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So this is a rather big journal, it's the kind of thing you can skim read and pick out the bits that appeal. I've been storing up the best clippings from my Kindle for ages, and now I've compiled them here in a sumptuous feast.

A word of explanation about Lady Caroline Lamb's Glenarvon: one of the two snippets I've quoted has a typo in. The E-book I downloaded was RIFE with typos (hey, it was free), and one of these typos made the good Lady's revelatory novel (a thinly veiled dramatised account of her extramarital affair with Lord Byron) a great deal more shocking than the original. Lets just says "arms" became "anus".

Anyway, that's the most disturbing quote, the rest are are pretty diverse. I'm sure you'll find something that takes your fancy! Enjoy!

BTW, the time on my Kindle reset itself, so that's why the quoted times of day are so erratic!  Honest. :D

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After Dark (Wilkie Collins)
- Highlight on Page 83 | Loc. 1058-59  | Added on Monday, April 25, 2011, 06:04 PM

I reciprocate your 'Good-evening'; and I trust to find you improved in temper, dress, manners, and appearance the next time I have the honor of meeting you.
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Scaramouche (Rafael Sabatini)
- Highlight Loc. 1430-33  | Added on Sunday, May 22, 2011, 11:48 AM

The French are a very loyal nation, as you will have observed.  They love their King — and his portrait even better than himself, especially when it is wrought in gold.  But even in silver it is respected.
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Beasts and Super-Beasts (Hector Hugh Munro)
- Highlight Loc. 263-65  | Added on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 01:59 AM

The man is not used to horses, and I believe I told him it was as quiet as a lamb. After all, lambs go kicking and twisting about as if they were demented, don't they?"
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Beasts and Super-Beasts (Hector Hugh Munro)
- Highlight Loc. 803-5  | Added on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 12:44 PM

"To be exact you told me that it weighed just under two pounds, but I took into account the fact that abnormal vegetables and freshwater fish have an after-life, in which growth is not arrested."
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Beasts and Super-Beasts (Hector Hugh Munro)
- Highlight Loc. 805-6  | Added on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 12:45 PM

"The fault is with the potato, not with us," said Gorworth; "we are not in the least interested in it because it is not in the least interesting.
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Beasts and Super-Beasts (Hector Hugh Munro)
- Highlight Loc. 1330-31  | Added on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 11:49 AM

"Waldo is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death,"
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Beasts and Super-Beasts (Hector Hugh Munro)
- Highlight Loc. 1344-45  | Added on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 11:52 AM

[he had] the wondering look of a dreamer, the eyes of one who sees things that are not visible to ordinary mortals, and invests the commonplace things of this world with qualities unsuspected by plainer folk--the eyes of a poet or a house agent.
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Beasts and Super-Beasts (Hector Hugh Munro)
- Highlight Loc. 1570-71  | Added on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 08:17 PM

"They have been most carefully brought up, I can assure you that."

"That shows that you were nervous as to how they would turn out,"

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Beasts and Super-Beasts (Hector Hugh Munro)
- Highlight Loc. 1789-90  | Added on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 09:23 PM

"The gardeners had told the Prince that you couldn't have pigs and flowers, so he decided to have pigs and no flowers." There was a murmur of approval at the excellence of the Prince's decision; so many people would have decided the other way.
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Reginald (Saki)
- Highlight on Page 11 | Loc. 110-11  | Added on Thursday, May 26, 2011, 12:33 AM

"Every reformation must have its victims.  You can't expect the fatted calf to share the enthusiasm of the angels over the prodigal's return. 
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The Unbearable Bassington (Saki)
- Highlight Loc. 16-17  | Added on Wednesday, June 01, 2011, 01:55 PM

those who make a rock-garden of their souls by dragging into them all the stoney griefs and unclaimed troubles they can find lying around them. 
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The Unbearable Bassington (Saki)
- Highlight Loc. 498  | Added on Friday, June 03, 2011, 12:28 PM

I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart."
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The Unbearable Bassington (Saki)
- Highlight Loc. 594-95  | Added on Friday, June 03, 2011, 03:35 PM

Behind his careful political flippancy and cynicism one might also detect a certain careless sincerity, which would probably in the long run save him from moderate success, and turn him into one of the brilliant failures of his day. 
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The Unbearable Bassington (Saki)
- Highlight Loc. 1082-83  | Added on Friday, June 03, 2011, 06:07 PM

if one hides one's talent under a bushel one must be careful to point out to everyone the exact bushel under which it is hidden. 
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The Unbearable Bassington (Saki)
- Highlight Loc. 1478-79  | Added on Saturday, June 04, 2011, 11:39 AM

