98 Margaret Mitchell Quotes That Are Worth Knowing
Writer of 'Gone with the Wind'
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Margaret Mitchell, who published under the name of Peggy Mitchell, was a renowned American author and journalist, most famous for her work ‘Gone with the wind’. This novel was based on American Civil war period for which she was awarded the esteemed Pulitzer Prize for fiction. History is witness to wars that have taken millions of lives and with her masterpiece (Gone with the wind) she tried to convey the sufferings that common people faced due to war. Through her masterpiece she certainly left behind a legacy that highlights the negative impacts of war. We have curated some of Margaret Mitchell’s most famous quotes from her writings and observations. Read these quotes from one of the greatest novelist to have lived in the history of English Literature.
Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect. Burdens are for shoulders strong enough to carry them. With enough courage, you can do without a reputation. After all, tomorrow is another day! Well, my dear, take heart. Some day, I will kiss you and you will like it. But not now, so I beg you not to be too impatient. My dear, I don't give a damn. I'll think of it tomorrow, at Tara. I can stand it then. Tomorrow, I'll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day. I can't think about that right now. If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about that tomorrow. Sir,"she said,"you are no gentleman!"
An apt observation,"he answered airily."And, you, Miss, are no lady. Hardships make or break people. Perhaps - I want the old days back again and they'll never come back, and I am haunted by the memory of them and of the world falling about my ears. It was better to know the worst than to wonder. Dear Scarlett! You aren't helpless. Anyone as selfish and determined as you are is never helpless. God help the Yankees if they should get you." -Rhett Butler Until you've lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is. Death, taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them. I'd cut up my heart for you to wear if you wanted it. You're so brutal to those who love you, Scarlett. You take their love and hold it over their heads like a whip. If I said I was madly in love with you you'd know I was lying. Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect. We take what we get and are thankful it's no worse than it is. Never pass up new experiences [Scarlett], They enrich the mind." - Rhett Butler And apologies, once postponed, become harder and harder to make, and finally impossible. Vanity was stronger than love at sixteen and there was no room in her hot heart now for anything but hate. That is the one unforgivable sin in any society. Be different and be damned! I've always had a weakness for lost causes once they're really lost. I wish I could care what you do or where you go but I can't... My dear, I don't give a damn. Great balls of fire. Don't bother me anymore, and don't call me sugar. Now she had a fumbling knowledge that, had she ever understood Ashley, she would never have loved him; had she ever understood Rhett, she would never have lost him. The land is the only thing in the world worth working for, worth fighting for, worth dying for, because it's the only thing that lasts".....Gerald O'Hara, Gone With The Wind. It was not often that she was alone like this and she did not like it. When she was alone she had to think and, these days, thoughts were not so pleasant. Longing hearts could only stand so much longing. I only know that I love you.
That's your misfortune. Now you are beginning to think for yourself instead of letting others think for you. That’s the beginning of wisdom. I wonder if anyone but me realizes what goes on in that head back of your deceptively sweet face. You should be kissed and by someone who knows how. The liar was the hottest to defend his veracity, the coward his courage, the ill-bred his gentlemanliness, and the cad his honor Her lips on his could tell him better than all her stumbling words. How closely women clutch the very chains that bind them! He had never known such gallantry as the gallantry of Scarlett O'Hara going forth to conquer the world in her mother's velvet curtains and the tail feathers of a rooster. Men and women, they were beautiful and wild, all a little violent under their pleasant ways and only a little tamed. Scarlett, always save something to fear—even as you save something to love. Babies, babies, babies. Why did God make so many babies? But no, God didn't make them. Stupid people made them. If he's forgotten me, I'll make him remember me. I'll make him want me again. Supposed I don't want to redeem myself? Why should I fight to uphold the system that cast me out? I shall take pleasure in seeing it smashed. In a weak moment, I have written a book. My pet, the world can forgive practically anything except people who mind their own business" - Rhett Butler Hush," he said. "I am asking you to marry me. Would you be convinced if I knelt down? She saw in his eyes defeat of her wild dreams, her mad desires. Yes, I want money more than anything else in the world.”
