9 Quotes From ‘Frankenstein’

On this day 203 years ago, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was published and made a lasting impact in the world of literature. According to mentalfloss.com, the initial idea for Frankenstein came to Shelley in a dream, and this idea went on to become the first ever science fiction novel. This novel contains some truly striking quotes, and we hope that you find them just as remarkable as we do.



1. “Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”

2. “Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.”

3. “Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.”

4. “I do know that for the sympathy of one living being, I would make peace with all. I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.”

5. “The companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds which hardly any later friend can obtain.”


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6. “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.”

7. “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.”

8. “It is true, we shall be monsters, cut off from all the world; but on that account we shall be more attached to one another.”

9. “If I see but one smile on your lips when we meet, occasioned by this or any other exertion of mine, I shall need no other happiness.”

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