Emma

“One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.”

― Jane Austen in Emma

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The perks of being a wallflower

“Sometimes people use thought to not participate in life.”

― Stephen Chbosky in The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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David Copperfield

“Never,” said my aunt, “be mean in anything; never be false; never be cruel. Avoid those three vices, Trot, and I can always be hopeful of you.”

– Charles Dickens in David Copperfield

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Arthur & George

“They should erect new signs at the Home Office. Instead of Entrance and Exit, they should read On the One Hand and On the Other Hand.”

– Julian Barnes in Arthur & George

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The Bookshop

“She had a kind heart, thought that was not of much use when it comes to the matter of self-preservation.”

– Penelope Fitzgerald in The Bookshop

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The man who wasn’t there

Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
I wish, I wish he’d go away…

-Hughes Mearns

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Madame Bovary

“She was as sated with him as he was tired of her. Emma had rediscovered in adultery all the banality of marriage.”

― Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

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