30+ quotes from Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Quotes from Frankenstein

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley ·  273 pages

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“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“I do know that for the sympathy of one living being, I would make peace with all. I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel...”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“Even broken in spirit as he is, no one can feel more deeply than he does the beauties of nature. The starry sky, the sea, and every sight afforded by these wonderful regions, seems still to have the power of elevating his soul from earth. Such a man has a double existence: he may suffer misery, and be overwhelmed by disappointments; yet, when he has retired into himself, he will be like a celestial spirit that has a halo around him, within whose circle no grief or folly ventures.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“the companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds which hardly any later friend can obtain.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“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.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“There is love in me the likes of which you've never seen. There is rage in me the likes of which should never escape. If I am not satisfied int he one, I will indulge the other.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“When falsehood can look so like the truth, who can assure themselves of certain happiness?”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“How mutable are our feelings, and how strange is that clinging love we have of life even in the excess of misery!”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“The whole series of my life appeared to me as a dream; I sometimes doubted if indeed it were all true, for it never presented itself to my mind with the force of reality.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“Man," I cried, "how ignorant art thou in thy pride of wisdom!”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“With how many things are we on the brink of becoming acquainted, if cowardice or carelessness did not restrain our inquiries.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“It may...be judged indecent in me to come forward on this occasion; but when I see a fellow-creature about to perish through the cowardice of her pretended friends, I wish to be allowed to speak, that I may say what I know of her character.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“Listen to me, Frankenstein. You accuse me of murder; and yet you would, with a satisfied conscience, destroy your own creature. Oh, praise the eternal justice of man!”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“Thus strangely are our souls constructed, and by slight ligaments are we bound to prosperity and ruin.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“I was benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend. Make me happy, and I shall again be virtuous.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“The fallen angel becomes a malignant devil. Yet even that enemy of God and man had friends and associates in his desolation; I am alone.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“It is true, we shall be monsters, cut off from all the world; but on that account we shall be more attached to one another.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“Hateful day when I received life!' I exclaimed in agony. '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 own image; but my form is a filthy type of yours, more horrid even from the very resemlance. Satan had his companions, fellow-devils, to admire and encourage him; but I am solitary and abhorred.' - Frankenstein”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“The world was to me a secret which I desired to devine.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“Nothing is more painful to the human mind than, after the feelings have been worked up by a quick succession of events, the dead calmness of inaction and certainty which follows and deprives the soul both of hope and fear.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“I am alone and miserable. Only someone as ugly as I am could love me.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge, and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be his world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“if I see but one smile on your lips when we meet, occasioned by this or any other exertion of mine, I shall need no other happiness.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn; and whether it was the outward substance of things or the inner spirit of nature and the mysterious soul of man that occupied me, still my inquiries were directed to the metaphysical, or in its highest sense, the physical secrets of the world.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


“I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, quote from Frankenstein


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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Born place: in Somers Town, London, England, The United Kingdom
Born date August 30, 1797
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