Oscar Wilde once said, “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” This is especially true for the great books that are immortalized in paper and print for countless generations to enjoy.

People fall crazy in love with characters in books, often because they embody an ideal which they fundamentally identify with. When these characters express something particularly moving or thought-provoking, we keep their words in our hearts, and repeat them whenever we get the chance.

Actions speak louder than words, but quotes are without a doubt more repeatable. They’re easily shareable, whether it’s vocally, on a shirt, on your bedroom wall, or even on a quilt. We looked at classic books to find some of the most beloved characters and their thought-provoking quotes that will live forever in print and in our hearts.

15 thought-provoking book quotes by Readers.com

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Did you recognize any of these quotes from the classics? It’s always satisfying to find a book you can thoroughly enjoy and get lost in. And while you may forget lots of minor details in the story, the powerful quotes you discover stick with you. Check out some bifocal glasses or make sure to clean your glasses so you can continue enjoying your favorite books.