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Here are a few quotes from famous novels. You can use these quotes as an introduction to the novel, or to reconnect and remember the work long after you've finished the book. Here are a few pages of quotes.

'1984' Quotes
George Orwell's 1984 is a famous dystopian novel. The novel revolves around the experience of Winston Smith. Big Brother is watching; and thoughtcrime is illegal. Here are a few quotes from 1984.

'A Christmas Carol' Quotes
Charles Dickens' novel, A Christmas Carol (1843), is the famous tale of Scrooge, who is visited by spirits from the past, present and future. The novel is a celebration of Christmas, but it is also a story of redemption. Here are a few famous quotations from the novel

'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court' Quotes
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is by Mark Twain. Combine time travel, knights, cultural faux pas, and a Yankee--you'll have some idea of what to expect. Take a look at a few quotes.

'A Farewell to Arms' Quotes
A Farewell to Arms is a novel by Ernest Hemingway. The book was published in 1929, and the popularity of this work contributed to Hemingway's status as an American legend in literature. Hemingway drew from his wartime experiences to tell the story of Frederic Henry, a volunteer in the Italian army.

'A Little Princess' Quotes
Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote A Little Princess, which centers around Sara Crewe. She comes from India, and is thrust into a boarding school in Victorian-era England. In true melodramatic style, her fortunes are seriously altered, leaving her a starving slave in the attic. Here are a few quotes from A Little Princess.

'A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man' Quotes
A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man is a coming-of-age novel, a complete re-write/re-work of Stephen Hero (which was published posthumously in 1944). Oh, what a difference a major revision of a work makes!

'A Tale of Two Cities' Quotes
A Tale of Two Cities is a dense classic, often studied in classrooms. Charles Dickens published the work late in his career as a popular novelist in Victorian England. The backdrop of the work is the French Revolution; and a whole myriad of colorful characters are in attendance (as is usual for the works of Charles Dickens). Here are a few...

'A Wrinkle in Time' Quotes
A Wrinkle in Time is a favorite fantasy classic, by Madeleine L'Engle. The novel was first published in 1962. Centering around Meg Murry, the book is the first in a series about the Murry and O'Keefe families. Other books in the series include: A Wind in the Door, Many Waters, and A Swiftly Tilting Planet. Here are a few quotes from the book.

'Across Five Aprils' Quotes
Across Five Aprils is a work of historical fiction. The novel is told in third-person limited, and it involves the American Civil War conflict. Here are a few quotes.

'Adam Bede' Quotes
Adam Bede is a tragic example of what happens when love and passion goes wrong, and the position in which women have sometimes found themselves. Discover what happens in the life of Adam Bede, follow the path of Hetty Sorrel, and discover what happiness can be found.

'Age of Iron' Quotes - J.M. Coetzee
The Age of Iron is a 1990 novel by Novel-prize-winning writer J.M. Coetzee.

'Age of Iron' Quotes - J.M. Coetzee
The Age of Iron is a 1990 novel by Novel-prize-winning writer J.M. Coetzee.

'Alice in Wonderland' Quotes
Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, was first written for Alice Pleasance Liddell. The book was first published in 1865. This book and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, are still popular and widely translated. Here are a few quotes.

'All Quiet On The Western Front' Quotes
All Quiet On The Western Front is a novel by Erich Maria Remarque. The book was published in 1929, and it was the author's way of coming to terms with the war. Parts of the book are autobiographical. All Quiet On The Western Front also has a history with censorship, as the book was banned in Germany.

'An American Tragedy' Quotes
An American Tragedy is a famous novel by Theodore Dreiser. The book was recognized as one of the best English-language novels of the 20th century by TIME and the Modern Library. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

'And Then There Were None' Quotes
And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie, was originally published in 1939. The work is one of the greatest murder mysteries ever written by the mistress of mystery herself. Originally published as Ten Little Indians, the point of view in this novel moves back and forth between the ten characters.

'Animal Farm' Quotes
Animal Farm is a famous novel by George Orwell. In this novel, the animals all begin to follow the precepts of Animalism, rise up against the humans, take over the farm, and rename the place: Animal Farm. Here are a few quotes from this famous work!

'Anne of Green Gables' Quotes
Anne of Green Gables is a novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The story centers around Anne Shirley, a red-headed orphan, with a wild imagination and a talent for getting into trouble. Here are a few quotes from Anne of Green Gables.

