Following are quotes from classic books you may have enjoyed or endured, depending on your tastes. Name the novel they originate from, and you may add the author if you like.
-1. "Before she married, she thought she was in love; but the happiness that should have resulted from that love, somehow had not come. It seemed to her that she must have made a mistake, have misunderstood in some way or another. And Emma tried hard to discover what, precisely, it was in life that was denoted by the words 'joy, passion, intoxication', which had always looked so fine to her in books."
-2. "Whenever you feel like criticizing any one...just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had."
-3. "Mr. Ward, what is it that the foulest b*****ds on earth denounce us for, among other things? Oh yes, for our motto of 'Business as usual.' Well—business as usual, Mr. Ward!"
-4. "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
-5. "If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of c**p, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth."
-6. "Fear can't hurt you any more than a dream. There aren't any beasts to be afraid of on this island....Serve you right if something did get you, you useless lot of cry-babies!"
-7. "Okie use' ta mean you was from Oklahoma. Now it means you're a dirty son-of-a-b***h. Okie means you're scum. Don't mean nothing itself, it's the way they say it."
-8. "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known."
-9. "Fish, I love you and respect you very much. But I will kill you dead before this day ends."
-10. "Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious: both are disappointed."
-11. "Do not imagine, comrades, that leadership is a pleasure. No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?"
-12. "Good God!" he cried, "can it be, can it be, that I shall really take an axe, that I shall strike her on the head, split her skull open...that I shall tread in the sticky warm blood, blood...with the axe...Good God, can it be?"
-13. "Tom was a glittering hero once more. There were some that believed he would be President yet, if he escaped hanging."
-14. "If all the world hated you, and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved you, and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends."
-15. ""'Begin at the beginning,' the King said, very gravely, 'and go on till you come to the end: then stop.'"
-16. "This is no fairy story and no joke; the meat will be shoveled into carts and the man who did the shoveling will not trouble to lift out a rat even when he saw one."
-17. "The men leaned back on their heels, put their hands in their trouser-pockets, and proclaimed their views with the booming profundity of a prosperous male repeated a thoroughly hackneyed statement about a matter of which he knows nothing whatever."
Alea iacta est.