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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Quotes

Today's Scribe:

For a had-to-retire-too-early university lecturer whose specialty is Renaissance Lit, what could be more thrilling than spending the wee hours of a Tuesday morning poring over old books looking for just the "right" quotations for a blog post?  Thanks to Jen at The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this meme!  This is my first time participating in this meme, but I look forward to playing along frequently.

Carleen's Top 10 Favorite Quotations from Books

1.  "Nelly, I am Heathcliff! He's always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being." -- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

2.  "But forgetfulness is the plague of our alley."  -- Children of the Alley (also translated as The Children of Gebelawi) by Naguib Mahfouz

3.  "They took up several obviously wrong people, and they ran their heads very hard against wrong ideas, and persisted in trying to fit the circumstances to the ideas, instead of trying to extract ideas from the circumstances." -- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

4.  "The vice came in always at the door of necessity, not at the door of inclination." -- Moll Flanders by Daniel DeFoe

5.  "But now, for the first time, I see you are a man like me. I thought of your hand-grenades, of your bayonet, of your rifle; now I see your wife and your face and our fellowship. Forgive me, comrade. We always see it too late. Why do they never tell us that you are poor devils like us, that your mothers are just as anxious as ours, and that we have the same fear of death, and the same dying and the same agony--Forgive me, comrade; how could you be my enemy?" -- All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

6.  " Night after night she had stood on the balcony observing the street through the wooden grille. What she could see of the street had not altered, but change had crept through her. " -- Palace of Desire by Naguib Mahfouz

7.  "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." -- Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes

8.  "You can't pray a lie -- I found that out." -- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

9.  "Isn't it queer: there are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as if they had never happened before; like the larks in this country, that have been singing the same five notes over for thousands of years." -- O! Pioneers by Willa Cather

10.  "My dear, I don't give a damn." -- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

1 comment:

  1. I love your top 10 list this week since it's full of quotes from classics, I wish more people had them!
    +New follower.
    Here's my Top10 post :)

    -Kimberly @ Turning The Pages


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