The Most Highlighted Quotes in Every Nicholas Sparks Book (You’ll Feel All the Feels)

*The Notebook*

Nicholas Sparks has without a doubt become the master of creating sweeping romance tales that inspire a roller coaster of emotions—and his books and movies have become our pop-culture go-to for quotes about love, life, and star-crossed couples. With the release of The Longest Ride tomorrow, we naturally have Sparks on the mind and were curious to know what quotes and passages stand out the most. Lucky for us, the folks at Kindle were kind enough to do some digging. Here are the top two most highlighted passages on Kindle from each of Sparks’ books. Bookmark this, and you’ll have all the quote inspiration your Tumblr, Pinterest, and Instagram will ever need.

*The Notebook*

Sure, The Notebook has gotten a bit of a sappy-slash-cheesy reputation over the years, but Ryan Gosling? Kissing in the rain? Nothing is sexier.

“If we’d never met, I think I would have known that my life wasn’t complete. And I would have wandered the world in search of you, even if I didn’t know who I was looking for.”

“Trust people,” he would tell me, “until they give you a reason not to. And then never turn your back.”

“Love, after all, always said more about those who felt it than it did about the ones they loved.”

“The past can be escaped only by embracing something better, and he figured that was what she’d done.”

“If conversation was the lyrics, laughter was the music, making time spent together a melody that could be replayed over and over without getting stale.”

“That’s the thing about being the product of happily married parents. You grow up thinking the fairy tale is real, and more than that, you think you’re entitled to live it.”

“My mom used to tell me that whatever you do, marry someone who loves you more than you love him.”

“You always have a choice. It’s just that some people make the wrong one.”

“People come, people go—they’ll drift in and out of your life, almost like characters in a favorite book. When you finally close the cover, the characters have told their story and you start up again with another book, complete with new characters and adventures. Then you find yourself focusing on the new ones, not the ones from the past.”

“Loving someone and having them love you back is the most precious thing in the world.”

“Everyone has a past, but that’s just it—it’s in the past. You can learn from it, but you can’t change it.”

“Because in the end, and no matter how hard it is, acceptance helps people move on with the rest of their lives.”

“Where does a story truly begin? In life, there are seldom clear-cut beginnings, those moments when we can, in looking back, say that everything started. Yet there are moments when fate intersects with our daily lives, setting in motion a sequence of events whose outcome we could never have foreseen.”

“He’s one of those rare men who, when he loves, he does it with all his heart.”

“Sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people.”

“He was a wonderful man. And when a man is that special, you know it sooner than you think possible. You recognize it instinctively, and you’re certain that no matter what happens, there will never be another one like him.”ence when it was easy to be impatient, candor when it was easier to lie, and in their own ways, each recognized the fact that real commitment could be proven only through the passage of time.”

“That in the end, people should be judged by their actions, since in the end, it was actions that defined everyone.”

“And though you may call me a dreamer or fool or any other thing, I believe that anything is possible.”

“My daddy used to tell me that the first time you fall in love, it changes your life forever, and no matter how hard you try, the feelin’ never goes away.”

“But love, I’ve come to understand, is more than three words mumbled before bedtime. Love is sustained by action, a pattern of devotion in the things we do for each other every day.”

“It’s funny, but have you ever noticed that the more special something is, the more people seem to take it for granted? It’s like they think it won’t ever change. Just like this house here. All it ever needed was a little attention, and it would never have ended up like this in the first place.”

 

“Love could be set in motion quickly, but true love needed time to grow into something strong and enduring. Love was, above all, about commitment and dedication and a belief that spending years with a certain person would create something greater than the sum of what the two could accomplish separately.”

“Maturity meant thinking about risk long before you pondered the reward, and that success and happiness in life were as much about avoiding mistakes as making your mark in the world.”

“Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it can. And just when you think it can’t get any better, it will. But as long as you remember that he loves you and you love him—and both of you remember to act that way—you’ll be just fine.”

“Instead, he preferred to believe in a God who bestowed all people with gifts and abilities and placed them in an imperfect world; only then was faith tested, only then could faith be earned.”

“The greater the love, the greater the tragedy when it’s over. Those two elements always go together.”

“Young and old, male or female, pretty much everyone she knew wanted the same things: They wanted to feel peace in their hearts, they wanted a life without turmoil, they wanted to be happy. The difference, Adrienne thought, was that most young people seemed to think that those things lay somewhere in the future, while most older people believed that they lay in the past.”

“Love meant that you care for another person’s happiness more than your own, no matter how painful the choices you face might be.”

“And when her lips met mine, I knew that I could live to be a hundred and visit every country in the world, but nothing would ever compare to that single moment when I first kissed the girl of my dreams and knew that my love would last forever.”

“There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well. So I take the memories as they come, accepting them all, letting them guide me whenever I can.”

“Love is always patient and kind. It is never jealous. Love is never boastful or conceited. It is never rude or selfish. It does not take offense and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people’s sins, but delights in the truth. It is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes.”

“True love is rare, and it’s the only thing that gives life real meaning.”

“Love is love, no matter how old you are, and I knew that if I gave you enough time, you’d come back to me.”

 

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