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14 Classic Lines From Literature That Double As Shade

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1. When someone wears a tired outfit:

"The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.”


From Murphy by Samuel Beckett.

2. When someone thinks their mediocre party will be a hit:

"Isn't it pretty to think so?"

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From The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway.

3. When someone calls you "judgy":

"Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope."


From The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

4. When someone still drinks like they're an undergrad:

"Confusion is a luxury which only the very, very young can possibly afford and you are not that young anymore."


From Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin.

5. When you're tired of giving the same advice:

"Can't say it often enough: change your hair, change your life."

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From Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon.

6. When a sleaze at a bar tries to be your rebound:

"I may have lost my heart, but not my self-control."

Signet Classics

From Emma by Jane Austen.

7. When describing someone who's basic:

"She's easy to like."

Crown Publishing Group

From Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

8. When no one has met a deadline you set:

"From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!"

Random House
20th Century Fox

From One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss.

9. When someone has expensive clothes but not much else:

“She is a peacock in everything but beauty!”

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20th Century Fox

From The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

10. When your friend dumps someone you never liked:

"So it goes."

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Warner Bros.

From Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut.

11. When your family has unsolicited "advice":

"I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."


From A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams.

12. When someone tries to shade you:

“I have not the pleasure of understanding you.”

Sony Pictures

From Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

13. When someone's running super fucking late:

“We're waiting for Godot.”

Grove Press

From Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett.

14. When you're finally like, "Bye, Felicia!":

"Disappear here."

Simon & Schuster

From Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis.

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