Favorite Lines and Quotes

“But as I was discouraging myself with such thoughts, it occurred to my mind that I pored so much upon my deliverance from the main affliction, that I disregarded the deliverance I had received; and I was, as it were, made to ask myself such questions as these, viz., Have I not been delivered, and wonderfully too, from sickness? from the most distressed condition that could be, and that was so frightful to me? and what notice had I taken of it? Had I done my part? God had delivered me, but I had not glorified Him; that is to say, I had not owned and been thankful for that as a deliverance; and how could I expect greater deliverance?

This touched my heart very much; and immediately I kneeled down, and gave God thanks aloud for my recovery from my sickness.”  –Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe)

” I spent the whole day in humble and thankful acknowledgements of the many wonderful mercies which my solitary condition was attended with, and without which it might have been infinitely more miserable.” -Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe)

“Today we love what tomorrow we hate; today we seek what tomorrow we shun; today we desire what tomorrow we fear; nay, even tremble at the apprehensions of.” –Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe)

“Oh, what ridiculous resolution men take when possessed with fear! It deprives them of the use of those means which reason offers for their relief.” -Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe)

“How wonderfully we are delivered when we know nothing of it.” –Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe)

“Someone had to do something sometime.”  -Joseph Heller (Catch-22)
“Just because they’re small doesn’t mean they’re unimportant.”  -Joseph Heller (Catch-22)
“Aarfy was a lead navigator who had never been able to find himself since leaving college.”  -Joseph Heller (Catch-22)
“…resurgent tides of longing…” -Joseph Heller (Catch-22)
“As long as this exists, and I may live to see it, this sunshine, the cloudless skies, while this lasts, I cannot be unhappy.” -Anne Frank (The Diary of a Young Girl)
“But it was good to think he had this to come back to; this place which was all his own, these things which were so glad to see him again and could always be counted upon for the same simple welcome.” -Kenneth Grahame (The Wind in the Willows)
” It’s my world, and I don’t want any other. What it hasn’t got is not worth having, and what it doesn’t know is not worth knowing.” -Kenneth Grahame
“There was extraordinary pain behind the ordinary nouns.” -Chris Cleave (Little Bee)
“This is the trouble with all happiness– all of it is built on top of something that men want.” -Chris Cleave
“All memories are bitter, and I prefer to ignore them.” -Daphne Du Maurier
“Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.” -Daphne Du Maurier

“We can never go back again, that much is certain. The past is still too close to us. The things we have tried to forget and put behind us would stir again, and that sense of fear, of furtive unrest, struggling at length to blind unreasoning panic– now mercifully stilled, thank God– might in some manner unforeseen become a living companion, as it had been before.” -Daphne Du Maurier (Rebecca)

“women love us for our defects. if we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our intellects.”-Oscar Wilde
“People are very fond of giving away what they need the most themselves. it is what i call the depth of generosity.” -Oscar Wilde

“Women represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals.” -Oscar Wilde (The Picture of Dorian Gray)

“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” -Oscar Wilde (The Picture of Dorian Gray)

“Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.”-Oscar Wilde (The Picture of Dorian Gray)

“Every moment that passes takes something from me and gives something to it.” -Oscar Wilde (The Picture of Dorian Gray)

“In the wild struggle for existence, we want to have something that endures, and so we fill our minds with rubbish and facts, in the silly hope of keeping our place.” -Oscar Wilde
“I knew that i had come face to face with some one whose mere personality was so fascinating that, if i allowed it to do so, it would absorb my whole nature, my whole soul, my very art itself.” -Oscar Wilde

“But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins.”-Oscar Wilde (The Picture of Dorian Gray)

“…every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.” -Oscar Wilde (The Picture of Dorian Gray)

“The people who govern the brave new world may not be sane (in what may be called the absolute sense of the word); but they are not madmen, and their aim is not anarchy but social stability.” -Aldous huxley

