Saturday, October 29, 2011

Favorite Book Quotes

Question: What is the novel you find most quotable or what are five of your favorite quotes from novels?

My Answer:

"We are such stuff as dreams are made on." Prospero, in The Tempest. And, okay, it's not a novel, but this is definitely one of my favorite quotes and one of the ones I think of most often.

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man possessed of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." This has to be one of the finest wrought and most memorable first sentences in literature, from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

"There seems almost a general wish of decrying the capacity and undervaluing the labour of the novelist, and of slighting the performances which have only genius, wit, and taste to recommend them."
-Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

"She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older-the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning."
-Jane Austen, Persuasion

Austen's words are so insightful, memorable, and snidely clever all at the same time...

“Sometimes we wear masks, sometimes we can be ourselves, sometimes the masks are truer than the faces." -The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory

Gregory also often has insightful statements about her characters, particularly Elizabeth I.

I have a lot more favorite quotes, but I'll stop there. Please comment with yours!

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