1. " 'Land is the only thing
in the world that amounts to anything.' "
Gerald's advice to Scarlett
when she is pining over the loss of Ashley Wilkes to Melanie Hamilton.
2. " 'What most people don't
seem to realize is that there is just as much money to be made out of the
wreckage of a civilization as from the upbuilding of one.' "
Rhett's prophetic words to
Scarlett foreshadow the immense fortune he builds up by blockade-running and
speculating during the war, as well as Scarlett's future success in business.
3. " 'All wars are sacred,'
he said. 'To those who have to fight them. If the people who started wars
didn't make them sacred, who would be foolish enough to fight? But, no matter
what rallying cries the orators give to the idiots who fight, no matter what
noble purposes they assign to wars, there is never but one reason for a war.
And that is money. All wars are in reality money squabbles. But so few people
ever realize it. Their ears are too full of bugles and drums and fine words
from stay-at-home orators. Sometimes the rallying cry is 'Save the Tomb of
Christ from the Heathen!' Sometimes it's 'Down with Popery!' and sometimes
'Liberty!' and sometimes 'Cotton, Slavery and States' Rights!' "
Rhett signs the warrant of
his social ostracism from Atlanta society by telling the truth as he sees it
about the war.
4. " 'Mistress! What would I
get out of that except a passel of brats?' "
Scarlett is unimpressed by
Rhett's proposal that she become his mistress.
5. " 'I won't think of it
now. I can't stand it now. I'll think of it later.' "
Scarlett is stunned by the
sight of the Wilkes' home, Twelve Oaks, which has been burnt to the ground by
the Yankees. Her response - to avoid thinking of it now - is one that she often
relies upon to dull the effects of grief, worry or the pangs of conscience.
6. "Hunger gnawed at her
empty stomach again and she said aloud: 'As God is my witness, and God is my
witness, the Yankees aren't going to lick me. I'm going to live through this,
and when it's over, I'm never going to be hungry again. No, nor any of my
folks. If I have to steal or kill - as God is my witness, I'm never going to be
Lying weak from hunger in a
vegetable garden at the burnt-out Twelve Oaks, Scarlett decides that not only
is she going to survive, but she is going to prosper.
7. " 'In
the end what will happen will be what has happened whenever a civilization
breaks up. The people who have brains and courage come through and the ones who
haven't are winnowed out.' "
Ashley tells Scarlett what
will happen as a result of the war.
8. "A startling
thought this, that a woman could handle business matters as well or better than
a man, a revolutionary thought to Scarlett who had been reared in the tradition
that men were omniscient and women none too bright."
realizes that she could run Frank's business better than he does.
9. " 'You're so brutal to those who love you, Scarlett. You take
their love and hold it over their heads like a whip.' "
to Scarlett why he could never admit to his true feelings for her.
10. " 'My dear,
I don't give a damn.' "
Rhett, his love
worn out, replies to Scarlett's desperate question as to what she will do if he