"There is, one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose getnly awful stirrings seems to speak of some hidden soul beneath..."
-Herman Melville, Moby -Dick
"I may climb perhaps to no great heights, but I will climb alone."
-Cyrano de Bergerac
"The last I saw of Count Dracula was his kissing his hand to me, with a red light of triumph in his eyes, and with a smile that Judas in hell might be proud of."
-Bram Stoker, Dracula
"Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories."
-Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
Mark T Smith
"But here is an artist. He desires to paint you the dreamiest, shadiest, quiestest, most enchanting bit of romantic landscape....what is the chief element he employs?"
- Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?"
-Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
"His left leg was cut off close by the hip, and under the left shoulder he carried a crutch, which he managed with wonderful dexterity, hopping about upon it like a bird. He was very tall and strong, with a face as big as a ham-plain and pale, but intelligent and smiling."
- Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
Edward Kinsella III
"We catched fish and talked, and we took a swim now and then to keep off sleepiness. It was kind of solemn, drifting down the big, still river, laying on our backs looking up at the stars, and we didn't ever feel like talking loud, and it warn't often that we laughed-only a little kind of a low chuckle. We had mighty good weather as a general thing, and nothing ever happened to us at all-that night, nor the next, nor the next."
-Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
"Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood."
-William Golding, Lord of the Flies
Maria Corte Maidagan
"Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready."
-Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
"When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams-this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness-and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!"
- Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote
"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."
-Sidney Paget, Sherlock Holmes, A Scandal in Bohemia
"Miserable Orpheus who, turning to lose his Eurydice, beholds her for the first time as well as the last."
"She went to the baker's
To buy him some bread;
But when she cam back
The poor dog was dead.
She went to the joiner's
To buy him a coffin;
But when she came back
The poor dog was laughing..."
-Mother Goose, Old Mother Hubbard
"That inscrutable thing is chiefly what I hate; and be the white whale agent, or be the white whale principal, I will wreak that hate upon him. Talk not to me of blasphemy, man; I'd strike the sun if it insulted me. For could the sun do that, then could I do the other; since there is ever a sort of fair play herein, jealousy presiding over all creations. But not my master, man, is even that fair play. Who's over me? Truth hath no confines."
-Captain Ahab, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
"Al Alligator and How He Learned to Play the Banjo."
- W.J. Pat Enright
"This one isn't just any old horse. There's a nobility in his eye, a regal serenity about him. Does he not personify all that men try to be and never can be? I tell you, my friend, there’s d'vinity in a horse, and specially in a horse like this. God got it right the day he created them. And to find a horse like this in the middle of this filthy abomination of a war, is for me like finding a butterfly on a dung heap. We don't belong in the same universe as a creature like this."
-Michael Morpurgo, War Horse
"'Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!' I shrieked, upstarting-
'Get thee back in to the tempest and the Night's Plutonian shore!
Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
Leave my loneliness unbroken!- quit the bust above my door!
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!
Quoth the Raven,'Nevermore.'"
-Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven
"But everybody knows life isn't worth living."
-Albert Camus, The Stranger
"Some men are born to good luck: all they do or try to do comes right-all that falls to them is so much gain-all their geese are swans-all their cards are trumps-toss them which way you will, they will always, like poor puss, alight upon their legs, and only move on so much the faster. The world may very likely not always think of them as they think of themselves, but what care they for the world? what can it know about the matter?"
-Jacob Grimm, The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales
"The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides. The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion; it is the Living Infinite."
-Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leauges Under the Sea
"Never fear quarrels, but seek hazardous adventures."