First Literature Post – The 40 Most Powerful Literary Quotes:



1 of 40:

Of Mice And Men


Author: John Steinbeck

Year: 1937

“Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”








2 of 40:

Invisible Man


Author: Ralph Ellison

Year: 1952

“Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.”





3 of 40:

Wuthering Heights


Author: Emily Brontë

Year: 1847

“Terror made me cruel”






4 of 40

L.A. Confidential


Author: James Ellroy

Year: 1990

“Some men get the world, some men get ex-hookers and a trip to Arizona. You’re in with the former, but my God I don’t envy the blood on your conscience.”





5 of 40:

On The Road


Author: Jack Kerouac

Year: 1957

;”The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”




6 of 40:


Author: George Orwell

Year: 1949

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”








7 of 40:


Author: Margaret Atwood

Year: 1985

“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.”





8 of 40:


Author: H.G. Wells

Year: 1895

“It sounds plausible enough tonight, but wait until tomorrow. Wait for the common sense of the morning.”








9 of 40:


Author: Leo Tolstoy

Year: 1877

“It’s much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it.”







10 of 40:


Author: Charlotte Brontë

Year: 1847

“Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.”








The next 10 will be up later today, enjoy these for now

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