'As I Lay Dying' Quotes
As I Lay Dying is the fictional chronicle of Addie Bundren's death. The family undertakes a journey to bury her body. The novel is narrated with the shifting viewpoints of 15 characters--made all the more vivid with Faulkner's use of the vernacular and stream-of-consciousness style. Here are a few quotes from As I Lay Dying.

'Atlas Shrugged' Quotes
Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand, is a philosophical novel. The theme (according to Rand) is: "the role of man's mind in existence". Published in 1957, it's a dystopian novel, centering around Dagny Taggart. Here are quotes from the novel.

'Babbit' Quotes
Babbit is a novel by Sinclair Lewis. The book is about George F. Babbit, a real estate broker. Here are a few quotes from Babbit.

'Beloved' Quotes
Beloved is a novel by Toni Morrison, who uses flashbacks and other devices to draw us through the tragic series of events in Seth's life. A moment of insanity shaped the rest of her existence; and, she (and those around her) would never be the same. Here are a few quotes from this dark novel, Beloved.

'Billy Budd' Quotes
Billy Budd is a novella by Herman Melville. The work was left unpublished upon Melville's death, and was first published in 1924. Melville is usually remembered for Moby Dick, but this novella is an important fictional work as well. Here are a few quotes from Billy Budd.

'Black Beauty' Quotes
Black Beauty is a famous book by Anna Sewell. Her aim was "to induce kindness, sympathy and an understanding treatment of horses." Here are a few quotes.

'Black Boy' Quotes
Black Boy, by Richard Wright, was first published in 1945. This autobiographical novel was a bestseller, and it is an important 20th-century work of literature. Here are a few quotes from Black Boy.

'Bless Me, Ultima' Quotes
Bless Me, Ultima is the best-selling Chicano novel to date. Rudolfo Anaya's book explores the clashes between religion, culture and community--in the over-arching context of a world war. Here are quotes from Bless Me, Ultima.

'Brave New World' Quotes
Brave New World is a novel by Aldous Huxley. This famous (and controversial) work deals with issues of technological advancements, sexuality, and individuality--in a dehumanizing society. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

'Breakfast at Tiffany's' Quotes
Breakfast at Tiffany's is a novella by Truman Capote, who tells about a one-year relationship/friendship between Holly Golightly, and an unnamed narrator. Here are a few quotes from Breakfast at Tiffany's.

'Candide' Quotes
Voltaire offers his satirical view of society and nobility in Candide. The novel was published in 1759, and it is often considered the author's most important work--representative of The Enlightenment. Here are a few quotes from Candide.

'Cannery Row' Quotes
Cannery Row, by John Steinbeck, is a book about a place--the cannery district of Monterey, California. Here are a few quotes from Cannery Row.

'Charlotte's Web' Quotes
Charlotte's Web is a book by E.B. White, acclaimed American writer. The book is about a pig named Wilbur and his adventures on a farm. A spider named Charlotte saves Wilbur from being butchered. Here are a few quotes from the book.

'Crime and Punishment' Quotes
What happens when a poor man has murderous thoughts? But, then, what happens when Raskolnikov feels guilty? Here are a few famous quotes from Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

'Crime and Punishment' Quotes
Crime and Punishment is a novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky. The novel was published in installments during 1866. Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, a poor ex-student in St. Petersburg, who is the main protagonist. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

'Cry, The Beloved Country' Quotes
Cry, The Beloved Country is the famous African novel by Alan Paton. The story follows the journey a minister, who travels to the big city in search of his prodigal son. Here are a few quotes from Cry, The Beloved Country, by Alan Paton.

'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' Quotes
Robert Louis Stevenson made literary history with his story about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This story of the dual personality being personified during a medical experiment has been told and re-told in adaptations since it was first published. Here are a few quotes from Stevenson's famous story Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

'Dracula' Quotes
Bram Stoker's Dracula is a classic vampire tale. First published in 1897, the novel drew from vampire myth to create a literary legacy.

'Ethan Frome' Quotes
Ethan Frome is a novel by Edith Wharton. First published in 1911, the novel involves obligatory misery, unacceptable romance, and guilt over the years. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

'Fahrenheit 451' Quotes
Fahrenheit 451 is a novel by Ray Bradbury. The work is one of the most beloved works by Bradbury, but it's also controversial. What would you do if you couldn't read? Here are a few quotes.

