Evocative Literary Lines Women

“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”
― Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

“Better to be strong than pretty and useless.”
― Lili St. Crow
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Strange Angels

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
― Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
― Virginia Woolf

A Room of One’s Own

“A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.”
― D.H. Lawrence

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

What woman/women in literature have inspired you?

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Evocative Literary Lines VIII

“If I am out of my mind, it’s all right with me…”

Saul Bellow, Herzog

“…life on earth is both brutally short, and paradoxically, far too long. ”

 Andrew Davidson, The Gargoyle

“Remember that all worlds draw to an end and that noble death is a treasure which no one is too poor to buy.”

C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia

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Share a line or two from literature that brings you strong imagery, memories, and/or feelings.

Evocative Literary Lines VII

“She was lost in her longing to understand.”Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Choler


“I am more than my scars.”
Andrew Davidson, The Gargoyle


“She was becoming herself and daily casting aside that fictitious self which we assume like a garment with which to appear before the world.”
Kate Chopin, The Awakening

The process of self-discovery is a scary and beautiful thing;
to be baffled by your own soul long enough to discover it’s depth and complexity, to find your truth.

What books or quotes have inspired you to learn more about your truth?

Evocative Literary Lines VI

Today is the birthday of the great playwright George Bernard Shaw

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Bernard Shaw. Born July 26th 1856
an Irish playwright whose influence on Western theater, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond. He wrote more than sixty plays, with a range incorporating both contemporary satire and historical allegory.
Shaw became the leading dramatist of his generation, and in 1925 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

“You don’t get tired of muffins. But you don’t find inspiration in them”

Man and Superman

“I can’t turn your soul on. Leave me those feelings; and you can take away the voice and the face. They are not you.”

Pygmalion

Fun Fact: Pygmalion was the play that was later adapted to the famous musical “My Fair Lady.”

“You see things; you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were;
and I say ‘Why not?”

~Bernard Shaw

Evocative Literary Lines V

Keeping with the theme of the last few post, these lines are taken from the books of a few great American writers. Also, a bit of a self discovery/affirmation theme. 🙂

“She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order.”

Toni Morrison, Beloved

“I celebrate myself, and sing myself.”

Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”

John Steinbeck, East of Eden 

Evocative Literary Lines IV

Today my theme is a bit dark/heavy; the three focus on the clash of psychological and physical despair.

“Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.”

Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

“The heart dies a slow death, shedding each hope like leaves until one day there are none. No hopes. Nothing remains.”

Arthur Golden, Memoirs Of A Geisha

“For a sweet minute, I am healthy, and whole.”

“I sigh, turn from my husband, and pull back the blankets, exposing my
body-skin covering bones-and watch as the moment shatters, falling to pieces at my veined feet.”

Kimberly Wenzler, Both Sides of Love

This book really caught me by surprise. I intended to start reading it after I finished the 2 books I was already ready and a runner up. However, when I got it I started reading the first few pages (as I always do with new books), and I just never stopped until I found I had read the whole book. It reads like the intimate diaries of two very different but real women. I thought it was going to be too romancy for me, but it was less “romance” novel and more about why we love, and the different kinds of love a person experiences in their lifetime

 Share a few heavy lines from literature that have really resignation with you