lost in a good book

“People simply disappeared, always during the night. Your name was removed from the registers, every record of everything you had ever done was wiped out, your one-time existence was denied and then forgotten. You were abolished, annihilated: vaporized was the usual word.”
– George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 1

“It is required of every man,” the ghost returned, “that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellow-men, and travel far and wide; and, if that spirit goes not forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death.”
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

“You see I’ve been leading a sort of a funny life. And I never even talk English. And you are so very beautiful.”
– Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, Chapter 5

“If nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that–warm things, kind things, sweet things–help and comfort and laughter–and sometimes gay, kind laughter is the best help of all.”
– Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

“Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo…”
– James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ch. 1

“You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. What you say is completely up to you.”
– Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

“What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life–to strengthen each other in all labour, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?”
– George Eliot, Adam Bede

“‘What is the use of a book,’ thought Alice, ‘without pictures or conversations?'”
– Lewis Carroll,
Alice in Wonderland, Ch. 1

“We lie under the network of arching shells and live in a suspense of uncertainty. If a shot comes, we can duck, that is all; we neither know nor can determine where it will fall.”
– Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet On The Western Front, Ch. 6
“It has always seemed strange to me…The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.”
– John Steinbeck, Cannery Row

“Actions are sometimes performed in a masterly and most cunning way, while the direction of the actions is deranged and dependent on various morbid impressions – it’s like a dream.”
– Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Part 3, Ch. 3

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