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Literary Quotes from The Picture of Dorian Gray

Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.

― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Quotes about Libraries: T.S. Eliot

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Quotes about Libraries: John Lubbock

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Quotes about Libraries: Sidney Sheldon

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Quotes about Libraries: Anne Herbert

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

He wanted all to lie in an ecstasy of peace; I wanted all to sparkle… [Read more…]

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Literary Quotes: 9/27/11

There are too many books in the world to read in a single life time. You have to draw the line somewhere.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield 


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Literary Quotes: 9/26/11

I have always been a reader; I have read at every stage of my life, and there has never been a time when reading was not my greatest joy. And yet I cannot pretend that the reading I have done in my adult years matches in its impact on my soul the reading I did as a child. I still believe in stories. I still forget myself when I am in the middle of a good book. Yet it is not the same. Books are, for me, it must be said, the most important thing; what I cannot forget is that there was a time when they were at once more banal and more essential than that. When I was a child, books were everything. And so there is in me, always, a nostalgic yearning for the lost pleasure of books. It is not a yearning that one ever expects to be fulfilled.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield 


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Literary Quotes: 9/24/11

Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its page, its spirit grows and strengthens.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón






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Literary Quotes: 9/23/11

It (an antique bookstore) is a repository of books, a place of safety for all the volumes, once so lovingly written, that at present no one seems to want. 
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield


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Literary Quotes: 9/22/11

I’ve only come to realize lately how often and how much we are moved by others, even when we are priding ourselves on our control and self-reliance.
Gerald’s Game by Stephen King

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Literary Quotes: 9/21/11

All morning I struggled with the sensation of stray wisps of one world seeping through the cracks of another. Do you know the feeling when you start reading a new book before the membrane of the last one has had time to close behind you? You leave the previous book with ideas and themes – characters even – caught in the fibers of your clothes, and when you open the new book, they are still with you.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield 


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Literary Quotes: 9/20/11

To stay awake at night adds a day to your life.
Stilgar: Children of Dune a novel by Frank Herbert


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Literary Quotes: 9/19/11

Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself; I am large, I contain multitudes.
Walt Whitman


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Literary Quotes: Delightful Discoveries

Occasionally, I stumble upon a Literary Quote that someone else has shared, and it brightens my day, opens my mind, makes me want to JUMP to this little blog and share immediately. I call them “Delightful Discoveries”. Here’s the one I discovered today, via Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

She had a perpetual sense, as she watched the taxi cabs, of being out, out, far out to sea and alone; she always had the feeling that it was very, very dangerous to live even one day.
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf


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Literary Quotes: 9/18/11

If you can change the way people think, the way they see themselves, the way they see the world. If you can do that, you can change the way people live their lives. And that’s the only lasting thing you can create.
Chuck Palahniuk






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Literary Quotes: 9/17/11

I wanted to write about the moment when your addictions no longer hide the truth from you. When your whole life breaks down. That’s the moment when you have to somehow choose what your life is going to be about.
Chuck Palahniuk 


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Literary Quotes: 9/16/11

What I want is to be needed. What I need is to be indispensable to somebody. Who I need is somebody that will eat up all my free time, my ego, my attention. Somebody addicted to me. A mutual addiction.
Chuck Palahniuk


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Literary Quotes: 9/15/11

Heaven did not seem to be my home; and I broke my heart with weeping to come back to earth; and the angels were so angry that they flung me out into the middle of the heath on the top of Wuthering Heights; where I woke sobbing for joy.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte


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Literary Quotes: 9/14/11

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face— forever.
1984 by George Orwell


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Literary Quotes: 9/13/11

It’s queer how out of touch with truth women are. They live in a world of their own, and there had never been anything like it, and never can be. It is too beautiful altogether, and if they were to set it up it would go to pieces before the first sunset.
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad


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Literary Quotes: 9/12/11

The best way to waste your life, … is by taking notes. The easiest way to avoid living is to just watch. Look for the details. Report. Don’t participate.
Chuck Palahniuk

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Literary Quotes: 9/11/11

There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield 


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Literary Quotes: 9/10/11

Of course I loved books more than people.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield 


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September Literary Quotes

I’ve been remiss. Pesky when things outside of books take most of my attention. But getting back to what is important in life….


