If you’re not already a complete recluse and homebody like I am, you will be after reading these book quotes, which are succinct, powerful, compelling and just amazing. There is no need for literary context here, each quote possesses a standalone brilliance that makes it irresistible.
Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it. Reaper man – Terry Pratchett
“There he goes. One of God’s own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”
~Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
“Biology gives you a brain. Life turns it into a mind.”
Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex
The past isn’t quaint while you’re in it. Only at a safe distance, later, when you can see it as décor, not as the shape your life’s been squeezed into.
Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
Patience does not mean to passively endure. It means to be farsighted enough to trust the end result of a process. What does patience mean? It means to look at the thorn and see the rose, to look at the night and see the dawn.
~The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” Dune.
“Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.” Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.
The first line of The Secret History by Donna Tartt.
“But his soul was mad. Being alone in the wilderness, it had looked within itself and, by heavens I tell you, it had gone mad.”
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
“When the spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the few that were as good as spring itself.”-Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
If you haven’t already, then make sure you read these literary quotes by master of his craft – David Foster Wallace, along with this sensual poetry by Polish poetess Anna Swir