What’s the Most Beautiful Thing You Have Ever Read?


what are the greatest passages in literature

I’m sure no one is surprised to see a post about beautiful words. If there is one thing this blog is really, truly about, it’s about rich words. So naturally, when this thread stumbled into my life so many moons ago, I began to think about my favorite words. After all, I do so much reading, I knew there must be many blocks of text in this world that had forever changed my consciousness as soon as they graced my eyes.

Well, it turns out I do have a lot of favorite quotes. Over the past 8 months I have been carefully curating some of my favorite literary excerpts to share. These little bits from the glorious chasm of the world’s library have added just a little zest to my heart and pricked my eyes like sting of a raw onion. So here you go, a collection of joy and tears is my little gift to you today. Here are some of the most painfully beautiful moments I have ever seen in literature. Please, I do beg of you, share your own below in the comments.

The Great Gatsby Favorite Quote

“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their
whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald,

The Great Gatsby  

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the
trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar
conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald,

The Great Gatsby

“Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the
same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to
adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find
the spaces between fences. I was a child, which meant that I knew a
dozen different ways of getting out of our property and into the lane,
ways that would not involve walking down our drive.”

Neil Gaiman,

The Ocean at the End of the Lane 

the color purple best quote

“Listen, God love everything you love – and a mess of stuff you don’t. But more than anything else, God love admiration.

You saying God vain? I ast.

she say. Not vain, just wanting to share a good thing. I think it
pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and
don’t notice it.

What it do when it pissed off? I ast.

it make something else. People think pleasing God is all God care
about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to
please us back.”

Alice Walker,

The Color Purple 

“If you’ve been up all night and cried till you have no more tears left
in you – you will know that there comes in the end a sort of quietness.
You feel as if nothing was ever going to happen again.”

C.S. Lewis,

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

“Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.”

A.A. Milne,



“Never love a wild thing, Mr. Bell,’ Holly advised him. ‘That was Doc’s
mistake. He was always lugging home wild things. A hawk with a hurt
wing. One time it was a full-grown bobcat with a broken leg. But you
can’t give your heart to a wild thing: the more you do, the stronger
they get. Until they’re strong enough to run into the woods. Or fly into
a tree. Then a taller tree. Then the sky. That’s how you’ll end up, Mr.
Bell. If you let yourself love a wild thing. You’ll end up looking at
the sky.”

Truman Capote,

Breakfast at Tiffany’s 

“The answer is good things only happen to you if you’re good. Good?
Honest is more what I mean… Be anything but a coward, a pretender, an
emotional crook, a whore: I’d rather have cancer than a dishonest

Truman Capote,

Breakfast at Tiffany’s 

“Dear God,” she prayed, “let me be something every minute of every hour
of my life. Let me be gay; let me be sad. Let me be cold; let me be
warm. Let me be hungry…have too much to eat. Let me be ragged or well
dressed. Let me be sincere – be deceitful. Let me be truthful; let me be
a liar. Let me be honorable and let me sin. Only let me be something
every blessed minute. And when I sleep, let me dream all the time so
that not one little piece of living is ever lost.”

Betty Smith,

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

kevin powers the yellow bird quote

And finally, one last little block from a stunningly beautiful book that I recently picked up on a whim.

“The war tried to kill us in the spring. As grass greened the plains of Nineveh and the weather warmed, we patrolled the low-slung hills beyond the cities and towns. We moved over them and through the tall grass on faith, kneading paths into the windswept growth like pioneers. While we slept, the war rubbed its thousand ribs against the ground in prayer. When we pressed onward through exhaustion, its eyes were white and open in the dark While we ate, the war fasted, fed by it’s own deprivation. It made love and gave birth and spread through fire.” 
― Kevin PowersThe Yellow Birds

Of course, these are just a few of the most beautiful things in the world, all taken from stories I have personally read and loved. But now, I am curious. What is the most beautiful thing you have ever read?

Stay beautiful,


  • Liz, these quotes are so beautiful. What they say is very true and I can definitely relate. A book that touched me very deeply was Memoirs of a Geisha and The Joy Luck Club. People's stories or what people go through culturally always touches me. Beautiful post 🙂

    • I have been meaning to read Memoirs of a Geisha! I need to make it happen soon. I love any kind of story that shows the raw side of human life.

