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  • #1
    Charlotte Brontë
    “Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God's feet, equal — as we are!”
    Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

  • #2
    Philip Pullman
    “On a cold, fretful afternoon in early October, 1872, a hansom cab drew up outside the offices of Lockhart and Selby, Shipping Agents, in the financial heart of London, and a young girl got out and paid the driver.

    She was a person of sixteen or so--alone, and uncommonly pretty. She was slender and pale, and dressed in mourning, with a black bonnet under which she tucked back a straying twist of blond hair that the wind had teased loose. She had unusually dark brown eyes for one so fair. Her name was Sally Lockhart; and within fifteen minutes, she was going to kill a man.”
    Philip Pullman, The Ruby in the Smoke

  • #3
    Neil Gaiman
    “When I was a child, adults would tell me not to make things up, warning me of what would happen if I did. As far as I can tell so far, it seems to involve lots of foreign travel and not having to get up too early in the morning.”
    Neil Gaiman, Smoke and Mirrors

  • #4
    Ian McEwan
    “A person is, among all else, a material thing, easily torn and not easily mended.”
    Ian McEwan, Atonement

  • #5
    Mary Ann Shaffer
    “Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad books.”
    Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • #6
    Melina Marchetta
    “It's funny how you can forget everything except people loving you. Maybe that's why humans find it so hard getting over love affairs. It's not the pain they're getting over, it's the love.”
    Melina Marchetta, On the Jellicoe Road

  • #7
    Deanna Raybourn
    “To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband's dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching upon the floor.”
    Deanna Raybourn, Silent in the Grave

  • #8
    Melina Marchetta
    “What do you want from me?" he asks.
    What I want from every person in my life, I want to tell him.
    Melina Marchetta, Jellicoe Road

  • #9
    Laura Florand
    “Humble people were unsettling at best. All that lack of backbone. It was just creepy. Like talking to linguine.”
    Laura Florand, The Chocolate Kiss

  • #10
    Patricia A. McKillip
    “The odd thing about people who had many books was how they always wanted more.”
    Patricia A. McKillip, The Bell at Sealey Head

  • #11
    Tom Stoppard
    “I'm going to be dead before I read the books I'm going to read.”
    Tom Stoppard

  • #12
    Georgette Heyer
    “No one could have called Mr. Standen quick-witted, but the possession of three sisters had considerably sharpened his instinct of self-preservation.”
    Georgette Heyer, Cotillion

  • #13
    “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”
    Marthe Troly-Curtin, Phrynette Married

  • #14
    Eleanor Roosevelt
    “A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water.”
    Eleanor Roosevelt

  • #15
    E.M. Forster
    “I won't be protected. I will choose for myself what is ladylike and right. To shield me is an insult.”
    E.M. Forster

  • #16
    Patricia Briggs
    Patricia Briggs, Moon Called

  • #17
    Wilkie Collins
    “My hour for tea is half-past five, and my buttered toast waits for nobody.”
    Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White

  • #18
    Wilkie Collins
    “Our words are giants when they do us an injury, and dwarfs when they do us a service.”
    Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White

  • #19
    Wilkie Collins
    “Habits of literary composition are perfectly familiar to me. One of the rarest of all the intellectual accomplishments that a man can possess is the grand faculty of arranging his ideas. Immense privilege! I possess it. Do you?”
    Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White

  • #20
    Ilona Andrews
    “Your ability to remain alive never ceases to amaze me.”
    Ilona Andrews, Magic Burns

  • #21
    Elizabeth Gaskell
    “Out of the way! We are in the throes of an exceptional emergency! This is no occassion for sport- there is lace at stake!" (Ms. Pole)”
    Elizabeth Gaskell, Cranford

  • #22
    Albert Einstein
    “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #23
    E.M. Forster
    “Passion does not blind. No. Passion is sanity, and the woman you love, she is the only person you will ever really understand.”
    E.M. Forster

  • #24
    Walter M. Miller Jr.
    “You don’t have a soul, Doctor. You are a soul. You have a body, temporarily.”
    Walter M. Miller Jr., A Canticle for Leibowitz

  • #25
    Elizabeth Gaskell
    “I thought, perhaps you might have had something to say, but I see we are nothing to each other. If you're quite convinced that any foolish passion on my part is entirely over, I will wish you good afternoon.'

    'What can he mean?' thought Margaret -- 'what could he mean by speaking so, as if I were always thinking that he cared for me, when I know he does not; he cannot. ... But I won't care for him. I surely am mistress enough of myself to control this wild, strange, miserable feeling, which tempted me even to betray my own dear Frederick, so that I might but regain his good opinion -- the good opinion of a man who takes such pains to tell me that I am nothing to him. Come! poor little heart! be cheery and brave. We'll be a great deal to one another, if we are thrown off and left desolate.”
    Elizabeth Gaskell

  • #26
    Libba Bray
    “Mom's crying a bit, quietly, the way she always does. She never utters a sound even when she's crying, and that makes me a little sad. Doesn't seem right. When you cry, people should hear you. The world should stop. I squeeze Mom's hand and she squeezes back. I don't say anything, but at least she knows I've heard her. (Going Bovine)”
    Libba Bray

  • #27
    Megan Whalen Turner
    “I'm dying of boredom. Or maybe just dying.”
    Megan Whalen Turner

  • #28
    Patrick Rothfuss
    “Perhaps the greatest faculty our minds possess is the ability to cope with pain. Classic thinking teaches us of the four doors of the mind, which everyone moves through according to their need.

    First is the door of sleep. Sleep offers us a retreat from the world and all its pain. Sleep marks passing time, giving us distance from the things that have hurt us. When a person is wounded they will often fall unconscious. Similarly, someone who hears traumatic news will often swoon or faint. This is the mind's way of protecting itself from pain by stepping through the first door.

    Second is the door of forgetting. Some wounds are too deep to heal, or too deep to heal quickly. In addition, many memories are simply painful, and there is no healing to be done. The saying 'time heals all wounds' is false. Time heals most wounds. The rest are hidden behind this door.

    Third is the door of madness. There are times when the mind is dealt such a blow it hides itself in insanity. While this may not seem beneficial, it is. There are times when reality is nothing but pain, and to escape that pain the mind must leave reality behind.

    Last is the door of death. The final resort. Nothing can hurt us after we are dead, or so we have been told.”
    Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

  • #29
    Patrick Rothfuss
    “I also felt guilty about the three pens I'd stolen, but only for a second. And since there was no convenient way to give them back, I stole a bottle of ink before I left.”
    Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

  • #30
    Patrick Rothfuss
    “Abenthy gave me an appraising look. I'd been waiting for it. It was the look that said, "You don't sound as young as you look." I hoped he'd come to grips with it fairly soon. It gets tiresome being spoken to as if you are a child, even if you happen to be one.”
    Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

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