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“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.”
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.”
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“Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.”
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
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“If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!”
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“I do know that for the sympathy of one living being, I would make peace with all. I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.”
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“How dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow.”
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“The beginning is always today.”
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“I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel...”
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“Solitude was my only consolation - deep, dark, deathlike solitude.”
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“There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand.”
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“the companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds which hardly any later friend can obtain.”
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.”
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“Even broken in spirit as he is, no one can feel more deeply than he does the beauties of nature. The starry sky, the sea, and every sight afforded by these wonderful regions, seems still to have the power of elevating his soul from earth. Such a man has a double existence: he may suffer misery, and be overwhelmed by disappointments; yet, when he has retired into himself, he will be like a celestial spirit that has a halo around him, within whose circle no grief or folly ventures.”
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose”
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“Satan has his companions, fellow-devils, to admire and encourage him; but I am solitary and detested.”
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“The world to me was a secret, which I desired to discover; to her it was a vacancy, which she sought to people with imaginations of her own.”
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“When falsehood can look so like the truth, who can assure themselves of certain happiness?”
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“There is love in me the likes of which you've never seen. There is rage in me the likes of which should never escape. If I am not satisfied int he one, I will indulge the other.”
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“once I falsely hoped to meet the beings who, pardoning my outward form, would love me for the excellent qualities which I was capable of unfolding.”
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“The whole series of my life appeared to me as a dream; I sometimes doubted if indeed it were all true, for it never presented itself to my mind with the force of reality.”
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“learn from my miseries, and do not seek to increase your own.”
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“How mutable are our feelings, and how strange is that clinging love we have of life even in the excess of misery!”
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“With how many things are we on the brink of becoming acquainted, if cowardice or carelessness did not restrain our inquiries.”
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“It may...be judged indecent in me to come forward on this occasion; but when I see a fellow-creature about to perish through the cowardice of her pretended friends, I wish to be allowed to speak, that I may say what I know of her character.”
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“Man," I cried, "how ignorant art thou in thy pride of wisdom!”
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“If our impulses were confined to hunger, thirst, and desire, we might be nearly free; but now we are moved by every wind that blows and a chance word or scene that that word may convey to us.”
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“Listen to me, Frankenstein. You accuse me of murder; and yet you would, with a satisfied conscience, destroy your own creature. Oh, praise the eternal justice of man!”
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“Thus strangely are our souls constructed, and by slight ligaments are we bound to prosperity and ruin.”
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“My dreams were all my own; I accounted for them to nobody; they were my refuge when annoyed - my dearest pleasure when free.”
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