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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
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#10

 

Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world.

--MARY SHELLEY, Frankenstein, Ch. 3

 
#9
 

I am alone and miserable; man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me. My companion must be of the same species and have the same defects. This being you must create.

--MARY SHELLEY, Frankenstein, Ch. 15

 
#8
 

The different accidents of life are not so changeable as the feelings of human nature. I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body. For this I had deprived myself of rest and health. I had desired it with an ardor that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart. Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room.

--MARY SHELLEY, Frankenstein, Ch. 4

 
#7
 

A flash of lightning illuminated the object, and discovered its shape plainly to me; its gigantic stature, and the deformity of its aspect, more hideous than belongs to humanity, instantly informed me that it was the wretch, the filthy demon, to whom I had given life.

--MARY SHELLEY, Frankenstein, Ch. 7

 
#6
 

We are unfashioned creatures, but half made up.

--MARY SHELLEY, Frankenstein, letter 4

 
#5
 

Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos; the materials must, in the first place, be afforded: it can give form to dark, shapeless substances, but cannot bring into being the substance itself. In all matters of discovery and invention, even of those that appertain to the imagination, we are continually reminded of the story of Columbus and his egg. Invention consists in the capacity of seizing on the capabilities of a subject, and in the power of moulding and fashioning ideas suggested to it.

--MARY SHELLEY, Frankenstein, introduction

 
#4
 

The companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds which hardly any later friend can obtain. They know our infantine dispositions, which, however they may be afterwards modified, are never eradicated.

--MARY SHELLEY, Frankenstein, Ch. 24

 
#3
 

Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow.

--MARY SHELLEY, Frankenstein, Ch. 4

 
#2
 

Nothing contributes so much to tranquillize the mind as a steady purpose--a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.

--MARY SHELLEY, Frankenstein, letter 1

 
#1
 

Life is obstinate and clings closest where it is most hated.

--MARY SHELLEY, Frankenstein, Ch. 23

 
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