9 Well-Known Quotes You Probably Didn't Know Were from Literature ...


We've all heard well known quotes thrown around, but how often do we know the source of those quotes? Much of the time the source of well known quotes is literature -- popular essays, speeches, books, poems, and so on. There are some quotes we all know come from literature, such as "To be or not to be", which is from Shakespeare's 'Hamlet,' but what about the popular quotes that aren't so easily traced back to their literary sources? Below are 9 well known quotes that you probably didn't know were from literature.

1. "…and Therefore Never Send to Know for Whom the Bell Tolls; It Tolls for Thee."

This is one of the well known quotes I didn't know was from literature. It is from John Donne's "No Man Is an Island"; it's also the title of a Hemingway novel. This quote is referring to the fact that we're all human, and if anyone dies, that death is part of all of us because we all die at some point. It's amazing how a few words can mean so much.

"a Foolish Consistency is the Hobgoblin of Little Minds, Adored by Little Statesmen and Philosophers and Divines."
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