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40+ Book-ish Quotes to Boost Your Instagram

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There I was. Stretched out in a pool of sunshine. Working on my tan.  Mom comes along with her mobile Doo-Hickey:

“Smile, Kimber! Sit. Roll over. Lay down. Stay. Say ‘cheese.'”

While the Doo-Hickey is clicking away.

So annoying.

Anyway, Mom says she’s going to “post” the clickey things from her Doo-Hickey. Whatever that means. Then she says:

 “Kimmi, How’re we gonna caption these?”

What “we,” Kimo Sabe?

Well. Mom and I put paw and pen together. Got to work on swiping appropriating 40+ Top Book-ish Captions For Your Instagram. (Not all are strictly bookish. A few strays wandered in looking for a good home.)

Here they are, divided into six basic categories:


  1. “Very few things in this world are certain, but morning is one of them.” – Gregory Maguire, What-the-Dickens
  2. “The world stands aside to let any man pass who knows where he is going.” – Earl Hamner, Jr., Spencer’s Mountain
  3. “The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning.’ – C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle.
  4. “Hope is the thing with feathers.” – Emily Dickenson
  5. “Wishes come true, not free.” – Stephen Sondheim, Into The Wood
  6. “We’re here, and then we’re gone, and it’s not about the time we’re here, but what we do with the time.” ― Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave


  1. “It is always sad when someone leaves home, unless they are simply going around the corner and will return in a few minutes with ice cream sandwiches.” — Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid
  2. “Of course I’m not always full of ginger. Sometimes I’m asleep.” – Mom
  3. “Laughter is the best revenge, although being rich and famous and outliving all your enemies are good ones, too.” – Patrick F. McManus
  4. “You don’t have to live forever. You just have to live.” – Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting
  5. “I would always rather be happy than dignified.”—Charlotte Brontë , Jane Eyre
  6. “Hand over the chocolate and no one gets hurt.” – Mom
  7. “Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief.” – Jane Austen
  8. “Stay gold, Ponyboy.” – S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders
  9. “All children, except one, grow up.” – J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan.
  10. “Oh no, young Skywalker. The ugly is strong in that one.” – S.J. Kincaid, Insignia


  1. “The moving moon went up the sky, And nowhere did abide.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  2. “The ocean glimmered on the horizon, spangled with moonlight.” Mary Downing Hahn, Look For Me By Moonlight.
  3. “It’s a strange word, ‘twilight.’ It makes me think of endings, of things done or left undone, of things over, of evening. But there are two twilights in every day, and one of them does not foretell darkness, but dawn.”― Erin Bow, The Scorpion Rules
  4. “All that is gold does not glitter. Not all those who wander are lost. The old that is strong does not wither. Deep roots are not reached by the frost.” — J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
  5. “Wind’s in the east, there’s a mist coming in, like something is brewin’ and ’bout to begin.” – Mary Poppins (the movie)
  6. “Bravery is a choice that is yours to make. Dont let fear steal your will.” -Erin Summerill, Ever The Hunted

SPRING (for those of us impatiently awaiting winter’s wind down)

  1. “It’s spring fever. … And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” ― Mark Twain
  2. “It was such a spring day as breathes into a man an ineffable yearning, a painful sweetness, a longing that makes him stand motionless, looking at the leaves or grass, and fling out his arms to embrace he knows not what.”― John Galsworthy, The Forsyte Saga
  3. “Spring drew on…and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that Hope traversed them at night, and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.”― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
  4. “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party’!” – Robin Williams.
  5. “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.”—L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
  6. “One more dawn. One more day. One day more!” – Les Miserables (in concert)


  1. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” Walt Disney
  2. “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.”Howard Thurman
  3. “There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction.” Franz Kafka
  4. “You must never feel badly about making mistakes … as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons.”— Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
  5. My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.” — Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
  6. “In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart.” —Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank
  7. “Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”— Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams
  8. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
  9. “It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.”—J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  10. “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a d…” (Well okay. Maybe not that one.)


  • “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu
  • “You don’t love because: you love despite; not for the virtues, but despite the faults.” – William Faulkner
  • “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl
  • “Do I dare / Disturb the universe?”—T. S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
  • “To love another person is to see the face of God.” – Victor Hugo, Les Misérables (in concert)
  • “Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.” — William Goldman, The Princess Bride
  • “Let the wild rumpus start!” – Maurice Sendak, Where The Wild Things Are
The beauty of this thing? Only people who read are likely to get these. Thinking of swipe appropriating a few of these myself. Soon as I figure out that Doo-Hickey.


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