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The Time Machine
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The Time Machine



Top Ten Quotes

1) "And I have by me, for my comfort, two strange white flowers - shriveled now, and brown and flat and brittle - to witness that even when mind and strength had gone, gratitude and mutual tenderness still lived on in the heart of man." (Narrator - Epilogue, Pg. 147)

2) "There is no difference between Time and any of the three dimensions of Space except that our consciousness moves along it." (The Time Traveler - Chapter One, Pg. 3)

3) "Very simple was my explanation, and plausible enough - as many wrong theories are!" (The Time Traveler - Chapter Four, Pg. 49)

4) For a moment I was staggered, though the import of this gesture was plain enough.  The question had come into my mind abruptly: were these creatures fools?" (The Time Traveler - Chapter Four, Pg. 35)

5) "But she dreaded the dark, dreaded shadows, dreaded black things. Darkness to her was the one thing dreadful." (The Time Traveler - Chapter Five, Pg. 65)

6) "In a moment I knew what had happened. I had slept, and my fire had gone out, and the cold bitterness of death had come over my soul." (The Time Traveler - Chapter Nine, Pg. 113)

7) "Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless.  There is no intelligence where there is no change and no need of change." (The Time Traveler - Chapter Ten, Pg. 120)

8) "It was of white marble, in shape something like a winged sphinx, but the wings, instead of being carried vertically at the sides, were spread so that it seemed to hover." (The Time Traveler - Chapter Three, Pg. 30)

9) "My impression of it is of course, imperfect; but I know it was a dull white, and strange large grayish-red eyes; also that there was a flaxen hair on its head and down its back." (The Time Traveler - Chapter Five, Pg. 69)

10) "The Time Traveler was not there.  I seemed to see a ghostly, indistinct figure sitting in a whirling mass of black and brass for a moment - a figure so transparent that the bench behind with its sheets of drawings was absolutely distinct; but this phantasm vanished as I rubbed my eyes.  (Narrator - Chapter Twelve, Pg. 144)

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