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Seven Literary Quotes About History

December 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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History Quotes

History is a wheel, for the nature of man is fundamentally unchanging. What has happened before will perforce happen again. ~ A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin

Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past. ~ Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

History, like love, is so apt to surround her heroes with an atmosphere of imaginary brightness. ~ The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

“Men get tired of everything, of heaven no less than of hell; and that all history is nothing but a record of the oscillations of the world between these two extremes. An epoch is but a swing of the pendulum; and each generation thinks the world is progressing because it is always moving.” ~ Man And Superman by George Bernard Shaw

Events are as much the parents of the future as they were the children of the past. ~ Saint’s Progress by John Galsworthy

There was a great historian lost in Wolverstone. He had the right imagination that knows just how far it is safe to stray from the truth and just how far to colour it so as to change its shape for his own purposes. ~ Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini

“There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely 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

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A Feast for Crows

November 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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A Feast for Crows

A Feast for Crows is the fourth of seven planned novels in the fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. The novel was first published on October 17, 2005, in the United Kingdom.  A United States edition followed on in November  of 2005.

War makes monsters of us all. ~ A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin

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10 Quotes About Truth from Literature

April 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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With fake news running wild, how do we know what’s true? Here’s what William Shakespeare, Herman Melville, George R. R. Martin and others have to say.

Quotes about the Truth

There was a great historian lost in Wolverstone. He had the right imagination that knows just how far it is safe to stray from the truth and just how far to colour it so as to change its shape for his own purposes. ~ Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini

“Truth is like a thrashing-machine; tender sensibilities must keep out of the way.” ~ The Confidence-Man by Herman Melville

You’ll find truth in your looking glass, not on the tongues of men. ~ A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin

Being in a minority, even a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad. ~ Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

“It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” ~ The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“Journalists say a thing that they know isn’t true, in the hope that if they keep on saying it long enough it will be true.” ~ The Title by Arnold Bennett

People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it’s served up. ~ A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin

“I make no manner of doubt that you threw a very diamond of truth at me, though you see it hit me so directly in the face that it wasn’t exactly appreciated, at first.” ~ Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch; nay, you may kick it about all day, like a football, and it will be round and full at evening. ~ The Professor at the Breakfast Table by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

“For truth is truth to the end of reckoning.” ~ Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare

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7 Literary Quotes about Destiny

January 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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Quotes about DestinyHistory is a wheel, for the nature of man is fundamentally unchanging. What has happened before will perforce happen again. ~ A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin

Can we outrun the heavens? ~ Henry VI, Part Two by William Shakespeare

Were we no better than chessmen, moved by an unseen power, vessels the potter fashions at his fancy, for honour or for shame? ~ Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Oscar Wilde

Destiny has a constant passion for the incongruous. ~ The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington

But often the great cat Fate lets us go only to clutch us again in a fiercer grip. ~ The Curse of Eve by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“This whole act’s immutably decreed. ‘Twas rehearsed by thee and me a billion years before this ocean rolled. Fool! I am the Fates’ lieutenant; I act under orders.” ~ Moby Dick by Herman Melville

“Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead,” said Scrooge. “But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me!” ~ A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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20 Funny Quotes from Literature

May 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Funny Quotes from Literature

“To win back my youth, Gerald, there is nothing I wouldn’t do—except take exercise, get up early, or be a useful member of the community.” ~ A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde

“I always say beauty is only sin deep.” ~ Reginald by Saki

It is the necessary nature of a political party in this country to avoid, as long as it can be avoided, the consideration of any question which involves a great change. ~ Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast. ~ Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Oscar Wilde

“Prophecy is like a half-trained mule,” he complained to Jorah Mormont. “It looks as though it might be useful, but the moment you trust in it, it kicks you in the head.” ~ A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin

You can’t expect the fatted calf to share the enthusiasm of the angels over the prodigal’s return. ~ Reginald by Saki

Fox terriers are born with about four times as much original sin in them as other dogs are. ~ Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

Discovering that priests were infinitely more attentive when she was in process of losing or regaining faith in Mother Church, she maintained an enchantingly wavering attitude. ~ This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“This looks like one of those unwelcome social summonses which call upon a man either to be bored or to lie.” ~ The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.” ~ An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde

In one respect at least the Martians are a happy people; they have no lawyers. ~ A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

“I discovered early that crying makes my nose red, and the knowledge has helped me through several painful episodes.” ~ The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

In all the thousands of times I have asked other people for advice, I never yet got the advice I wanted. ~ Armadale by Wilkie Collins

