53 Frankenstein: The 1818 Text Quotes by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

“Frankenstein: The 1818 Text” is a popular novel and is written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

This novel tells the story of a scientist whose creation becomes a monster.

This edition emphasizes Shelley’s relationship with her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, who was a trailblazing feminist and author of “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman”.

Frankenstein- The 1818 Text

We have curated the best quotes from Frankenstein: The 1818 Text for you.

Frankenstein: The 1818 Text Quotes

“There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“I could not understand why men who knew all about good and evil could hate and kill each other.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“I am alone and miserable. Only someone as ugly as I am could love me.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“The whole series of my life appeared to me as a dream; I sometimes doubted if indeed it were all true, for it never presented itself to my mind with the force of reality.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“The world to me was a secret, which I desired to discover; to her it was a vacancy, which she sought to people with imaginations of her own.” ~ Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (Frankenstein).

“Listen to me, Frankenstein. You accuse me of murder; and yet you would, with a satisfied conscience, destroy your own creature. Oh, praise the eternal justice of man!” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“The fallen angel becomes a malignant devil. Yet even that enemy of God and man had friends and associates in his desolation; I am alone.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“I was benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend. Make me happy, and I shall again be virtuous.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

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Best Frankenstein: The 1818 Text Quotes

“I do know that for the sympathy of one living being, I would make peace with all. I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.” ~ Mary Shelley, Frankenstein.

“One wondering thought pollutes the day.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“My heart was fashioned to be susceptible of love and sympathy, and when wrenched by misery to vice and hatred, it did not endure the violence of the change without torture such as you cannot even imagine.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).: The 1818 Text

“A mind of moderate capacity which closely pursues one study must infallibly arrive at great proficiency in that study.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“Unhappy man! Do you share my maddness? Have you drunk also of the intoxicating draught? Hear me; let me reveal my tale, and you will dash the cup from your lips!” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“Nothing contributes so much to tranquillize the mind as a steady purpose- a point on which the soul can focus its intellectual eye.” ~ Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (Frankenstein).

Quotes from Frankenstein: The 1818 Text

“Devil, do you dare approach me? and do you not fear the fierce vengeance of my arm wreaked on your miserable head?” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“Nothing is more painful to the human mind than, after the feelings have been worked up by a quick succession of events, the dead calmness of inaction and certainty which follows and deprives the soul both of hope and fear.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“The world was to me a secret which I desired to devine.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“If the study to which you apply yourself has a tendency to weaken your affections and to destroy your taste for those simple pleasures in which no alloy can possibly mix, then that study is certainly unlawful, that is to say, not befitting the human mind.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“How mutable are our feelings, and how strange is that clinging love we have of life even in the excess of misery!” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“It is true, we shall be monsters, cut off from all the world; but on that account we shall be more attached to one another.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust?” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” ~ Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (Frankenstein).

“We are fashioned creatures, but half made up.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn; and whether it was the outward substance of things or the inner spirit of nature and the mysterious soul of man that occupied me, still my inquiries were directed to the metaphysical, or in its highest sense, the physical secrets of the world.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

Famous Frankenstein: The 1818 Text Quotes

“If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“There is love in me the likes of which you’ve never seen. There is rage in me the likes of which should never escape. If I am not satisfied int he one, I will indulge the other.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“I looked upon the sea, it was to be my grave.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“Polluted by crimes, and torn by the bitterest remorse, where can I find rest but in death?” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“What can stop the determined heart and resolved will of man?” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“One man’s life or death were but a small price to pay for the acquirement of the knowledge which I sought, for the dominion I should acquire and transmit over the elemental foes of our race.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“I am malicious because I am miserable.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“With how many things are we on the brink of becoming acquainted, if cowardice or carelessness did not restrain our inquiries.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel…” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“I see by your eagerness, and the wonder and hope which your eyes express, my friend, that you expect to be in formed of the secret with which I am acquainted. That cannot be.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“My spirit will sleep in peace; or if it thinks, it will not surely think thus. Farewell.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

Profound Frankenstein: The 1818 Text Quotes

“You accuse me of murder; and yet you would, with a satisfied conscience, destroy your own creature. Oh, Praise the eternal justice of man!” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“Thus strangely are our souls constructed, and by slight ligaments are we bound to prosperity and ruin.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“All men hate the wretched.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“Man,” I cried, “how ignorant art thou in thy pride of wisdom!” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“He was soon borne away by the waves and lost in darkness and distance.” ― Mary Shelly, Frankenstein

“When falsehood can look so like the truth, who can assure themselves of certain happiness?” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“If you will comply with my conditions, I will leave them and you at peace; but if you refuse, I will glut the maw of death, until it be satiated with the blood of your remaining friends.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“The different accidents of life are not so changeable as the feelings of human nature.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“I shall commit my thoughts to paper, it is true; but that is a poor medium for the communication of feeling. I desire the company of a man who could sympathize with me, whose eyes would reply to mine.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“Remember that I have power; you believe yourself miserable, but I can make you so wretched that the light of day will be hateful to you. You are my creator, but I am your master;–obey!” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“I saw no cause for their unhappiness, but I was deeply affected by it. If such lovely creatures were miserable, it was less strange that I, an imperfect and solitary being, should be wretched.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“If I see but one smile on your lips when we meet, occasioned by this or any other exertion of mine, I shall need no other happiness.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“My own mind began to grow, watchful with anxoius thoughts.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

“I also became a poet, and for one year lived in a Paradise of my own creation; I imagined that I also might obtain a niche in the temple where the names of Homer and Shakespeare are consecrated.” ~ Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (Frankenstein).

“My education was neglected, yet I was passionately fond of reading.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).; Or, the Modern Prometheus

“I wished sometimes to shake off all thought and feeling, but I learned that there was but one means to overcome the sensation of pain, and that was death – a state which I feared yet did not understand.” ~ Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).


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