In the realm of literature, certain stories transcend the boundaries of imagination and touch upon the deepest aspects of the human experience. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig is an extraordinary book, one such literary gem that invites readers into a world where the line between reality and possibility blurs. Through its poignant narrative, this captivating work explores the profound themes of regret, choice, and the infinite potential hidden within the human spirit. Seamlessly blending elements of magical realism with introspective storytelling, “The Midnight Library” stands as a testament to Haig’s mastery in weaving a thought-provoking tale that resonates long after the final page is turned.

Quotes from The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

The only way to learn is to live.

Never underestimate the big importance of small things.

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.

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.

We only know what we perceive. Everything we experience is ultimately just our perception of it.

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

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

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 forever

She realized that you could be as honest as possible in life, but people only see the truth if it is close enough to their reality.

Happy moments can turn into pain, given time.

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.

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

Love and laughter and fear and pain are universal currencies.

Where there were books, there was always the temptation to open them.

To be part of nature was to be part of the will to live.

There is no rejection, there is only redirection.

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.

One life of sadness was enough. What is the point of risking more?

We only know what we perceive.  Everything we perceive is ultimately just our perception of it. 

Doing one thing differently is often the same as doing everything differently.

You don’t go to death. Death comes to you.

In chess, as in life, possibility is the basis of everything. Every hope, every dream, every regret, every moment of living.

The universe tended towards chaos and entropy. That was basic thermodynamics. Maybe it was basic existence too.

In the face of death, life seemed more attractive.

If your life isn’t working You have to ask why.

Endorse it. Love it. Work hard at it. And don’t give a second thought when people mock it or ridicule it.

I am saying that the thing that looks the most ordinary might end up being the thing that leads you to victory.

The quiet made her realize how much noise there was elsewhere in the world.

Maybe there are no easy paths. There are just paths.

What sometimes feels like a trap is actually just a trick of the mind.

Pressure makes us, though. You start off as coal and the pressure makes you a diamond.

You will never live if you’re looking for the meaning of life.

But there is no life where you can be in a state of sheer happiness forever.

Loneliness was a fundamental part of being a human in an essentially meaningless universe.


The Midnight Library is a thought-provoking and emotionally resonant novel that explores the complexities of regret, choice, and the value of life. Matt Haig’s vivid and evocative writing draws readers in and invites them to imagine what might have been. Through the character of Nora Seed, Haig delivers a powerful message about the importance of embracing the present and taking control of our lives. The book is a reminder that no matter how many wrong turns we may have taken, there is always the possibility of a new path, and that every life is filled with meaning and purpose. The Midnight Library is a must-read for anyone seeking a heartfelt and uplifting story that will stay with them long after the final page.