Today marks the seventh anniversay of the movie premiere for Suzanne Collins' Catching Fire, the second installment of The Hunger Games trilogy. In honor of the day that the best movie of the series was released, I'm sharing the seven best Peeta quotes to honor the seventh year this amazing story caught fire in our hearts.
Sixty-six years ago today, J.R.R. Tolkien's second installment of his The Lord of the Rings epic fantasy series, The Two Towers, was published. And, not only do the events of this novel spur such passion and intrigue; the characters words are just as powerful as their actions. To celebrate the anniversary of its publication, we've prepared for you a list of the top ten quotes from The Two Towers.
Today is a day when millions of people put flowers and food before images of their dead in an organized effort to love and honor those that were here before them. In a similar spirit, I give you literary flowers—snippets and quotes— to stir our living spirits and turn our inner eyes towards our memories.
Published on this day October 16th in 1950, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis is a classic of children’s literature that generations of people have come to love.
The Chronicles of Narnia’s seven books have been in continuous publication since 1956, selling over 100 million copies in 47 languages and in Braille. They have been adapted for radio, television, the stage, and film. Here are some of the quotes from this beloved classic that make The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe the amazing book it is.
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“Peter did not feel very brave; indeed, he felt he was going to be sick. But that made no difference to what he had to do.”
I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand a word you say, but I shall still be your affectionate Godfather, C. S. Lewis.
“All shall be done, but it may be harder than you think.”
Perhaps it has sometimes happened to you in a dream that someone says something which you don’t understand but in the dream it feels as if it had some enormous meaning—either a terrifying one which turns the whole dream into a nightmare or else a lovely meaning too lovely to put into words, which makes the dream so beautiful that you remember it all your life and are always wishing you could get into that dream again.
“If you’ve been up all night and cried till you have no more tears left in you — you will know that there comes in the end a sort of quietness. You feel as if nothing was ever going to happen again.”
‘My dear young lady,’ said the professor…’there is one plan which no one has yet suggested and which is well worth trying.’
‘What’s that?’ said Susan.
‘We might all try minding our own business…
“It was a full moon and, shining on all the snow, it made everything almost as bright as day — only the shadows were rather confusing.”
All right, beautiful. You’ve got me tied down to this stone table, and there’s a knife in your hand that says you get to rule Narnia for another hundred years. So maybe I die, and winter goes on. Maybe the hunger and the darkness and the fear never end. But as long as the children believe in me, I know that Aslan will live again.
“People who have not been in Narnia sometimes think that a thing cannot be good and terrible at the same time.”
Every moment the patches of green grew bigger and the patches of snow grew smaller. Every moment more and more of the trees shook off their robes of snow. Soon, wherever you looked, instead of white shapes you saw the dark green of firs or the black prickly branches of bare oaks and beeches and elms. Then the mist turned from white to gold and presently cleared away altogether. Shafts of delicious sunlight struck down onto the forest floor and overhead you could see a blue sky between the tree-tops.
“All the things he had said to make himself believe that she was good and kind and that her side was really the right side sounded to him silly now.”
What is your favorite quote from this classic?
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Known as one of literature’s most romantic figures, Charolette Bronte’s Mr. Rochester has been viewed favorably in history despite his flaws. Bronte’s Jane Eyre displays him as a controlling, abusive man, and yet it is all forgiven because of his love for Jane Eyre. But, Rochester manipulates Jane into loving him, won’t acknowledge that Adele is his child even after bringing her home, and leads Blanche Ingram on for months. And I haven’t even mentioned his Creole wife with mental health issues, who he locks up in the attic instead of getting her help.
So, here are some quotes from the book to especially highlight how terrible the beloved Mr. Rochester can be.
1. When he admits to leading Ms. Ingram on and disparages Jane at the same time
“Am I a liar in your eyes?’ He asked, passionately. ‘Little skeptic, you shall be convinced. What love have I for Miss Ingram? None, and that you know. What love has she for me? None, as I have taken pains to prove; I caused a rumor to reach her that my fortune was not a third of what was supposed, and after that, I presented myself to see the result; it was coldness both from her and her mother. I would not – I could not – marry Miss Ingram.” -Mr. Rochester
2. The way he speaks about his wife
“To tell me that I had already a wife is empty mockery; you know now that I had but a hideous demon.” -Mr. Rochester
3. He really just goes on about her
“‘That is my wife,’ said he. ‘Such is the sole conjugal embrace I am ever to know—such are the endearments which are to solace my leisure hours! And this is what I wished to have” (laying his hand on my shoulder): “this young girl, who stands so grave and quiet at the mouth of hell, looking collectedly at the gambols of a demon. I wanted her just as a change after that fierce ragout. Wood and Briggs, look at the difference! Compare these clear eyes with the red balls yonder—this face with that mask—this form with that bulk; then judge me, priest of the Gospel and man of the law, and remember, with what judgment ye judge ye shall be judged!'”-Mr. Rochester
4. When he dressed up as a roma woman and manipulated everyone that was staying in his home
“She had on a red cloak and a black bonnet: or rather, a broad-brimmed gipsy hat, tied down with a striped handkerchief under the chin…The old crone ‘nichered,’ a laugh under her bonnet and bandage: she then drew out a short black pipe, and lighting it began to smoke. Having indulged a while in this seditive, she raised her bent body, took the pipe from her lips, and while gazing steadily at the fire, sad very deliberately:–‘You are cold; you are sick; and you are silly.'” -Jane Eyre
5. When he tries to guilt jane into staying with him despite her finding out about Rochester’s wife
“Jane my little darling (so I will call you, for so you are), you don’t know what you are talking about; you misjudge me again: it is not because she is mad I hate her. If you were mad, do you think I should hate you?”
“I do indeed, sir.”
“Then you are mistaken, and you know nothing about me, and nothing about the sort of love of which I am capable.” -Mr. Rochester & Jane Eyre