35 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences In Literature

We asked random people all over the internet about their favorite lines from literature. Here are some of their most beautiful replies.

1. “I celebrate myself, and sing myself.”

—Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

2. “The half life of love is forever.”

—Junot Diaz, This Is How You Lose Her

4. “We cross our bridges as we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and the presumption that once our eyes watered.”

—Tom Stoppard, Rosencratz and Guildenstern Are Dead

5. “She was becoming herself and daily casting aside that fictitious self which we assume like a garment with which to appear before the world.”

—Kate Chopin, “The Awakening”

6. “She was lost in her longing to understand.”

—Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

8. “Do I dare / Disturb the universe?”

—T. S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

9. “How wild it was, to let it be.”

—Cheryl Strayed, Wild

10. “The pieces I am, she gather them and gave them back to me in all the right order.”

—Toni Morrison, Beloved


12. “In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart.”

—Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank

13. “Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”

—Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

14. “At the still point, there the dance is.”

—T. S. Eliot, “Four Quartets”

16. “It might be that to surrender to happiness was to accept defeat, but it was a defeat better than many victories.”

—W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage

17. “America, I've given you all and now I'm nothing.”

—Allen Ginsburg, “America”

18. “There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

—William Shakespeare, Hamlet

20. “And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.”

—John Steinbeck, East of Eden

21. “If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving one be me.”

—W. H. Auden, “The More Loving One”

22. “As Estha stirred the thick jam he thought Two Thoughts and the Two Thoughts he thought were these: a) Anything can happen to anyone. and b) It is best to be prepared.”

—Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

24. “A dream, all a dream, that ends in nothing, and leaves the sleeper where he lay down, but I wish you to know that you inspired it.”

—Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

25. “The curves of your lips rewrite history.”

—Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

26. “Dear God,' she prayed, ‘let me be something every minute of every hour of my life.'”

—Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

28. “What are men to rocks and mountains?”

—Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

29. “Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I'm not living.”

—Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

30. “Beauty is an enormous, unmerited gift given randomly, stupidly.”

—Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed

32. “I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart; I am, I am, I am.”

—Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

33. “She wasn't doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.”

—J. D. Salinger, “A Girl I Knew”

34. “In our village, folks say God crumbles up the old moon into stars.”

—Alexander Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

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