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The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

Jane Austen Orgulho e Preconceito , Northanger Abbey

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′Classic′ - a book which people praise and don't read.

Mark Twain

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The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.

St. Augustine

If he loved with all the powers of his puny being, he couldn't love as much in eighty years as I could in a day.

Emily Brontë , Wuthering Heights

After all, tomorrow is another day!

Margaret Mitchell , Gone With The Wind

The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.

Conan Sir Arthur Doyle , The Hound of the Baskervilles

Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...

Frances Hodgson Burnett , The Secret Garden

No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.

F Scott Fitzgerald , The Great Gatsby

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The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.

William Shakespeare 'King Lear' III-II

All the girls in the world were divided into two classes: one class included all the girls in the world except her, and they had all the usual human feelings and were very ordinary girls; while the other class -herself alone- had no weaknesses and was superior to all humanity.

ليو تولستوي , Анна Каренина

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My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest.

Dickens Charles , David Copperfield, Volume I of II

The reason for the unreason with which you treat my reason , so weakens my reason that with reason I complain of your beauty.

Cervantes Saavedra

Omnia mutantur, nihil interit (everything changes, nothing perishes).

Ovid The Metamorphoses Book IX , Metamorfosis

As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods.
They kill us for their sport.

William Shakespeare , King Lear

Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.

Mario Puzo

A vibrator can last all night, too, vampire! - Denise

Jeaniene Frost , First Drop of Crimson

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I often stood in front of the mirror alone, wondering how ugly a person could get.

Charles Bukowski , Ham on Rye

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and love is a word used
too much and
too soon.

Charles Bukowski

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I never could have done what I have done, without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one object at a time.

Dickens Charles , David Copperfield, Volume I of II

I am very proud, revengeful,
ambitious, with more offences at my beck than I have
thoughts to put them in, imagination to give them shape,
or time to act them in.

William Shakespeare , Hamlet

The blood is the life!

Bram Stoker

Oh! that look of love!" continued he, between his teeth, as he bolted himself into his own private room. "And that cursed lie; which showed some terrible shame in the background, to be kept from the light in which I thought she lived perpetually! Oh, Margaret, Margaret! Mother, how you have tortured me! Oh! Margaret, could you not have loved me? I am but uncouth and hard, but I would never have led you into any falsehood for me.

Elizabeth Gaskell , North and South

All i want is a dress with puffy sleaves

L.M. Montgomery , Anne of Green Gables

the same question arose in every soul: "For what, for whom, must I kill and be killed?"... p982

Leo Tolstoy

I don't lack for bed partners, so I don't need to scrounge for unwilling scraps.-Spade

Jeaniene Frost , First Drop of Crimson

Yea, and if some god shall wreck me in the wine-dark deep,
even so I will endure…
For already have I suffered full much,
and much have I toiled in perils of waves and war.
Let this be added to the tale of those.


As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again.

Margaret Mitchell , Gone With The Wind

Stay gold Ponyboy,

S.E. Hinton , Outsiders

I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse.

Marlon Brando

He thought of the number of girls and women she had seen marry, how many homes with children in them she had seen grow up around her, how she had contentedly pursued her own lone quite path-for him.
~ Stephen speaking of Rachael

Charles Dickens , Hard Times

There was a dull pang of regret because it was not the kiss of love which had inflamed her, because it was not love which had held this cup of life to her lips.

Kate Chopin , The Awakening

I let him run on, this papier-maché Mephistopheles, and it seemed to me that if I tried I could poke my forefinger through him, and would find nothing inside but a little loose dirt, maybe.

Joesph Conrad , Heart of Darkness

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People don't have fortunes left them in that style nowadays; men have to work and women to marry for money. It's a dreadfully unjust world.

Alcott Louisa May

I have always thought that a wild animal never looks so well as when some obstacle of pronounced durability is between us. A personal experience has intensified rather than diminished that idea.

Bram Stoker , The New Annotated Dracula

And in that fraction of a second before anything actually happened, Santino Corleone knew he was a dead man.

Mario Puzo , The Godfather

There is a taint of death, a flavour of mortality in lies - which is exactly what I hate and detest in the world - what I want to forget.

Joseph Conrad , Heart of Darkness

Classicism is health, romanticisim is sickness.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The best men in all ages keep classic traditions alive.

George Santayana

You might hear some ugly talk about it at school, but do one thing for me if you will: you just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don't you let 'em get your goat.Try fighting with your head for a change . . .it's a good one, even if it does resist learning.

Harper Lee , To Kill a Mockingbird

It was testimony to the romantic speculation he inspired that there were whispers about him from those who had found little that it was necessary to whisper about in this world.

F. Scott Fitzgerald , The Great Gatsby

You can be good for the mere sake of goodness; you cannot be bad for the mere sake of badness. You can do a kind action when you are not feeling kind and when it gives you no pleasure, simply because kindness is right; but no one ever did a cruel action simply because cruelty is wrong - only because cruelty is pleasant or useful to him, In other words, badness cannot succeed even in being bad in the same way in which goodness is good. Goodness is, so to speak, itself: badness is only spoiled goodness. And there must be something good first before it can be spoiled.

C.S. Lewis

„Was glänzt ist für den Augenblick geboren; Das Echte bleibt der Nachwelt unverloren.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Faust: Der Tragödie erster Teil

My dear fellow " Said Albert, turning to Franz " here is an admirable adventure; we will fill our carriage with pistols, blunderbusses, and double-barreled shotguns. Luigi Vampa comes to take us, and we take him - we bring him back to Rome , and present him to him holiness the Pope, who asks how he can repay so great a service; Then we merely ask for a cariage and a pair of horses, and we will see the Carnival in the carriage , and doubtless the Roman people will crown us at the capitol , and proclaim us, like Curtius and the veiled Horatius, the preservers of there country."
Whilst Albert proposed this scheme, signor Pastrini's face assumed an expression impossible to describe.

Alejandro Dumas , The Count of Monte Cristo

It goes so fast, he thought, they don't tell you that, how fast it goes...

S.E. Hinton , Hawkes Harbor

Roz to Amelia (the house ghost): How considerate of you, after trying to kill me, to see that I don't catch a cold.

Nora Roberts , Black Rose

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The first grave. Now we're getting someplace. Houses and children and graves, that's home, Tom. Those are the things that hold a man down.

John Steinbeck , To a God Unknown

Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio.

William Shakespeare , Hamlet

We cannot speak a loyal word and be meanly silent, we cannot kill and not kill in the same moment; but a moment is room wide enough for the loyal and mean desire, for the outlash of a murderous thought and the sharp bakcward stroke of repetance.

George Eliot , Daniel Deronda

God save King Pendragon,
May his reign long drag on,
God save the King.
Send him most gorious,
Great and uproarious,
Horrible and hoarious,
God save our King.

T.H. White