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11 Of The Best Quotes In Literature

A great sentence is as refreshing as a cool cup of water.

See what I did there? That was a bad sentence riddled with a horrible cliche. That was the opposite of a good sentence. In fact, I’m probably terrible at writing good sentences–that’s why I love reading other people’s good sentences.

Today, join me as we bask in the brilliance of some of the greatest quotes from literature. I wish I could write like this.

Enjoy.

“He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her like the sun, even without looking.”  –Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

“What are men to rocks and mountains?” —Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“The curves of your lips rewrite history.” —Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.” —Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

“Neighbours bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little things in between. Boo was our neighbour. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good luck pennies, and our lives.” — Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird

“Like Olympic medals and tennis trophies, all they signified was that the owner had done something of no benefit to anyone more capably than everyone else.” –Joseph Heller, Catch 22

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” – J.K Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.” – Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” -Jack Kerouac, On the Road

“She had waited all her life for something, and it had killed her when it found her.”  – Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Have I ever told you guys how much I love that quote from Gatsby? For my next post about great quotes, I might just type out the entire Gatsby novel here.

What did I miss?

What’s your favorite line from literature?

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  1. Reblogged this on oshriradhekrishnabole.

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    July 31, 2015
  2. Reblogged this on yllibsomar.

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    July 31, 2015
  3. Oh that Pride and Prejudice quote. I love it! Such a good book. Great post!

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    July 31, 2015
  4. Gatsby is the perfect novel, and this is probably it’s best sentence I never tire of readng it.

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    July 31, 2015
  5. “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”
    ― George Orwell, Animal Farm

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    July 31, 2015
  6. Reblogged this on mira prabhu and commented:
    “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” -Jack Kerouac, On the Road.

    Read more of the !! Of The Best Quotes in Literature…

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    July 31, 2015
  7. “All great and precious things are lonely,” – East of Eden, John Steinbeck. Favorite quote of all time. Even though the character who says it is awful.

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    July 31, 2015
  8. It was a pleasure to burn. – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

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    July 31, 2015
  9. ” HERE IS A SMALL FACT – You are going to die.”
    -The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

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    July 31, 2015
  10. Love the Oscar Wilde one – he is incredibly quotable.

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    July 31, 2015
  11. Wow, I loved this post since I feel so related to it. I love me some good quotes, I’m a sucker for them. I even have a little notebook that always seats beside me when I’m reading a book, for that awesome quote that may appear.
    Btw, “The Book Thief” as some incredible quotes aswell 🙂

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    July 31, 2015
  12. Thanks Robert – a great list. Toni Morrison is a great one for quotes. But you can’t go wrong with Oscar Wilde.

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    July 31, 2015
  13. “Marley was dead: to begin with.” – Best first sentence ever. And of course most of Oscar Wilde’s work simply consists of great quotes.

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    July 31, 2015
  14. Great sentences…I like especial this from Anna Karenina…becouse I was read her again few month ago…

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    July 31, 2015
  15. Stephen McDaniel #

    Always loved this Steinbeck opening to Cannery Row.
    Cannery Row in Monterrey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream. Cannery Row is the gathered and scattered, tin and iron and rust and splintered wood, chipped pavement and weedy lots and junk heaps, sardine canneries of corrugated iron, honky tonks, restaurants and whore houses, and little crowded groceries, and laboratories and flophouses. Its inhabitant are, as the man once said, “whores, pimps, gambler and sons of bitches,” by which he meant Everybody. Had the man looked through another peephole he might have said, “Saints and angels and martyrs and holy men” and he would have meant the same thing.

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    July 31, 2015
  16. “Space is big, very big….” And pretty much the rest of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

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    July 31, 2015
  17. Gatsby is such a beautiful work of literature. However, one of my favorite quotes comes from Wuthering Heights: “He’s more myself than I am. Whatever souls are made of, his and mine are the same” maybe I have a thing for tragic romances?!

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    August 1, 2015
  18. ritghosh #

    “Perhaps, tomorrow is another day.” -Scarlet O’Hara, Gone With The Wind

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    August 1, 2015
    • ritghosh #

      Written by Margaret Mitchell

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      August 1, 2015
  19. ritghosh #

    Reblogged this on The Salad Of Life and commented:
    Loved this.

