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10 Dickens Quotes on his 201st Birthday

February 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Charles DickensToday marks the 201st anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens.  To mark the event I thought I’d share 10 of my favorite Dickens quotes:

  1. Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. ~  Great Expectations

  2. At last, in the dead of the night, when the street was very still indeed, Little Dorrit laid the heavy head upon her bosom, and soothed her to sleep. And thus she sat at the gate, as it were alone; looking up at the stars, and seeing the clouds pass over them in their wild flight–which was the dance at Little Dorrit’s party. ~  Little Dorrit

  3. “If you could see my legs when I take my boots off, you’d form some idea of what unrequited affection is.”  ~  Dombey and Son

  4. “It’s in vain, Trot, to recall the past, unless it works some influence upon the present.”  ~  David Copperfield

  5. All other swindlers upon earth are nothing to the self-swindlers, and with such pretences did I cheat myself. Surely a curious thing. That I should innocently take a bad half-crown of somebody else’s manufacture, is reasonable enough; but that I should knowingly reckon the spurious coin of my own make, as good money!  ~  Great Expectations

  6. “You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of underdone potato. There’s more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!” ~  A Christmas Carol

  7. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way–in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. ~  A Tale of Two Cities

  8. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. ~  David Copperfield

  9. “Its matter was not new to me, but was presented in a new aspect. It shook me in my habit – the habit of nine-tenths of the world – of believing that all was right about me, because I was used to it.” ~  Dombey and Son

  10. “No one is useless in this world,” retorted the Secretary, “who lightens the burden of it for any one else.” ~  Our Mutual Friend

You might also enjoy these Dickens resources:

Valentine’s Day Quotes – 10 Love Quotes from Literature

February 2, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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hearts2013It can sometimes be hard to come up with just the right words.  If you’re looking for some quotes to add to a Valentine’s Day card or letter, you know just what I mean.   Not to worry.  These ten love  quotes from literature will help.

“Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.” ~  Venus and Adonis by William Shakespeare

“Love knows not distance; it hath no continent; its eyes are for the stars.” ~  Parables Of A Province by Gilbert Parker

The winds were warm about us, the whole earth seemed the wealthier for our love. ~  The Amber Gods by Harriet Prescott Spofford

Without, the sun shines bright and the birds are singing amid the ivy on the drooping beeches. Their choice is made, and they turn away hand-in-hand, with their backs to the darkness and their faces to the light. ~  The White Company by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“Love has no age, no limit; and no death.” ~  The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy

“A heart well worth winning, and well won. A heart that, once won, goes through fire and water for the winner, and never changes, and is never daunted.” ~  Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.” ~  Emma by Jane Austen

“You are my heart, my life, my one and only thought.” ~  The White Company by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Love is a flower that grows in any soil, works its sweet miracles undaunted by autumn frost or winter snow, blooming fair and fragrant all the year, and blessing those who give and those who receive. ~  Little Men by Louisa May Alcott

Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight!
For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

See All of Our Love Quotes from Literature

 

Austenland Adventures

January 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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AustenlandHave you heard about Austenland?  Shannon Hale, primarily known for her young adult titles, gives us the tale of a woman so enamored of the the BBC’s version of Pride and Prejudice that it’s hindering her own hunt for Mr. Right.  (Or should we call him Mr. Darcy?)   At any rate, the 2008 novel has been made into a movie.  The film hasn’t been released yet, but it’s showing at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

There’s no trailer available, but here’s a hilarious story about the making of the movie from Shannon Hale:

Love is a Flower

January 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Love Quote Photo

Love is a flower that grows in any soil, works its sweet miracles undaunted by autumn frost or winter snow, blooming fair and fragrant all the year, and blessing those who give and those who receive. ~ Little Men by Louisa May Alcott

Here’s a quote photo to share with friends and family.  I’ve posted it on the LitQuotes Facebook page for easier sharing. It’s also on the LitQuotes Pinterest page.

LitQuotes on Twitter – January 2013

January 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Twitter

Do you follow us on Twitter? If not, you’ll want to check it out. Here are some interesting items that we’ve tweeted about recently:

Do you like daily quotes?  Our Twitter feed features a quote a day. 

 

 

First New Quotes of The Year Added

January 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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New QuotesToday I added new quotes to the database.  This brings the collection to 2,259, sourced quotes from literature.  Will 2013 be the year that the collection grows to 3,000 quotes?  Here’s hoping!  If you’d like to help make that happen, feel free to contribute a quote. In the meantime, here are my favorite quotes from the new batch.

Scattered wits take a long time picking up. ~ Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, and that Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do. ~ The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

That which is loved may pass, but love hath no end. ~ Parables Of A Province by Gilbert Parker

Wit is always at the elbow of want. ~ No Defense by Gilbert Parker

Can We Chat?

January 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Communication QuotesThe other day I noticed that the site has a lot of great quotes that deal with communication.  Here are a few of my favorites.

“Facts or opinions which are to pass through the hands of so many, to be misconceived by folly in one, and ignorance in another, can hardly have much truth left.” ~  Persuasion by Jane Austen

The fool wonders, the wise man asks. ~ Count Alarcos: A Tragedy by Benjamin Disraeli

Mrs. Bittacy rustled ominously, holding her peace meanwhile. She feared long words she did not understand. Beelzebub lay hid among too many syllables. ~ The Man Whom the Trees Loved by Algernon Blackwood

Silence is of different kinds, and breathes different meanings. ~ Villette by Charlotte Bronte

By Any Other Name

January 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Nom De PlumeWe all know that Samuel Clemens wrote under  the name of Mark Twain and that George Eliot was really Marian Evans.  But did you ever wonder about the back-story? In Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms Carmela Ciuraru examines this issue.  The book looks at the lives of of authors who used pen names.   In addition to Twain and Eliot, there are chapters on the Bronte sisters, Lewis Carroll, O. Henry, George Orwell and others.

Exploring the fascinating stories of more than a dozen authorial impostors across several centuries and cultures, Carmela Ciuraru plumbs the creative process and the darker, often crippling aspects of fame. Part detective story, part exposé, part literary history, Nom de Plume is an absorbing psychological meditation on identity and creativity.

Learn More – Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms

The Real Business of Life

January 2, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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“The real business of life is trying to understand each other.” ~ Northern Lights by Gilbert Parker

Isn’t that the truth!  Here’s another quote photo to share with friends and family.  I’ve also posted it on the LitQuotes Facebook page for easier sharing.

RealBusiness

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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NewYearMay 2013 bring you . . . .

They seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if they had surprised a butterfly in the winter woods. ~  Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

Friendship, I fancy, means one heart between two.” ~  Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith

Her love was entire as a child’s, and though warm as summer it was fresh as spring. ~ Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour. ~  A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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