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  • #1
    Groucho Marx
    “Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”
    Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx

  • #2
    Vladimir Nabokov
    “Dear dad,
    In a consequence of a trivial altercation with a Captain Tapper, of Wild Violet Lodge, whom I happened to step upon on a corridor of a train, I had a pistol duel this morning in the woods near Kalugano and am now no more. Though the maner of my end can be regarded as a kind of easy suicide, the encounter and the ineffable Captain are in no ways connected with the Sorrows of Young Veen. In 1884, during my first summer in Ardis, I seduced your daughter, who was then twelve. Our torrid affair lasted till my return to Riverlane; it was resumed last June, four years later. That happiness has been the greatest event in my life, and I have no regrets. Yesterday, though, I have discovered she had been unfaithful to me, so we parted. Tapper, I think, may be the chap who was thrown out of one of your gaming clubs for attempting oral intercourse with the washroom attendant, a toothless old cripple, veteran from the first Crimean War. Lots of flowers, please.
    Your loving son, Van
    He carefully reread his letter – and carefully tore it up. The note he finally placed in his coat pocket was much briefer.

    Dear dad, I had a trivial quarrel with a stranger whose faced I slapped and who killed me in a duel near Kalugano. Sorry!
    Vladimir Nabokov, Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle

  • #3
    Ernest Hemingway
    “How did you go bankrupt?"
    Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.”
    Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

  • #4
    P.G. Wodehouse
    “There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.”
    P.G. Wodehouse

  • #5
    P.G. Wodehouse
    “She looked as if she had been poured into her clothes and had forgotten to say "when". ”
    P.G. Wodehouse

  • #6
    Evelyn Waugh
    “The trouble with modern education is you never know how ignorant people are. With anyone over fifty you can be fairly confident what's been taught and what's been left out. But these young people have such an intelligent, knowledgeable surface, and then the crust suddenly breaks and you look down into depths of confusion you didn't know existed.”
    Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder

  • #7
    J.D. Salinger
    “Against my better judgment I feel certain that somewhere very near here—the first house down the road, maybe—there's a good poet dying, but also somewhere very near here somebody's having a hilarious pint of pus taken from her lovely young body, and I can't be running back and forth forever between grief and high delight.”
    J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey

  • #8
    Donna Tartt
    “But how,” said Charles, who was close to tears, “how can you possibly justify cold-blooded murder?’
    Henry lit a cigarette. “I prefer to think of it,” he had said, “as redistribution of matter.”
    Donna Tartt, The Secret History

  • #9
    Emily Brontë
    “You teach me now how cruel you've been - cruel and false. Why did you despise me? Why did you betray your own heart, Cathy? I have not one word of comfort. You deserve this. You have killed yourself. Yes, you may kiss me, and cry; and wring out my kisses and tears: they'll blight you - they'll damn you. You loved me - what right had you to leave me? What right - answer me - for the poor fancy you felt for Linton? Because misery, and degradation, and death, and nothing that God or Satan could inflict would have parted us, you, of your own will did it. I have no broken your heart - you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine. So much the worse for me that I am strong. Do I want to live? What kind of living will it be when you - Oh, God! would you like to lie with your soul in the grave?”
    Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

  • #10
    Victor Hugo
    “Teach the ignorant as much as you can; society is culpable in not providing a free education for all and it must answer for the night which it produces. If the soul is left in darkness sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.”
    Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

  • #11
    Leo Tolstoy
    “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
    Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

  • #12
    Arthur Conan Doyle
    “Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons, with the greatest for the last.”
    Arthur Conan Doyle, His Last Bow

  • #13
    Edith Wharton
    “An unalterable and unquestioned law of the musical world required that the German text of French operas sung by Swedish artists should be translated into Italian for the clearer understanding of English-speaking audiences.”
    Edith Wharton

  • #14
    Donna Tartt
    “Stay away from the ones you love too much. Those are the ones who will kill you.”
    Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

  • #15
    Christopher Isherwood
    “I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking. Recording the man shaving at the window opposite and the woman in the kimono washing her hair. Some day, all this will have to be developed, carefully printed, fixed.”
    Christopher Isherwood, Goodbye to Berlin

  • #16
    J.D. Salinger
    “It's everybody, I mean. Everything everybody does is so — I don't know — not wrong, or even mean, or even stupid necessarily. But just so tiny and meaningless and — sad-making. And the worst part is, if you go bohemian or something crazy like that, you're conforming just as much only in a different way.”
    J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey
    tags: life

  • #17
    J.D. Salinger
    “You’d better get busy, though, buddy. The goddamn sands run out on you every time you turn around. I know what I’m talking about. You’re lucky if you get time to sneeze in this goddamn phenomenal world. {...} I used to worry about that. I don’t worry about it very much any more. At least I’m still in love with Yorick’s skull. At least I always have time enough to stay in love with Yorick’s skull. I want an honorable goddamn skull when I’m dead, buddy. I hanker after an honorable goddamn skull like Yorick’s.”
    J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey

  • #18
    J.D. Salinger
    “The cigars are ballast, sweetheart. Sheer ballast. If he didn’t have a cigar to hold on to, his feet would leave the ground. We’d never see our Zooey again.”
    J.D. Salinger

  • #19
    Kate Morton
    “It was the sibling thing, I suppose. I was fascinated by the intricate tangle of love and duty and resentment that tied them together. The glances they exchanged; the complicated balance of power established over decades; the games I would never play with rules I would never fully understand. And perhaps that was key: they were such a natural group that they made me feel remarkably singular by comparison. To watch them together was to know strongly, painfully, all that I'd been missing.”
    Kate Morton, The Distant Hours

  • #20
    Edith Wharton
    “Don't you ever mind," she asked suddenly, "not being rich enough to buy all the books you want?”
    Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth

  • #21
    Evelyn Waugh
    “I should like to bury something precious in every place where I've been happy and then, when I'm old and ugly and miserable, I could come back and dig it up and remember.”
    Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder

  • #22
    Edith Wharton
    “...It was one of the great livery-stableman's most masterly intuitions to have discovered that Americans want to get away from amusement even more quickly than they want to get to it.”
    Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence

  • #23
    Margaret Atwood
    “Better never means better for everyone... It always means worse, for some.”
    Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

  • #24
    Susanna Kaysen
    “Suicide is a form of murder - premeditated murder. It isn't something you do the first time you think of doing it. It takes getting used to. And you need the means, the opportunity, the motive. A successful suicide demands good organization and a cool head, both of which are usually incompatible with the suicidal state of mind.”
    Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted

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