For the rest of September and October, I’ll be posting quotes from the book I read in the spring that I lost myself in, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. I’ll also be posting quotes from:

  • The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett (recently finished)
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (I’m trying to get through it….I do NOT like to apologize for not enjoying a book but it’s just not grabbing me. I’ll keep trying)
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (my current dark delicious read)
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Literary Quotes: 8/15/11

And he would listen, making only a few comments, always sympathetic, so that when I left him I had the distinct impression he had solved everything for me.
Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice

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Literary Quotes: 8/14/11

Revenge is the concern of those who are at some point or other beaten. I am not beaten, I told myself. No, not beaten. And victory is far more interesting to contemplate than revenge.
The Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice




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Author Quotes: 8/13/11

The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.
Oscar Wilde


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Literary Quotes: 8/13/11

I’d thought I knew what beauty was in women; but she’d surpassed all the language I had for it.
The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice

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Literary Quotes: 8/12/11

No, but one can feel desperate at any age, don’t you think? The young are eternally desperate,” he said frankly. “And books, they offer one hope – that a whole universe might open up from between the covers, and falling into that new universe, one is saved. 
The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice


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Literary Quotes: 8/11/11

No one is safe from nature’s savagery,not even the innocent. Only beauty is consistent. Gabrielle envisions a time when the Savage Garden will overtake civilizations and destroy it. 
The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice


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Literary Quotes: 8/10/11

The great adventure of our lives. What does it mean to die when you can live until the end of the world? and what is ‘the end of the world’ except a phrase, because who knows even what is the world itself? I had now lived in two centuries, seen the illusions of one shattered by the other, been eternally young and eternally ancient, possessing no illusions, living moment to moment in a way that made me picture a silver clock ticking in a void: the painted face, the delicately carved hands looked upon by no one, looking out at no one, illuminated by a light which was not a light, like the light by which god made the world before He had made light. Ticking, ticking, ticking, the precision of the clock, in a room as vast as the universe. 
Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice




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Literary Quotes: 8/9/11

It’s so easy to wish for death when nothing’s wrong with you! It’s so easy to fall in love with death, and I’ve been all my life, and seen it’s most faithful worshippers crumble in the end, screaming just to live, as if all the dark veils and the lillies and the smell of candles, and grandiose promises of the grave meant nothing. I knew that. But I always wished I was dead. It was a way to go on living.
Anne Rice


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Literary Quotes: 8/8/11

It’s an awful truth that suffering can deepen us, give a greater lustre to our colours, a richer resonance to our words.
The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice 



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Literary Quotes: 8/7/11

There is one purpose to life and one only: to bear witness to and understand as much as possible of the complexity of the world-its beauty, its mysteries, its riddles. 
Servant of the Bones by Anne Rice 

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Literary Quotes: 8/6/11

I have lived lies. I have done it again and again. I live lies because I cannot endure the weakness of anger, and I cannot admit the irrationality of love. 
Blood and Gold by Anne Rice 




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Literary Quotes: 8/5/11

Keep your secrets, Keep your silence, It is a better gift than truth. The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice


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Literary Quotes: 8/4/11

Come on, say it again. I’m a perfect devil. Tell me how bad I am. It makes me feel so good!
The Queen of the Damned by by Anne Rice 


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Literary Quotes: 8/3/11

None of us really changes over time. We only become more fully what we are.
The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice


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Literary Quotes: Anne Rice

I’m wanting for the next couple of weeks to share some of my favorite quote from Anne Rice books. 
~Tiff

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Literary Quotes: 7/25/11

Politeness. Now there’s a poor man’s virtue if ever there was one. What’s so admirable about inoffensiveness, I should like to know. After all, it’s easily achieved. One needs no particular talent to be polite. On the contrary, being nice is what’s left when you’ve failed at everything else. People with ambition don’t give a damn what other people think about them.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

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Literary Quotes: 7/25/11

Of course I loved books more than people. Of course I valued Jane Eyre over the anonymous stranger with his hand on the lever. Of course all of Shakespeare was worth more than a human life. Of course. Unlike Miss Winter, I have been ashamed to say so.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

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Literary Quotes: 7/25/11

There can be no secrets in a house where there are children.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

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Literary Quotes: 7/25/11

People disappear when they die. Their voice, their laughter, the warmth of their breath. Their flesh. Eventually their bones. All living memory of them ceases. This is both dreadful and natural. Yet for some their is an exception to this annihilation. For in the books they write they continue to exist. We can rediscover them. Their humor, their tone of voice, their moods. Through the written word they can anger you or make you happy. They can comfort you. They can perplex you. They can alter you. All this, even though they are dead. Like lies in amber, like corpses frozen in ice, that which according to the laws of nature should pass away is, by the miracle of ink on paper, preserved. It is a kind of magic.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

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Literary Quotes: July 24, 2011

Books have to be heavy because the whole world’s inside them.
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

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Literary Quotes: July 24, 2011

When I dream, I dream of him. For several nights now he’s come to me, waving from a distant shore as if he’s been waiting patiently for me to arrive. He doesn’t utter a word, but his smile says everything: I’ve missed you.
The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

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Literary Quotes: July 24, 2011