"she looks as if she might have created the world in six days and destroyed it on the seventh."
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The Count of Monte Cristo (Dumas.p)
- Highlight Loc. 16143-44  | Added on Thursday, June 23, 2011, 12:54 AM

men who are truly generous are always ready to compassionate when the misfortune of their enemy surpasses the limits of their hatred.
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The Toys of Peace, and other papers (Hector Hugh Munro)
- Highlight Loc. 1940  | Added on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 10:31 PM

"Children with Hyacinth's temperament don't know better as they grow older; they merely know more."

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The Toys of Peace, and other papers (Hector Hugh Munro)
- Highlight Loc. 2115-16  | Added on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 10:50 PM

I never knew what his personal history was, but that was only because I didn't listen; he told it to me many times.
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The Duchess of Padua (Oscar Wilde)
- Highlight Loc. 917-18  | Added on Saturday, July 02, 2011, 01:32 PM

Were there no law there'd be no law-breakers, So all men would be virtuous.
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Don Quixote
- Highlight Loc. 2375-76  | Added on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 09:55 AM

I swear to hold my tongue about it till the end of your worship's days, and God grant I may be able to let it out tomorrow."

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The Shadow Over Innsmouth (H.P. Lovecraft)
- Highlight Loc. 584-86  | Added on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 11:20 AM

an' when they git ready... I say, when they git... ever hear tell of a shoggoth? 'Hey, d'ye hear me? I tell ye I know what them things be - I seen 'em one mght when... eh-ahhh-ah! e'yahhh... "
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The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights (Sir James Knowles)
- Highlight on Page 84 | Loc. 1337-38  | Added on Saturday, September 10, 2011, 11:32 AM

Sir Lancelot increased in fame and worship above all men, for he overthrew all comers, and never was unhorsed or worsted, save by treason and enchantment.
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The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights (Sir James Knowles)
- Highlight on Page 159 | Loc. 2516-19  | Added on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 10:25 AM

Then entered into the hall the Sangreal, borne aloft without hands through the midst of the sunbeam, and covered with white samite, so that none might see it. And all the hall was filled with perfume and incense, and every knight was fed with the food he best loved. And when the holy vessel had been thus borne through the hall, it suddenly departed, no man saw whither.
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The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights (Sir James Knowles)
- Highlight on Page 214 | Loc. 3313-16  | Added on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 12:19 PM

King Arthur said to his knights, "Beware, lest Sir Modred deceive us, for I in no wise trust him, and if swords be drawn be ready to encounter!" And Sir Modred likewise gave an order, that if any man of the king's army drew his sword, they should begin to fight. And as it chanced, a knight of the king's side was bitten by an adder in the foot, and hastily drew forth his sword to slay it. That saw Sir Modred, and forthwith commanded all his army to assail the king's.

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The University of Hard Knocks (Ralph Parlette)
- Highlight Loc. 159-63  | Added on Saturday, December 17, 2011, 03:34 PM

Majorities do not rule. Majorities never have ruled. It is the brave minority of thinking, self-sacrificing people that decides the tomorrow of communities that go upward. Majorities are not willing to make the effort to rule themselves. They are content to drift and be amused and follow false gods that promise something for nothing. They must be led—sometimes driven—by minorities. People are like sheep. The shepherd can lead them to heaven—or to hell.
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The University of Hard Knocks (Ralph Parlette)
- Highlight Loc. 198  | Added on Saturday, December 17, 2011, 11:27 PM

I am like you. I have had more trouble than anybody else.
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The_14-Carat_Roadster
- Highlight Loc. 4-5  | Added on Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 11:05 PM

Ivan Gorchev won the Nobel Prize in physics in a card game, called macao, from a Professor Bertinus, on whom the honour had been bestowed in Stockholm by the King of Sweden a few days earlier.
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The Chronicles of Clovis (Saki)
- Highlight Loc. 1014-15  | Added on Wednesday, January 04, 2012, 01:56 PM

"You seem to forget that she's my daughter."

"That shows my generosity.

