The following books all appear in five randomly chosen online lists of 100 best books. They can therefore be considered as the fourteen great novels.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
"Everyone suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known."
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
"No battle is ever won...They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools."
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
"Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them."
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
"Then I'll be around in the dark-I'll be ever'where-wherever you look. Wherever they's a fight so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever they's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there...I'll be in the way guys yell when they're mad an'- I'll be in the way kids laugh when they're hungry and they know supper's ready. An when our folk eat the stuff they raise an' live in the houses they build-why, I'll be there."
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
"Doublethink is the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them....To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies — all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth."
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
"Brooding, she changed the pool into the sea, and made the minnows into sharks and whales, and cast vast clouds over this tiny world by holding her hand against the sun, and so brought darkness and desolation, like God himself, to millions of ignorant and innocent creatures, and then took her hand away suddenly and let the sun stream down."
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
"He is in a constant state of stage fright, he says, because he never knows what part of his life he is going to have to act in next."
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
"I am one of the most irresponsible beings that ever lived. Irresponsibility is part of my invisibility; any way you face it, it is a denial. But to whom can I be responsible, and why should I be, when you refuse to see me?"
Animal Farm by George Orwell
"All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others."
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
"Fear can't hurt you any more than a dream."
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
"I thought I had paid for everthing. Not like the woman pays and pays and pays. No idea of retribution or punishment. Just exchange of values. You gave up something and got something else. Or you worked for something. You paid someway for everything that was any good. I paid my way into enough things that I liked, so that I had a good time. Either you paid by learning about them, or by experience, or by taking chances, or by money. Enjoying living was learning to get your money's worth and knowing when you had it."
Light in August by William Faulkner
"A man. All men. He will pass up a hundred chances to do good for one chance to meddle where meddling is not wanted. He will overlook and fail to see chances, opportunities, for riches and fame, and welldoing, and even sometimes for evil. But he won't fail to see a chance to meddle."
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
"What difference does it make after all?--anonymity in the world of men is better than fame in heaven, for what's heaven? what's earth? All in the mind."
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
"Does God want goodness or the choice of goodness? Is a man who chooses to be bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?"
All Time 100 Best Novels List
The Modern Library's 100 Best Novels: The Board List and The Readers List
Radcliffe's Rival 100 Best Novels List
Best 100 Novels of All Time
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