Top 25 Classic Novels that are a Must Read for everyone


Classic literature may seem scary but they open a window to the thoughts of the people living in that era along with being surprisingly relevant even today. These books are a wonderful cluster of romance and tragedy, with a kick of comedy, and that is exactly what one needs after clichés, isn’t it? Here are 25 Classic novels with a famous quote from each!
Pride And Prejudice – Jane Austen
“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.”
Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
“I gave him my heart, and he took and pinched it to death; and flung it back to me. People feel with their hearts, Ellen, and since he has destroyed mine, I have not power to feel for him.”
1984 – George Orwell
“For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?”
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
“The world to me was a secret, which I desired to discover; to her it was a vacancy, which she sought to people with imaginations of her own.”
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.”
Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
“Love Jo all your days, if you choose, but don’t let it spoil you, for it’s wicked to throw away so many good gifts because you can’t have the one you want.”
Middlemarch – George Eliot
“If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.”
Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
“Peter would think her sentimental. So she was. For she had come to feel that it was the only thing worth saying – what one felt. Cleverness was silly. One must say simply what one felt.”
The Cocktail Party – T. S. Eliot
“You will have to live with those memories and make them into something new. Only by acceptance of the past will you alter its meaning.”
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
“Human madness is oftentimes a cunning and most feline thing. When you think it fled, it may have but become transfigured into some still subtler form.”
The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
“If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I’m neurotic as hell. I’ll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and another for the rest of my days.”
The Awakening – Kate Chopin
“The bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings. It is a sad spectacle to see the weaklings bruised, exhausted, fluttering back to earth.”
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
“Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes.”
Ulysses – James Joyce
“What incensed him the most was the blatant jokes of the ones that passed it all off as a jest, pretending to understand everything and in reality not knowing their own minds.”
The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
“Don’t you ever get the feeling that all your life is going by and you’re not taking advantage of it? Do you realize you’ve lived nearly half the time you have to live already?”
To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
“They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions… but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
“Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.”
The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
“Neither of the two people in the room paid any attention to the way I came in, although only one of them was dead.”
Treasure Island – Robert L. Stevenson
“Then it was that there came into my head the first of the mad notions that contributed so much to saving our lives.”
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez
“Then he made one last effort to search in his heart for the place where his affection had rotted away, and he could not find it.”
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.”
Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
“A strong woman who recklessly throws away her strength, she is worse than a weak woman who has never had any strength to throw away.”
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
“Right is right, and wrong is wrong, and a body ain’t got no business doing wrong when he ain’t ignorant and knows better.”
Vanity Fair – William Thackeray
“Are not there little chapters in everybody’s life that seem to be nothing, and yet affect all the rest of the history?”
By – Yukta Baid


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