'Fantastic Mr Fox' Quotes
Fantastic Mr Fox is a trickster-adventure story by Roald Dahl, British writer. Mr Fox is (of course) fantastic--he faces seemingly impossible odds to survive. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

'For Whom the Bell Tolls' Quotes
For Whom the Bell Tolls is a famous novel by Ernest Hemingway. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

'Gone with the Wind' Quotes
Gone With the Wind is a bestselling novel by Margaret Mitchell. The novel has also been controversial (and banned). Here are a few quotes from Gone With the Wind.

'Grapes of Wrath' Quotes
Grapes of Wrath is a novel by John Steinbeck, Nobel-Prize winner for literature. Published in 1939, the novel centers around the Joads, a family of sharecroppers, who journey to California to find a new life--amidst the Dust Bowl devastation of the Great Depression. Here are a few quotes from Grapes of Wrath.

'Great Expectations' Quotes
We can learn a bit more about the life and experiences of Charles Dickens by reading his autobiographical novel, Great Expectations. Discover the life and misadventures of Pip, the orphaned protagonist of Great Expectations--with these famous quotes, by Charles Dickens.

'Heart of Darkness' Quotes
Heart of Darkness is a famous work by Joseph Conrad. The author's experiences in Africa gave him plenty of material for this work. Heart of Darkness is the tale of a man who gives into the enticements of power. Here are a few quotes from Heart of Darkness.

'Howards End' Quotes
Howards End is a novel by E.M. Forster. Written 1910, the book is sometimes considered Forster's greatest work. Here are a few quotes from Howards End, by E.M. Forster.

'I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings' Quotes
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is a famous book by Maya Angelou. This work is told from a first-person perspective, and it is the first in a series of her autobiographical books. The book has been popular since it was first published in 1969. Here are a few quotes from I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

'Invisible Man' Quotes
Invisible Man was the only novel that Ralph Ellison published during his lifetime. It was met with rave reviews, but it has also been controversial (even banned). The novel explores identity, racism, and ideology. Here are a few quotes from the book.

'James and the Giant Peach' Quotes
James and the Giant Peach is about a young, abused boy who escapes from his aunts in a magic peach (which sprouts from magic beans). He experiences adventures with a Grasshopper, a Ladybug, a Spider, and a Centipede. Here are some quotes from the book.

'Jane Eyre' Quotes
Charlotte Bronte's novel, Jane Eyre (1847), is the famous tale of an orphan, who must overcome seemingly overwhelming odds to survive. Here are a few famous quotations from the novel.

'Jude the Obscure' Quotes
Jude the Obscure is one of the most famous (and controversial) works by Thomas Hardy. The pursuit of education was Jude's primary goal, but tragedy and misadventure continues to thwart his every step. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

'Kidnapped' Quotes
Kidnapped is a historical novel and adventure tale about David Balfour. The novel also relates to the Jacobite rebellion in Scotland. The story was first published in 1886. Henry James, Jorge Luis Borges and Seamus Heaney have all praised the novel. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

'Lolita' Quotes
Lolita is the controversial novel by Vladimir Nabokov, Russian author. The work centers around Humbert Humbert, a pedophile (which, of course, is part of why the book is so controversial).

'Lord of the Flies' Quotes
The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, was first published in 1954. This tale of schoolboys stranded on a desert island is the best-known work by Golding. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

'Madame Bovary' Quotes
Madame Bovary is a famous (and controversial) French novel by Gustave Flaubert. But, why has it been banned? Can we get some insight into the female imagination--through this novel? These quotes are just a tidbit of the work that has drawn us in and made us rethink and re-imagine.

'Martin Chuzzlewit' Quotes
Martin Chuzzlewit was serialized between 1843 and 1844. Here are a few quotes from the novel that Dickens believed to be his best work.

'Metamorphosis' Quotes
Metamorphosis is a famous novella by Franz Kafka. The work centers around a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa. What happens when he turns into a bug one day? Here are a few quotes from the novella.

'Midnight's Children' Quotes
Here are a few quotes from Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children.

'Mrs. Dalloway' Quotes
Mrs. Dalloway is a famous novel by Virginia Woolf. Here are a few quotes.

