14 top ‘literary’ quotes for me (in 2017)

14 top ‘literary’ quotes for me in 2017

#The my-constant -state-of-being quote

All you have to do, I tell myself, is keep your mouth shut and look stupid. It shouldn’t be that hard.

– Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale


 #The me-too quote

Now that I’d started crying in public more often, it seemed that I would do it at the drop of a hat.

– Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.


#The surreal one

Under the orange glow of a streetlight, a fox was drinking a cup of coffee. He wasn’t holding it in his paws—as has been clearly established, I’m not insane—but, rather, had dipped his head to the ground and was lapping from a Starbucks cup. The fox sensed me watching, looked up and stared assertively into my eyes. “What of it?” he seemed to be saying. “A morning cup of coffee, big deal!”


-Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.


#It-made-my-heart-flutter quote

He kissed her and it was a kiss of utter certainty, the kind of kiss during which monarchs die and whole continents fall without you even noticing.

-Jojo Moyes, The One Plus One


#For friends-and-foes-alike quote:

[As they say in the old legends]Before a man goes to the devil himself, he sends plenty of other souls thither.”

― William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair


#The so-empathetic-it-may-bring-world-peace one

Be me a little.

― John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let the Right One In


#The parenting-done-right quote :

More children suffer from interference than from noninterference.

― Agatha Christie, Crooked House


#The super-woman-cape-on quote :

“Thinking has, many a time, made me sad, darling; but doing never did in all my life… My precept is, “Do something, my sister, do good if you can; but, at any rate, do something”.”

― Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South


#The so-good-it-has-to-be-a-constant-reminder quote

“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”

― John Steinbeck, East of Eden


Now, I have liked Marjane Satrapi’s “Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood” so much that I had to fish out as many as three quotes from my favorite graphic novel-


#The I-can-relate-to-it-sistah one

Once again, I arrived at my usual conclusion: one must educate oneself.


#The ultimate-truth one

Life is absolutely unbearable. And we’re going to die.


#The i-wish-i-could-have- followed quote

I realized then that I didn’t understand anything. I read all the books I could.


#The present-state-of-my-motherland quote

 The regime had understood that one person leaving her house while asking herself:

Are my trousers long enough?

Is my veil in place?

Can my make-up be seen?

Are they going to whip me?


No longer asks herself:

Where is my freedom of thought?

Where is my freedom of speech?

My life, is it liveable?

What’s going on in the political prisons?


#The promise-to-self one

In a state of chaos, self-preservation is the supreme duty.

– Train To Pakistan, Khushwant Singh





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