Friday, August 20, 2010

Madame Bovery by Gustave Flaubert

"I wanted to be like the moles I saw strung up on the branches with worms crawling in their bellies-- in other words, dead as a door-nail."

"But a man, surely, should be all-knowing, should excel in multiple activities, be capable of initiating his wife into the violence of passion, the refinements of life, and all the mysteries of existence?"

"But deep in her heart she was waiting for something to happen. Like sailors in distress, she gazed around with despairing eyes up on the loneliness of her life, seeking a white sail on the immensities of the misty horizon."

" 'I adore the sea,' said Monsieur Leon.
'Don't you think,' remarked Madame Bovary, 'that the spirit spreads its wings more freely over the limitless expanse of ocean? Don't you find that the mere sight of the wide horizon elevates the soul, and brings to the mind thoughts of the infinite and the ideal?' "

" 'What pleasanter way of passing the hours can their be than to sit by the fire of an evening with a book, when the lamp shines bright and the wind is battering at the windows?' "

"Gradually absence did its work of quenching love, and habit deadened longing."

"People without religion always come to a bad end!"

"No, no! Not a word against the passions! Are they not the one thing of beauty in this world?-- The one and only source of heroism and enthusiasm, of poetry, music and the arts?-- of all, in short, that makes life worth living?"

"If she loved me from the first, having to wait to see me again must have made her love me even more! On with the good work!"

"Strip away the exaggerations of language, he thought, and there's nothing left but the same old mediocre emotions."

"Human language is like a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, when all the time we are longing to move the stars to pity."

"She realized that worldly happiness might yield its place to still greater felicities:  that above all other loves was another love which dwindled not neither did it end."

Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton

"But nearly all people I have ever met in this western society in which I live would agree to the general proposition that we need this life of practical romance; the combination of something that is strange with something that is secure."

"Poetry is sane because it floats easily in an infinite sea; reason seeks to cross the infinite sea, and so make it finite."

"The ordinary man has always been sane because the ordinary man has always been a mystic. He has permitted the twilight. He has always had one foot in earth and the other in fairyland."

"For the moon is utterly reasonable; and the moon is the mother of lunatics and has given to them all her name."

"It is impossible without humility to enjoy anything-- even pride."

"Mr. Belloc, 'Do not, I beseech you, be troubled about the increase of forces already in dissolution. You have mistaken the hour of the night:  it is already morning.' "

"And the curious disappearance of satire from our literature is an instance of the fierce things fading for want of any principle to be fierce about."

"Every man who will not have softening of the heart must at last have softening of the brain."

"Falling in love is more poetical that dropping in to poetry."

"The things I believed most then, the things I believe most now, are the things called fairy tales."

"Fairyland is nothing but the sunny country of common sense"

"Old nurses do not tell children about the grass, but about the fairies that dance on the grass; and the old Greeks could not see the trees for the dryads."

"I am concerned with a certain way of looking at life, which was created in me by the fairy tales, but has since been meekly ratified by the mere facts."

"For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony."

"It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our  Farther is younger than we. The repetition in Nature may not be a mere recurrence; it may be a theatrical ENCORE."

Love Quotes

One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can't utter.

“When you smiled you had my undivided attention. When you laughed you had my urge to laugh with you. When you cried you had my urge to hold you. When you said you loved me, you had my heart forever.”

“Deep in my heart I'm concealing things that I'm longing to say. Scared to confess what I'm feeling - frightened you'll slip away.”

“My mind tells me to give up, but my heart won't let me.”

You may hold my hand for a while, but you hold my heart forever

Once you have loved, You will always love. For what's in your mind may escape, but what's in your heart will remain forever. There is no instinct like that of the heart

There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect

For it was not into my ear you whispered but into my heart, it was not my lips you kissed, but my soul

Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all his strength.

In my thoughts of you there is an underlying love that is present in every word, every glimpse I hope you feel it as I do, for it is what I am and ever I will be.

I am thinking of you, In my sleepless solitude tonight. If it's wrong to love you, then my heart just won't let me be right. 'Cause I'm drowned in you, And I won't pull through, without you by my side.

Thinking of you is easy - I do it every day. Missing you is the heartache, that never goes away.

The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him."

"The first two facts which a healthy boy or girl feels about sex are these: first that it is beautiful and then that it is dangerous."

There’ve been too many times when I’ve drowned you with these perfect lines
And you’ve heard me say that I can cure you
This morning I woke up with this overwhelming fear of love
And I’m not sure if I can resurrect you

Various Book Quotes and Others

"True love stories dont have endings."

All the world are good and agreeable in your eyes. -Pride and Prejudice

Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility.  It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast. -Pride and Prejudice

It is only Cecilia, or Camilla, or Belinda; or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humor, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language.

...then he slowly saw their nightmares were his dreams.

The direction of a big act will warp history, but probably all acts do the same in their degree, down to a stone stepped over in the path or a breath caught at sight of a pretty girl or a fingernail nicked in the garden soil. -East of Eden

Desire leaves us heartbroken, it wears us out.