Famous Literary Quotes

“The Moving Finger writes: and, having writ,

Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit

Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line

Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”

– The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more,

Or close the wall up with our English dead!

– William Shakespeare 1564-1616. Henry V, Act III, Scene 1, 1599

“To be, or not to be: that is the question:

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,

Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,

And by opposing them? To die: to sleep;

No more; and by a sleep to say we end

The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks

That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation

Devoutly to be wish’s. To die, to sleep;

To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;

For in that sleep of death what dreams may come

When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,

Must give us pause’

– William Shakespeare 1564-1616 Hamlet, Act III, Scene I, 1601

“Man is his own star, and the soul that can

Render an honest and a perfect man

Commands all light, all influence, all fate.”

– John Fletcher 1579-1625. The Honest Man’s Fortune, Epilogue, 1647.

“But at my back I always hear Time’s winged Chariot hurrying near.”

– Andrew Marvell 1621-1678

“Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire”

– Francois le Duc de la Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680

“Eyeless in Gaza at the Mill with slaves”

– John Milton 1608-1674. Samson Agonistes, 1671

“Tyger! Tyger! burning bright’

In the forest of the night,

What immortal hand or eye

Could frame thy fearful

symmetry?

– William Blake 1757-1827. ‘The Tyger’, Songs of Experience 1794

“To see a world in a grain of sand,

And a heaven in a wild flower,

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand

And eternity in an hour.:

– William Blake 1757-1827. Auguries of Innocence 1803.

“My heart leaps up when I behold

A rainbow in the sky”

– William Wordsworth 1770 – 1850. Lyrical Ballards, 1802

” All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others. “

– George Orwell, Animal Farm