so many brilliant men and women out there that have made history with their masterpieces. However, here are a select few to inspire you to do better in whatever you undertake.

Here are 30 author quotes to inspire you:

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.

HARPER LEE (more Harper Lee quotes)

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY (more Ernest Hemingway quotes)

I was never afraid of failure; for I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest.

JOHN KEATS (more John Keats quotes)

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

HENRY DAVID THOREAU

It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.

OSCAR WILDE

Tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. 

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.

DALE CARNEGIE (more Dale Carnegie quotes)

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.

JANE AUSTEN (more Jane Austen quotes)

If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.

MAYA ANGELOU

Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but — I hope — into a better shape.

CHARLES DICKENS (more Charles Dickens quotes)

If you can feel that staying human is worthwhile, even when it can’t have any result whatever, you’ve beaten them.

GEORGE ORWELL

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.

J. K. ROWLING

Never fear the darkness… The strongest trees are rooted in the dark places of the earth. Darkness will be your cloak, your shield, your mother’s milk. Darkness will make you strong.

GEORGE R.R. MARTIN

Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.

C.S. LEWIS

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

J. R. R. TOLKIEN

Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think ‘I’m not going to make it’, but you laugh inside, remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.

CHARLES BUKOWSKI

You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.

PAULO COELHO

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Just as soon as you attain to one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting.

LUCY MAUD MONTGOMERY (more Lucy Maud Montgomery quotes)

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

MARK TWAIN

The world is not to be put in order. The world is order. It is for us to put ourselves in unison with this order.

HENRY MILLER

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

EDWARD EVERETT HALE

The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT (more Louisa May Alcott quotes)

If one by one we counted people out, for the least sin, it wouldn’t take us long to get so we had no one left to live with. For to be social is to be forgiving.

ROBERT FROST