In my years of middle and high school required readings and reading for personal satisfaction, I've come across my fair share of literary classics. A lot of my books look like I painted them with highlighters, because if there's one thing I love about books, it's pertinent quotes. Here are 12 of my favorite quotes from some of my favorite stories:
1. "Isn't it pretty to think so?"
from The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
2. "He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking."
from Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
3. "Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same."
from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
4. "You don't have to live forever, you just have to live."
from Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
5. "A dream, all a dream, that ends in nothing, and leaves the sleeper where he lay down, but I wish you to know that you inspired it."
from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
6. "Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt."
from Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
7. "Maybe there is a beast... Maybe it's only us."
from Lord of the Flies by William Golding
8. "I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary."
from Variations on the Word Sleep by Margaret Atwood
9. "She had waited all her life for something, and it had killed her when it found her."
from Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
10. "Sometimes we get sad about things and we don't like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret. Or sometimes, we are sad but we really don't know why we are sad, so we say we aren't sad but we really are."
from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
11. "Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot."
from Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
12. "Clocks slay time... time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life."
from The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner