20 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences Ever Written In Literature


We asked our community to recommend some of the most beautiful sentences they have ever read. Here are our 20 favourites from the submissions we received:

1. “One must be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
—Cassandra Clare, The Infernal Devices

2.  “I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.”
—Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

3. “It frightened him to think what must have gone to the making of her eyes.”
—Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence

4. “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.”
—L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

5. “There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.”
—Bram Stroker, Dracula

6. “We cross our bridges as we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and the presumption that once our eyes watered.”
—Tom Stoppard, Rosencratz and Guildenstern Are Dead

7. “She was lost in her longing to understand.”
—Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

8. “She was becoming herself and daily casting aside that fictitious self which we assume like a garment with which to appear before the world.”
—Kate Chopin, The Awakening

9. “The pieces I am, she gather them and gave them back to me in all the right order.”
—Toni Morrison, Beloved

10. “In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart.”
—Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank

11. “Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”
—Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

12. “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”
—John Steinbeck, East of Eden

13. “If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving one be me.”
—W. H. Auden, “The More Loving One”

14. “As Estha stirred the thick jam he thought Two Thoughts and the Two Thoughts he thought were these: a) Anything can happen to anyone. and b) It is best to be prepared.”
—Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

15. “The curves of your lips rewrite history.”
—Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

16. “Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.”
—Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

17. “She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.”
—J. D. Salinger, “A Girl I Knew”

18. “It might be that to surrender to happiness was to accept defeat, but it was a defeat better than many victories.”
—W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage

19. “At the still point, there the dance is.”
—T. S. Eliot, “Four Quartets”

20. “Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”
-Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Do you have any other sentences you would suggest? Perhaps something from a book or poem that has stuck with you for a long time? Let us know in the comments!