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Mary Shelley Quote: “Devil, do you dare approach me? and do you not fear the fierce vengeance of my arm wreaked on your miserable head?”

Devil, do you dare approach me? and do you not fear the fierce vengeance of my arm wreaked on your miserable head?

— Mary Shelley



Mary Shelley Quote: “What are we, the inhabitants of this globe, least among the many that people infinite space? Our minds embrace infinity; the visible mechanism of our being is subject to merest accident.”

What are we, the inhabitants of this globe, least among the many that people infinite space? Our minds embrace infinity; the visible mechanism of our being is subject to merest accident.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “My dreams were at once more fantastic and agreeable than my writings.”

My dreams were at once more fantastic and agreeable than my writings.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “The labours of men of genius, however erroneously directed, scarcely ever fail in ultimately turning to the solid advantage of mankind.”

The labours of men of genius, however erroneously directed, scarcely ever fail in ultimately turning to the solid advantage of mankind.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “I feel exquisite pleasure in dwelling on the recollections of childhood, before misfortune had tainted my mind, and changed its bright visions of extensive usefulness into gloomy and narrow reflections upon self.”

I feel exquisite pleasure in dwelling on the recollections of childhood, before misfortune had tainted my mind, and changed its bright visions of extensive usefulness into gloomy and narrow reflections upon self.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “Satan has his companions, fellow-devils, to admire and encourage him; but I am solitary and detested.”

Satan has his companions, fellow-devils, to admire and encourage him; but I am solitary and detested.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “All men hate the wretched; how, then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou are bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us.”

All men hate the wretched; how, then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou are bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “But her’s was the misery of innocence, which, like a cloud that passes over the fair moon, for a while hides, but cannot tarnish its brightness.”

But her’s was the misery of innocence, which, like a cloud that passes over the fair moon, for a while hides, but cannot tarnish its brightness.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “He is dead who called me into being, and when I shall be no more the very remembrance of us both will speedily vanish.”

He is dead who called me into being, and when I shall be no more the very remembrance of us both will speedily vanish.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “Ennui, the demon, waited at the threshold of his noiseless refuge, and drove away the stirring hopes and enlivening expectations, which form the better part of life.”

Ennui, the demon, waited at the threshold of his noiseless refuge, and drove away the stirring hopes and enlivening expectations, which form the better part of life.

— Mary Shelley



Mary Shelley Quote: “Solitude becomes a sort of tangible enemy, the more dangerous, because it dwells within the citadel itself.”

Solitude becomes a sort of tangible enemy, the more dangerous, because it dwells within the citadel itself.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “Standing armies can never consist of resolute robust men; they may be well-disciplined machines, but they will seldom contain men under the influence of strong passions, or with very vigorous faculties.”

Standing armies can never consist of resolute robust men; they may be well-disciplined machines, but they will seldom contain men under the influence of strong passions, or with very vigorous faculties.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “Happiness is in its highest degree the sister of goodness.”

Happiness is in its highest degree the sister of goodness.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel...”

I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel...

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “Oh! Stars and clouds and winds, ye are all about to mock me; if ye really pity me, crush sensation and memory; let me become as nought; but if not, depart, depart, and leave me in darkness.”

Oh! Stars and clouds and winds, ye are all about to mock me; if ye really pity me, crush sensation and memory; let me become as nought; but if not, depart, depart, and leave me in darkness.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “Unhappy man! Do you share my maddness? Have you drunk also of the intoxicating draught? Hear me; let me reveal my tale, and you will dash the cup from your lips!”

Unhappy man! Do you share my maddness? Have you drunk also of the intoxicating draught? Hear me; let me reveal my tale, and you will dash the cup from your lips!

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “The young are always in extremes.”

The young are always in extremes.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “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.”

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 Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “Truly disappointment is the guardian deity of human life; she sits at the threshold of unborn time, and marshals the events as they come forth.”

Truly disappointment is the guardian deity of human life; she sits at the threshold of unborn time, and marshals the events as they come forth.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “We never do what we wish when we wish it, and when we desire a thing earnestly, and it does arrive, that or we are changed, so that we slide from the summit of our wishes and find ourselves where we were.”

We never do what we wish when we wish it, and when we desire a thing earnestly, and it does arrive, that or we are changed, so that we slide from the summit of our wishes and find ourselves where we were.

— Mary Shelley



Mary Shelley Quote: “And the violet lay dead while the odour flew On the wings of the wind o’er the waters blue.”

And the violet lay dead while the odour flew On the wings of the wind o’er the waters blue.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “When falsehood can look so like the truth, who can assure themselves of certain happiness?”

When falsehood can look so like the truth, who can assure themselves of certain happiness?

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings.”

You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “What terrified me will terrify others; and I need only describe the spectre which had haunted my midnight pillow.”

What terrified me will terrify others; and I need only describe the spectre which had haunted my midnight pillow.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “Sorrow only increased with knowledge.”

Sorrow only increased with knowledge.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “I shall commit my thoughts to paper, it is true; but that is a poor medium for the communication of feeling. I desire the company of a man who could sympathize with me, whose eyes would reply to mine.”

I shall commit my thoughts to paper, it is true; but that is a poor medium for the communication of feeling. I desire the company of a man who could sympathize with me, whose eyes would reply to mine.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “In my joy I thrust my hand into the live embers, but quickly drew it out with a cry of pain. How strange, I thought that the same cause should produce such opposite effects.”

In my joy I thrust my hand into the live embers, but quickly drew it out with a cry of pain. How strange, I thought that the same cause should produce such opposite effects.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “Even the eternal skies weep, I thought; is there any shame then, that mortal man should spend himself in tears?”

Even the eternal skies weep, I thought; is there any shame then, that mortal man should spend himself in tears?

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “Precious attribute of woe-worn humanity! that can snatch ecstatic emotion, even from under the very share and harrow, that ruthlessly ploughs up and lays waste every hope.”

Precious attribute of woe-worn humanity! that can snatch ecstatic emotion, even from under the very share and harrow, that ruthlessly ploughs up and lays waste every hope.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “Our faults are apt to assume giant and exaggerated forms to our eyes in youth.”

Our faults are apt to assume giant and exaggerated forms to our eyes in youth.

— Mary Shelley

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