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Literary Quotes: February 21, 2011

I think… the secret is to just settle for the shape of your life takes…Instead of you know, always waiting and wishing for what might make you happy.
She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb

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Literary Quotes: February 13, 2011

We live in deeds, not years;
in thoughts, not breaths;
In feelings, not in figures on a dial.
Festus by Philip James Bailey

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Literary Quotes: January 15, 2011

One time, when I was very little, I climbed a tree and ate these green, sour apples. My stomach swelled and became hard like a drum, it hurt a lot. Mother said that if I’d just waited for the apples to ripen, I wouldn’t have become sick. So now, whenever I really want something, I try to remember what she said about the apples.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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Literary Quotes: December 13, 2010

If there is no love in the world, we will make a new world, and we will give it walls, and we will furnish it with soft, red interiors, from the inside out, and give it a knocker that resonates like a diamond falling to a jeweller’s felt so that we should never hear it. Love me, because love doesn’t exist, and I have tried everything that does.
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

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Literary Quotes: November 24, 2010

She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars.
Stardust by Neil Gaiman

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Literary Quotes: November 24, 2010

Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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Literary Quotes: November 23, 2010

It seem to me that those who dare to rebel in every age are they who make life possible for those whom temperament compels to submit. It is the rebels who extend the boundary of right little by little, narrowing the confines of wrong, and crowding it out of existence.
The Heavenly Twins by Sarah Grand

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Literary Quotes: October 13, 2010

[Being a writer is] an awful curse to wish on anybody — from the day you begin you never completely relax again. … Even those years I threw away, when the book reviewers were giving me up, I was always worrying about writing, wishing I could find the way to get started again and wanting to push on beyond where I had been.
The Disenchanted by Budd Schulberg

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Literary Quotes: October 1, 2010

“I want what we all want,” said Carl. “To move certain parts of the interior of myself into the exterior world, to see if they can be embraced.”
You Don’t Love Me Yet by Jonathan Lethem

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Literary Quotes: September 2, 2010

I regret nothing. There have been things I missed, but I ask no questions, because I have loved it, such as it has been, even the moments of emptiness, even the unanswered—and that I loved it, that is the unanswered in my life.
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

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Literary Quotes: August 14, 2010

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.
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

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Literary Quotes: July 24, 2010

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones 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 roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes Awww!

Jack Kerouac

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Literary Quotes: July 21, 2010

She cannot receive any power from me greater than she now has, which consists in her own purity and innocence of heart. 
The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen

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Literary Quotes: July 14, 2010

Never love a wild thing…you can’t give your heart to a wild thing: the more you do, the stronger they get. Until they’re strong enough to run into the woods. Or fly into a tree. Then a taller tree. Then the sky. That’s how you’ll end up…If you let yourself love a wild thing. You’ll end up looking at the sky.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

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Literary Quotes: July 13, 2010

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. 
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

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Literary Quotes: June 14, 2010

He got all of her, except the innermost box and the kiss. He never knew about the box, and in time he gave up trying for the kiss. 
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

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Literary Quotes: June 14, 2010

In a universe of ambiguity, this kind of certainty comes only once, and never again, no matter how many lifetimes you live.
The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller

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Literary Quotes: May 23, 2010

She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars.
Stardust by Neil Gaiman

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Literary Quotes: April 29, 2010

I do not exist to impress the world. I exist to live my life in a way that will make me happy.
Illusions by Richard Bach

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Literary Quotes: April 23, 2010

Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from inside. We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom



 

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Literary Quotes: March 24, 2010

Don’t you think it’s better to be extremely happy for a short while, even if you lose it, than to be just okay for your whole life?
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

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Literary Quotes: February 24, 2010

Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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Literary Quotes: February 23, 2010

He made the world to be a grassy road before her wandering feet.
The Rose of the World by William Butler Yeats

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Literary Quotes: January 12, 2010

They could see she was a real Princess and no question about it, now that she had felt one pea all the way through twenty mattresses and twenty more feather beds. Nobody but a Princess could be so delicate.
Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen

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Literary Quotes: January 3, 2010

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face.
When You Are Old by William Butler Yeats

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Literary Quotes: December 30, 2009

It is really a hard life. Men will not be nice to you if you are not good-looking, and women will not be nice to you if you are.
The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie

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Literary Quotes: December 24, 2009

It was written I should be loyal to the nightmare of my choice.
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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Literary Quotes: December 14, 2009

It’s clear to me now that I have been moving toward you and you toward me for a long time. Though neither of us was aware of the other before we met, there was a kind of mindless certainty bumming blithely along beneath our ignorance that ensured we would come together. Like two solitary birds flying the great prairies by celestial reckoning, all of these years and lifetimes we have been moving toward one another.
The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller

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Literary Quotes: November 14, 2009

Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love; it is the faithless who know love’s tragedies.
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Literary Quotes: November 1, 2009

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 and The City by W.H. Auden

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Literary Quotes: August 22, 2009

Women can accept the fact that a man is a rotter, a swindler, a drug taker, a confirmed liar, and a general swine, without batting an eyelash, and without its impairing their affection for the brute in the least. Women are wonderful realists.
Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie

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Literary Quotes: July 14, 2009

Thats the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Literary Quotes: June 15, 2009

It isn’t possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.
A Room With A View by E.M. Forster

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Literary Quotes: June 15, 2009

Let yourself go. Pull out from the depths those thoughts that you do not understand, and spread them out in the sunlight and know the meaning of them.
A Room With A View by E.M. Forster

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Literary Quotes: June 13, 2009

When we hold each other, in the darkness, it doesn’t make the darkness go away. The bad things are still out there. The nightmares still walking. When we hold each other we feel not safe, but better. “It’s all right” we whisper, “I’m here, I love you.” and we lie: “I’ll never leave you.” For just a moment or two the darkness doesn’t seem so bad.
Midnight Days by Neil Gaiman

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Literary Quotes: June 2, 2009

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: May 24, 2009

The human heart has a way of making itself large again even after it’s been broken into a million pieces.
The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller

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Literary Quotes: April 15, 2009

Think how you love me,” she whispered. “I don’t ask you to love me always like this, but I ask you to remember. Somewhere inside me there’ll always be the person I am tonight.
Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Literary Quotes: April 15, 2009

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: April 5, 2009

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.
Winnie The Pooh by A.A. Milne

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Literary Quotes: March 18, 2009

When I think of what life is, and how seldom love is answered by love; it is one of the moments for which the world was made.
A Room With A View by E.M. Forster

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Literary Quotes: March 14, 2009

It isn’t possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.
A Room With A View by E.M. Forster