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Wednesday, 15 December 2010

FAVOURITE LITERARY QUOTATIONS from Hemingway to Vonnegut

FAVOURITE LITERARY QUOTATIONS

from Hemingway to Vonnegut

"You know it makes one feel rather good deciding not to be a bitch."
Ernest Hemingway, For Whom The Bell Tolls

"A sentence should read as if its author, had he held a plough instead of a pen, could have drawn a furrow deep and straight to the end."
Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord

"When one writes a novel about grown people, he knows exactly where to stop - that is, with a marriage; but when he writes of juveniles, he must stop where he best can." 
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

"I'm quite illiterate, but I read a lot."
J.D. Salinger, Catcher In The Rye

"I'm glad I haven't got the sort of conscience I've got to nurse like a sick puppy all the time."
William Faulkner, The Sound And The Fury

"A phrase began to beat in my ears with a sort of heady excitement: 'There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired."
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

"The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."
Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird

"One of the biggest troubles of hitchhiking is having to talk to innumerable people, make them feel that they didn't make a mistake picking you up."
Jack Kerouac, On The Road

"While men believe in the infinite some ponds will be thought to be bottomless."
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

"The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much."
Joseph Conrad, Heart Of Darkness

"But the pearls were accidents, and the finding of one was luck, a little pat on the back by God or the gods both."
John Steinbeck, The Pearl

"He had decided to live forever or die in the attempt, and his only mission each time he went up was to come down alive."
Joseph Heller, Catch-22

"She was made glad in vague ways by the battle, for this was the love-making of the Wild, the sex-tragedy of the natural world that was tragedy only to those that died."
Jack London, White Fang

"It seemed hardly the face of a man alive, with such a deathlike hue; it was hardly a man with life in him that tottered on his path so nervelessly, yet tottered, and did not fall!"
 Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlett Letter

"The line of the buildings stood clear-cut and black against the sky; here and there out of the mass rose the great chimneys, with the river of smoke streaming away to the end of the world."
Upton Sinclair, The Jungle

"The sea had jeeringly kept his finite body up, but drowned the infinite of his soul."
Herman Melville, Moby Dick

"In the rotation of crops there was a recognised season for wild oats; but they were not to be sown more than once."
Edith Wharton The Age of Innocence

"One of the hardest conditions of boyhood is the almost continuous strain put upon the powers of invention by the constant and harassing necessity for explanations of every natural act."
Booth Tarkington, Penrod

"He is in a constant state of stage fright, he says, because he never knows what part of his life he is going to have to act in next."
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

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