English Literature Quotes

Quotes tagged as "english-literature" (showing 1-30 of 31)
Jeffrey Eugenides
“She'd become an English major for the purest and dullest of reasons: because she loved to read.”
Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot

Margaret Atwood
“What else can I do? Once you've gone this far you aren't fit for anything else. Something happens to your mind. You're overqualified, overspecialized, and everybody knows it. Nobody in any other game would be crazy enough to hire me. I wouldn't even make a good ditch-digger, I'd start tearing apart the sewer-system, trying to pick-axe and unearth all those chthonic symbols - pipes, valves, cloacal conduits... No, no. I'll have to be a slave in the paper-mines for all time.”
Margaret Atwood, The Edible Woman

William Shakespeare
“Nor shall this peace sleep with her; but as when
The bird of wonder dies, the maiden phoenix,
Her ashes new-create another heir
As great in admiration as herself.”
William Shakespeare, Henry VIII

James Kelman
“Ninety-nine per cent of traditional English literature concerns people who never have to worry about money at all. We always seem to be watching or reading about emotional crises among folk who live in a world of great fortune both in matters of luck and money; stories and fantasies about rock stars and film stars, sporting millionaires and models; jet-setting members of the aristocracy and international financiers.”
James Kelman

“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul".”
Willima Ernest Henley

Samuel Beckett
“ESTRAGON: We always find something, eh Didi, to give us the impression we exist?

VLADIMIR: (impatiently). Yes, yes, we’re magicians. But let us persevere in what we have resolved, before we forget.”
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

William Shakespeare
“Bad is the world, and all will come to naught
when such ill-dealing must be seen in thought.”
William Shakespeare, Richard III

W. Somerset Maugham
“The most difficult thing for a wise woman to do is to pretend to be a foolish one.”
W. Somerset Maugham, Mrs Craddock

William Shakespeare
“In my mind's eye”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet

“Libraries are always bigger on the inside because every book has an entire word inside of it.”
Robert Arger

Oscar Wilde
“The arts that have escaped [uniformity] best are the arts in which the public take no interest. Poetry is an instance of what I mean. We have been able to have fine poetry in England because the public do not read it, and consequently do not influence it.”
Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism

Charlotte Brontë
“Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more priviledged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Thomas Gray
“Here rests his head upon the lap of earth
A youth to fortune and to fame unknown.
Fair Science frowned not on his humble birth,
And Melancholy marked him for her own.”
Thomas Gray, An Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard

“...the wise words of a friend and guide rang in my head. 'How would you distinguish a true servant of God from a traitor?...You should take especial notice of how a person speaks, not of other things, but of God.”
Harry Blamires, Highway To Heaven

William Shakespeare
“When the devout religion of mine eye
Maintains such falsehood, then turn tears to fires,
And these, who, often drowned, could never die,
Transparent heretics, be burnt for liars!
One fairer than my love? The all-seeing sun
Ne'er saw her match since first the world begun.”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare
“And 'tis a kind of good deed to say well:
And yet words are no deeds.

King Henry VIII. Act 3, Scene 2”
William Shakespeare, Henry VIII

Jane Austen
“All have been anxious for the attentions of someone whom they wished to please.”
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Tobias Smollett
“Then humming thrice, he assumed a most ridiculous solemnity of aspect, and entered into a learned investigation of the nature of stink...The French were pleased with the putrid effluvia of animal food; and so were the Hottentots in Africa, and the Savages in Greenland; and that the Negroes on the coast of Senegal would not touch fish till it was rotten; strong presumptions in favour of what is generally called stink, as those nations are in a state of nature, undebauched by luxury, unseduced by whim and caprice: that he had reason to believe the stercoraceous flavour, condemned by prejudice as a stink, was, in fact, most agreeable to the organs of smelling; for, that every person who pretended to nauseate the smell of another's excretions, snuffed up his own with particular complacency...”
Tobias Smollett, The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

“«Se Giulietta e Romeo non si fossero uccisi nessuno si ricorderebbe di loro» mi dice prima di andarsene, ma si ferma
sulla porta.
«Spero che tu e Cameron siate più fortunati insieme.»”
Margherita Fray, Teach me

Olaf Stapledon
“But why," he said with animation, "do the English not read their own great literature?"
Victor laughed triumphantly, and said, "Because at school they are made to hate it.”
Olaf Stapledon, A Man Divided

Jane Austen
“Nije isključeno da čovek može živeti i bez igranja. Poznati su i slučajevi u kojima su mladići i devojke proveli mnoge mesece, a da ni na kakvom balu nisu bili, štaviše, ni duh ni telo nisu im zbog toga pretrpeli nikakvu štetu; ali kada se jednom započne - kada se radost brzog pokreta makar i jednom oseti, premda nakratko - zaista bi društvo koje ne bi tražilo još ove blagodeti moralo biti veoma tromo.”
Jane Austen, Emma

“وإذا أنْتَ أثْبَتتَ أنَّ الكَلْبَ أوْفى مِنْكَ، فَأنا ما زِلْتُ إنْسانًا
And if you have proven that dog is more loyal than you, I am still human”
Khaled Ibrahim

Tobias Smollett
“There is such malice, treachery, and dissimulation, even among professed friends and intimate companions, as cannot fail to strike a virtuous mind with horror; and when Vice quits the stage for a moment, her place is immediately occupied by Folly...”
Tobias Smollett, The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

Anurag Shourie
“The time is ripe for young Indian authors writing in the English language.”
Anurag Shourie, An Ode Towards Hope –

Jane Austen
“Donvel je bio poznat po jagodama, koje su bile izgovor za poziv; ali nikakav izgovor nije bio potreban; ovu damu bi i kupus namamio jer je samo želela da nekuda ide.”
Jane Austen, Emma

Abhijit Naskar
“If Bengali is my mother, then English is my father and friend.”
Abhijit Naskar, Human Making is Our Mission: A Treatise on Parenting

Abhijit Naskar
“English is the language through which I reach hearts from various corners of the world. English is the language through which I flirt with my species. English is the language through which I make my species think.”
Abhijit Naskar, Human Making is Our Mission: A Treatise on Parenting

Oscar Wilde
“En cuanto a una vida echada a perder, no hay vida echada a perder más que aquella cuyo crecimiento queda detenido. Si quieres destrozar un carácter, lo único que tienes que hacer es intentar reformarlo”
Oscar Wilde, Le portrait de Dorian Gray

Virginia Woolf
“In writing choose the common words; avoid rhapsody and eloquence – yet, it is true, poetry is delicious; the best prose is that which is most full of poetry.”
Virginia Woolf, The Common Reader

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