"I do not give reasons, Mr. Stubb, I give orders."
Captain Ahab, Moby Dick (Peck video, 1956) Herman Melville
" I have given you my soul; leave me my name!"
John Proctor, The Crucible (Miller, p. 143.) Arthur Miller
" . . . you end up worth more dead than alive."
Willy Loman, Death of a Salesman (Miller, p. 76.) Arthur Miller
"There's always something left to love. And if you ain't learned that, you ain't learned nothing."
Mama Younger, A Raisin in the Sun (Hansberry, p. 145.) Lorraine Hansberry
"Nobody, nobody can buy my soul."
Uncle Tom, Uncle Tom's Cabin (Brooks video, 1987) Harriet Beecher Stowe
"Call no man fortunate or safe from pain, till he lies in his last, everlasting, bed, and the earth covers his head."
The Chorus. Oedipus Rex (Pennington video, 1987) Sophocles
"Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody."
Holden Caulfield, The Catcher in the Rye (Salinger, p. 214) J.D. Salinger
"The dead don't stay interested in us living people for very long . . .They get weaned away from the earth --- that's the way I put it, --- weaned away."
The Stagemanager, Our Town (Wilder, p.81) Thornton Wilder
"Her voice is full of money."
Jay Gatsby, The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald, p. 127.) F. Scott Fitzgerald
"Life . . . is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."
Macbeth, Macbeth (V,v,17) William Shakespeare
"Where'd you get a name like yours? White people name Negroes like race horses."
Circe, Song of Solomon, (Morrison, p. 243.) Toni Morrison
"Yes, this man was fighting, fighting with words. He was using words as a weapon, using them as one would use a club."
Richard, Black Boy, (Wright, p. 293) Richard Wright
"Mr. Auld . . . forbade Mrs. Auld to instruct me further, telling her . . . that it was unlawful, as well as unsafe, to teach a slave to read."
Frederick, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, (Douglass, p 47) Frederick Douglass
" But a man is not made for defeat . . . A man can be destroyed but not defeated."
Santiago, The Old Man and the Sea, (Hemingway, p. 103) Ernest Hemingway
"But the old man always thought of her [the sea] as something feminine and as something that gave or witheld great favors . . ."
Narrator , The Old Man and the Sea, (Hemingway, p.30) Ernest Hemingway
" [. . .] that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool."
Daisy Buchanon, The Great Gatsby, (Fitzgerald, p. 21) F. Scott Fitzgerald
" 'Can't repeat the past?' he cried incredulously. 'Why of course you can!' "
Jay Gatsby, The Great Gatsby, (Fitzgerald, p 116) F. Scott Fitzgerald