'My Antonia' Quotes
My Antonia is a famous novel by Willa Cather, American writer. The work portrays the struggles of immigrant families, but it's also a coming-of-age story. Here are a few quotes from My Antonia.

'Night' Quotes - Elie Wiesel
Night, by Elie Wiesel, is a fictional work of Holocaust literature, although it has a decidedly autobiographical slant. Wiesel based the book--at least in part--on his own experiences during World War II. The book has received considerable acclaim, and the author received the Nobel Prize in 1986. Here are a few quotes from Wiesel's famous novel.

'Of Mice and Men' Quotes
Of Mice and Men is a novel by John Steinbeck. This tragedy was first published in 1937. The story is told from the third-person omniscient point-of-view. Of Mice and Men follows the misadventures of Lennie and George, two ranch hands in California. Here are a few quotes from Of Mice and Men.

'Oliver Twist' Quotes
Oliver Twist was the second novel by Charles Dickens. It's a coming-of-age story about an orphan. It's one of the most famous works by Dickens, known for its portrayal of criminals. Here are a few quotes from Oliver Twist.

'Our Mutual Friends' Quotes
Our Mutual Friend is one of the most famous novels by Charles Dickens. Here are some top (memorable) quotes from the novel.

'Our Mutual Friends' Quotes
Our Mutual Friend is one of the most famous novels by Charles Dickens. Here are some top (memorable) quotes from the novel.

'Pilgrim's Progress' Quotes
Pilgrim's Progress is an allegorical novel by John Bunyan. The work is about Christian, an everyman.

'Rappaccini's Daughter' Quotes
"Rappaccini's Daughter" is a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The work centers around a young man, and a beautiful young woman (and her brilliant father). Here are a few quotes from the short story.

'Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry' Quotes
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is an award-winning novel by Mildred Taylor. Set in Depression-era Mississippi, centering around the Logan family and their land. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

'Siddhartha' Quotes
Siddhartha is a novel by Hermann Hesse, Swiss-German poet and novelist. The book centers on a spiritual journey during the time of Buddha. Here are a few quotes from the work.

'Sons and Lovers' Quotes
D.H. Lawrence drew from events in his own past when he penned Sons and Lovers. (He is also known for Lady Chatterley's Lover). Here are a few quotes from the controversial novel.

'Tess of the d'Urberville' Quotes
Tess of the d'Urberville is a tragedy. The novel details the loss of innocence and the ultimate destruction of a young girl. The novel was one of the last novels by Thomas Hardy, who is also famous for Jude the Obscure. Here are a few quotes from Tess of the d'Urberville.

'The Adventure of Tom Sawyer' Quotes
The Adventure of Tom Sawyer is a novel by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens). The book is a Bildungsroman, following the development of a young boy, as he experiences one adventure after another. Mark Twain's work is told in the third person, looking back with a sense of nostalgia. Here are a few quotes from The Adventure of Tom Sawyer.

'The Caine Mutiny' Quotes
The Caine Mutiny is a award-winning novel, by Herman Wouk. Based in part on the author's autobiographical background on minesweepers, the book received the Pulitzer Prize in 1951. here are a few quotes from Wouk's famous work.

'The Color Purple' Quotes
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker, is a novel about an African American woman in the 1930's. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

'The Gift of the Magi' Quotes
The Gift of the Magi is a holiday favorite. The cherished moments in this work have become a Christmas tradition--in the original and many iterations. Do you remember the quotes? Perhaps you've read or heard the lines without even realizing it. Here are a few quotes from the short story.

'The Giver' Quotes
The Giver is a novel by Lois Lowry. It's about Jonas, who becomes the Receiver of Memories, and then begins to understand the deepest secrets of the society. Here are a few quotes from The Giver.

'The Great Gatsby' Quotes
The Great Gatsby (1925) is one of the greatest American classics. The novel was written in Paris by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and it has come to be seen as a representation of the Jazz Age. The Great Gatsby relates the story of Jay Gatsby--as told by Nick Carraway. Here are a few quotes from The Great Gatsby.

'The Hobbit' Quotes
The Hobbit is a book by J.R.R. Tolkien, a famous Oxford professor, essayist and writer. The story centers around Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who is caught up in a grand adventure. Here are a few quotes from The Hobbit.