A story with a moral appended is like the bill of a mosquito. It bores you, and then injects a stinging drop to irritate your conscience. ~ Strictly Business by O. Henry

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

“Unbidden guests
Are often welcomest when they are gone.”
 ~ Henry VI, Part One by William Shakespeare

The bishop did not whistle: we believe that they lose the power of doing so on being consecrated. ~ The Warden by Anthony Trollope

What the eye does not see, the stomach does not get upset over. ~ Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

I don’t want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again. ~ This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Unless one is a genius, it is best to aim at being intelligible. ~ Dolly Dialogues by Anthony Hope

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Wheel Quotes From Literature

January 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Wheel QuotesHistory is a wheel, for the nature of man is fundamentally unchanging. What has happened before will perforce happen again. ~ A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin

Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked. Good mental machinery ought to break its own wheels and levers, if anything is thrust among them suddenly which tends to stop them or reverse their motion. A weak mind does not accumulate force enough to hurt itself; stupidity often saves a man from going mad. ~ The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

“The world is a wheel, and it will all come round right.” ~ Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli

Laughter and tears are meant to turn the wheels of the same machinery of sensibility; one is wind-power, and the other water-power; that is all. ~ The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Wheel Quotes from Literature

Ten Quotes from Literature About Time

December 31, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Quotes About TimeThe old year is slipping away fast!  Where did the time go? Here are quotes about time from literature that may, or may not,  answer that question.

Men live their lives trapped in an eternal present, between the mists of memory and the sea of shadow that is all we know of the days to come. ~ A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin

We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. ~ The Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” ~ The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

The very stone one kicks with one’s boot will outlast Shakespeare. ~ To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.” ~ Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

You are here for but an instant, and you mustn’t take yourself too seriously. ~ The Land That Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs

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

Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life. I thought of their unfathomable distance, and the slow inevitable drift of their movements out of the unknown past into the unknown future. ~ The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

The right time is ANY time that one is still so lucky as to have. ~ The Ambassadors by Henry James

“The past and the present are within the field of my inquiry, but what a man may do in the future is a hard question to answer.” ~ The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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New Quotes Added – Phineas Redux and A Dance With Dragons

November 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Quotes from LiteratureThe site now contains quotes from Phineas Redux and A Dance with Dragons.  This latest batch of quotes puts the site at over 2,600 quotes!  Remember that all of our quotes list a source and are sorted into topics by people, not algorithms.

Here are some of my favorites from the new batch.  If you have a quote that you’d like to see added to the site, you can contribute a quote.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,” said Jojen. “The man who never reads lives only one.” ~ A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin

It is the necessary nature of a political party in this country to avoid, as long as it can be avoided, the consideration of any question which involves a great change. ~ Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

“Prophecy is like a half-trained mule,” he complained to Jorah Mormont. “It looks as though it might be useful, but the moment you trust in it, it kicks you in the head.” ~ A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin

Ride at any fence hard enough, and the chances are you’ll get over. The harder you ride the heavier the fall, if you get a fall; but the greater the chance of your getting over. ~ Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

 

New Quotes Added – A Feast for Crows, Invictus and More

October 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Quotes from LiteratureI got in one more batch of new quotes before the end of the month.  The batch has quotes from A Feast for Crows, Invictus and more.

Here are some of my favorites from the new batch. . .

The best way to be thankful is to use the goods the gods provide you. ~ The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope

Men of honor will do things for their children that they would never consider doing for themselves. ~ A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin

There is nothing perhaps so generally consoling to a man as a well-established grievance; a feeling of having been injured, on which his mind can brood from hour to hour, allowing him to plead his own cause in his own court, within his own heart,—and always to plead it successfully. ~ Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope

Love is involuntary. It does not often run in a yoke with prudence. ~ Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

“With no intention to take offence, I deny your right to put words into my mouth.” ~ Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit From pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
 ~ Invictus by William Ernest Henley

New Quotes Added – George R. R. Martin and Anthony Trollope

September 30, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Quotes from LiteratureI added new quotes to the site today.  The quotes are by George R. R. Martin and Anthony Trollope.  New titles included in this batch are A Storm of Swords and Framley Parsonage.

Here are some of my favorites from the new batch.  If you have a quote that you’d like to see added to the site, you can contribute a quote.

All men must die, Jon Snow. But first we’ll live. ~ A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin

He took such high ground that there was no getting on to it. ~ The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Having a comfortable allowance from his father, he could devote the whole proceeds of his curacy to violet gloves and unexceptionable neck ties. ~ Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

A burden that will crush a single pair of shoulders will, when equally divided—when shared by two, each of whom is willing to take the heavier part—become light as a feather. ~ Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

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