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14 Powerful Quotes from Literature (That Everyone Always Forgets About)

Literature is chock full of quotable quotes. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” for instance. Also “It is a truth universally that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” These lines are both—and I don’t think this is too bold a claim to make—very good.

But for every “To thine own self be true,” there are about a dozen other equally powerful lines that would look just as nice on a poster or T-shirt or Etsy cross-stitch pattern. The only problem? Well, everyone always forgets about them. Today, let’s pay homage to those.