Everyone likes a good inspirational quote. We like to post them on social media, hang them on our walls, and incorporate them into our conversations. Certain quotes have a way of sticking with us, and we may even rely on them in times of stress or when we need motivation. Some sayings have been around so long, or have been used so frequently, that the origins of where they were first read have been forgotten. Below are a list of famous quotes and the books they are from, so that the next time you hear a well-used quote you can say, “Hey! I know where that came from.”


Lord of the Rings book cover



“Not all those who wander are lost.”

Written by J.R.R. Tolkien for The Lord of the Rings





Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix book cover



“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”

Written by J.K. Rowling for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix





Wuthering Heights book cover



“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

Written by Emily Bronte for Wuthering Heights





 The Perks of Being a Wallflower cover

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

Written by Stephen Chbosky for The Perks of Being a Wallflower






Autumn Leaves book cover



“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”

Written by Andre Gide for Autumn Leaves





Phrynette Married book cover



“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”

Written by Marthe Troly-Curtin for Phrynette Married





Little Women book cover



“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”

Written by Louisa May Alcott for Little Women





Peter Pan book cover



“For to have faith is to have wings.”

Written by J.M. Barrie for Peter Pan





Anne of Green Gables book cover



“Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.”

Written by L.M. Montgomery for Anne of Green Gables




If you find yourself reverting to a favourite saying and you’re not sure of the origin, I encourage you to look it up. You may be surprised!