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  • His conversation was full of imagination, and very often in limitation of ther Persian, and Arabic writers, he invented tales of wonderful fancy and passion. At other times he repeated my fsvorite poems or drew me out into arguments, wich he suported with great ingenuity.
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")

  • I wished sometimes to shake off all thought and feeling, but I learned that there was but one means to overcome the sensation of pain, and that was death - a state which I feared yet did not understand.
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")

  • Oh! Be men, or be more than men. Be steady to your purposes and firm as a rock. This ice is not made of such stuff as your hearts may be; it is mutable and cannot withstand you if you say that it shall not. Do not return to your families with the stigma of disgrace marked on your brows. Return as heroes who have fought and conquered, and who know not what it is to turn their backs on the foe.
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")

  • There was a considerable difference between the ages of my parents, but this circumstance seemed to unite them only closer in bonds of devoted affection.
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")

  • 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 be greater than his nature will allow.
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")


  • If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")

  • On being charged with the fact, the poor girl confirmed the suspicion in a grat measure by her extreme confusion of manner.
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")

  • Thus strangely are our souls constructed, and by slight ligaments are we bound to prosperity and ruin.
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")

  • How mutable are our feelings, and how strange is that clinging love we have of life even in the excess of misery!
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")

  • If the study to which you apply yourself has a tendency to weaken your affections and to destroy your taste for those simple pleasures in which no alloy can possibly mix, then that study is certainly unlawful, that is to say, not befitting the human mind.
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")

  • One as deformed and horrible as myself, could not deny herself to me. My companion must be of the same species, and have the same defects... with whom I can live in the interchange of those sympathies necessary for my being...
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")

  • Unhappy man! Do you share my maddness? Have you drunk also of the intoxicating draught? Hear me; let me reveal my tale, and you will dash the cup from your lips!
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")

  • I also became a poet, and for one year lived in a Paradise of my own creation; I imagined that I also might obtain a niche in the temple where the names of Homer and Shakespeare are consecrated.
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")

  • In other studies you go as far as other have gone before you, and there is nothing more to know; but in a scientific pursuit there is continual food for discovery and wonder.
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")

  • Polluted by crimes, and torn by the bitterest remorse, where can I find rest but in death?
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")


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