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    August 1, 2015
  20. What a gorgeous post!! Loved the Anna Karenina quote – have the proverbial notebook too, and found this jotted down on poor old Karenin: “He saw the depths of her soul, till now always open, were closed to him. He now felt like a man who on coming home finds his house locked against him”. Argh…

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    August 1, 2015
  21. complusiveReader #

    “Yet it would be your duty to bear it, if you could not avoid it; it is weak and silly to say you cannot bear what it is your fate to be required to bear. ” Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

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    August 1, 2015
  22. Opening from Huckleberry Finn: “YOU don’t know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain’t no matter. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly. There was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth. That is nothing. I never seen anybody but lied one time or another…” Love that “I have never seen anybody but lied one time or another.

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    August 1, 2015
  23. Love these quotes. I think my favorite is the opening of “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: “It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.”

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    August 1, 2015
  24. ponderingasigoalong #

    Reblogged this on Pondering As I Go Along and commented:
    I love this blogger’s collection of great quotes from literature! Enjoy!

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    August 1, 2015
  25. Hey, it’s a lovely list. Loved the one from Tolstoy the best. By the way your opener wasn’t as bad as you made it out to be. I know what you mean by amazing sentences – reading a book – sometimes you come across a gem that makes you think or is so beautiful that you pause for a moment and appreciate it. Post more…

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    August 2, 2015
  26. I think this is my favorite opening line:

    “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.”
    ~One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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    August 2, 2015
  27. Reblogged this on bhattiblogs.

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    August 2, 2015
  28. Noelle #

    I think my favorite Oscar Wilde is Miss Prism to Cecily re Miss Prism’s three-volume novel: “The good ended happily and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means!”

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    August 2, 2015
  29. I love that Gatsby quote too! Definitely one of my favourites. Another of my favourite’s is the final lines of Veronica Roth’s ‘Allegiant’: “We can be mended. We mend each other.” I find it truly beautiful and it has gotten me through a lot in the past couple of years 🙂

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    August 2, 2015
  30. Jeff Peters #

    One of my favorite passages from Gatsby. The image always stuck with me:

    “One of the girls in yellow was playing the piano, and beside her stood a tall, red-haired young lady from a famous chorus, engaged in song. She had drunk a quantity of champagne, and during the course of her song she had decided, ineptly, that everything was very, very sad — she was not only singing, she was weeping too. Whenever there was a pause in the song she filled it with gasping, broken sobs, and then took up the lyric again in a quavering soprano. The tears coursed down her cheeks — not freely, however, for when they came into contact with her heavily beaded eyelashes they assumed an inky color, and pursued the rest of their way in slow black rivulets. A humorous suggestion was made that she sing the notes on her face, whereupon she threw up her hands, sank into a chair, and went off into a deep vinous sleep.”

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    August 2, 2015
  31. Definitely some of my favourite quotes here.

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    August 4, 2015
  32. Wow, some good ones here. Here’s my favourite quote? (Well, one of them, anyway)

    “Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”

    ― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

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    August 4, 2015
  33. …and then there’s this one:

    “Avoid men who call you Baby, and women who have no friends, and dogs that scratch at their bellies and refuse to lie down at your feet.”

    (- Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic)

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    August 4, 2015
  34. Reblogged this on Divorce Direction and commented:
    Intense, wonderful quotes from classic writers.

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    August 5, 2015
  35. I love this one, though, I could never choose a favorite:

    “They were as prodigal as kings, full of idealistic ambitions and delirious fantasies. Theirs was a life elevated above all others, between heaven and earth, among the storm clouds, something sublime. As for the rest of the world, it was lost, without any exact place, as though it did not exist.”

    -Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

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    August 5, 2015
  36. Reblogged this on The Adventures of Lilly and commented:
    What’s Yours?

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    August 8, 2015
  37. Love the J.K. Rowling quote!

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    August 9, 2015
  38. a good book, I liked it! thank you for posting the article ..))

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    August 14, 2015
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