irony Quotes

32 of the best book quotes about irony
  1. #1
    “Your heart’s desire is to be told some mystery. The mystery is that there is no mystery.”
  2. #2
    The heavens continue their loves!
    I think there is not in the world either malice or
    matter to alter it.”
  3. #3
    “Whom I love? Think a moment. Think of me—
    Me, whom the plainest woman would despise—
    Me, with this nose of mine that marches on
    Before me by a quarter of an hour!
    Whom should I love? Why—of course—it must be
    The woman in the world most beautiful.”
  4. #4
    “No one plows the field just by thinking about it.”
  5. #5
    ″‘To be struck down,
    Pierced by sword i’ the heart, from a hero’s hand!′
    That I had dreamed. O mockery of Fate!
    —Killed, I! of all men—in an ambuscade!
    Struck from behind, and by a lackey’s hand!
    ‘Tis very well. I am foiled, foiled in all,
    Even in my death.”
  6. #6
    ″‘Oh,’ sighed the duckling, ‘how thankful I am for being so ugly; even a dog will not bite me.’ And so he lay quite still, while the shot rattled through the rushes, and gun after gun was fired over him.”
  7. #7
    “Reaching the top of Everest is supposed to trigger a surge of intense elation; against long odds, after all, I had just attained a goal I’d coveted since childhood.”
  8. #8
    “Solitude was a rare commodity on Everest, and I was grateful to be granted a bit of it on this day, in such a remarkable setting.”
  9. #9
    “It’s a mean world...there’s nobody to take care of you out there.”
  10. #10
    “I do things like get in a taxi and say, ‘The library, and step on it.‘”
  1. #11
    “As I went downstairs I heard Bill singing, ‘Irony and Pity. When you’re feeling . . . Oh, Give them Irony and Give them Pity.‘”
  2. #12
    “Expectations were like fine pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely they were to crack.”
  3. #13
    “George: the one thing in this whole sinking world that I am sure of is my … chromosomological partnership in the…creation of our…blond-eyed, blue-haired…son.”
  4. #14
    How that stupid, dull Englishman ever came to be admitted within the intellectual circle which revolved round “the cleverest woman in Europe,” as her friends unanimously called her, no one ventured to guess—a golden key is said to open every door, asserted the more malignantly inclined.
  5. #15
    “Perhaps that was the beginning of it. Mafatu, the boy who had been christened Stout Heart by his proud father, was afraid of the sea.”
  6. #16
    ″‘The thing I like,’ said Hazel, ‘is they all speak English and they’re all Christians. That makes things so much easier.‘”
  7. #17
    ″‘I only wish I had such eyes,’ the King remarked in a fretful tone. ‘To be able to see Nobody! And at that distance too! Why, it’s as much as I can do to see real people, by this light!‘”
  8. #18
    ″‘Chinese people do many things,’ she said simply. ‘Chinese people do business, do medicine, do painting. Not lazy like American people. We do torture. Best torture.‘”
  9. #19
    ″‘Well, in our country,’ said Alice, still panting a little, ‘you’d generally get to somewhere else – if you ran very fast for a long time as we’ve been doing.’
    ‘A slow sort of country!’ said the Queen. ‘Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!‘”
  10. #20
    “Anointest my head with conductant. Do I get a crown of thorns?”

Books by O. Henry

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O. Henry, Lisbeth Zwerger, Michael Neugebauer
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  1. #21
    “Smith had begun that message with what now seemed like an anxious prophecy: ‘assuming we don’t die tonight.‘”
  2. #22
    “He is my fate. He’s my soul mate. He pervades my whole existence. So, of course, I often ignore him.”
  3. #23
    Beautiful combs, pure tortoise shell, with jewelled rims—just the shade to wear in the beautiful vanished hair.
    O. Henry
    The Gift of the Magi
  4. #24
    They were expensive combs, she knew, and her heart had simply craved and yearned over them without the least hope of possession. And now, they were hers, but the tresses that should have adorned the coveted adornments were gone.
  5. #25
    “Isn’t it a dandy, Jim? I hunted all over town to find it. You’ll have to look at the time a hundred times a day now. Give me your watch. I want to see how it looks on it.” . . .
    “Dell,” said he, “let’s put our Christmas presents away and keep ’em a while. They’re too nice to use just at present. I sold the watch to get the money to buy your combs.”
  6. #26
    “It was none the less a fact, however, that, in the eyes of the very men who spoke thus, the scarlet letter had the effect of the cross on a nun’s bosom.”
  7. #27
    “Industry, technology, and commerce can thrive only as long as an idealistic national community offers the necessary preconditions. And these do not lie in material egoism, but in a spirit of sacrifice and joyful renunciation.”
  8. #28
    “What I’m doing, what I’ve been doing over the feed for the last two days, is trying to create a customer profile that’s so screwed, no one can market to it. I’m not going to let them catalog me. I’m going to become invisible.”
  9. #29
    “One of the great ironies of life is that if you give up your life, you gain it. If you help others, you benefit. If you lose yourself, you find yourself.”
  10. #30
    “It’s funny how the darkest moments of your life can bring about the best ones.”
  11. #31
    “As the Nobel Prize-winning American physicist Steven Weinberg said, ‘Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you’d have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, it takes religion.”
  12. #32
    “Got room for one more?”