I’ll admit it– I’m a big book quote girly. While I may not highlight in my books (biggest pet peeve ever), I keep track of all of my favorite quotes via Goodreads. This hasn’t failed me yet! Sometimes I read a quote and it instantly makes me want to reread the book. Have quotes ever done that to you? If so, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Here are my 10 favorite Frankenstein quotes that absolutely make me crave a reread!
Frankenstein is truly one of the turning points in gothic literature. Written in 1818 also? What a time for books. Not only did it have a huge impact on literature, but the story is beautiful. The language? Iconic. These quotes? You are going to be highlighting them in your own copy (virtually or by hand) by the end of this article. Trust me.
“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”— Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.”— Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.”— Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!”— Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“Even broken in spirit as he is, no one can feel more deeply than he does the beauties of nature. The starry sky, the sea, and every sight afforded by these wonderful regions, seems still to have the power of elevating his soul from earth. Such a man has a double existence: he may suffer misery, and be overwhelmed by disappointments; yet, when he has retired into himself, he will be like a celestial spirit that has a halo around him, within whose circle no grief or folly ventures.”— Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“There is love in me the likes of which you’ve never seen. There is rage in me the likes of which should never escape. If I am not satisfied int he one, I will indulge the other.”— Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“The world to me was a secret, which I desired to discover; to her it was a vacancy, which she sought to people with imaginations of her own.”— Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“How mutable are our feelings, and how strange is that clinging love we have of life even in the excess of misery!”— Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“The whole series of my life appeared to me as a dream; I sometimes doubted if indeed it were all true, for it never presented itself to my mind with the force of reality.”— Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand.”— Mary Shelley, Frankenstein