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“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” ~Mr. Darcy, Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen.
Ugh. I can’t even. How can Mr. Darcy be so perfect?
“The Mirror will be moved to a new home tomorrow, Harry, and I ask you not to go looking for it again. If you ever do run across it, you will now be prepared. It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that. Now, why don’t you put that admirable cloak back on and get off to bed.” ~Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
This has stuck with me ever since I read it the first time as a nine-year-old curled up in bed. It’s something that I try to remember in my daily life.
““So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” ~The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby is full of beautiful writing, but this as a closing line? Wow.
“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.” ~ Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
I read this in high school, and I never really forgot this part. Jane was such a strong female character for her time, and I loved how fierce she was.
““You intolerable lunatic,” he snarled at me, and then he caught my face between his hands and kissed me.” ~Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Okay, okay. I’ve always said I don’t like romance novels, but I DO appreciate a bit of romance. I LOVED the hate-to-love relationship in this novel and all the banter. So perfect.
“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.” ~Night by Elie Wiesel
This one’s different from my others. It’s horrible to remember that Elie Wiesel suffered through and survived the Holocaust, but this is one of those excerpts that stuck with me, and I think it’s an important one. It puts a person behind such a horrific event and reminds us that pain such as that not only impacts a person for a lifetime, but should never be forgotten.
“IT WAS A PLEASURE TO BURN. IT was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed. With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world, the blood pounded in his head, and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history. ” ~Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
I know this is probably a weird one to include, but I just love the opening of Fahrenheit 451. I loved the sound and flow of the language, and I loved the description.
“Atticus said to Jem one day, ‘I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.'”That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it.”‘Your father’s right,’ she said. ‘Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.'” ~To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Just choosing one quote from this novel is a challenge as it’s rich in things that I love. However, this ties into the whole theme of the novel. It felt like everything was connected to this one moment.
“I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves or figments of their imagination, indeed, everything and anything except me.” Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
This is another one that is rich in memorable moments for me, but I picked this one because I feel like it is just so relevant to today.
” If you loved someone, you loved him, and when you had nothing else to give, you still gave him love. “ 1984 by George Orwell
I feel weird not picking something political from 1984, but at the same time, I don’t. It’s just as much about relationships as it is politics. And honestly, I just really liked this sentiment.