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It Was a Dark and Stormy Night
Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Yes, this is that quote, the often quoted dark and stormy night quote.  It’s from Paul Clifford written by Edward Bulwer-Lytton. 

Five Quotes About London From Literature

“I think that I may go so far as to say, Watson, that I have not lived wholly in vain,” he remarked. “If my record . . . read more

17 London Quotes from Literature

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It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the house-tops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness. ~ Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton "There are many men in London, you know, who, some from shyness, some from misanthropy, have no wish for the company of their fellows. Yet they are not averse to comfortable chairs and the latest periodicals. It is for the convenience of these that the Diogenes Club was started, and it now contains the most unsociable and unclubable men in town. No member is permitted to take the least notice of any other one. Save in the Stranger's Room, no talking is, under any circumstances, allowed, and three offences, if brought to the notice of the committee, render the talker liable to expulsion." ~ The Greek Interpreter by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle All day the wind had screamed and the rain had beaten against the windows, so that even here in the heart of great, hand-made London we were forced to raise our minds for the instant from the routine of life and to recognise the presence of those great elemental forces which shriek at mankind through the bars of his civilisation, like untamed beasts in a cage. ~ The Five Orange Pips by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle "London is a roost for every bird." ~ Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli "The Diogenes Club is the queerest club in London, and Mycroft one of the queerest men." ~ The Greek Interpreter by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It was indeed like old times when, at that hour, I found myself seated beside him in a hansom, my revolver in my pocket, and the thrill of adventure in my heart. Holmes was cold and stern and silent. As the gleam of the street-lamps flashed upon his austere features, I saw that his brows were drawn down in thought and his thin lips compressed. I knew not what wild beast we were about to hunt down in the dark jungle of criminal London, but I was well assured, from the bearing of this master huntsman, that the adventure was a most grave one. ~ The Adventure of the Empty House by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle There are houses whose souls have passed into the limbo of Time, leaving their bodies in the limbo of London. ~ The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy "If you lived in London, where the whole system is one of false good-fellowship, and you may know a man for twenty years without finding out that he hates you like poison, you would soon have your eyes opened. There we do unkind things in a kind way: we say bitter things in a sweet voice: we always give our friends chloroform when we tear them to pieces." ~ You Never Can Tell by George Bernard Shaw "I think that I may go so far as to say, Watson, that I have not lived wholly in vain," he remarked. "If my record were closed to-night I could still survey it with equanimity. The air of London is the sweeter for my presence." ~ The Final Problem by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It was a foggy day in London, and the fog was heavy and dark. Animate London, with smarting eyes and irritated lungs, was blinking, wheezing, and choking; inanimate London was a sooty spectre, divided in purpose between being visible and invisible, and so being wholly neither. ~ Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

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