Sunday, November 26, 2017

Favorite Literary Quotes Part 2

Aliis Sinisalu

My first "Favorite Literary Quotes" was quite popular. So I thought I'd do a second version!

Here are some of my favorite quotes, from books, poems, essays, and other literary sources. Which one is your favorite?

Janko Ferlič

“She hoped to be wise and reasonable in time; but alas! Alas! She must confess to herself that she was not wise yet.” 

― Jane AustenPersuasion

“Let us never underestimate the power of a well-written letter.” 

― Jane AustenPersuasion

Álvaro Serrano

“The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”

― Laura Ingalls Wilder

“She succumbed to the eternal feminine passion for bargains.”

― Georgette Heyer, Cotillion

“She tried to act as though it were nothing to go to the library alone. But her happiness betrayed her. Her smile could not be restrained, and it spread from her tightly pressed mouth, to her round cheeks, almost to the hair ribbons tied in perky bows over her ears.”

― Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown

Alfons Morales

“Was life always like that? she wondered. A game of hide and seek in which you only occasionally found the person you wanted to be?”

― Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy and the Great World

“I can live alone, if self-respect, and circumstances require me so to do. I need not sell my soul to buy bliss. I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all extraneous delights should be withheld, or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.”

― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

John-Mark Kuznietsov

Sea Fever

By John Masefield

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;

And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

Diogo Sousa

What's your favorite literary quote?