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The Idiot (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
- Highlight Loc. 292-93  | Added on Sunday, February 05, 2012, 12:20 PM

You may place a soldier before a cannon's mouth in battle, and fire upon him--and he will still hope. But read to that same soldier his death-sentence, and he will either go mad or burst into tears.
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The Idiot (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
- Highlight Loc. 895-96  | Added on Wednesday, February 08, 2012, 05:17 AM

by contending that it is not a sight for women they admit that it is a sight for men. I congratulate them on the deduction.
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Ennui
- Highlight Loc. 174-76  | Added on Sunday, March 04, 2012, 12:34 PM

I thank God that I was not born an emperor, or I might have become a monster. Though not in the least inclined to cruelty, I might have acquired the taste for it, merely for desire of the emotion which real tragedies excite.
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Ennui
- Highlight Loc. 1049-50  | Added on Sunday, March 04, 2012, 11:18 PM

'Il faut avouer que ce monsieur a un grand talent pour le silence;' he holds his tongue, till the people actually believe that he has something to say; a mistake they could never fall into if he would but speak."
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Bouvard_and_Pécuchet
- Highlight Loc. 136-37  | Added on Tuesday, March 06, 2012, 09:33 PM

they imagined countries only the more beautiful in proportion to their utter lack of definite information about them.
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Bouvard_and_Pécuchet
- Highlight Loc. 2788  | Added on Saturday, March 10, 2012, 08:23 AM

An error, were it a hundred thousand years old, does not by the mere fact of its being old constitute truth.
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Collected_Works_of_Poe
- Highlight Loc. 577-79  | Added on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 07:57 AM

Travelling on land has been repeatedly accomplished at the rate of thirty miles per hour, and indeed a much greater speed may be anticipated. But even at this velocity, it would take me no more than 322 days to reach the surface of the moon.
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The_Extraordinary_Adventures
- Highlight Loc. 2083  | Added on Sunday, March 18, 2012, 10:24 PM

Sherlock Holmes' watch stolen by Arsène Lupin! Mon Dieu! that is funny!
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The Chronicles of Clovis (Saki)
- Highlight Loc. 2135  | Added on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 08:10 AM

his socks compelled one's attention without losing one's respect;

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The Quest of the Sacred Slipper (Sax Rohmer)
- Highlight Loc. 114  | Added on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 02:38 PM

Without hesitation, hatless, I raced down the stairs.
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Bim-bashi_Baruk_of_Egypt
- Highlight Loc. 194  | Added on Sunday, July 01, 2012, 01:49 PM

"Speech often stumbles where Silence walks serene,"
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Sourcery (Discworld Novels) (Terry Pratchett)
- Highlight on Page 73 | Loc. 1020-21  | Added on Thursday, November 08, 2012, 02:26 AM

He was red with anger, except where he was white with rage. When he spoke, his words seared through the air like so many knives, clipped as topiary, crisp as biscuits.
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Sourcery (Discworld Novels) (Terry Pratchett)
- Highlight on Page 91 | Loc. 1287-90  | Added on Thursday, November 08, 2012, 03:49 PM

stretched out his hand, made a strange gesture with his fingers, and produced a pie out of the air. It was fat, golden-brown and beautifully glazed. Just by looking at it Ardrothy knew it was packed edge to edge with prime lean pork, with none of those spacious areas of good fresh air under the lid that represented his own profit margin. It was the kind of pie piglets hope to be when they grew up.
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Sourcery (Discworld Novels) (Terry Pratchett)
- Highlight on Page 169 | Loc. 2458-59  | Added on Thursday, November 08, 2012, 07:30 PM

The scream and whizz of fireballs turned the night into day, but that was all right because the ensuing clouds of black smoke turned the day into night.
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Sourcery (Discworld Novels) (Terry Pratchett)
- Highlight on Page 226 | Loc. 3331-33  | Added on Friday, November 09, 2012, 06:38 PM

Somehow, all his old friends had gone. Well, not friends. A wizard never had friends, at least not friends who were wizards. It needed a different word. Ah yes, that was it. Enemies. But a very decent class of enemies. Gentlemen.
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The Damned Thing (Ambrose Bierce)
- Highlight Loc. 122-23  | Added on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 02:38 AM

"The book will cut no figure in this matter," replied the official, slipping it into his coat pocket; "all the entries in it were made before the writer's death."
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Terror Keep (Edgar Wallace)
- Highlight Loc. 213  | Added on Friday, November 16, 2012, 04:36 AM

