Literary Quotes

Alcott

  • “…tumbling from one year to another till strengthened by such violent exercises the topsy turvey girl shot up into a tospey turvey woman who now twenty-three years after sits big brown & brave, crying not because she has come into the world but because she must go out of it before she has done half she wants to, & because it’s such hard work to keep sunshiney & cheerful when life looks gloomy & full of troubles…” – Letter to Bronson Alcott (Nov 28 1885)

Anderson

  • “In the mind of each was the same thought. ‘I have come to this lonely place and here is this other,’ was the substance of the thing felt.” – Winesburg Ohio

Austen

  • “You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight and a half years ago. Dare not say that a man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you.” – Persuasion
  • “And sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in but what was worn and hackneyed out of all sense and meaning.” – Sense and Sensibility

de Beauvoir

  • “I had subtle arguments to refute any objection that might be brought against revealed truths; but I didn’t know one that could prove them.” – Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter

Becket

  • “But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not.” – Waiting for Godot

Bei Dao

  • “我不相信天是藍的, 我不相信雷的回聲, 我不相信夢是假的, 我不相信死無報應.” ” –“Answer”

Bronte

  • “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” – Wuthering Heights

Calvino

  • “Who would dare sentence you to the loss of you, a catastrophe as terrible as the loss of the I.” – If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler
  • “Watch out, Reader, here everything is different from what it seems, everything is two faced.” – If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler

Cervantes

  • “I do not comprehend, that merely for being loved, the person that is loved for being handsome is obliged to return love for love.” – Don Quixote

Chabon

  • “She was always threatening rain; he had been born with an umbrella in his hand.” – Moonglow

Chesterton

  • “No man should leave in the universe anything of which he is afraid.” – The Man Who Was Thursday

Coates

  • “And so to challenge the police is to challenge the American people.”– Between the World and Me

Conrad

  • “The horror! The horror!” – Heart of Darkness

Fitzgerald

  • “’Ah,’ she cried, ‘you look so cool.’ Their eyes met, and they stared together at each other, alone in space. With an effort she glanced down at the table. ‘You always look so cool,’ she repeated.” – Great Gatsby

Forster

  • “There’s enough sorrow in the world, isn’t there, without trying to invent it.” – A Room with a View

Garcia Marquez

  • “Because races condemned to one hundred years of solitude did not have a second opportunity on earth.” – One Hundred Years of Solitude

Goldman

  • “And with that, she dared the bravest thing she’d ever done; she looked right into his eyes.” – The Princess Bride
  • “’I love you’ was what it was, but you never heard.’”– The Princess Bride
  • “‘Enough about my beauty.’ Buttercup said. ‘Everybody always talks about how beautiful I am. I’ve got a mind, Westley. Talk about that.’” – The Princess Bride

HD

  • “O to blot out this garden, to forget, to find a new beauty in some terrible wind-tortured place.” – “Sheltered Garden”

Hamid

  • “For his sense of loss was boundless.” – Exit West

Hugo

  • “‘Noel! Noel! Noel!’ shouted the people on all sides.” – Hunchback of Notre Dame

Juster

  • “It seemed a great wonder that the world, which was so large, could sometimes feel so small and empty.” – The Phantom Tollbooth
  • “Why, when you’re fifteen things won’t look at all the way they did when you were ten, and at twenty everything will change again.” – The Phantom Tollbooth
  • “Why, when a housefly flaps his wings, a breeze goes round the world; when a speck of dust falls to the ground, the entire planet weighs a little more; and when you stamp your foot, the earth moves slightly off its course.” – The Phantom Tollbooth
  • “Whenever you learn something new, the whole world becomes that much richer.” – The Phantom Tollbooth

King

  • “Life isn’t a support system for art. It’s the other way around.” – On Writing

Kingston

  • “I bled and thought about the people to be killed; I bled and thought about the people to be born.” – Woman Warrior

Lewis

  • “And men said that the blood of the stars flowed in her veins.” – The Silver Chair
  • “You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you.” – The Silver Chair
  • “I’m on Aslan’s side even if there isn’t any Aslan to lead it.” – The Silver Chair

Lu Xun

  • “But even if we succeed in waking only the few, there is still hope—hope that the iron house may be one day destroyed.” – Preface to Outcry

McCarthy

  • “You think there’ll be a day when the sun won’t rise?” – All The Pretty Horses
  • “He lay in the dark thinking of all the things he did not know about his father and he realized that the father he knew was all the father he would ever know.” – All The Pretty Horses
  • “I knew that courage came with less struggle for some than for others but I believed that anyone who desired it could have it.” – All The Pretty Horses
  • “The closest bonds we will ever know are bonds of grief. The deepest community one of sorrow.” – All The Pretty Horses

Novak

  • “Slow and steady wins the race, till truth and talent claim their place.” – One More Thing
  • “The harm, besides those hours that actually do matter when you barely have one night off every couple of weeks, is the little mark you get on you every time you open up a door to a hope and then close it fast in disappointment.” – One More Thing
  • “She loved him, but she never quite got over the suspicion that she was just his favorite thing in the bookstore.” – One More Thing

Obama

  • “I think perhaps education doesn’t do us much good unless it is mixed with sweat.” – Dreams From My Father
  • “How could America send men into space and still keep its black citizens in bondage?” – Dreams From My Father

Orwell

  • “We shall meet in a place where there is no darkness.” – 1984

Plath

  • “It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs.”– The Bell Jar

Rowling

  • “We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” – Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix

Roy

  • “She was perhaps too young to realize that what she assumed was her love for Chacko was actually a tentative, timorous acceptance of herself.” – The God of Small Things

Scott

  • “’Bois-Guilbert,’ answered the Jewess, ‘thou knowest not the heart of woman… I am myself a woman, tenderly nurtured, naturally fearful of danger, and impatient of pain; yet, when we enter those fatal lists, thou to fight and I to suffer, I feel the strong assurance within me that my courage shall mount higher than thine.’” – Ivanhoe

Shakespeare

  • “The wildest hath not such a heart as you. Run when you will. The story shall be changed:  Apollo flies and Daphne holds the chase.” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • “Then, if angels fight, weak men must fall; for heaven still guards the right.” – Richard II

Stoker

  • “There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.” – Dracula
  • “I want you to believe… to believe in things that you cannot.” – Dracula

Tolkien

  • “Fool of a Took! This is a serious journey, not a hobbit walking-party.” – Fellowship of the Ring
  • May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.’ – Fellowship of the Ring

Tolstoy

  • “What happiness?” – Anna Karenina
  • “If there are as many minds as there are men, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.” – Anna Karenina
  • “It showed him the eternal error people make in imagining that happiness is the realization of desires.” – Anna Karenina

White

  • “Perhaps we all give the best of our hearts uncritically—to those who hardly think about us in return.” – Once and Future King
  • “He did not know he was doing so, and perhaps it may have been due to her, but it seems, in tragedy, that innocence is not enough.” – Once and Future King

Woolf

  • “The sun burned and love blazed.” – Flush

 

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