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In this section of the website you can find some of our favourite quotes and the most important lines from numerous books in English.


Click on any of the highlighted quotes to hear and download these lines being spoken by a male native speaker of English from the south-west of England.




"You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams."

from 'Dr. Seuss'

by Theodor Seuss Geisel



"It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages."

from 'Human, all too Human'

by Friedrich Nietzsche



"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

from 'Animal Farm'

by George Orwell



"What the eye doesn't see and the mind doesn't know, doesn't exist."

from 'Lady Chatterley's Lover'

by D. H. Lawrence



"In dreams, we enter a world that’s entirely our own."

from 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban'

by J.K. Rowling



"A wild longing for strong emotions and sensations seethes in me, a rage against this toneless, flat, normal and sterile life."

from 'Steppenwolf'

by Hermann Hesse



"Don't think of what's past! I am not going to think outside of now. Why should we! Who knows what tomorrow has in store?"

from 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles'

by Thomas Hardy



"Love her, love her, love her! If she favours you, love her. If she wounds you, love her. If she tears your heart to pieces – and as it gets older and stronger, it will tear deeper – love her, love her, love her!"

from 'Great Expectations'

by Charles Dickens



"My ambition is handicapped by laziness."

from 'Factotum'

by Charles Bukowski



"He was soon borne away by the waves and lost in darkness and distance."

from 'Frankenstein'

by Mary Shelley



"The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence."

from 'Post Office'

by Charles Bukowski



"Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind."

from 'Miguel de Cervantes'

by Don Quixote


"If I know what love is, it is because of you."

from 'Steppenwolf'

by Hermann Hesse



"In the evening he went to the cinema to see ‘The Lord of the Rings’, which he had never before had time to see. He thought that orcs, unlike human beings, were simple and uncomplicated creatures. "

from 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'

by Stieg Larsson



"I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself."

from 'The Metamorphosis'

by Franz Kafka



"There are people who, the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves."

from 'Emma'

by Jane Austen


"Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss."

from 'The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button'

by F. Scott Fitzgerald



"It is a great misfortune to be alone, my friends; and it must be believed that solitude can quickly destroy reason."

from 'The Mysterious Island'

by Jules Verne


"It is better to have loved and lost. Than never to have loved at all."

from 'In Memoriam'

by Alfred Lord Tennyson



"But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. So she was turned to a pillar of salt. So it goes. People aren’t supposed to look back. I’m certainly not going to do it anymore."

from 'Slaughterhouse Five'

by Kurt Vonnegut



"I am amazed to see how deliberately I have entangled myself step by step. To have seen my position so clearly, and yet to have acted so like a child."

from 'The Sorrows of Young Werther'

by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



"Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own."

from 'Stranger in a Strange Land'

by Robert A. Heinlein



"If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed."

from 'The Bell Jar'

by Sylvia Plath



"Wands are only as powerful as the wizards who use them. Some wizards just like to boast that theirs are bigger and better than other people’s. "

from 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'

by J. K. Rowling



"I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then."

from 'Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass'

by Lewis Carroll



"The greatest adventure is what lies ahead. Today and tomorrow are yet to be said. The chances, the changes are all yours to make. The mould of your life is in your hands to break."

from 'The Hobbit'

by J.R.R. Tolkien



"Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love."

from 'Northanger Abbey'

by Jane Austen



"The very essence of romance is uncertainty."

from 'The Importance of Being Earnest'

by Oscar Wilde



"All my heart is yours, sir. It belongs to you; and with you it would remain, were fate to exile the rest of me from your presence forever."

from 'Jane Eyre'

by Charlotte Bronte



"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind. And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind."

from 'Midsummer Night's Dream'

by William Shakespeare



"Many a good man has been put under the bridge by a woman."

from 'Women'

by Charles Bukowski



"There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights."

from 'Dracula'

by Bram Stoker



"Not all those who wander are lost."

from 'The Fellowship of the Ring'

by J. R. R. Tolkien



"I live in my dreams. Other people live in dreams, but not in their own. That's the difference."

from 'Demian'

by Hermann Hesse



"One ought to hold on to one's heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too."

from 'Beyond Good and Evil'

by Friedrich Nietzsche



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