This week is BANNED BOOK WEEK! Banned Book Week celebrates the right to read and celebrates the books that have been challenged to be removed from public access.
Many books on this list are well-known pieces of literature that do what books do best: transport us into a world that we would never otherwise know and offer insight and empathy to that world.
In honour of Banned Book Week we’ve put together a list of our favourite inspirational quotes pulled from our favourite banned books!
Banned Book Inspirational Quotes
“Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
“Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself.” – A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
“And all the books you’ve read have been read by other people. And all the songs you’ve loved have been heard by other people. And that girl that’s pretty to you is pretty to other people. and that if you looked at these facts when you were happy, you would feel great because you are describing ‘unity.” – The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
“The thing is – fear can’t hurt you any more than a dream.” – Lord of the Flies by William Golding
“Don’t let the bastards grind you down.” – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
“Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.” – Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
“I think us here to wonder, myself. To wonder. To ask. And that in wondering bout the big things and asking bout the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident. But you never know nothing more about the big things than you start out with. The more I wonder, the more I love.” – The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
“Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.” – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Bonus: “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
View a full list of banned books here.