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17/30 Day Book Meme: Lines to Swear By

Day 17: Favorite quote from your favorite book:

I have already established that I have more than one favorite authors and whom I read on rotation. F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of the authors, and his male lead, Jay Gatsby, my favorite character. My favorite quote is one that is unforgettable and timeless from The Great Gatsby:

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther . . . And one fine morning—So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

It’s the best beautiful sum-up of the novel you just read, both in tone and in meaning, and possibly the most well-loved last line of all time. To me it sums up a gamut of emotions that has swept me over the years: the pining for requited love, the rekindling of hope, and ceaseless memories of what retains in us from the past.

I have mentioned so many times that my all-time favorite book is The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. is a product of reconciliation of the absolute opposites: how would anyone ever conceive a world in which God and Satan work toward the same end, and that good is not necessarily better than evil?

But would you kindly ponder this question: What would your good do if evil didn’t exist, and what would the earth look like if all the shadows disappeared? After all, shadows are cast by things and people. [29:305]

The quote just says it all.

7 Responses

  1. Lovely quotes from two books I’d love to read.

  2. These are both fantastic. I’m glad I’ve read both of these but will always have them on my list to reread.

  3. Two excellent quotes. The Fitzgerald captures the spirit of hope so well; we all so need to regenerate our hope and to find reasons to keep going in life. The Bulgakov encompasses one of the most profound concepts I’ve ever encountered in literature.

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