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Dr. Jekyll Quotes

16 of the best book quotes from Dr. Jekyll
  1. #1
    “O my poor old Harry Jekyll, if ever I read Satan’s signature upon a face, it is on that of your new friend.”
  2. #2
    “With every day, and from both sides of my intelligence, the moral and the intellectual, I thus drew steadily nearer to the truth, by whose partial discovery I have been doomed to such a dreadful shipwreck: that man is not truly one, but truly two.”
  3. #3
    “Here then, as I lay down the pen and proceed to seal up my confession, I bring the life of that unhappy Henry Jekyll to an end.”
  4. #4
    “There comes an end to all things; the most capacious measure is filled at last; and this brief condescension to evil finally destroyed the balance of my soul.”
  5. #5
    “Jekyll had more than a father’s interest; Hyde had more than a son’s indifference.”
  6. #6
    “I learned to recognise the thorough and primitive duality of man; I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both.”
  7. #7
    “Strange as my circumstances were, the terms of this debate
    are as old and commonplace as man; much the same inducements and
    alarms cast the die for any tempted and trembling sinner; and it
    fell out with me, as it falls with so vast a majority of my
    fellows, that I chose the better part and was found wanting in the
    strength to keep to it.”
  8. #8
    “Under the strain of this continually impending doom and by the sleeplessness to which I now condemned myself, ay, even beyond what I had thought possible to man, I became, in my own person, a creature eaten up and emptied by fever, languidly weak both in body and mind, and solely occupied by one thought: the horror of my other self.”
  1. #9
    “To cast in it with Hyde was to die a thousand interests and aspirations.”
  2. #10
    “This was the shocking thing; that the slime of the pit seemed to utter cries and voices; that the amorphous dust gesticulated and sinned; that what was dead, and had no shape, should usurp the offices of life. And this again, that that insurgent horror was knit to him closer than a wife, closer than an eye; lay caged in his flesh, where he heard it mutter and felt it struggle to be born; and at every hour of weakness, and in the confidence of slumber, prevailed against him, and deposed him out of life.”
  3. #11
    “I had learned to dwell with pleasure as a beloved daydream on the
    thought of the separation of these elements. If each I told myself could be housed in separate identities life would be relieved of all that was unbearable the unjust might go his way delivered from the aspirations and remorse of his more upright twin and the just could walk steadfastly and securely on his upward path doing the good things in which he found his pleasure and no longer exposed to disgrace and penitence by the hands of this extraneous evil.”
  4. #12
    “All human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and evil: and Edward Hyde, alone, in the ranks of mankind, was pure evil.”
  5. #13
    “I sat in the sun on a bench; the animal within me licking the chops of memory; the spiritual side a little drowsed, promising subsequent penitence, but not yet moved to begin.”
  6. #14
    “You must suffer me to go my own dark way.”
  7. #15
    “Some day...after I am dead, you may perhaps come to learn the right and wrong of this. I cannot tell you.”
  8. #16
    “If I am the chief of sinners, I am the chief of sufferers also.”
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