After reading so many books set in India, I wanted to share some of the most inspiring book quotes I found hidden in these novels. I love highlighting quotes when I’m reading, either with pencil in paperbacks or using the highlight function in the Kindle app; always saving these words for later. I also find that inspiring book quotes often lead me to seek out and read a novel in the first place. The following are 7 inspiring book quotes from Indian authors (and books set in India), starting off with my favorite quote from Jhumpa Lahiri.
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That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.
– Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake
The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.
– Kiran Desai, The Inheritance of Loss
Much of what was said did not matter, and that much of what mattered could not be said.
– Katherine Boo, Behind The Beautiful Forevers
Think of many things. Never place your happiness in one person’s power. Be just to yourself.
– Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy
Love comes like lightning, and disappears the same way. If you are lucky, it strikes you right.
– Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Palace of Illusions
The air was full of Thoughts and Things to Say. But at times like these, only the Small Things are ever said.
– Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
Isolation offered its own form of companionship: the reliable silence of her rooms.
– Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland
Have you read any of these inspiring book quotes before?
Maybe you’ve highlighted some of these too! Are any of them your favorites? Do you have some other inspiring book quotes from Indian authors that I’ve missed? I’m always looking for new quotes and novels and would love to hear about them below!