“‘Ending is better than mending. The more stitches, the less riches; the more stitches…'” – Aldous Huxley (Brave New World)

“Married. You know– for ever. They say ‘for ever’ in the Indian words; it can’t be broken.” – Aldous Huxley (Brave New World)

“Mend your ways, my young friend, mend your ways.”
– Aldous Huxley

“We need some other kind of madness and violence.” – Aldous Huxley (Brave New World)

“Nothing can be achieved without perseverance.”
-Aldous Huxley (Brave New World)

“Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has non of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of the struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.” -Aldous Huxley (Brave New World)

“But I don’t want comfort. I want God. I want poetry. I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin… I’m claiming the right to be unhappy.” – Aldous Huxley (Brave New World)
“Go through the motions.” – John Steinbeck (East of Eden)
“the quick pain of truth can pass away, but the slow, eating agony of a lie is never lost.” – John Steinbeck

” Do you know, I loved you better than anything in the world?! I did. It was so strong that it took quite a killing.” – John Steinbeck (East of Eden)

“but i have a new love for that glittering instrument, the human soul. it is a lovely and unique thing in the universe. it is always attacked and never destroyed– because ‘thou mayest.'” – John Steinbeck
“An unbelieved truth can hurt a man much more than a lie.” – John Steinbeck
“For the world was changing, and sweetness was gone, and virtue too.” – John Steinbeck

“Maybe that’s the reason,” Adam said slowly, feeling his way. “Maybe if I had loved him I would have been jealous of him. You were. Maybe– maybe love makes you suspicious and doubting. Is it true that when you love a women you are never sure– never sure of her because you aren’t sure of yourself?” – John Steinbeck (East of Eden)

“And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years.” – John Steinbeck (East of Eden)

“One grows accustomed to being praised, or being blamed, or being advised, but it is unusual to be understood.” -E.M. Forster

“What does unhappiness matter when we are all unhappy together?” -E.M. Forster (A Passage to India)

“If one doesn’t worry, how’s one to understand?” -E.M. Forster (A Passage to India)

“…the very fact that we have loved the dead increases their unreality, and that the more passionately we invoke them the further they recede.” E.M. Forster (A Passage to India)

“She had gone, there was no one like her, and what is that uniqueness but love?” -E.M. Forster (A Passage to India)

“…life never gives us what we want at the moment that we consider appropriate. Adventures do occur, but not punctually.” -E.M. Forster (A Passage to India)

“Trials never end, of course. Unhappiness and misfortune are bound to occur as long as people live, but there is a feeling now, that was not here before, and is not just on the surface of things, but penetrates all the way through: we’ve won it. It’s going to get better now. You can sort of tell these things.” – Robert M. Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)

” ‘Thoreau: You never gain something but that you lose something.'” – Robert M. Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)

“…if you know which facts you’re fishing for you’re no longer fishing. You’ve caught them.” – Robert M. Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)

“That’s the way the world keeps on happening. Be interested in it.” – Robert M. Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)

“If your values are rigid you can’t really learn new facts.” – Robert M. Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)

“When you try to climb a mountain to prove how big you are, you almost never make it. And even if you do it’s a hollow victory.” – Robert M. Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)

“To live only for some future goal is shallow.” – Robert M. Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)

“Originality on the other hand could get you anything– from A to F.” – Robert M. Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)

“You look at where you’re going and where you are and it never makes sense, but then you look back at where you’ve been and a pattern seems to emerge. And if you project forward from that pattern, then sometimes you can come up with something. ” – Robert M. Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)

“Sometimes it’s a little better to travel than to arrive.” – Robert M. Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)

“We’re in such a hurry most of the time we never get much chance to talk. The result is a kind of endless day-to-day shallowness, a monotony that leaves a person wondering years later where all the time went and sorry that it’s all gone.” -Robert M. Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)

“Every cloud has a silver lining, right?” – Chad Harbach (The Art of Fielding)

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