Can You Match the Quote to the Book Character?



By: Bambi Turner

6 Min Quiz

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

This quote is spoken by Catherine Earnshaw to Nelly in "Wuthering Heights." Anyone who's ever read the classic 1847 Emily Bronte novel knows that Catherine and Heathcliff are two parts of the same soul, destined to never be together.


"I know your disposition, Lizzy. I know that you could be neither happy nor respectable, unless you truly esteemed your husband; unless you looked up to him as a superior."

Lizzy is thrilled when she gets engaged to Mr. Darcy in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice." As you may guess from this quote, however, her father Mr. Bennet is less than thrilled by her choice of a husband.


“Anything worth dying for is certainly worth living for.”

Nately may be a relatively minor character in "Catch-22," but he did give us this unforgettable quote. Sadly, the young Nately goes on to die a pointless death, perfectly illustrating the author Joseph Heller's sentiments about war.


"Some men get the world, some men get ex-hookers and a trip to Arizona. You're in with the former, but my God I don't envy the blood on your conscience."

This quote from Lynn Bracken as she speaks to Detective Exley in "L.A. Confidential." The 1990 James Ellroy novel -- third in his L.A. Quartet series -- was later made into a beloved 1997 film.


"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time."

This quote comes from Sal Paradise in chapter one of "On the Road." Jack Kerouac's 1957 novel is known for its portrayal of the beat generation through the travels of Sal and his friend Dean.


"Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing."

In "Dorian Gray," the title character sells his soul so that a painting of him will age, while he retains his youth. This quote comes from Lord Henry during a discussion with Dorian in the classic 1890 Oscar Wilde novel.


"It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you."

In Roald Dahl's "The Witches," a boy goes to live with his grandmother after his parents are killed. This quote comes from the young boy as he speaks to his witch-fearing grandmother in the beloved 1983 children's novel.


"You your best thing, Sethe. You are."

Paul D. utters this quote to Sethe in Toni Morrison's "Beloved/" The fate of the former slaves of Sweet Home plantation is left up to readers' imaginations in the book.


"I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing."

As Ahab slowly unravels in "Moby Dick," second mate Stubb delivers this quote -- letting readers know that at least he sees the direction that things aboard the Pequod might be heading.


“Sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

This quote is often attributed to Alice, but it actually comes from the Red Queen in Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." The Queen is teaching Alice that she needs to strengthen her belief is she is to defeat the Jabberwocky.


"If it wasn't for the mist we could see your home across the bay . . . You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock."

This quote comes from Jay Gatsby in "The Great Gatsby." After reuniting with long-lost love Daisy on a visit to Nick's house, he mentions how he stares across the bay at the green light at the end of hr dock.


“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Even children's books can offer unforgettable quotes. This one comes from the Once-ler -- a former industrialist who warns readers not to destroy the environment in the Dr. Seuss classic "The Lorax."


"After all, tomorrow is another day."

Everyone remembers Rhett's proclamation that he doesn't give a damn, but Scarlett actually gets the last word in Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind." This quote from Scarlett is the final line in the book, and illustrates her unending optimism that she can still come out on top.


“Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”

J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" has been a beloved novel since its 1951 release. This line from Holden Caulfield is the very last line in the book.


"My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

Before it was a popular movie, "The Princess Bride" was a best-selling novel by William Goldman. In the book, Inigo Montoya finally tracks down his father's killer Count Rugen, and delivers this line as he comes face-to-face with his foe.


“I hope she'll be a fool -- that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”

Readers learn a lot about Daisy at the beginning of "The Great Gatsby" when she delivers this line to Nick and Jordan. It's just one of many memorable quotes in one of the most cherished American novels ever written.


"I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand."

Atticus Finch utters this line to Jem in "To Kill a Mockingbird" in Harper Lee's iconic 1960 novel.


"I would always rather be happy than dignified."

"Jane Eyre" is the best-known novel by British novelist Charlotte Bronte. The title character in her 1847 book "Jane Eyre" proves she is different from the average woman of the time with this quote about St. John.


"My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time."

Mr. Micawber offers this advice to young David in the 1849 Dickens classic "David Copperfield." The quote actually comes from a poet named Edward Young, who came up with it about a century earlier than Dickens.


"There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for."

Sam delivers this quote to Frodo in "The Two Towers." The line comes after the pair are trapped by Faramir in the 1954 Tolkien classic.


"It is our choices ... that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."

This quote comes from "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," the second book in the Potter series. The words come from Dumbledore to Harry, who is worried about why the sorting hat considered putting him in Slytherin.


“Get busy living or get busy dying.”

Before it was an award-winning movie, "The Shawshank Redemption" was a Stephen King novella. This quote comes from Andy Dufresne, as he explains to Red how to survive outside prison.


“You call yourself a free spirit, a 'wild thing,' and you're terrified somebody's gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you're already in that cage."

The iconic film "Breakfast at Tiffany's" was inspired by a 1958 novel by Truman Capote. This quote comes from Paul to Holly, as he warns her that she will never escape the prison of her own mind.


“You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.”

This quote comes from Cormac McCarthy's "No Country for Old Men." The words were uttered by the paralyzed Ellis Bell to his nephew, Sheriff Ed Tom Bell.


"You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing."

The arachnid star of "Charlotte's Web" just might have been the wisest member of her species. This quote was delivered by Charlotte to Wilbur in the 1952 classic by E.B.White.


“Le’s do it now. Le’s get that place now.”

This quote comes from John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men." The words are uttered by Lenny just before George shoots him in the head, killing him before Curley can do it himself.


“We did everything adults would do. What went wrong?”

Piggy delivers this quote in "Lord of the Flies" shortly before he is killed by a falling boulder. The 1954 novel by William Golding explores what would happen if a group of children were left to rule their own lives on a desert island.


“We’re Joads. We don’t look up to nobody. Grampa’s grampa, he fit in the Revolution. We was farm people till the debt."

In the 1939 Steinbeck novel "The Grapes of Wrath," the Joad family loses their farm in Oklahoma and moves to California during the Dust Bowl. This quote comes after they settle into the Weedpatch camp, and Ma feels at home for the first time since leaving the farm.


“Ford!" he said, "there's an infinite number of monkeys outside who want to talk to us about this script for Hamlet they've worked out.”

Douglas Adam's "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" came out in 1979, and has been a reader favorite ever since. This wacky quote was uttered by Arthur Dent to his buddy, and alien named Ford.


“Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be. But if you don’t love me, it would be better and more honest to say so.”

Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" offers a look at Russian aristocracy through the eyes of the beloved character Anna. This quote comes from Anna herself, who is angry at Vronsky when he wants to postpone their move to the country to help his mother.


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Great books are more than just captivating stories and unforgettable characters; many also come with quotes that become bigger than the book that birthed them. Take out quiz to see if you can remember which literary character uttered these memorable lines.

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