Favourite Quotations

    1. “There is nothing like taking all you do at a moderate estimate: it keeps mind and body tranquil; whereas grandiloquent notions are apt to hurry both into fever.”
      Charlotte Bronte, in Villette (Pg. 50).
    2. “The longer we live, the more our experience widens; the less prone are we to judge our neighbour’s conduct, to question the world’s wisdom: wherever an accumulation of small defences is found, whether surrounding the prude’s virtue or the man of the world’s respectability, there, be sure, it is needed.”
      Charlotte Bronte, Villette.
    3. “To speak the truth, reader, there is no excellent beauty, no accomplished grace, no reliable refinement, without strength as excellent, as complete, as trustworthy.”
      Charlotte Bronte, Villette.
    4. “Lucy, take my love. One day, share my life. Be my dearest, first on earth.”
      Charlotte Bronte, Villette.
    5. “Shadows are cool and peaceful places for those whose minds are overstocked with pleasure.”
      Eva Ibbotson, The Secret Countess.
    6. “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
      Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
    7. “Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I’d have the facts.”
      Scout in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
    8. “People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.”, “Things are always better in the morning”.
      Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
    9. “Technology amplifies human intent and capacity; it doesn’t substitute for it.”
    10. “The world is full of small ignorances. We must all do our best to ignore them and thereby keep them small, don’t you think”
      – Helen Simonson in Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.
    11. “But it’s not enough to be in love. It’s about how you spend your days, what you do together, who you choose as friends, and most of all it’s what work you do … Better to break both our hearts now than watch them wither away over time.”
      Helen Simonson in Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.
    12. “I don’t believe the greatest views in the world are great because they are vast or exotic,’ she said. ‘I think their power comes from the knowledge that they do not change. You look at them and you know they have been the same for a thousand years.”
      Helen Simonson in Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.
    13. “We’ve got minds and souls as well as hearts; ambition and talents as well as beauty and accomplishments; and we want to live and learn as well as love and be loved.”
      – Rose in Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott
    14. “I am a schoolboy, going to the school I like best,” he answered, waving a plumy spray of asters as if pointing out the lovely autumn world about them, full of gay hues, fresh airs, and mellow sunshine.
      – Mac in Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott
    15. “Of late she had observed that he seemed to feel as if her time and thoughts belonged exclusively to him and rather resented the approach of any other claimant. This annoyed her and suggested the idea that her affectionate interest and efforts were misunderstood by him, misrepresented and taken advantage of… she was not ready to be taken possession of in this masterful way..”
      – Rose in Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott
    16. “You are right, Mac, and I don’t mind talking to you almost as freely as to Uncle, because you are such a reliable fellow and won’t think me silly for trying to do what I believe to be right. Charlie does, and so makes it hard for me to hold to my resolutions. I want to keep early hours, dress simply, and behave properly no matter what fashionable people do. You will agree to that, I’m sure, and stand by me through thick and thin for principle’s sake.”
      – Rose in Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott
    17. “She did what she thought was right, so we must not blame her.”
      – Rose in Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott
    18. Only a word, but it wrought a marvelous change, for the devout expression vanished in the drawing of a breath, and the quiet face blossomed suddenly with color, warmth, and “the light that never was on sea or land” as she turned to meet her lover with an answering word as eloquent as his. “Archie!”
      – Phebe in Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott
    19. “It takes very little to make a lion, as everyone knows who has seen what poor specimens are patted and petted every year, in spite of their bad manners,    foolish vagaries, and very feeble roaring. Mac did not want to be lionized and took it rather scornfully..”
      – Mac in Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott
    20. “I think a quiet life like this often makes itself felt in better ways than one that  the world sees and applauds, and some of the noblest are never known till the end, leaving a void in many hearts.”
      – Uncle Alec in Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott
    21. “His villains have always been villainous, his heroes heroic, and his maidens chaste.”
      – Cakes and Ale by William Somerset Maugham