Fiction quotes 101 to 150

  1. I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them. – Charlie
  2. ‘Once a King in Narnia, always a King in Narnia. But don’t go trying to use the same route to Narnia twice. Indeed, don’t try to get there at all. It’ll happen when you’re not looking for it.’ The Professor (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis)
  3. ‘No, men don’t catch anything. They just keep trotting back and forth across the bridge thinking there is something better on the other side. If they’d hang-down at the top of the thing and wait quietly, maybe something good would come along. But no – with men it’s rush, rush, rush, every minute. I’m glad I’m a sedentary spider.’ Charlotte (Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White)
  4. ‘Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or hatch.’ E.B. White (Charlotte’s Web)
  5. ‘It means that though the Witch knew the deep magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backward.’ Aslan
  6. ‘Those who can’t keep up – that is, children, dwarfs and small animals – must ride on the backs of those who can – that is, lions, centaurs, unicorns, horses, giants and eagles. Those who are good with their noses must come in the front with us lions to smell out where the battle is. Look lively and sort yourselves.’ Aslan
  7. ‘…And don’t mention it to anyone else unless you find that they’ve had adventures of the same sort themselves. What’s that? How will you know? Oh, you’ll know all right. Off things they say- even their looks – will let the secret out. Keep your eyes open.’ The Professor
  8. ‘What do you mean, I mean less than nothing to you? I don’t think there is any such thing as less than nothing. Nothing is absolutely the limit of nothingness. It’s the lowest you can go. It’s the end of the line. How can something be less than nothing? If there was something that was less than nothing, then nothing would not be nothing, it would be something – even though it’s just a very little bit of something. But if nothing is nothing, then nothing has nothing that is less than it is.’ Wilbur, to the chicken
  9. ‘When your stomach is empty and your mind is full, it’s always hard to sleep.’ E.B. White
  10. ‘Well, who taught a spider? A young spider knows how to spin a web without any instructions from anybody. Don’t you regard that as a miracle?… I’m a doctor. Doctors are supposed to understand everything. But I don’t understand everything and I don’t intend to let it worry me.’ Dr Dorian
  11. ‘Children pay better attention than grown-ups…Perhaps if people talked less, animals would talk more. People are incessant talkers – I can give you my word on that.’ Dr Dorian
  12. ‘In the daytime, Wilbur usually felt happy and confident. No pig ever had truer friends, and he realized that friendship is one of the most satisfying things in the world.’ E.B. White
  13. ‘Wilbur, you have been a friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what’s a life anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. A spider’s life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift me up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anybody’s life can stand a little of that.’ Charlotte
  14. ‘Well, I’m no good at making speeches. I haven’t got your gifts for words. But you saved me, Charlotte, and I would gladly give my life to you – I really would.’ Wilbur
  15. ‘Wilbur never forgot Charlotte. Although he loved her children and grandchildren dearly, none of the new spiders ever took her place in his heart. She was in a class by herself. It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.’ E.B. White
  16. ‘You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.’ (Oh, the Places You’ll Go! By Dr Seuss)
  17. ‘You’ll come down from the lurch with an unpleasant bump. And the chances are, then, that you’ll be in a Slump. And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.’ Dr Seuss
  18. ‘The waiting place: for people just waiting. Waiting for a train to go, or a bus to come, or a plane to go, or the mail to come, or the rain to go, or the rain to go, or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is waiting.’ Dr Seuss
  19. ‘I’m afraid that some times you’ll play lonely games too. Games you can’t win ‘cause you’ll play against you. All Alone! Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something you’ll quite a lot. And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants. There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.’ Dr Seuss
  20. ‘But on you will go, though the weather be foul. On you will go though your enemies prowl. On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl. Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak. On and on you will hike and I know you’ll hike for and face up to your problems whatever they are.’ Dr Seuss
  21. ‘Step with care and great tact and remember that life’s a great balancing act.’ Dr Seuss
  22. ‘That is true. You see, I don’t mind my legs and arms and body being stuffed, because I cannot get hurt. If anyone treads on my toes or sticks pin in me, it doesn’t matter, for I can’t feel it. But I do not want people to call me a fool, and if my head stays stuffed with straw instead of with brains, as yours is, how am I ever to know anything?’ The Scarecrow (The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum)
  23. ‘It must be inconvenient to be made of flesh, for you must sleep, and eat and drink. However, you have brains, and it is worth a lot of bother to be able to think properly.’ The Scarecrow
  24. ‘I shall take the heart, for brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in this world.’ The Tin Man
  25. ‘You don’t need brains, Mr Scarecrow. You are learning something every day. A baby has brains, but it doesn’t know much. Experience is the only thing that brings knowledge, and the longer you are on Earth the more experience you are sure to get.’ The Wizard of Oz
  26. ‘You have plenty of courage, Lion. I am sure. All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. True courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.’ The Wizard of Oz
