If Ideas Had Shapes

A quoteblog ranging from philosophers in bathrobes to galaxy-rises

Tag: mary shelley

Mary Shelley – Frankenstein (1818)

Oh! be men, or be more than men. Be steady to your purposes and firm as a rock. This ice is not made of such stuff as your hearts may be; it is mutable and cannot withstand you if you say that it shall not.

(this is very near the end)

Mary Shelley – Frankenstein (1818)

“When younger,” said he, “I believed myself destined for some great enterprise. My feelings are profound; but I possessed a coolness of judgment that fitted me for illustrious achievements. This sentiment of the worth of my nature supported me when others would have been oppressed; for I deemed it criminal to throw away in useless grief those talents that might be useful to my fellow-creatures.”

Mary Shelley – Frankenstein (1818)

Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.

Mary Shelley – Frankenstein (1818)

The memory of that unfortunate king, and his companions, the amiable Falkland, the insolent Goring, his queen, and son, gave a peculiar interest to every part of the city, which they might be supposed to have inhabited. The spirit of elder days found a dwelling here, and we delighted to trace its footsteps.

(of Oxford)

Mary Shelley – Frankenstein (1818)

I now also began to collect the materials necessary for my new creation, and this was to me like the torture of single drops of water continually falling on the head.

Mary Shelley – Frankenstein (1818)

“You are in the wrong,” replied the fiend; “and, instead of threatening, I am content to reason with you. I am malicious because I am miserable. Am I not shunned and hated by all mankind? You, my creator, would tear me to pieces, and triumph; remember that, and tell me why I should pity man more than he pities me?”

Mary Shelley – Frankenstein (1818)

“Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust? God, in pity, made man beautiful and alluring, after his very resemblance. Satan had his companions, fellow-devils, to admire and encourage him; but I am solitary and abhorred.”

(the creature, alluding to Milton)

Mary Shelley – Frankenstein (1818)

“Of what a strange nature is knowledge! It clings to the mind, when it has once seized on it, like a lichen on the rock.”

Mary Shelley – Frankenstein (1818)

“These wonderful narrations filled me with strange feelings. Was man, indeed, at once so powerful, so virtuous and magnificent, yet so vicious and base? He appeared at one time a mere scion of the evil principle, and at another as all that can be conceived of noble of godlike.”

(the creature read Milton, Plutarch, and the Sorrows of Young Werther)

Mary Shelley – Frankenstein (1818)

“The pleasant showers and genial warmth of spring greatly altered the aspect of the earth. Men, who before this change seemed to have been hid in caves, dispersed themselves, and were employed in various arts of cultivation. The birds sand in more cheerful notes, and the leaves began to bud forth on the trees. Happy, happy earth! fit habitation for gods, which, so short a time before, was bleak, damp, and unwholesome.”

(the creature)