10 Exquisite Sentences

Jennifer Schaffer of BuzzFeed compiled wonderful sentences from throughout the arts and published her list – 51 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences In Literature. Here are the top-10 of those 51, as picked by By George. To read and enjoy the full list, go here.

  • “There is a sense in which we are all each other’s consequences.” – Wallace Stegner, All the Little Live Things
  • “I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart; I am, I am, I am.” —Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
  • “‘Dear God,’ she prayed, ‘let me be something every minute of every hour of my life.’” —Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • “Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.” —Jonathan Saran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • “We cross our bridges as we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and the presumption that once our eyes watered.” —Tom Stoppard, Rosencratz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • “In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart.” —Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank
  • “She was lost in her longing to understand.” —Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
  • “The curves of your lips rewrite history.” —Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • “It frightened him to think what must have gone to the making of her eyes.” —Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence
  • “Beauty is an enormous, unmerited gift given randomly, stupidly.” —Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed

(ed. – Many thanks to our friend Susan Wright who found this and posted it on her FB page.)

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