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14 More Literary Quotes That Will Make You Cry, But Only If You’ve Read the Book

I talk a big game for someone who has cried in a not-zero number of public restrooms. If I ever try to tell you I “hardly ever cry,” just know that I am lying; I cry all the time. The reasons vary, and range in severity from “a beloved family pet has died” to “I forgot to bring chapstick and I’m fairly certain, in this moment, that no human being has ever suffered more.”

However! As we’ve previously established, nothing gets me going quite like a literary quote that may or may not look sad to someone who hasn’t read the book. Here are just a few quotes that will always make me weep as if a beloved family pet has died AND I forgot to bring chapstick.