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  • #1
    John Steinbeck
    “But the Hebrew word, the word timshel—‘Thou mayest’— that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’—it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.”
    John Steinbeck, East of Eden


  • #2
    John Green
    “So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.”
    John Green, Looking for Alaska


  • #3
    Thomas Hardy
    “People go on marrying because they can't resist natural forces, although many of them may know perfectly well that they are possibly buying a month's pleasure with a life's discomfort.”
    Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure


  • #4
    John Steinbeck
    “There's more beauty in truth, even if it is dreadful beauty.”
    John Steinbeck, East of Eden


  • #5
    Thomas Hardy
    “Love is a possible strength in an actual weakness.”
    Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd
    tags: love


  • #6
    Thomas Hardy
    “Do you know that I have undergone three quarters of this labour entirely for the sake of the fourth quarter?”
    Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles


  • #7
    John Steinbeck
    “I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen.”
    John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent


  • #8
    Charlotte Brontë
    “No sight so sad as that of a naughty child," he began, "especially a naughty little girl. Do you know where the wicked go after death?"

    "They go to hell," was my ready and orthodox answer.

    "And what is hell? Can you tell me that?"

    "A pit full of fire."

    "And should you like to fall into that pit, and to be burning there for ever?"

    "No, sir."

    "What must you do to avoid it?"

    I deliberated a moment: my answer, when it did come was objectionable: "I must keep in good health and not die.”
    Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre


  • #9
    John Green
    “Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia. (...) You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.”
    John Green, Looking for Alaska


  • #10
    John Green
    “As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars


  • #11
    John Steinbeck
    “For how can one know color in perpetual green, and what good is warmth without cold to give it sweetness?”
    John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America


  • #12
    Thomas Hardy
    “And at home by the fire, whenever you look up there I shall be— and whenever I look up, there will be you.
    -Gabriel Oak”
    Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd


  • #13
    Charlotte Brontë
    “I have for the first time found what I can truly love–I have found you. You are my sympathy–my better self–my good angel–I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wrap my existence about you–and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.”
    Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre


  • #14
    Charlotte Brontë
    “Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear.”
    Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre


  • #15
    Charlotte Brontë
    “It is a long way to Ireland, Janet, and I am sorry to send my little friend on such weary travels: but if I can't do better, how is it to be helped? Are you anything akin to me, do you think, Jane?"

    I could risk no sort of answer by this time: my heart was still.

    "Because, he said, "I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you - especially when you are near me, as now: it is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame. And if that boisterous channel, and two hundred miles or so of land some broad between us, I am afraid that cord of communion will be snapt; and then I've a nervous notion I should take to bleeding inwardly. As for you, - you'd forget me.”
    Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre


  • #16
    Charlotte Brontë
    “I ask you to pass through life at my side—to be my second self, and best earthly companion.”
    Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre


  • #17
    Charlotte Brontë
    “Jane, my little darling (so I will call you, for so you are), you don't know what you are talking about; you misjudge me again: it is not because she is mad I hate her. If you were mad, do you think I should hate you?"

    "I do indeed, sir."

    "Then you are mistaken, and you know nothing about me, and nothing about the sort of love of which I am capable. Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear. Your mind is my treasure, and if it were broken, it would be my treasure still: if you raved, my arms should confine you, and not a strait waistcoat--your grasp, even in fury, would have a charm for me: if you flew at me as wildly as that woman did this morning, I should receive you in an embrace, at least as fond as it would be restrictive. I should not shrink from you with disgust as I did from her: in your quiet moments you should have no watcher and no nurse but me; and I could hang over you with untiring tenderness, though you gave me no smile in return; and never weary of gazing into your eyes, though they had no longer a ray of recognition for me.”
    Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre


  • #18
    There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling
    “There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.”
    Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre


  • #19
    Charlotte Brontë
    “Do you like him much?'
    I told you I liked him a little. Where is the use of caring for him so very much: he is full of faults.'
    Is he?'
    All boys are.”
    Charlotte Brontë, Villette
    tags: boys


  • #20
    Emily Brontë
    “If he loved with all the powers of his puny being, he couldn't love as much in eighty years as I could in a day.”
    Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights


  • #21
    E.M. Forster
    “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.”
    E.M. Forster, A Room with a View


  • #22
    E.M. Forster
    “This desire to govern a woman -- it lies very deep, and men and women must fight it together.... But I do love you surely in a better way then he does." He thought. "Yes -- really in a better way. I want you to have your own thoughts even when I hold you in my arms.”
    E.M. Forster, A Room with a View




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