She had witnessed the world’s most beautiful things, and allowed herself to grow old and unlovely…She had loved, and let love go. So she smiled.
The Ghost’s Child, Sonya Hartnett

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Literary Quotes: July 23, 2011

I am interested in madness. I believe it is the biggest thing in the human race, and the most constant.
Short Drive, Sweet Chariot by William Saroyan

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Literary Quotes: July 22, 2011

I am infinitely strange to myself.
The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles

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Literary Quotes: 7/22/11

For all the books in his possession, he still failed to read the stories written plain as day in the faces of the people around him.
Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue







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Literary Quotes: July 21, 2011

Lock up your libraries if you like, but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

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Literary Quotes: July 20, 2011

Hope. Nothing is more intoxicating.
Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke

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Literary Quotes: July 19, 2011

All she had needed was the certainty of his love, and his reassurance that there was no hurry when a lifetime lay ahead of them.
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

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Literary Quotes: July 19, 2011

She knew that she belonged to this man, body and soul. Every trace of shame departed; it was burnt out by the fire that consumed her. She gave him a thousand opportunities; she fought to turn his words to serious things. He baffled her with his shallow smile and ready tongue, that twisted all topics to triviality. By six o’clock she was morally on her knees before him; she was imploring him to stay to dinner with her. He refused.
Moonchild by Aleister Crowley

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Literary Quotes: July 18, 2011

The trouble with my generation is that we all think we’re fucking geniuses. Making something isn’t good enough for us, and neither is selling something, or teaching something, or even just doing something; we have to be something.
A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

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Literary Quotes: July 17, 2011

Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

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Literary Quotes: July 16, 2011

Whoever it is you fall in love with for the first time, not just love but be in love with, is the one who will always make you angry, the one you can’t be logical about.
The Passion by Jeanette Winterson

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Literary Quotes: July 15, 2011

There is nothing sweeter in this sad world than the sound of someone you love calling your name.
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

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Literary Quotes: July 14, 2011

I’m ALIVE. Thinking about it, noticing it, is new. You do things and don’t watch. Then all of a sudden you look and see what you’re doing and it’s the first time, really.
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

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Literary Quotes: July 13, 2011

Love is the longing for the half of ourselves we have lost.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

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Literary Quotes: July 12, 2011

In love we have no control. Our hearts and minds are tormented, teased, enticed and delighted by the overwhelming strength of emotions that make us try to forget the real world.
Peony in Love by Lisa See

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Literary Quotes: July 11, 2011

In love we have no control. Our hearts and minds are tormented, teased, enticed and delighted by the overwhelming strength of emotions that make us try to forget the real world.
Peony in Love by Lisa See

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Literary Quotes: July 10, 2011

Maybe that’s what it all comes down to. Love, not as a surge of passion, but as a choice to commit to something, someone, no matter what obstacles or temptations stand in the way. And maybe making that choice, again and again, day in and day out, year after year, says more about love than never having a choice to make at all.
Love the One You’re With  by Emily Giffin

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Literary Quotes: July 9, 2011

He had learned the worst lesson that life can teach – that it makes no sense.
American Pastoral by Philip Roth

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Literary Quotes: July 8, 2011

To live every day as if it had been stolen from death, that is how I would like to live. To feel the joy of life, as Eve felt the joy of life. To separate oneself from the burden, the angst, the anguish that we all encounter every day. To say I am alive, I am wonderful, I am. I am. That is something to aspire to.
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

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Literary Quotes: July 7, 2011

This is why dreams can be such dangerous things: they smolder on like a fire does, and sometimes they consume us completely.
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

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Literary Quotes: July 6, 2011

As a reader I loathe introductions…Introductions inhibit pleasure, they kill the joy of anticipation, they frustrate curiosity.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Literary Quotes: July 5, 2011

It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.
An Autobiography by Agatha Christie

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Literary Quotes: July 4, 2011

I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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Literary Quotes: July 3, 2011

Sometimes we get through adversity only by imagining what the world might be like if our dreams should ever come true.
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

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Literary Quotes: July 2, 2011

If I am out of my mind, it’s all right with me.
Herzog by Saul Bellow

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Literary Quotes: July 1, 2011

All my beautiful lovely safe world blew itself up here with a great gust of high explosive love.
Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Literary Quotes: June 30, 2011

We live, as we dream—alone.
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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Literary Quotes: June 29, 2011

It is dark and you are near the edge of a cliff, but you’re moving slowly, not sure which direction you’re heading in. Your steps are tentative but they are still blind in the night. You don’t realize how close you are to the edge, how the soft earth could give away, how you could just slip a bit and suddenly plunge into the dark.
Hold Tight by Harlan Coben

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Literary Quotes: June 27, 2011

