To Kill a Mockingbird
"Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."
"Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them."
On the Road
"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars."
"Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power."
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
"It's lovely to live on a raft. We had the sky, up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made, or only just happened— Jim he allowed they was made, but I allowed they happened; I judged it would have took too long to make so many."
The Catcher in the Rye
"He hated it when you called him a moron. All morons hate it when you call them a moron."
"Accidents will occur in the best regulated families."
"Man is the only real enemy we have. Remove Man from the scene, and the root cause of hunger and overwork is abolished forever."
The Great Gatsby
"A sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth."
The Grapes of Wrath
"The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It's the monster. Men made it, but they can't control it."
Lord of the Flies
"We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English, and the English are best at everything."
The Canterbury Tales
"Then you compared a woman's love to Hell,
To barren land where water will not dwell."
The Old Man and the Sea
"Fish, I love you and respect you very much. But I will kill you dead before this day ends."
Romeo and Juliet
"One fire burns out another's burning,
One pain is lessen'd by another's anguish."
A Streetcar Named Desire
"The first time I laid eyes on him I thought to myself, that man is my executioner!"
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
"When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight."
A Separate Peace
"Sarcasm ... the protest of those who are weak."
"Hand to hand is how it will be, a life and death fight against the fiend, and he whom death bears off shall submit to the judgement of the Lord."
"Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops."
Death of a Salesman
"A small man can be just as exhausted as a great man."
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