Favorite Quotes from Literature

“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”
~Blanche DuBois, A Streetcar Named Desire


There are so many great quotes in literature. I chose this one because it’s been popping up in my head lately for a variety of reasons. I love how it perfectly captures the complexity of Tennessee Williams’ character Blanche DuBois — her charged sexuality, overwhelming loneliness, fear, longing, isolation, and clinging to shadows. My favorite Blanche DuBois is actress Vivien Leigh. What’s one of your favorite quotes from literature? I’d love to know!

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20 thoughts on “Favorite Quotes from Literature

  1. “Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war.”
    Julius Caesar.

    “You’re drunk Sir.”
    “And you’re ugly Madam. But in the
    morning, I shall be sober.”
    Winston Churchill at a dinner party.
    This is not literature, but I thought
    it was a great quote.

    “That’s a great catch, that Catch 22.”
    Catch 22.

    “Women are meant to be loved,
    not understood.”
    Oscar Wilde.

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  2. I have lots of quotes, but sadly, don’t remember them all exactly word for word. But I do like the way the dog in Peter Mayle’s A Dog’s Life describes chickens as “that happy combination of nourishment and sport.” And of course I like the “It’s a far, far better thing than I have ever done before” quote from A Tale of Two Cities, and more lines from Michael Bond’s Monsieur Pamplemousse series than I can possibly relate!

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    • Those poor chickens! 😊 You reminded me that I’ve never read A Tale of Two Cities. I’ll need to check it out. I always say I’m going to start a notebook to write down quotes I love from all the books I read, but I have yet to do it. Thanks for sharing, Ann!


    • Glad you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by. I look forward to checking out your blog. Where did you see the play? I saw it performed at the Yale Rep Theatre a few years back and it was really well done (still love the Leigh and Brando film best though).

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  3. Vivien Leigh for me too.
    Thanks for following sultanabun. I had no option but to follow back, given that we share a surmane. Well, it’s my husband’s name but mine now too and we have an O’ in the middle. Still, perhaps there is some reason you crossed my path. I don’t always ramble like this!

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