Liner notes…

Some of my favorite lines from some of my favorite books [and a play]

The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman

“You’re always you, and that don’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.” – A lesson for Bod on growing up and knowing who you are

Persuasion – Jane Austen

“She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older: the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.” – On Anne’s regrets

“I should deserve utter contempt if I dared to suppose that true attachment and constancy were known only by woman. No, I believe you capable of everything great and good in your married lives. I believe you equal to every important exertion and to every domestic forbearance so long as–if I may be allowed the expression–so long as you have an object. I mean while the woman you love lives, and lives for you. All the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable one; you need not covet it) is that of loving longest when existence or when hope is gone.” – Anne on constancy

Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

“Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm…”

“You have eternity in which to explain and only one night to be a martyr in the amphitheater. Get out, darling, and let me see the lions eat you. Get out.” – Rhett to Scarlett after she did a very bad thing

Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

From Bridget’s “I will not” resolution list:

“Sulk about having no boyfriend, but develop inner poise and authority and sense of self as woman of substance, complete without boyfriend, as best way to obtain boyfriend.”

I capture the castle – Dodie Smith

“Only half a page left now. Shall I fill it with “I love you, I love you”–like father’s page of cats on the mat? No. Even a broken heart doesn’t warrant a waste of good paper.” – Cassandra on heartbreak and the last page of a well-used journal

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

“Do you think because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong!–I have as much soul as you,–and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty, and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, not even of mortal flesh:–it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God’s feet, equal,–as we are!” – Jane to Mr. Rochester ♥

Travesties – Tom Stoppard

“…in Zurich in Spring in wartime one is hard put to find a vacany seat for the spurious spies peeping at police spies spying on spies eyeing counterspies what a bloody coutry even the cheese has got holes in it!!” – Carr on the lack of seating in Swiss cafes during wartime

3 thoughts on “Liner notes…

    • It’s one of the few quotes that I can remember if someone asks what one of my favorite lines is–such a passionate moment! Makes me want to re-read Jane Eyre every time.

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