Quotes from the novel
.  "I had retrod the steps of knowledge along the paths of time and exchanged the discoveries of enquirers for the dreams of forgotten alchimists."
.  "I was required to exchange chimeras of boundless grandeur for realities of little worth."
.  "Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world. A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their beings to me. No father could claim the gratitude of his child so completely as I should deserve theirs."
.  "The moon gazed on my midnight labours, while, with unrelaxed and breathless eagerness, I pursued nature to her hiding-places. Who shall conceive the horrors of my secret toil as I dabbled among the unhallowed damps of the grave or tortured the living animal to animate lifeless clay? My limbs now tremble, and my eyes swim with the remembrance; but then a resistless and almost frantic impulse urged me forward; I seemed to have lost all soul or sensation but for this one pursuit."
.  "In a solitary chamber, or rather cell, at the top of the house, and separated from all the other apartments by a gallery and staircase, I kept my workshop of filthy creation."
.  "A human being in perfection ought always to preserve a calm and peaceful mind and never to allow passion or a transitory desire to disturb his tranquillity. I do not think that the pursuit of knowledge is an exception to this rule. 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, than that study is certainly unlawful, that is to say, not befitting the human mind."
.  "The different accidents of life are not so changeable as the feelings of human nature. I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body. For this I had deprived myself of rest and health. I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart. Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room..."
.  "I thought I saw Elisabeth, in the bloom of health, walking the streets of Ingolstadt. Delighted and surprised, I embraced her, but as I imprinted the first kiss on her lips, they became livid with the hue of death; her features appeared to change, and I thought that I held the corpse of my dead mother in my arms; a shroud enveloped her form, and I saw the grave-worms crawling in the folds of the flannel. I started from my sleep with horror..."
.  "I took refuge in the courtyard [...] where I remained during the rest of the night, listening attentively, catching and fearing each sound as if it were to announce the approach of the daemonical corpse to which I had so miserably given life."
.  "Mingled with this horror, I felt the bitterness of disappointment; dreamns that had been my food and pleasant rest for so long a space were now become a hell to me; and the change was so rapid, the overthrow so complete!"
.  "The form of the monster on whom I had bestowed existence was forever before my eyes, and I raved incessantly concerning him."
.  "From the tortures of my own heart, I turned to contemplate the deep and voiceless grief of Elisabeth. This also was my doing. And my father's woe. And the desolation of that late so smiling home - all was the work of my thrice-accursed hands! Ye weep, unhappy ones, but these are not your last tears! Again shall you raise the funeral wail, and the sound of your lamentations shall again and again be heard! Frankenstein, your son, your kinsman, your early, much-loved friend; he who would spend each vital drop of blood for your sakes - who would fill the air with blessings and spend his life in serving you - he bids you weep - to shed countless tears; happy beyond his hopes, if thus inoxerable fate be satisfied, and if the destruction pause before the peace of the grave have suceeded to your sad torments!"
.  "We rest; a dream has power to poison sleep.
   We rise; one wand'ring thought pollutes the day.
We feel, conceive, or reason; laugh or weep,
   Embrace fond woe, or cast our cares away;
It is the same: for, be it joy or sorrow,
   The path of its departure still is free.
Man's yesterday may ne'er be like his morrow;
   Nought may endure but mutability!"
.  "The cup of life was poisoned forever, and although the sun shone upon me, as upon the happy and gay of heart, I saw around me nothing but a dense and frightful darkness, penetrated by no light than the glimmer of the two eyes that glared upon me."
.  "I abhorred the face of man. Oh, not abhorred! They were my brethen, my fellow beings, and I felt attracted even to the most repulsive among them, as to creatures of angelic nature and celestial mechanism. But I felt I had no right to share their intercourse. I had unchained an enemy among them whose joy it was to shed their blood and to revel in their groans. How they would, each and all, abhor me and hunt me from the world did they know my unhallowed acts and the crimes which had their source in me!"
.  "I was answered through the stillness of night by a loud and fiendish laugh. It rang on my ears long and heavily; the mountains re-echoed it, and I felt as if all hell surrounded me with mockery and laughter."
.  "I am chained in an eternal hell."
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