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Wilkie Collins’ “The Woman in White” Quotes (23 Quotes)


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  • My hour for tea is half-past five, and my buttered toast waits for nobody.
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • No sensible man ever engages, unprepared, in a fencing match of words with a woman.
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • Not the shadow of a doubt crossed my mind of the purpose for which the Count had left the theatre. His escape from us, that evening, was beyond all question the preliminary only to his escape from London. The mark of the Brotherhood was on his arm-I felt as certain of it as if he had shown me the brand; and the betrayal of the Brotherhood was on his conscience-I had seen it in his recognition of Pesca.
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • Our words are giants when they do us an injury, and dwarfs when they do us a service.
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • She looked so irresistibly beautiful as she said those brave words that no man alive could have steel his heart against her.
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")


  • Tears are scientifically described as a Secretion. I can understand that a secretion may be healthy or unhealthy, but I cannot see the interest of a secretion from a sentimental point of view.
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • Ah! I am a bad man, Lady Glyde, am I not? I say what other people only think, and when all the rest of the world is in a conspiracy to accept the mask for the true face, mine is the rash hand that tears off the plump pasteboard and shows the bare bones beneath.
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • Tell him next, that crimes cause their own detection. There's another bit of copy-book morality for you, Fosco. Crimes cause their own detection. What infernal humbug!
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • Any woman who is sure of her own wits, is a match, at any time, for a man who is not sure of his own temper.
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • The fool's crime is the crime that is found out and the wise man's crime is the crime that is not found out.
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • But, ah me! where is the faultless human creature who can persevere in a good resolution, without sometimes failing and falling back?
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • The grandest mountain prospect that the eye can range over is appointed to annihilation. The smallest human interest that the pure heart can feel is appointed to immortality.
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • Habits of literary composition are perfectly familiar to me. One of the rarest of all the intellectual accomplishments that a man can possess is the grand faculty of arranging his ideas. Immense privilege! I possess it. Do you?
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • The small pulse of the life within me and the great heart of th city around me seemed to be sinking in unison.
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • I am a bundle of nerves dressed up to look like a man!
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")


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