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13 of the Most Underrated Quotes in Literature

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Quotes like “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves and “Not all those who wander are lost” get all the credit, all the glory, all the Etsy T-shirts. However, most books contain more than just one extremely quotable line. In fact, they often contain many quotable lines. (I know. I was surprised too.)

Today, we’re going to talk about literary quotes that sometimes get lost in the shuffle—literary quotes that are eternally overshadowed by powerhouse lines like “Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird,” which is a GREAT line, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not the only one worth putting on a poster.

(Also! We couldn’t list EVERY underrated quote in all of literature, because that would be ridiculous. I’m just a person, after all. So let us know what we missed!)