  • Oh wow, this has really inspired me to pick up a book and read. I don't read enough! So many great lines in the Great Gatsby & I remember reading The Color Purple in high school but I want to read it again. LOVE how you included Breakfast at Tiffany's. Truman Capote is one of my favorite authors.


    • The Color Purple is such a good book that I had a hard time picking only one quote! I would love to reread it as well. Maybe we need like an online book club. 🙂 And I totally agree, Truman Capote is such a good writer. I am hoping to pick up more of his work when I am next at the library.

  • Hi! =)
    Loved the suggestion on your instagram, so I came here to share one of my favourite quotes I've ever read:
    "Do not fall into the error of the artisan who boasts of twenty years experience in his craft while in fact he has had only one year of experience – twenty times. And never resent the advantage of experience your elders have. Recall that they have paid for this experience in the coin of life and have emptied a purse that cannot be refilled."
    Otake-san to Nicholai, in "Shibumi" from Trevanian

    I'll go check the link you left in this post later, it is always good to read some beautiful quotes and find new books to read! Thanks for sharing some of yours! 😉

    See ya!

    • I know I replied on IG, but I just wanted to say that I really appreciate this lovely quote! It's really good life advice. 🙂

    • Glad you like it! ^_^ Thanks again for this nice post idea! =D

  • Such beautiful quotes. such a great post!

  • These are great books, I'll put some into my list though, because they're inspiring.
    Love, Fads

    • They totally are inspiring! I hope you enjoy them!

  • I love this post!! I need to write down quotes that strike me! I couldn't even think of one to share with you! Such a shame! However, that Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane got to me!! Oh my gosh, so beautiful and so true. I find that quotes strike us the most when we need to hear them the most! And I think I needed to hear that one!
    Shannon Sage

    • I am so happy you enjoyed that one! The Ocean at the End of the Lane is one of my favorite books… it's filled with stunningly gorgeous prose. Highly recommended!

  • So many beautiful words! I love all of them. I am not sure if I have THE most beautiful words, but I do have few I do love:
    -Tell me Driss, why do you think people are interested in art?
    -I don't know. It's business?
    -No. That's because it's the only thing one leaves behind. (The Intouchables, 2011)

    "He kill them wi' their love. Wi' their love fo' each other. That's how it is, every day, all over the world." (The Green Mile)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Oh, nice choices. It's a really interesting perspective on art. Almost like you are working to leave a mark on the world.

  • Oh man I love this post! And I love your selections, some of them I've read before and some of them were new. Some of the most beautiful words I've ever read are by the poet Rumi:

    "What you seek is also seeking you"

    "Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing there is a field, I will meet you there"

    "Lovers don't finally meet somewhere, they're in each other all along"

    I have many more but I'll stop before my comment gets obnoxiously long hehe. Thanks for sharing. xx


    • Good choices! Rumi is always full of wise words.

  • Those are some really inspiring quotes! Honestly, some books have such moving words and it's incredible to think that one writer can comfort and inspire just from a line in their book. Even though there are some amazing literary texts out there, my favourite quotes will always be from Winnie-the-Pooh! No shame in that! x


    • No shame at all! There is something oddly heartwarming about Winnie the Pooh, regardless of your age.

  • found your blog through bloglovin. just followed. wow all the quotes have such significant meanings. very inspirational. im really into R.M. Drake on instagram. his posts always blow me away. one of his recent posts was "fear is the devil's greatest illusion". such a powerful statement.

    • Oh, thank you! I you enjoy your stay here! I will have to check out RM Drake because that is a powerful statement indeed!

  • I love curating quotes too! I like underlining, highlighting, and writing them down to never forget them. These are all beautiful and rich!

  • aah this is such a lovely collection! one of my favourite quotes that come to mind is from the book thief (which, shame on me, i still have not yet read);
    Trust me, though, the words were on their way, and when they arrived, Liesel would hold them in her hands like the clouds, and she would wring them out, like the rain.

    safah |oh, how i wander.