Evocative Literary Lines III

“I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering it’s things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner (2003)

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty.”

Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn (1819)

“There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”


William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1599-1602)


What lines in literature do you know to be unforgettable?

Please share a line or two that has impacted you?

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19 thoughts on “Evocative Literary Lines III

  1. “But some feelings sink so deep into the heart that only loneliness can help you find them again. Some truths about yourself are so painful that only shame can help you live with them. And some things are just so sad that only your soul can do the crying for you.” Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

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  2. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
    Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice

    That is the one quote that has been forever imprinted in my mind, and I love the book but have yet to find my own Mr Darcy and ironically have never been remotely interested in technically being a wife.

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  3. “If people we love die, then they are lost only to our ordinary senses. If we remember, we can find them anytime with our hundred secret senses.” The Hundred Secret Senses, by Amy Tan

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  4. “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau – Walden

    “The first thing I do each morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.” Dorothy Parker – Poems

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  5. In his inauguration speech, Nelson Mandela said: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most.”

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  6. ‘And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn’t really change the fact that you have what you have.’ From The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

    This line made me question how perspective is used.

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  7. “And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.'” Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country.

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