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07/10/2014 09:08 am ET | Updated Jul 10, 2014

18 People Who Think Reading Literature Is Really, Maniacally Funny

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Sometimes books are funny. Other times, according to stock photos, they are really, really, maniacally hilarious:

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"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark."

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"God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him."

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"The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places."

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"After a while I went out and left the hospital and walked back to the hotel in the rain."

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"Fled is that music: -- Do I wake or sleep?"

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"Memory believes before knowing remembers."

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"He loved Big Brother."

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"Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday; I can't be sure."

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"I looked up at the mass of signs and stars in the night sky and laid myself open for the first time to the benign indifference of the world."

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"We shall never be again as we were!"

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"Ah Bartleby! Ah humanity!"

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"History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake."

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"It rasped her, though, to have stirring about in her this brutal monster!"

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"He was soon borne away by the waves and lost in darkness and distance."

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"Love. The reason I dislike that word is that it means too much for me, far more than you can understand."

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"'If you love me as you say you do,' she whispered, 'make it so that I am at peace.'"

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"All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned."

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