literary quotations

“What’s your name,” Coraline asked the cat. “Look, I’m Coraline. Okay?”

   "Cats don’t have names,“ it said.

   "No?” said Coraline.

   "No,“ said the cat. "Now you people have names. That’s because you don’t know who you are. We know who we are, so we don’t need names.”

—  “Coraline” (2002) by Neil Gaiman. Today is Gaiman’s birthday.
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.
—  Charles Dickens (John Rokesmith (alias Harmon) to Bella Wilfer in “Our Mutual Friend.”)

Sections in the bookstore

- Books You Haven’t Read
- Books You Needn’t Read
- Books Made for Purposes Other Than Reading
- Books Read Even Before You Open Them Since They Belong to the Category of Books Read Before Being Written
- Books That If You Had More Than One Life You Would Certainly Also Read But Unfortunately Your Days Are Numbered
- Books You Mean to Read But There Are Others You Must Read First
- Books Too Expensive Now and You’ll Wait ‘Til They’re Remaindered
- Books ditto When They Come Out in Paperback
- Books You Can Borrow from Somebody
- Books That Everybody’s Read So It’s As If You Had Read Them, Too
- Books You’ve Been Planning to Read for Ages
- Books You’ve Been Hunting for Years Without Success
- Books Dealing with Something You’re Working on at the Moment
- Books You Want to Own So They’ll Be Handy Just in Case
- Books You Could Put Aside Maybe to Read This Summer
- Books You Need to Go with Other Books on Your Shelves
- Books That Fill You with Sudden, Inexplicable Curiosity, Not Easily Justified
- Books Read Long Ago Which It’s Now Time to Re-read
- Books You’ve Always Pretended to Have Read and Now It’s Time to Sit Down and Really Read Them

-Italo Calvino, If On A Winter’s Night a Traveler

Lord, we know what we are, but know not what we may be.
—  William Shakespeare - Ophelia in “Hamlet” (Act 4, Scene 5)

Literary quotations that sound better when yelled, presented without comment.

  • I WILL SHOW YOU FEAR IN A HANDFUL OF DUST
  • THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS, NOT WITH A BANG BUT A WHIMPER
  • NO MAN IS AN ISLAND
  • THESE FRAGMENTS I HAVE SHORED AGAINST MY RUIN
  • NEVER SEND TO KNOW FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS; IT TOLLS FOR THEE
  • ABANDON ALL HOPE, YE WHO ENTER HERE
  • THE WORLD IS TOO MUCH WITH US
  • I AM THE MASTER OF MY FATE, I AM THE CAPTAIN OF MY SOUL
  • SURELY THE SECOND COMING IS AT HAND
  • ALL THAT WE SEE OR SEEM IS BUT A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM
  • WHO IS IT THAT CAN TELL ME WHO I AM?
  • WHAT’S DONE CANNOT BE UNDONE
  • THINGS FALL APART; THE CENTRE CANNOT HOLD
  • THIS IS THE HOUR OF LEAD
  • DO I DARE DISTURB THE UNIVERSE?
  • I SAW THE BEST MINDS OF MY GENERATION DESTROYED BY MADNESS
  • DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT
  • LOOK ON MY WORKS, YE MIGHTY, AND DESPAIR