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    48 Sentences From Literature That Prove That Authors Are Magicians With Words

    "I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once."

    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to share with us their favorite lines in literature. Here are some of the most beautiful replies:

    1. "I am haunted by humans."

    —The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak

    suggested by carlameyrink

    2. "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."

    —The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

    suggested by siddharthsankarr

    3. "Love is scary because it pulls you in with an intense force, a supermassive black hole, which looks like nothing from the outside but from the inside challenges every reasonable thing you know. You lose yourself, like I lost myself, in the warmest of annihilations. It makes you do stupid things that defy all logic. Opting for anguish over calm and mortality over eternity."

    The Humans by Matt Haig

    suggested by kittyquinn

    4. "To love another person is to see the face of God."

    —Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

    suggested by jonahs453444d55

    5. "If you cannot be unafraid, be afraid and happy."

    The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

    suggested by madisonm46945bfff


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    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    suggested by alvitiberiuss

    7. "Hell is empty; all the devils are here."

    The Tempest by William Shakespeare 

    suggested by anonymouscupidhater

    8. "The truth is, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live."

    — Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

    suggested by marvilougagarino

    9. "Human beings are the only creatures on Earth that claim a God and the only living thing that behaves like it hasn't got one."

    — The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson

    suggested by mailjaredt


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    — City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

    suggested by 852

    11. "I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once."

    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

    suggested by gretchenortner

    12. "We burned with love for ourselves, all of us, starters of the fire we suffered — our love was the affliction for which only our love was the cure."

    — Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

    suggested by astridlaurel

    13. "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."

    The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

    suggested by norah476cdaa13

    14. "I'm not much, but I'm all I have."

     Martian Time-Slip by Philip K. Dick

    suggested by karld4325c5d0b


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    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

    suggested by iamliza

    16. "It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure to the world."

    — East of Eden by John Steinbeck 

    suggested by leticiap4aba6fb19

    17. "It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: That I am nobody but myself."

    Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

    suggested by ouf

    18. "Like most misery, it started with apparent happiness."

    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

    suggested by phoebesolid

    19. "We have big plans. Oh yes. We're fumbling in the dark, but at least we're in motion."

    Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

    suggested by summerm4a67930d3

    20. "Everything will be alright in the end, so if it is not alright, it is not the end."

    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach

    suggested by lizph523

    21. "I would enter your sleep if I could, and guard you there, and slay the thing that hounds you, as I would if it had the courage to face me in fair daylight. But I cannot come in unless you dream of me."

    The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

    suggested by cognosanti

    22. "Sad things are beautiful in a way which can only be explained to those who already understand."

    Hold On by Amelia Mysko

    suggested by princenoah


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    Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman

    suggested by mikety84

    24. "Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined."

    Beloved by Toni Morrison

    suggested by jmdorazi

    25. "The mind is its own place, and in it self can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n."

    Paradise Lost by John Milton

    suggested by sanam90

    26. "Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?"

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling 

    suggested by satrajiti

    27. "Sensuality does not understand why everyone else is so disturbed by her. As a young girl, she was often scolded for going barefoot."

    The Book of Qualities by J. Ruth Gendler

    suggested by tessh4e937a08e

    28. "At times the world may seem an unfriendly and sinister place, but believe that there is much more good in it than bad. All you have to do is look hard enough and what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may in fact be the first steps of a journey."

    A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket 

    suggested by faithx1

    29. "Not all those who wander are lost."

    The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien 

    suggested by aussiegrlnz


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    Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

    suggested by shomesho

    31. "When the day shall come that we do part...if my last words are not 'I love you'-ye'll ken it was because I didna have time."

    The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

    suggested by jamiehardyb

    32. "I've always found wreaths hideously sad, like decorative lifesavers thrown out too late."

    The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan

    suggested by susans4b3e9e516

    33. "My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?"

    Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell 

    suggested by thequeenofharts

    34. "We danced too wild, and we sang too long, and we hugged too hard, and we kissed too sweet, and howled just as loud as we wanted to howl, because by now we were all old enough to know that what looks like crazy on an ordinary day looks a lot like love if you catch it in the moonlight."

    What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage

    suggested by jnmilam

    35. "I'm pore, I'm black, I may be ugly and can't cook, a voice say to everything listening. But I'm here."

    The Color Purple by Alice Walker

    suggested by manuelaandreottid


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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling 

    suggested by eileend493939fa0

    37. "Time moves slowly, but passes quickly.

    The Color Purple by Alice Walker

    suggested by lorio4ded601b5

    38. "What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person."

    Paper Towns by John Green

    suggested by allisonw47984c9d8

    39. "It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over."

    — The Zahir by Paulo Coelho

    suggested by mama2003

    40. "There was a lot they didn't tell you about death, she had discovered, and one of the biggies was how long it took the ones you loved most to die in your heart."

    Lisey's Story by Stephen King 

    suggested by spoilerssweetie

    41. "Basically what we have here is a dreamer. Somebody out of touch with reality. When she jumped she probably thought she'd fly."

    — The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides 

    suggested by elizabethrose


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    Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

    suggested by elizabethrose

    43. "It's all I ever wanted, that revelation. The possibility of fixed stars."

    White Oleander by Janet Fitch

    suggested by elizabethrose

    44. "Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing."

    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    suggested by marissab4e12c78de

    45. "I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride; so I love you because I know no other way."

    — "Sonnet XVII" by Pablo Neruda

    suggested by marissab4e12c78de


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    The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas 

    suggested by jamesl4dcdfecb3

    47. "If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you."

    Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

    suggested by pakrehbiel

    48. "The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience."

    Dune by Frank Herbert

    suggested by pawl5327

    What are some lines from literature that you think are utterly beautiful? Let us know in the comments below!

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