[He] sought an introduction by the conventional method of pretending they had met before.
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The_Corpse_That_Walked
- Highlight Loc. 187-88  | Added on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 12:12 AM

She said, "Things like this don't happen." But she knew that they did happen, that they were happening right now.
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The_Corpse_That_Walked
- Highlight Loc. 14-15  | Added on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 12:13 AM

You wouldn't say that he was handsome, because he wasn't.
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The_Corpse_That_Walked
- Highlight Loc. 1766  | Added on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 04:06 AM

Alan had grasped the significance of the gun in the stranger's hand.
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The Hand Of Fu-Manchu / Being a New Phase in the Activities of Fu-Manchu, the Devil Doctor (Sax Rohmer)
- Highlight Loc. 1218  | Added on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 04:51 AM

I recognized Smith's neat, illegible writing.
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The_Corpse_That_Walked
- Highlight Loc. 163  | Added on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 05:59 PM

LOOKING AT a floor plan of Gail Foster's apartment, you'd have said, "Small, isn't it?" and the answer would have to be yes.
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Carnacki, the Ghost Finder (William Hope Hodgson)
- Highlight Loc. 656-58  | Added on Sunday, November 25, 2012, 05:10 PM

there in the darkness you could picture the room rocking and creaking in a mad, vile glee to its own filthy piping and whistling and hooning. To stand there and listen, was to be stunned by Realization. It was as if someone showed you the mouth of a vast pit suddenly, and said:—That's Hell.
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The Drunkard's Dream (Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu)
- Highlight Loc. 111-14  | Added on Monday, December 17, 2012, 03:15 PM

God! what was the revulsion, the horror which I experienced on seeing the corpse-like, terrific thing seated half upright before me—the white cloths, which had been wound about the head, had now partly slipped from their position, and were hanging in grotesque festoons about the face and shoulders, while the distorted eyes leered from amid them— "A sight to dream of, not to tell."
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Carmilla (Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu)
- Highlight Loc. 1274-79  | Added on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 12:17 AM

The vampire is prone to be fascinated with an engrossing vehemence, resembling the passion of love, by particular persons. In pursuit of these it will exercise inexhaustible patience and stratagem, for access to a particular object may be obstructed in a hundred ways. It will never desist until it has satiated its passion, and drained the very life of its coveted victim. But it will, in these cases, husband and protract its murderous enjoyment with the refinement of an epicure, and heighten it by the gradual approaches of an artful courtship. In these cases it seems to yearn for something like sympathy and consent. In ordinary ones it goes direct to its object, overpowers with violence, and strangles and exhausts often at a single feast.
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Don_Juan
- Highlight Loc. 2640-42  | Added on Thursday, February 21, 2013, 09:09 PM

I almost lately have begun to doubt
Whether hell's pavement--if it be so paved--
Must not have latterly been quite worn out,
Not by the numbers good intent hath saved,
But by the mass who go below without

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Don_Juan
- Highlight Loc. 3503-4  | Added on Saturday, February 23, 2013, 09:28 AM

In riding round those vegetable puncheons
Call'd 'Parks,' where there is neither fruit nor flower
Enough to gratify a bee's slight munchings;

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Don_Juan
- Highlight Loc. 3528-29  | Added on Saturday, February 23, 2013, 09:34 AM

Where is the world of eight years past?
'T was there-- I look for it--'t is gone, a globe of glass!
Crack'd, shiver'd, vanish'd, scarcely gazed on, ere
A silent change dissolves the glittering mass.

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Don_Juan
- Highlight Loc. 3614-15  | Added on Saturday, February 23, 2013, 09:54 AM

And why should I not form my speculation,
And hold up to the sun my little taper?

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Don_Juan
- Highlight Loc. 3796-97  | Added on Saturday, February 23, 2013, 10:45 AM

Now hatred is by far the longest pleasure;
Men love in haste, but they detest at leisure.

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Don_Juan
- Highlight Loc. 4507  | Added on Saturday, February 23, 2013, 04:02 PM

But if a writer should be quite consistent,
How could he possibly show things existent?

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Don_Juan
- Highlight Loc. 4758-59  | Added on Saturday, February 23, 2013, 05:43 PM

And with such hurry, that ere he could curb it
He had paid his neighbour's prayer with half a turbot.

