What’s the most beautiful paragraph or sentence you’ve ever read?

I so enjoyed losing myself in this Reddit thread on beautiful writing that sticks with you. I had to share some of my own favorite passages, from the thread and elsewhere:

From Moby Dick by Herman Melville:

Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.

 F. Scott Fitzgerald about his then future wife Zelda:

I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything.

The Nomad: The Diaries of Isabelle Eberhardt

Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.

Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

But Paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there, not even poverty, nor sudden money, nor the moonlight, nor right and wrong nor the breathing of someone who lay beside you in the moonlight.

A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered. “Yes, Piglet?” “Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. “I just wanted to be sure of you.

What are some of your favorites? I’d love to hear…

(painting by Edward Hopper, top photo by Ferdinando Scianna)