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Let’s start off this blog about the 23 most beautiful lines in literature by saying these are not the 23 most beautiful lines in literature.

They are just some of them.

I’m sure you can think of others; Feel free to contribute your own favorites at the end.

1. “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”

2. “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

3. “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” – Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

literature4. “The half life of love is forever.”
Junot Diaz, This Is How You Lose Her

5. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live – Natalie Babbit, Tuck Forever

6. “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.”
—L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

7. “I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.”
— Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

literature8.  “Journeys end in lovers meeting.”
—William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

“And the rest is rust, and stardust.”
– Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

“I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.”
― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

literature“Why don’t you tell me that ‘if the girl had been worth having she’d have waited for you’? No, sir, the girl really worth having won’t wait for anybody.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

“You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice.

“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Give me my Romeo. And when I shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.
– You Know Who, Romeo and Juliet

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep
But I have promises to keep
And miles to go before I sleep
Miles to go before I sleep
– Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost,

Teller, teller, tell me a tale
of love and fear and duty,
I want to die in the arms of love
I want to die for beauty,
For beauty is the only truth
and death the only lie,
I want to sing a final tale
and love before I die
Troll Bridge, Jane Yollen

“I have one thing to say, one thing only, I’ll never say it another time, to anyone, and I ask you to remember it: in a universe of ambiguity, this kind of certainty comes only once, and never again, no matter how many lifetimes you live.” – Robert James Waller, The Bridges of Madison County

“Oh, Jake,” Brett said, “we could have had such a damned good time together.” Ahead was a mounted policeman in khaki directing traffic. He raised his baton. The car slowed suddenly pressing Brett against me. “Yes,” I said. “Isn’t it pretty to think so?”
The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

“Tomorrow, I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.”
Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

“Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit em, but remember that it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” — To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

“Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aurelio Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon that his father took him to discover ice.”

One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

Rebecca,  Daphne du Maurier

And my own particular favorite:

23. It’s from the short story Innocence, by Harold Brodkey


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  1. I love this, Colin. Some wonderful lines here. ‘And the rest is rust, and stardust’ is astonishing.

  2. From “Stairway to the Moon” by Colin Falconer – page 165

    How does someone ever live with regret?

    You try not to think about the past, you block it out.
    You tell yourself to be grateful for the things you have and try not to think about the things you miss. You do it with guilt and with anger. At first it is not so difficult because when the past is fresh it is not completely gone and the memories are still within reach. Regret, like rust, only really takes hold with the passing of time.

  3. Beautiful, some of my favorites are also:
    “I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over all over again. — F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby.
    “And remember, as it was written, to love another person is to see the face of God.” — Les Miserables 
    And “The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” 
    — Helen Keller 

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