I am all in a sea of wonders. I doubt; I fear; I think strange things, which I dare not confess to my own soul.
Dracula by Bram Stoker

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Literary Quotes: June 26, 2011

There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.
Dracula by Bram Stoker

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Literary Quotes: June 24, 2011

Don’t fool yourself, my dear. You’re much worse than a bitch. You’re a saint. Which shows why saints are dangerous and undesirable.
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

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Literary Quotes: June 23, 2011

Even if it meant that she had failed, she was glad. And if what she’d wanted had been impossible from the start, still there was a certain lonely comfort in the fact that she’d known it was impossible and had gone ahead and done it anyway.
The Little Friend by Donna Tartt

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Literary Quotes: June 22, 2011

Maybe the greatest madness is to see life as it is rather than what it could be.
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

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Literary Quotes: June 21, 2011

“I don’t love you anymore”, she whispered. “I don’t love you at all.” His throat closed. “It’s all right, sweetheart. I love you enough for both of us.”
Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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Literary Quotes: June 21, 2011

You tasted it. Isn’t that enough? Of what do you ever get more than a taste? That’s all we’re given in life, that’s all we’re given of life. A taste. There is no more.
The Dying Animal by Philip Roth

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Literary Quotes: June 18, 2011

We never understand how little we need in this world until we know the loss of it.
Margaret Ogilvy by J.M. Barrie

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Literary Quotes: June 2, 2011

All poets adore explosions, thunderstorms, tornadoes, conflagrations, ruins, scenes of spectacular carnage. The poetic imagination is not at all a desirable quality in a statesman.
The Poet & The City by W.H. Auden

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Literary Quotes: June 2, 2011

Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.
A Game of You by Neil Gaiman

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Literary Quotes: May 24, 2011

There is no room in my body for anything but you. My arms love you, my ears adore you, my knees shake with blind affection. My mind begs you to ask it something so it can obey.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman

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Literary Quotes: May 23, 2011

I have a theory that every time you make an important choice, the part of you left behind continues the other life you could have had.
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

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Literary Quotes: May 23, 2011

In life you’ll meet a lot of jerks. If they hurt you, tell yourself that it’s because they’re stupid. That will help keep you from reacting to their cruelty. Because there is nothing worse than bitterness and vengeance… Always keep your dignity and be true to yourself.
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

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Literary Quotes: May 22, 2011

Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life’s cruelest irony.
Shampoo Planet by Douglas Coupland

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Literary Quotes: May 21, 2011

Her own thoughts and reflections were habitually her best companions.

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

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Literary Quotes: May 15, 2011

There are things that have to be forgotten if you want to go on living.
The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson

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Literary Quotes: May 13, 2011

I want morning and noon and nightfall with you. I want your tears, your smiles, your kisses…the smell of your hair, the taste of your skin, the touch of your breath on my face. I want to see you in the final hour of my life…to lie in your arms as I take my last breath.
Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas

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Literary Quotes: May 11, 2011

Anything can happen. But most always, just normal things happen, and people have happy lives.
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

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Literary Quotes: May 6, 2011

You go on. You set one foot in front of the other, and if a thin voice cries out, somewhere behind you, you pretend not to hear, and keep going.
March by Geraldine Brooks

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Literary Quotes: April 23, 2011

Why didn’t I learn to treat everything like it was the last time. My greatest regret was how much I believed in the future.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

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Literary Quotes: April 19, 2011

Secrets had an immense attraction to him, because he never could keep one, and he enjoyed the sort of unhallowed thrill he experienced when he went and told another animal, after having faithfully promised not to.
The Wind in the Willow by Kenneth Grahame

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Literary Quotes: March 24, 2011

He was in my hair, my eyes, my fingers, my heart. I day-dreamed about what he was doing, thinking, seeing, smelling, feeling. I could not eat for thoughts of him.
Peony in Love by Lisa See

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Literary Quotes: March 24, 2011

And the great advantage of being a literary woman, was that you could go everywhere and do everything.
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

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Literary Quotes: March 1, 2011

Unexpected intrusions of beauty. That is what life is.
Herzog by Saul Bellow

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Literary Quotes: February 24, 2011

He’s splitting me open, I thought. He’ll break me and then I’ll die.
She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb

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Literary Quotes: February 23, 2011

To him she seemed so beautiful, so seductive, so different from ordinary people, that he could not understand why no one was as disturbed as he by the clicking of her heels on the paving stones, why no one else’s heart was wild with the breeze stirred by the sighs of her veils, why everyone did not go mad with the movements of her braid, the flight of her hands, the gold of her laughter. He had not missed a single one of her gestures, not one of the indications of her character, but he did not dare approach her for fear of destroying the spell.
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez