Literary Words of Wisdom

This page is a collection of some of my favorite quotations from books I have read. It will be updated on an ongoing basis. Sadly, I began this post far too late and am missing countless gems I have happened upon along the way. Nevertheless, it is necessary to begin chronicling such literary words of wisdom at some point. This collection began on February 3, 2013 while reading Vita Nuova by Dante Alighieri. All works are ordered alphabetically by author last name, then book title.

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Vita Nuova, Dante Alighieri 
Dante is a name known by all whether they have read his works or not. Unlike the other authors on this page, Dante specialized in poetry. His works are obsessively ordered, often built around a numerical system.

"Apparuit iam beatitudo vestra - Now your source of joy has been revealed." - Dante Alighieri

"One imperfection only heaven has: the lack of her; so now for her it pleads and every saint with clamour intercedes." - Dante Alighieri

Vita Nuova by Dante Alighieri | Image Credit: Tower

The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
This is easily my favorite book that I have ever read. Despite the enormity of pages, I found myself completely enthralled by the book's charm and adventure. The below list of quotations is but a poor reflection of that which I enjoyed while reading. These are the simply the quotes that I committed to memory. 

"One always hurries towards happiness." - Edmond Dantès

"So, do live and be happy, children dear to my heart, and never forget that, until the day when God deigns to unveil the future to mankind, all human wisdom is contained in these two words: 'wait' and 'hope'! - Edmond Dantès

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas | Image Credit: Word Press

The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas
A fantastic read about perhaps the most well-known yet the most unknown characters in literature. By this I mean that everyone has heard of the Three Musketeers, yet it seems that very few actually know who they are or what their story entails.

"And now gentlemen, all for one, one for all - that is our motto, is it not?" - D'Artagnan

"The merit of all things lies in their difficulty." - Aramis

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas | Image Credit: Youth Voices

The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis is a genius, next to whom I look and sound like a stumbling hamster. I have read no less than twenty-one of his books, and also took an undergraduate course on his works at Boston College taught by Peter Kreeft. C.S. Lewis is absolutely one of my favorite authors and thinkers. 

"There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, in the end, 'Thy will be done.' - C.S. Lewis

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis | Image Credit: Word Press

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
A surprisingly good read. It was one of those books that I just could not put down and ended up breezing through in a rather short time. 

“If you look for perfection, you'll never be content.” - Natalie Alexandrovna

“It's hard to love a woman and do anything.” - General Serpuhovskoy

“Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.” - Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy | Image Credit: Word Press

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, Lew Wallace
After seeing the very enjoyable 1959 movie starring Charlton Heston, I decided to give this book a read. Written in 1880, Ben-Hur was the first work of fiction to be blessed by the Pope (Leo XIII), and became the largest single-year print edition in American history (1912). It outsold every book except the Bible until Gone with the Wind came out in 1936, but reclaimed the top spot in the 1960's following the release of the movie. Ben-Hur has never been out of print and is considered "the most influential Christian book of the nineteenth century."

"While craving justice for ourselves, it is never wise to be unjust to others." - Mother of Judah Ben-Hur

"Pride is never so loud as when in chains." - Judah Ben-Hur

"When God walks the earth, his steps are often centuries apart." - Simonides 

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace | Image Credit: Ecrater

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