Post your favorite literature quotes.

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >HAMLET
    >Why, then, 'tis none to you; for there is nothing
    >either good or bad, but thinking makes it so: to me
    >it is a prison.
    I live and die by this quotation.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    not a quote exactly but this line of poetry from Auden ...

    Less certain of cure; and the loud madman
    Sinks now into a more terrible calm.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I have to see someone significantly judge this quote in respect to the themes of the rest of the play. It's always just taken out of context as a general rebuttal to materialism or more generally the pride of conventional human intellect.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >rebuttal to materialism
      Isn't it kind of the opposite? I'm assuming that by "materialism" you just mean having an attitude of scientism and empiricism towards knowledge. From what I can tell he's basically saying that direct testing, experience, and observation of the world is superior to arbitrary mental models which are largely reliant on the personal impressions of the individual which tend towards simplistic and idealistic platitudes. Basically, reality accounts for all factors and our minds do not, which is why it is better to take from reality what we can in a piecemeal fashion instead of imposing some incredibly limited understanding upon the whole of it.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >"materialism" you just mean having an attitude of scientism and empiricism towards knowledge
        There are two definitions. One is the one you say and the real one ... but materialism was never about taking dignity away from yourself and your consciousness -- for what you experience is never you but simply an experience to overcome.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      He's basically saying there's more to our existence than philosophy can ever hope to explain, which touches on one of the deeper themes in the play of the general mystery and question of life and death.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Philosophy in those days also meant natural philosophy, or what we now call science. So Hamlet is really saying science hasn't come close to discovering everything.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Bullshit. He's talking about the fantastical frames that philosophers use.

        Shakespeare was so much like Bacon some speculate he was Bacon. Bacon was a supreme empiricist who understood cause and effect - a scientific man.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Anyone could be attracted by the beautiful and the charming. But could such attraction be called love? True love was to accept humanity when wasted like rags and tatters.

    -Shusaku Endo, "Silence"

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I might be misquoting this slightly because I could never find it in the book and don't want to bother re-reading it but in 'The Vicar of Wakefield' by Oliver Goldsmith someone says
    >There is no man who loves liberty so much that he is not willing to deprive another of it

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Cast forth thy Act, thy Word, into the ever-living, ever-working Universe; it is a seed-grain that cannot die.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous
  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    "Walk away from those guns, waving a joint, and refuse to halt when they tell you. Their Imagination will become your Reality in a second."

    - Illuminatus! trilogy by Roberts: Shea & Anton Wilson

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous
  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >"There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do. Wasting time is merely an occupation then, and a most exhausting one. Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen"
    from Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow by Jerome K. Jerome.

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning——
    >So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    10/10 passage in a 3/10 book.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning——
      >So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I used to be big into quotes, moralist philosophy like Rochefoucauld and Gracian. Came to learn that none of this stuff really imparts wisdom, and learning only happens from experience. Now I only like quotes that are witty or badass or poetic

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Came to learn that none of this stuff really imparts wisdom, and learning only happens from experience.
      Experience is the hardest way to learn. You shouldn't have to put your hand in fire to know that it burns.

      If you do that says you're pretty blind.

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I have never read this woman, I stumbled her quote searching for something else, I think its pretty neat.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      A pedophile.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Was that a confession, anon?

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >But in some cases it is really more creditable to be carried away by an emotion, however unreasonable, which springs from a great love, than to be unmoved.

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

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