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Memorable Lines From Brideshead Revisited

Brideshead Revisited is one of those novels that’s filled with memorable passages and witty one-liners.

One minute you’ll be reading a reflective passage from Charles Ryder, the narrator. The next you’ll be reading some witty one-liners from his alcoholic socialite friend, Sebastian.

The novel has so many good quotes that I thought I’d pull out a few and share with you guys today. Take a look:

“I should like to bury something precious in every place where I’ve been happy and then, when I’m old and ugly and miserable, I could come back and dig it up and remember.”

“Sometimes, I feel the past and the future pressing so hard on either side that there’s no room for the present at all.”

“The trouble with modern education is you never know how ignorant people are. With anyone over fifty you can be fairly confident what’s been taught and what’s been left out. But these young people have such an intelligent, knowledgeable surface, and then the crust suddenly breaks and you look down into depths of confusion you didn’t know existed.”

“O God, make me good, but not yet.”

“[Change is] the only evidence of life.”

“No one could really hate a saint, could they? They can’t really hate God either. When they want to Hate Him and His saints they have to find something like themselves and pretends it’s God and hate that.”

I’m digging this novel.

I don’t think it’s going to be a top-10er in my rankings, but I believe, by the time I’ve finished reading it, I’ll be happy to recommend Brideshead Revisited.

Very curious to see where this one goes.

9 Comments Post a comment
  1. Reblogged this on oshriradhekrishnabole.


    May 21, 2015
  2. yes


    May 21, 2015
  3. Reblogged this on matecheowino.


    May 21, 2015
  4. Yes, Evelyn, always quick with the bon mots. The fourth one is him (or a character, I suppose) quoting St. Augustine.

    Liked by 1 person

    May 21, 2015
  5. What fantastic quotes.Especially ..the past & present.. & the education reference. Is it so different today I wonder. Thanks Robert.


    May 21, 2015
  6. stilllearning49 #

    I liked this book & the movie.


    May 21, 2015
  7. BWB #

    When are you going to give your two-cents on the gay subtext?


    May 21, 2015
  8. Couple of my favorite quotations from Brideshead Revisited:

    These memories which are my life—for we possess nothing certainly except the past—were always with me.

    And Charles describing Mr. Samgrass:
    He had… an over-large head, neat hands, small feet and the general appearance of being too often bathed.

    Trying hard not to come off as a prig, but they’re quotations, not quotes. Failed, obviously, sorry, take it or leave it.


    May 21, 2015
  9. Tobi #

    I’m not sure about your finances but this might be of interest regardless:


    May 22, 2015

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