"Try and realize,” he said, “that this is not love.I have been in love but this is not the same thing. It is not my feeling but some external power that has seized me. I went away, you know, because I had come to the conclusion that it was impossible - you understand? Because such happiness does not exist on earth. But I have struggled with myself and found that without that there’s no life for me. And it must be decided…"
@1 year ago with 11 notes
#tolstoy y'all #100ste boek dit jaar #personal #quote
Constantine “Kostya” Levin, speaking of his love for Kitty Shcherbatskaya. Anna Karenina
, Leo Tolstoy. (via isserleylovesbooks
"Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men."
@2 years ago with 11 notes
#The Great Gatsby #gatsby #nick carraway #narration #book quote #quote #quotes #book quotes #fitzgerald #currently reading #re-read classics #jay gatsby
"The safest course was actually the simplest - do nothing at all and hope everything turned out for the best. It wasn’t a great plan, but it had the benefits of simplicity and a long tradition."
@2 years ago with 38 notes
#shades of grey #the road to high saffron #jasper fforde #fforde #book #books #reading #book nerd #book quote #book quotes #quote #quotes #re-read classic
30 day book challenge - DAY NINE.
9. Your favorite quotes about books.
Can I just say I’m really enjoying this challenge? First off, the one I’ve already posted in “quotes from books” and that I’m getting tattooed at some point:
"Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing."
Then there are a couple of excellent Austen quotes, from and about books:
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
(For once, Caroline Bingley has a point even if she’s just pretending. Pride and Prejudice)
"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid."
(Henry Tilney, Northanger Abbey)
And then the same sentiment returns in a more explicitly sex-oriented way in this John Waters quote:
"We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t fuck them."
@2 years ago
#30 day book challenge #book #books #reading #book challenge #book nerd #quote #quotes #book quote #book quotes #john waters #henry tilney #caroline bingley #bingley #tilney #jane austen #pride and prejudice #northanger abbey #scout finch #to kill a mockingbird #harper lee
30 day book challenge - DAY EIGHT.
8. Your favorite quotes from books.
I love this question! I have a ton, really. I regularly put some on the book blog if you’re interested.
Here are some of the absolute best:
“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
(Scout Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird)
“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”
(Atticus Finch, TKAM)
“Lady, you are full of so much bullshit.”
(Mr. Harding, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)
“I love my murderer - but yours? how can I?”
(Heathcliff, Wuthering Heights)
"Be with me always - take any form - drive me mad! Only do not leave me in this abyss where I cannot find you. Oh! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!"
(Heathcliff, Wuthering Heights)
"Vanity, not love, has been my folly."
(Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice)
"I stopped you ungraciously, just now, Mr. Knightley, and, I am afraid, gave you pain. But if you have any wish to speak openly to me as a friend, or to ask my opinion of any thing that you may have in contemplation — as a friend, indeed, you may command me. I will hear whatever you like. I will tell you exactly what I think."
(Emma Woodhouse, Emma)
And a bunch more from more other authors and more recent work, but as these are what I’ve been reading lately… :)
@2 years ago
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