A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is one of my all-time favourite books. The words and imagery captivated me from the start with the best opening line ever: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. Yeah, I can relate to that feeling.
And here are some quotes from the book that wove a rich tapestry of emotions for me:
“A multitude of people and yet solitude.”
“A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”
“The leprosy of unreality disfigured every human creature in attendance.”
“Not knowing how he lost himself, or how he recovered himself, he may never feel certain of not losing himself again.”
“Since I knew you, I have been troubled by a remorse that I thought would never reproach me again, and have heard whispers from old voices impelling me upward that I thought were silent forever.
“Good never come of such evil, a happier end was not in nature to so unhappy a beginning.”
“There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair.”
“Vengeance and retribution require a long time; it is the rule.”
And to that most wistful ending:
“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”