Literary Selections

Do certain passages and quotes from great literature stick in your mind? That happens to us, too!

Here are the four literary selections for 2016. Use them as inspiration for works of creative art and submit to our 2nd Annual NICE. Remember, you may choose to take each passage in the context of the work as a whole, or use only the quote provided. Either way, use your imagination and creativity to produce artwork with a fresh angle all your own (remember: ANY media!!). We wish to honor these great works, not violate copyright, and we want to see your creative style!

You may also click on the book covers to learn more about the original works.

2016 Selected Literary Passages:

No, no, my friend. You are kind, and you mean well, but you can never understand these things as I do. You’ve never been oppressed.

S. Alice Callahan, Wynema: A Child of the Forest (1891)

Wynema is the first novel known to have been written by a woman of American Indian descent. It tells the story of a lifelong friendship between two women from vastly different backgrounds—Wynema Harjo, a Muscogee Indian, and Genevieve Weir, a Methodist teacher from a genteel Southern family. Both struggle to overcome prejudice and correct injustices between sexes and races.



If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again.

Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca (1938)

A young bride marries into wealth. But happiness eludes her as she and her tormented husband are haunted by memories of his first, charismatic wife, Rebecca. The eerie lady’s maid Danvers, still loyal to the dead Rebecca, is a standout in this suspenseful, psychological drama.



To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,

Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,

To the last syllable of recorded time;

And all our yesterdays have lighted fools

The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,

And then is heard no more. It is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing.

William Shakespeare, Macbeth (1623)

Set mainly in Scotland, this tragic play dramatizes the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake.



“No, no!” said the Queen. “Sentence first—verdict afterwards.”

“Stuff and nonsense!” said Alice loudly. “The idea of having the sentence first!”

“Hold your tongue!” said the Queen, turning purple.

“I won’t!” said Alice.

“Off with her head!” the Queen shouted at the top of her voice. Nobody moved.

“Who cares for you?” said Alice (she had grown to her full size by this time.) “You’re nothing but a pack of cards!”

Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)

Alice falls through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, fantastical creatures. The tale plays with logic and is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre.






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