'The Hunchback of Notre-Dame' Quotes
Here are a few quotes from The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, a famous French novel by Victor Hugo.

'The Jungle' Quotes
The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair, is full of graphic descriptions of the meat-packing industry.

'The Last of the Mohicans' Quotes
The Last of the Mohicans is a famous novel by James Fenimore Cooper, an American writer. Here are a few quotes from the work.

'The Pearl' Quotes
The Pearl is a novel by John Steinbeck. What happens when a young diver finds a pearl of extraordinary beauty (and value)--particularly when he lives in such an impoverished state? Be careful what you wish for--the old saying certainly applies here. In the end, what does the pearl bring him besides heartache and sorrow? Here are a few quotes.

'The Picture of Dorian Gray' Quotes
The Picture of Dorian Gray is Oscar Wilde's only known novel. The work was considered scandalous and immoral when it first appeared, but it was really a way for Wilde to write about his philosophy of art. Here are a few quotes from The Picture of Dorian Gray.

'The Plague' Quotes
The Plague is a famous allegorical novel by Albert Camus, who's known for his existential works. The book was published in 1947, and is considered one of the most important works by Camus. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

'The Red Badge of Courage' Quotes
The Red Badge of Courage is a novel about the Civil War, and fictional portrait of a young soldier, Henry Fleming. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

'The Scarlet Pimpernel' Quotes
The Scarlet Pimpernel is a famous adventure tale, set during the French Revolution. The mysterious hero saves French aristocracy from certain death, but who is this dashing fellow? Here are a few quotes from the novel.

'The Sound and the Fury' Quotes
The Sound and the Fury is a complex and controversial novel. The work is set in the Deep South, and is written by William Faulkner--who is often recognized as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. This important novel is required reading for many high school and college students, but it's also an interesting study of...

'The Storm' Quotes
What do you think about when you hear the storm come in? The Storm by Kate Chopin is a famous work in American literature--one of her most well-known short stories. Here are a few quotes.

'The Sun Also Rises' Quotes
Here are a few quotes from this famous book by Ernest Hemingway.

'The Tin Drum' Quotes
The Tin Drum is a novel about a German child who decides to stop growing. It's usually recognized at the most famous (and most important) work by Gunter Grass, a Nobel-prize winning poet, novelist, and playwright.

'The Waves' Quotes
Here are a few quotes from The Waves, by Virginia Woolf.

'The Wind in the Willows' Quotes
The Wind in the Willows is a favorite tale by Kenneth Grahame. Here are a few quotes from that famous work.

'Their Eyes Were Watching God' Quotes
Their Eyes Were Watching God is a novel by Zora Neale Hurston. It's the story of Janie Crawford, who returns home and tells the story of the last 20 years. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

'Things Fall Apart' Quotes
Things Fall Apart is an important African novel by Chinua Achebe--one of the most greatest classics of its time. The book involves the clash of cultures and belief systems...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Quotes
To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee. The book depicts the experiences of a young girl, Scout, and her family in a Southern town. This controversial work deals with aspects of racism, and involves other aspects of violence and alienation. Here are a few quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.

'Tuck Everlasting' Quotes
Here are a few quotes from Tuck Everlasting.

'Under the Volcano' Quotes
Here are a few quotes from Under the Volcano.

'Venus in Fur' Quotes
Venus in Fur is a semi-autobiographical work by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, published in 1870. Here are a few quotes.

'Watership Down' Quotes
Watership Down is a novel by Richard Adams. The work is an allegory: a fantasy about a group of rabbits in search of a warren. Here are a few quotes from Watership Down.

'Where the Red Fern Grows' Quotes
Where the Red Fern Grows is a famous work by Wilson Rawls. The novel is a coming of age story, involving Billy Colman and his dogs. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

'White Fang' Quotes
White Fang is one of the most well-known works by Jack London, an American author. He's famous for his works set in the wild--where Nature plays a prominent role in the never-ending struggle for survival. White Fang The story takes place in Yukon Territory, Canada, during the Klondike Gold Rush at the end of the 19th-century. Here are a few...

'Wuthering Heights' Quotes
Wuthering Heights is a tale of all-consuming romantic passion. Here are a few quotes from Wuthering Heights.

Famous First Lines of Novels
Just reading the words can be enough to set the tone for the rest of the book. Which of the famous lines in literature is your favorite?

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