A Quote Collection

For the last five years I have been noting down favourite quotes from books as I come across them when reading. They range from insightful observations into the human condition to descriptions of views that have conjured a vivid image in my mind. Whilst browsing through my old diary this evening I found the collection and thought that now is as good a time as any to share a selection of my favourites on here. It’s a list that is constantly growing so I may have to do an update in the future.


“The lowest portions of their trunks, that had hardly ever been known to move, were visibly rocked by the fiercer gusts, distressing the mind by its painful unwontedness, as when a strong man is seen to shed tears.”

Thomas Hardy, Under the Greenwood Tree

“But a resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.”

Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd


Tree of Crows

Tree of Crows by Caspar David Friedrich

“I am tempted to think that to be despised by her sex is a very great compliment to a woman.”

“How was she to bare that timid little heart for the inspection of those young ladies with their bold black eyes?”

William Thackeray, Vanity Fair

“Death was a friend, and sleep was death’s brother.”

John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath


Sleep and his Half-Brother Death by John William Waterhouse

“Such she often felt herself- struggling against terrific odds to maintain her courage; to say: “But this is what I see; this is what I see”, and so to clasp some miserable remnant of her vision to her breast, which a thousand forces did their best to pluck from her.”

“…they came out on the quay, and the whole bay spread before them and Mrs Ramsay could not help exclaiming, ‘oh how beautiful!’. For the great plateful of blue water was before her.”

Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

“But it is hard for anyone who is dissatisfied not to blame someone else, and especially the person nearest of all to him, for the ground of his dissatisfaction.”

Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

“They could lie drowsing now under the sound of kindly voices in the living room, a sound whose intricately rhythmic rise and fall would slowly turn into the shape of their dreams. And if they came awake later to turn over and reach with their toes for new cool places in the sheets, they knew the sound would still be there- one voice very deep and the other soft and pretty, talking and talking, as substantial and soothing as a blue range of mountains seen from very far away.”

Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road

“A dull and foggy day, with a drizzle of rain. The house is banked in with rolling clouds, which rise now and then to show the dreary curves of the moor, with thin silver veins upon the sides of the hills, and the distant boulders gleaming where the light strikes upon their wet faces.”

Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles

Devonshire moor

Devonshire moor

“Elinor agreed to it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition.”

Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

“…one day, looking at the clock, I thought to myself, “This moment now, at twenty past eleven, this must never be lost,” and I shut my eyes to make the experience more lasting. When I opened my eyes we were by a bend in the road, and a peasant girl in a black shawl waved to us; I can see her now, her dusty skirt, her gleaming, friendly smile, and in a second we had passed the bend and could see her no more. Already she belonged to the past, she was only a memory.”

“I wanted to go on sitting there…keeping the moment precious for all time…In a little while it would be different, there would come tomorrow, and the next day, and another year. And we would be changed perhaps, never sitting quite like this again. Some of us would go away, or suffer, or die; the future stretched away in front of us, unknown, unseen, not perhaps what we wanted, not what we planned. This moment was safe though, this could not be touched.”

Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca




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