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Don_Juan
- Highlight Loc. 3112  | Added on Thursday, February 28, 2013, 01:02 AM

I cannot stop to alter words once written
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Glenarvon (Caroline, Lady, 1785-1828 Lamb)
- Highlight Loc. 1217-20  | Added on Thursday, February 28, 2013, 11:24 AM

That piercing shriek had escaped from a broken heart. It was the last chord of nature, stretched to the utmost till it broke. A cold chill, spread itself over her limbs. In the struggle of death, she had thrown her anus around her hus«* band's neck;
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Glenarvon (Caroline, Lady, 1785-1828 Lamb)
- Highlight Loc. 1354-55  | Added on Thursday, February 28, 2013, 11:45 AM

since it is thy rash desire to strike at one who defies thee—take this.**—He rushed forward as he spoke, and struck his dagger into Lord Avondale's bosom, then departed. "
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The_Confessions_of_Arsène_Lupin
- Highlight Loc. 967-68  | Added on Friday, March 01, 2013, 12:56 PM

"Is this death?" said Lupin. "That's funny! I should have thought it was something much more different from life!"

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The_Confessions_of_Arsène_Lupin
- Highlight Loc. 2259-60  | Added on Saturday, March 02, 2013, 01:44 AM

I may have peculiar views about other people's property; but I assure you that it's very different when my own's at stake.
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Beauty and the Beast (Marie Le Prince de Beaumont)
- Highlight Loc. 34-35  | Added on Saturday, March 02, 2013, 03:23 AM

be so kind as to bring me a rose, for as none grow hereabouts, they are a kind of rarity.

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The King in Yellow (Robert W. Chambers)
- Highlight Loc. 193-94  | Added on Saturday, March 02, 2013, 06:26 AM

Many called him insane, but I knew him to be as sane as I was.

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The King in Yellow (Robert W. Chambers)
- Highlight Loc. 415-16  | Added on Saturday, March 02, 2013, 07:28 AM

He watched me curiously, but did not seem to notice the sudden ceasing of the alarm. He did, however, speak of the safe as a biscuit box.
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The King in Yellow (Robert W. Chambers)
- Highlight Loc. 3602  | Added on Sunday, March 03, 2013, 03:28 AM

the size of the War Office struck him as a personal insult,

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The Blonde Lady: Maurice Leblanc
- Highlight Loc. 145-46  | Added on Sunday, March 03, 2013, 06:29 AM

He is the enemy, the enemy who mocks you, provokes you, despises you, or, even worse, ignores you.
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The Blonde Lady: Maurice Leblanc
- Highlight Loc. 2192-94  | Added on Sunday, March 03, 2013, 02:55 PM

"What!" they both seemed to be saying. "Do people get excited about such trifles? Is it not a daily occurrence to get drowned in a river? Is this the sort of event that deserves to be noticed?"
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The Blonde Lady: Maurice Leblanc
- Highlight Loc. 2374-75  | Added on Sunday, March 03, 2013, 03:22 PM

I think it extremely funny that, in the present adventure, I should be the good genius who rescues and saves and you the wicked genius who brings despair and tears."
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)
- Highlight Loc. 447-49  | Added on Monday, March 04, 2013, 03:07 AM

quite the reverse of La Fontaine, who, at the presentation of his comedy of the "Florentine," asked, "Who is the ill-bred lout who made that rhapsody?" Gringoire would gladly have inquired of his neighbor, "Whose masterpiece is this?"
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)
- Highlight Loc. 857  | Added on Monday, March 04, 2013, 11:58 AM

"I would gladly drown myself, were the water not so cold!"

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)
- Highlight Loc. 1389-90  | Added on Monday, March 04, 2013, 02:22 PM

"If you succeed in removing the purse without our hearing the bells, you are a vagabond, and you will be thrashed for eight consecutive days.
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813: Maurice Leblanc
- Highlight Loc. 179-80  | Added on Tuesday, March 05, 2013, 01:45 PM

I did not come here to see what sort of figure you cut in an arm-chair...

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813: Maurice Leblanc
- Highlight Loc. 1002-3  | Added on Wednesday, March 06, 2013, 12:46 AM

I am richer than the richest man alive, for his fortune is mine... I am more powerful than the mightiest, for their might is at my service!"
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813: Maurice Leblanc
- Highlight Loc. 1648-49  | Added on Wednesday, March 06, 2013, 02:53 AM

"Prison one escapes from... whereas one does not come back from the kingdom where I was sending you."

