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How Many Classic Lit Quotes Can You Identify?

QUIZ: How Many Classic Lit Quotes Can You Identify?

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Are you a classic lit junkie like me? Prove it with this quiz!

Even if you're not, maybe you'll find a quote or two to bust out in class and wow your teacher. A well-timed quote has the ability to make you appear up to seven times smarter than you actually are, scientifically.

1. “Maybe there is a beast… maybe it's only us.” 

2. “And so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

3. "People in their right minds never take pride in their talents."

4. “I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It's awful. If I'm on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm liable to say I'm going to the opera."

5. "Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself.” 

6. "Human beings can be awful cruel to one another."

7. "Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.” 

8. “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” 

9. "He's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” 

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