What is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever read?

img_5557A few weeks ago I read this post from the blog ‘A Cup of Jo’ and it inspired my to think back on the many beautiful passages I’ve read over the years. Here are a few that have stuck with me:

“Probably for every man there is at least one city that sooner or later turns into a girl. How well or how badly the man actually knew the girl doesn’t necessarily affect the transformation. She was there, and she was the whole city, and that’s that.” –A Girl I Knew, J.D. Salinger

“I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool – that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”- The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

“In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whispering and the champagne and the stars.” –The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald

“But now, for the first time, I see you are a man like me. I thought of your hand-grenades, of your bayonet, of your rifle; now I see your wife and your face and our fellowship. Forgive me, comrade. We always see it too late. Why do they never tell us that you are poor devils like us, that your mothers are just as anxious as ours, and that we have the same fear of death, and the same dying and the same agony–Forgive me, comrade; how could you be my enemy?” – All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque

“Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around – nobody big, I mean – except me. And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff – I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it’s crazy, but that’s the only thing I’d really like to be.”- The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

“Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.” –Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie

So I’m curious, what is one of the most beautiful things you’ve ever read?img_1993


4 thoughts on “What is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever read?

  1. Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth,and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.
    George Orwell ,nineteen eighty four page 168

  2. “When I open them, most of the books have the smell of an earlier time leaking out between the pages – a special odor of the knowledge and emotions that for ages have been calmly resting between the covers. Breathing it in, I glance through a few pages before returning each book to its shelf.”
    ― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

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