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813: Maurice Leblanc
- Highlight Loc. 1694-95  | Added on Wednesday, March 06, 2013, 03:02 AM

those beggars will send me to Paradise earlier than I want to go.
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813: Maurice Leblanc
- Highlight Loc. 3078-79  | Added on Wednesday, March 06, 2013, 01:37 PM

"There, look, I belong to the police now. Can't be helped: that's what we all come to in the end, all of us robber-kings and emperors of crime."
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The Secret of Sarek: Maurice Leblanc
- Highlight Loc. 2380-81  | Added on Friday, March 08, 2013, 02:08 AM

to a prophet, to a missionary clad in light and glory, entering the presence of a stranger crowned with the double majesty of age and sacerdotal rank, it was painful to be hailed by the name of "old bean!"
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The Secret of Sarek: Maurice Leblanc
- Highlight Loc. 2503-4  | Added on Friday, March 08, 2013, 02:27 AM

Come, there's no reason, just because your hands are red with blood and because you have thirty coffins on your mind, why you shouldn't have the right to act as Prince Charming.

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The Secret of Sarek: Maurice Leblanc
- Highlight Loc. 3176  | Added on Friday, March 08, 2013, 06:24 AM

I rely on your good manners to die as soon as you can.

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The Secret of Sarek: Maurice Leblanc
- Highlight Loc. 3399  | Added on Friday, March 08, 2013, 07:13 AM

Science does not kill miracles: it purifies them and ennobles them.

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       Raffles-_The_Amateur_Cracksman
- Highlight Loc. 323-24  | Added on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 01:26 AM

A man's reach must exceed his grasp, dear boy, or what the dickens is a heaven for?
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Raffles-_The_Amateur_Cracksman
- Highlight Loc. 458-59  | Added on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 01:52 AM

his small eyes bulged like currants in the suet of his face
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Raffles-_The_Amateur_Cracksman
- Highlight Loc. 1580  | Added on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 09:16 AM

I wrote neither well enough nor ill enough for success.
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Raffles-_The_Amateur_Cracksman
- Highlight Loc. 1721  | Added on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 01:55 PM

Violence is a confession of terrible incompetence.
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The_Extraordinary_Adventures
- Highlight Loc. 109  | Added on Friday, March 15, 2013, 06:38 PM

He reminded us of the author who almost died in a fit of laughter provoked by his own play 
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Arsène Lupin and the Countess de Cagliostro (Arsène Lupin Translated) (Maurice Leblanc)
- Highlight Loc. 8458  | Added on Sunday, March 17, 2013, 01:53 AM

She's the daughter of another man she loved...
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)
- Highlight Loc. 2356-57  | Added on Monday, March 18, 2013, 12:55 AM

The saints were his friends, and blessed him; the monsters were his friends and guarded him. 
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)
- Highlight Loc. 2411-12  | Added on Monday, March 18, 2013, 02:11 AM

Egypt would have taken him for the god of this temple; the Middle Ages believed him to be its demon:  he was in fact its soul.
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)
- Highlight Loc. 2419-20  | Added on Monday, March 18, 2013, 02:12 AM

to give the big bell in marriage to Quasimodo was to give Juliet to Romeo.
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)
- Highlight Loc. 2467-68  | Added on Monday, March 18, 2013, 02:24 AM

He had, they said, tasted in succession all the apples of the tree of knowledge, and, whether from hunger or disgust, had ended by tasting the forbidden fruit. 
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)
- Highlight Loc. 2547  | Added on Monday, March 18, 2013, 02:39 AM

there's a fellow whose soul is made like the other one's body!"

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)
- Highlight Loc. 2721-24  | Added on Monday, March 18, 2013, 03:08 AM

It was the terror and dazzled amazement of the men of the sanctuary, in the presence of the luminous press of Gutenberg.  It was the pulpit and the manuscript taking the alarm at the printed word:  something similar to the stupor of a sparrow which should behold the angel Legion unfold his six million wings. 
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)
- Highlight Loc. 2733  | Added on Monday, March 18, 2013, 03:13 AM

"Printing will kill architecture."

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)
- Highlight Loc. 2739-40  | Added on Monday, March 18, 2013, 03:15 AM

Architecture began like all writing.  It was first an alphabet.  Men planted a stone upright, it was a letter, and each letter was a hieroglyph, and upon each hieroglyph rested a group of ideas, like the capital on the column. 
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)
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he was both deaf and blind.  A double condition, without which no judge is perfect. 
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)
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The wise people said to the foolish:  "Don't go there!" and then went themselves on the sly. 
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)
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"Jehan, you are on a very slippery downward road.  Do you know whither you are going?"

