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  • Yet from whom has not that rude hand rent away some dear connexion; and why should I describe a sorrow which all have felt, and must feel? The time at length arrives, when grief is rather an indulgence than a necessity; and the smile that plays upon the lips, although it may be deemed a sacrilege, is not banished.
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")

  • Everything must have a beginning, to speak in Sanchean phrase; and that beginning must be linked to something that went before. The Hindus give the world an elephant to support it, but they make the elephant stand upon a tortoise.
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")

  • I see by your eagerness, and the wonder and hope which your eyes express, my friend, that you expect to be in formed of the secret with which I am acquainted. That cannot be.
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")

  • Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")

  • The labours of men of genius, however erroneously directed, scarcely ever fail in ultimately turning to the solid advantage of mankind.
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")


  • Yet some feelings, unallied to the dross of human nature, beat even in these rugged bosoms.
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")

  • For a moment my soul was elevated from its debasing and miserable fears to which these sights were the monuments and the remembrances. For an instant I dared to shake off my chains, and look around me with a free and lofty spirit; but the iron had eaten into my flesh, and I sank again, trembling and hopeless, into my miserable self.
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")

  • I shall commit my thoughts to paper, it is true; but that is a poor medium for the communication of feeling. I desire the company of a man who could sympathize with me, whose eyes would reply to mine.
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")

  • My own mind began to grow, watchful with anxoius thoughts.
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")

  • The sound of the river raging among the rocks, and the dashing of the waterfalls around, spoke of a power mighty as Omnipotence - and I ceased to fear or to bend before any being less almighty than that which had created and ruled the elements, here displayed in their most terrific guise.
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")

  • You are my creator, but I am your master; Obey!
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")

  • Had I right, for my own benefit, to inflict this curse upon everlasting generations? I had before been moved by the sophisms of the being I had created; I had been struck senseless by his fiendish threats; but now, for the first time, the wickedness of my promise burst upon me; I shuddered to think that future ages might curse me as their pest, whose selfishness had not hesitated to buy its own peace at the price, perhaps, of the existence of the whole human race.
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")

  • I trembled, and my heart failed within me; when, on looking up, I saw, by the light of the moon, the daemon at the casement.
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")

  • My reign is not yet over... you live, and my power is complete. Follow me; I seek the everlasting ices of the north, where you will feel the misery of cold and frost to which I am impassive. You will find near this place, if you follow not too tardily, a dead hare; eat and be refreshed. Come on, my enemy; we have yet to wrestle for our lives; but many hard and miserable hours must you endure until that period shall arrive.
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")

  • The whole series of my life appeared to me as a dream; I sometimes doubted if indeed it were all true, for it never presented itself to my mind with the force of reality.
    (Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein")


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