One of my favorite things about a well-written story is its ability to quietly sneak into your brain and never let go. It burrows in, makes itself comfortable, and doesn’t allow you to ever fully leave the world the author created for you. It’s an exhilarating and wonderful thing, not being able to stop thinking of a story once you’re done with it. After finishing a book or poem that I love, I often find myself scribbling lines onto sticky notes and hanging them around my office, house, or car so I may momentarily leave reality and rejoin the wonderful, enchanting land in which my head still frolics.
The greatest privilege of a writer is the responsibility to take words in their most basic formula (Noun Phrase + Verb Phrase = Sentence) and craft them into something entirely bewitching—something that automatically transports readers into an otherworldly place.
If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, you’ve no doubt noticed that I love posting great lines from literature. I feel it’s important to recognize and share excellent writing. For today’s post, I’ve captured 12 passages from novels or poems that take my breath away. What about you—what quotes from literature leave you speechless?
Do you have a favorite line you’re dying to tell me about? I’d love to hear it! Please share with me and your fellow readers in the Comments section below or on my Facebook page.
Writer, editor, and storyteller living in the Twin Cities.