  27. ‘There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive.’ Jack London (Call of the Wild)
  28. ‘The thing about exploring is that you have to know whether the thing you’ve found is worth finding. Some things are just sitting there, minding their own business, waiting to be discovered. Like America. And other things are probably better off alone. Like a dead mouse at the back of a cupboard.’ Bruno (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne)
  29. ‘All that crap they have in cartoons and all, showing guys on street corners looking sore as hell because their dates are late – that’s bunk. If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she’s late? Nobody.’ Holden (The Catcher in the Rye)
  30. ‘If you do something too good, then, after a while, if you don’t watch it, you start showing off. And then you’re not as good anymore.’ Holden Caulfield (The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger)
  31. ‘I mean I’ve left schools and places I didn’t even know I was leaving them. I hate that. I don’t care if it’s a sad goodbye or a bad goodbye, but when I leave a place I like to know I’m leaving it. If you don’t, you feel even worse.’ Holden Caulfield
  32. ‘Life is a game? Game, my ass. Some game. If you get on the side where all the hot-shots are, then it’s a game, all right – I’ll admit that. But if you get on the other side, where there aren’t any hot-shots, then what’s a game about it? Nothing. No game.’ Holden Caulfield
  33. ‘Finally Ackley came over and asked me who was going to the movies besides me. He always had to know who was going. I swear, if that guy was shipwrecked somewhere, and you rescued him in a goddamn boat, he’d want to know who the guy was that was rowing before he’d even get in.’ Holden Caulfield
  34. ‘I think if you don’t really like a girl, you shouldn’t horse around with her at all, and if you do like her, then you’re supposed to like her face, and if you like her face, you ought to be careful about doing crumby stuff to it, like squirting water all over it.’ Holden Caulfield
  35. ‘That’s the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they’re not much to look at, or even if they’re sort of stupid, you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. They drive you crazy. They really can.’ Holden Caulfield
  36. ‘There isn’t any night club in the world you can sit in for a long time unless you can at least buy some liquor and get drunk. Or unless you’re with some girl that really knocks you out.’ Holden Caulfield
  37. ‘I’m always saying “Glad to have met you” to somebody I’m not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though.’ Holden Caulfield
  38. ‘You kept wondering what the hell would happen to all the girls when they got out of school and college, I mean. You figured most of them would probably marry dopey guys. Guys that always talk about how many miles they get to a gallon in their goddamn cars. Guys that get sore and childish as hell if you beat them at golf, or even just some stupid game like ping-pong. Guys that are very mean. Guys that never read books. Guys that are very boring… I don’t understand boring guys.’ Holden Caulfield
  39. ‘It is a funny thing about girls. Every time you mention some guy that’s strictly a bastard – very mean, or very conceited and all – and when you mention it to the girl, she’ll tell you he has an inferiority complex…Girls, you never know what they’re going to think.’ Holden Caulfield
  40. ‘The trouble with girls is, if they like a boy, no matter how big a bastard he is, they’ll say he has an inferiority complex, and if they don’t like him, no matter how nice a guy he is, or how big an inferiority complex he has, they’ll say he’s conceited. Even smart girls do it.’ Holden Caulfield
  41. ‘It’s funny. You take adults, they look lousy when they’re asleep and have their mouths way open, but kids don’t. Kids look all right. They can even have spit all over their pillow and they still look all right.’ Holden Caulfield
  42. ‘I mean is, lots of time you don’t know what interests you most till you start talking about something that doesn’t interest you most. I mean you can’t help it sometimes. You’re supposed to leave somebody alone if he’s at least being interesting and he’s getting all excited about something. I like it when that happens. It’s nice.’ Holden Caulfield
  43. ‘The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.’ Wilhelm Stekel
  44. ‘It is not true that only educated and scholarly men are able to contribute something valuable to the world. But such educated men who are brilliant and creative to begin with, tend to leave infinitely more valuable records behind than those who are merely brilliant and creative. They tend to express themselves more clearly and usually have a passion for following their thoughts to the end.’ Mr Antolini
  45. ‘The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.’ The Giver (The Giver by Lois Lowry)
  46. ‘How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind it! O brave new world…’ John the Savage (Brave New World by Aldous Huxley)
  47. ‘And that is the secret of happiness and virtue – liking what you’ve got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their unescapable social destiny.’ Mustapha Mond
  48. ‘What I’m going to tell you now may sound incredible. But then, when you’re not accustomed to history, most facts about the past do sound incredible.’ The Director
  49. ‘Looking at the sea makes me feel as though as though I were more me, if you see what I mean. More on my own, not so completely a part of something else. Not just a cell in the social body.’ Bernard
  50. ‘The greater a man’s talents, the greater his power to lead astray. It is better that one should suffer than that many should be corrupted. No offence is so heinous as unorthodoxy of behavior. Murder kills only the individual – and after all, what is an individual? We can make a new one with the greatest ease – as many as we like. Unorthodoxy threatens more than the life of a mere society; it strikes at Society itself.’ Henry

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