21 May 2012

30 pieces of wisdom from favourite novels

"You know what charm is: a way of getting the
answer yes without having asked any clear question."

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
 what is important is invisible to the eye."
 "To be, or not to be; that is the bare bodkin"

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
"Everyone suspects himself of at least one of the
cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the
few honest people that I have ever known."

What happens but once, says the German
adage, might as well not have happened at all.
Mother Night
"We are what we pretend to be, so we must
be careful about what we pretend to be."

The Old Man And The Sea
"Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky.
But I would rather be exact.
Then when luck comes you are ready."

By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept
“Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful.
But not knowing which to do is the
worst kind of suffering.”

The White Lioness
"‎Not having time for a person, not being able
to sit in silence together with somebody,
that's the same as rejecting them,
as being scornful about them."

The Secret History
“Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful,
we quiver before it.”

High Fidelity
"It's no good pretending that any relationship
 has a future if your record collections disagree
violently or if your favorite films wouldn't even
speak to each other if they met at a party."

On The Road
“The best teacher is experience and not
through someone's distorted point of view”

The Sound and the Fury
"It's not when you realise that nothing can
help you - religion, pride, anything - it's when
you realise that you don't need any aid."

To Kill A Mockingbird
"People generally see what they look for,
and hear what they listen for."

The Catcher In The Rye
"All you have to do is say something nobody
 understands and they'll do practically
anything you want them to."
"The more you love a memory the
stronger and stranger it becomes."
Breakfast at Tiffany's
"Because no matter where you run,
you just end up running into yourself."

Invisible Monsters
"The only way to find true happiness
 is to risk being completely cut open."

Long Goodbye
"There is no trap so deadly as the
 trap you set for yourself."

Brave New World
"Great is truth, but still greater, from a
practical point of view, is silence about truth."

Enduring Love
"When its gone, you'll know what a
gift love was. you'll suffer like this.
So go back and fight to keep it."


The Fall
"You know what charm is:
a way of getting the answer yes without
having asked any clear question."

Great Expectations
"We need never be ashamed of
our tears."

War and Peace
"We can know only that we know nothing.
And that is the highest degree of human wisdom."
"By definition, you have to live until you die.
Better to make that life as complete
and enjoyable an experience as possible,
in case death is shite, which I suspect it will be."

Atlas Shrugged
"Never think of pain or danger or enemies a
moment longer than is necessary to fight them."

The Road
"You forget what you want to remember,
and you remember what you want to forget."

The Bell Jar
"If you expect nothing from anybody,
you’re never disappointed."
Fear Nothing
"Never leave a friend behind.
Friends are all we have to get us
through this life--and they are the only things from this
world that we could hope to see in the next."

To say I Love one must first know how to say ‘I’

 The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket & Related Tales
"Sensations are the great things, after all.
Should you ever be drowned or hung,
be sure and make a note of your sensations;
they will be worth to you ten guineas a sheet."
London Spa Girl x

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