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Literature Quotes

Famous Quotations from Literature

QuoteAuthor & Title
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” George Orwell, Animal Farm
“All for one, one for all, that is our motto.” Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers
And out of the houses the rats came tumbling. / Great rats, small rats, lean rats, brawny rats/ Brown rats, black rats, gray rats, tawny rats.” Robert Browning, “The Pied Piper of Hamelin”
“Appearances often are deceiving.” Aesop, “The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing”
“Ay, tear her tattered ensign down! / Long has it waved on high, / And many an eye has danced to see / That banner in the sky.” Oliver Wendell Holmes, “Old Ironsides”
“ ‘Bah,’ said Scrooge. ‘Humbug!’ ” Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
Because I could not stop for Death, / He kindly stopped for me—” Emily Dickinson, “Because I Could Not Stop For Death”
Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
“Beware the Jabberwock, my son! / The Jaws that bite, the claws that catch!” Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass
“But don’t go into Mr. McGregor’s garden.” Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Peter Rabbit
“ ‘But he hasn’t got anything on,’ a little child said.” Hans Christian Andersen, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”
“But there is no joy in Mudville—Mighty Casey has struck out.” Ernest Lawrence Thayer, “Casey at the Bat”
“By the shores of Gitchee Gumee, / By the shining Big-Sea-Water, / Stood the wigwam of Nokomis," Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Song of Hiawatha
“Call me Ishmael.” Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents.” Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
“Curiouser and curiouser!” Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
“Do you believe in fairies? . . . If you believe, clap your hands!” James Matthew Barrie, Peter Pan
“Eliza made her desperate retreat across the river just in the dusk of twilight.” Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin
“Fifteen men on a Dead Man’s Chest— / Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum! / Drink and the devil had done for the rest— / Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!” Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
“ ‘God bless us every one!’ said Tiny Tim, the last of all.” Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
“Good fences make good neighbors.” Robert Frost, “Mending Wall”
“Half a league, half a league, / Half a league onward, / All in the valley of death / Rode the six hundred.” Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “The Charge of the Light Brigade”
“His own image . . . was no longer the reflection of a clumsy, dirty, gray bird, ugly and offensive.He himself was a swan! Being born in a duck yard does not matter, if only you are hatched from a swan’s egg.” Hans Christian Andersen, “The Ugly Duckling”
“I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and long words bother me.” A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
“I am Heathcliff.” Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
“I’m really a very good man; but I’m a very bad Wizard.” Lyman Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
“ ‘I am the Ghost of Christmas Past.’” Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
“I beheld the wretch—the miserable monster whom I had created.” Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein
“I meant what I said / And I said what I meant . . . / An elephant’s faithful / One hundred per cent!” Dr. Seuss, Horton Hatches the Egg
“I must be worthy of the great DiMaggio who does all things perfectly even with the pain of the bone spur in his heel.” Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“ ‘If it had grown up,’ she said to herself, ‘it would have made a dreadfully ugly child; but it makes rather a handsome pig, I think.’ ” Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
“I’ll resk forty dollars that he can outjump any frog in Calaveras county.” Mark Twain, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”
“I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.” Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind
In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.” Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
“It is a far, far better thing I do, than I have ever done.” Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
“Listen, my children, and you shall hear / Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, / On the Eighteenthof April, in Seventy-Five / Hardly a man is now alive / Who remembers that famous day and year.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Paul Revere’s Ride”
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop, “The Lion and the Mouse”
“Off with her head! Off with his head!” Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland
“Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were—Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail,and Peter.” Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Peter Rabbit
“One if by land, two if by sea.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Paul Revere’s Ride”
“One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, / One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
“Poems are made by fools like me, / But only God can make a tree.” Joyce Kilmer, “Trees”
“Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.” William Golding, The Lord of the Flies
“The clever men at Oxford / Know all that there is to be knowed. / But they none of them know one half as much / As intelligent Mr. Toad!” Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
“The road to the City of Emeralds is paved with yellow brick.” Lyman Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
“This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks / . . . / Stand like Druids of old.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline
“To be, or not to be: that is the question.” William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“Tom appeared on the sidewalk with a bucket of whitewash and a long-handled brush.” Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— / I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken”
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