17 Book Quotes to Brighten Your Day


With all the uncertainty and despair of the present moment—I’m looking at you, coronavirus—our staff gathered some of our favorite quotes from children’s and young adult fiction. In dark times, stories can be a light in the tunnel. They help us spread kindness, encourage empathy, and band together for a better world. So we hope these inspiring words and the authors behind them help brighten your day, if only for a moment. 

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1. “Love is when hearts beat together.” ―Dhonielle Clayton, The Belles
2. “Buttons come and buttons go.” —Eric Litwin, Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons 
3. “Your now is not your forever.”—John Green, Turtles All the Way Down
4. “But it won’t be luck you’ll leave with. Because you’ll have love. You’ll have love, love, love.” ―Matt de la Pena, Love
5. “Little. Don’t ever let someone call your life, your dreams, little. Hear me?” ―Jason Reynolds, Ghost
6. “It’s about any of the words that bring us together and how we can form a home in them.” ―Elizabeth Acevedo, The Poet X
7. “It’s okay not to be okay.” ―Adib Khorram, Darius the Great Is Not Okay
8. “Embrace your strange, dear daughter. Where’s the fun in being normal?” ―Victoria Schwab, City of Ghosts
9. “Laughter is the music of the deep cosmos connecting all human beings that says all the things mere words cannot.” ―David Yoon, Frankly in Love
10. “So long as you fight the darkness, you stand in the light.” ―Sabaa Tahir, A Torch Against the Night
11. “But remember, boy, that a kind act can sometimes be as powerful as a sword.” ―Rick Riordan, The Battle of the Labyrinth
12. “Sometimes terrible things happen, but there’s nothing more terrible than not having anybody to tell it to.” ―Kelly Yang, Front Desk
13. “Have faith in yourself to know what’s right for you. Whatever answer you need, it’s inside you somewhere.” ―Mariko Tamaki, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me
14. “Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.” ―Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
15. “‘We have many opportunities in life to overcome fear and embrace courage,’ said Taiting. ‘Once we seize the first opportunity, it becomes easier to seize the second’.” ―Erin Entrada Kelly, Lalani of the Distant Sea
16. “Booker was right. My life is like a puzzle now, with so many pieces to make sense of and try to fit together. But I have all the pieces now, and every single one belongs to me.” ―Brandy Colbert, The Revolution of Birdie Randolph
17. “Reality told us we would fail. But again and again, we fought. We persevered. We rose.” ―Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Blood and Bone

PRR Writer, Hannah