28 Best Quotes From The Midnight Library

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Dive into the best quotes from Matt Haig’s bestselling novel The Midnight Library

If you’re a fan of heartwarming and soul-stirring quotes, you’re in for a treat! 

This blog post is all about the best lines from the world of The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, a novel that has captured the hearts of readers around the world. 

These words of wisdom and insight have the power to inspire, uplift, and perhaps even change your perspective on life itself. 

So, whether you’ve already read The Midnight Library. or are just curious to discover its hidden treasures,  dive right in to read some of the most engaging and thought-provoking quotes from the book.

The Midnight Library Summary

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality.

One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.


The Midnight Library Best Quotes

It is easy to mourn the lives we aren’t living.

The only way to learn is to live. 

If you aim to be something you are not, you will always fail. Aim to be you. Aim to look and act and think like you. Aim to be the truest version of you. Embrace that you-ness. Endorse it. Love it. Work hard at it. And don’t give a second thought when people mock it or ridicule it. Most gossip is envy in disguise. 

Never underestimate the big importance of small things.

We only need to be one person.

A person was like a city. You couldn’t let a few less desirable parts put you off the whole. There may be bits you don’t like, a few dodgy side streets and suburbs, but the good stuff makes it worthwhile.

It is not difficult to see yourself through the lens of other people, and to wish you were all the different kaleidoscopic versions of you they wanted you to be

It’s the regret that makes us shrivel and wither and feel like our own and other people’s worst enemy.

We only know what we perceive. Everything we experience is ultimately just our perception of it. It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

You don’t have to understand life. You just have to live it. 

You’re overthinking it. I have anxiety. I have no other type of thinking available.

And that sadness is intrinsically part of the fabric of happiness. You can’t have one without the other.

Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices… Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets? 

Sometimes just to say your own truth out loud is enough to find others like you. 

We don’t have to have tried every variety of grape from every vineyard to know the pleasure of wine. We just have to close our eyes and savour the taste of the drink in front of us and listen to the song as it plays.

You see, doing one thing differently is very often the same as doing everything differently. 

Love and laughter and fear and pain are universal currencies.

All you need to do is find a way to keep moving forward. One square after another. And you can get to the other side and unlock all kinds of power.

It is quite a revelation to discover that the place you wanted to escape to is the exact same place you escaped from.

The thing that looks the most ordinary might end up being the thing that leads you to victory.

Regrets don’t leave. They weren’t mosquito bites. They itch for ever.

The lonely mind in the busy city yearns for connection because it thinks human-to-human connection is the point of everything.

When you stay too long in a place, you forget just how big an expanse the world is.

Librarians have knowledge. They guide you to the right books. The right worlds. They find the best places. Like soul-enhanced search engines. 

To be human was to continually dumb the world down into an understandable story that keeps things simple.

You can have everything and feel nothing.

Regrets ignore chronology. They float around

Why want another universe if this one has dogs?

We only need to feel one existence. 

There you have the best quotes from The Midnight Library.

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