"To the wine-shop," said Jehan. 

"The wine-shop leads to the pillory." 

"'Tis as good a lantern as any other, and perchance with that one, Diogenes would have found his man." 

"The pillory leads to the gallows." 

"The gallows is a balance which has a man at one end and the whole earth at the other.  'Tis fine to be the man." 

"The gallows leads to hell."

"'Tis a big fire.". 

"Jehan, Jehan, the end will be bad." 

"The beginning will have been good."

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)
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my breeches are worn to holes, and 'tis not crowns which have done it."

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)
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The gentlemen of the police enter, and not knowing just at the first moment what the matter was, and being merry, they beat me. 

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)
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The hell where you are, shall he paradise; the sight of you is more charming than that of God! 

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)
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he recognized the fact that this malevolence was nothing but vitiated love; that love, that source of every virtue in man, turned to horrible things in the heart of a priest, and that a man constituted like himself, in making himself a priest, made himself a demon. 

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)
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"Damnation!  That is what one should be like!  'Tis only necessary to be handsome on the outside!"
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)
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from morning till night, I have the happiness of passing all my days with a man of genius, who is myself, which is very agreeable."

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)
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For even if one believes in nothing, there are moments in life when one is always of the religion of the temple which is nearest at hand.
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The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu (Sax Rohmer)
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Many strange and terrible memories are mine, memories stranger and more terrible than those of the average man; but this thing which now moved slowly down upon us through the impenetrable gloom of that haunted place, was (if the term be understood) almost absurdly horrible.
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The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu (Sax Rohmer)
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Rigid with fearful astonishment I stood, as out from the boat above me leaped a figure attired solely in shirt and trousers.

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Childe_Harolds_Pilgrimage
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Till my frail frame return to whence it rose, And mourned and mourner lie united in repose.
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The Complete Plato (Plato)
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Evil is the vulgar lover who loves the body rather than the soul, inasmuch as he is not even stable, because he loves a thing which is in itself unstable, and therefore when the bloom of youth which he was desiring is over, he takes wing and flies away, in spite of all his words and promises; whereas the love of the noble disposition is life-long, for it becomes one with the everlasting.
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Collected_Works_of_Poe (3)
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The magic of a lovely form in woman -- the necromancy of female gracefulness -- was always a power which I had found it impossible to resist, but here was grace personified, incarnate, the beau ideal of my wildest and most enthusiastic visions.

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Collected_Works_of_Poe (3)
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'Not to know her argues yourself unknown.'
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Collected_Works_of_Poe (3)
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I am Napoleon Bonaparte Froissart! and if I haven't married my great, great, grandmother, I wish I may be everlastingly confounded!"
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The Innocence of Father Brown (G. K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton)
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"The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic," 
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The Innocence of Father Brown (G. K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton)
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perhaps his assistants felt a silent and growing doubt of his errand. Perhaps, also, they felt a silent and growing desire for lunch, 
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The Innocence of Father Brown (G. K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton)
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they make mercy even colder than justice. 

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The Innocence of Father Brown (G. K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton)
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the good priest and the good atheist stood at the head and foot of the dead man motionless in the moonlight, like symbolic statues of their two philosophies of death. 
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The Innocence of Father Brown (G. K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton)
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First one head was hacked off, and then another; in this case (he told himself bitterly) it was not true that two heads were better than one. 
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The Innocence of Father Brown (G. K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton)
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making the enjoyment yet more difficult made it yet more desired.
 
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The Innocence of Father Brown (G. K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton)
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I do not possess a copy of the menu; and if I did it would not convey anything to anybody. It was written in a sort of super-French employed by cooks, but quite unintelligible to Frenchmen. 
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The Innocence of Father Brown (G. K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton)
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He had never done anything—not even anything wrong. 
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The Innocence of Father Brown (G. K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton)
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Mr. Audley, never having been in politics, treated them a little more seriously. Sometimes he even embarrassed the company by phrases suggesting that there was some difference between a Liberal and a Conservative. 
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The Innocence of Father Brown (G. K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton)
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I know something of his fighting weight, and a great deal about his spiritual difficulties. I formed the physical estimate when he was trying to throttle me, and the moral estimate when he repented." 
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