“Then you’ve made the only choice. But there’s a penalty attached, as there is to most things you want. It’s loneliness. She hasn't your strength. She's never had any strength. She's never had anything but heart. God help the man who ever really loves you. Her burdens were her own and burdens were for shoulders strong enough to bear them. The way to get a man interested and to hold his interest was to talk about himself, and then gradually lead the conversation around yourself—and keep it there. There’ll always be wars because men love wars. Women don’t, but men do.. As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again. You're like the thief who isn't the least bit sorry he stole, but is terribly, terribly sorry he's going to jail. - Rhett Butler She could not ignore life. She had to live it and it was too brutal, too hostile, for her even to try to gloss over its harshness with a smile In the end what will happen will be what has happened whenever a civilization breaks up. The people who have brains and courage come through and the ones who haven't are winnowed out. Like most girls, her imagination carried her just as far as the altar and no further. The whole world can't lick us but we can lick ourselves by longing too hard for things we haven't got any more - and by remembering too much. I'm tempting you with fine gifts until your girlish ideals are quite worn away and you are at my mercy. Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once. I do not write with ease, nor am I ever pleased with anything I write. And so I rewrite. I can't go all my life waiting to catch you between husbands. Fighting is like champagne. It goes to the heads of cowards as quickly as of heroes. Any fool can be brave on a battlefield when it's be brave or else be killed. Scarlett O'Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were. All she wanted was a breathing space in which to hurt. He made her play and she had almost forgotten how. Life had been so serious and so bitter. He knew how to play and swept her along with him. All really nice girls wonder when men don't try to kiss them. They know they shouldn't want them to and they know they must act insulted if they do, but just the same, they wish the men would try. You have eternity in which to explain and only one night to be a martyr in the amphitheater Get out, darling, and let me see the lions eat you. I'm riding you with a slack rein, my pet, but don't forget that I'm riding with curb and spurs just the same. You can go to the Devil and not at your leisure. You can go now, for all I care.'
'My pet, I've been to the Devil and he's a very dull fellow. I won't go there again, not even for you. Take my handkerchief, Scarlett. Never, at any crisis of your life, have I known
you to have a handkerchief. But she knew that no matter what beauty lay behind, it must remain there. No one could go forward with a load of aching memories. It's not because I've -what is the phrase? -'swept you off your feet' by my -er- ardor? It had been so long since she had seen him and she had lived on memories until they were worn thin. She couldn't survey the wreck of the world with an air of casual unconcern. The usual masculine dissillusionment is discovering that a woman has a brain [Yankees] are pretty much like southerners except with worse manners, of course, and terrible accents. Anyone as selfish and determined as you are is never helpless. You should be kissed and often, by someone who knows how. She is the only dream I ever had that lived and breathed and did not die in the face of reality."
(Ashley said about Melanie) They knew that love snatched in the face of danger and death was doubly sweet for the strange excitement that went with it. Somehow the bright beauty had gone from April afternoon and from her heart as well and the sad sweetness of remembering was as bitter as gall. His voice stopped and they looked for a long quiet moment into each other's eyes and between them lay the sunny lost youth that they had so unthinkingly shared. Then you've made the only choice. But there's a penalty attached, as there is to most things you want. It's loneliness. Fo' Gawd, Miss Scarlett! We's got ter have a doctah. Ah- Ah- Miss Scarlett, Ah doan know nuthin' 'bout bringin' babies. -Prissy She was as forthright and simple as the winds that blew over Tara and the yellow river that wound around it. But, Scarlett, did it ever occur to you that even the most deathless love could wear out? Land is the only thing in the world that amounts to anything. What is there to see in Europe? I'll bet those foreigners can't show us a thing we haven't got right here in Georgia.
The green eyes in the carefully sweet face were turbulent, willful, lusty with life, distinctly at variance with her decorous demeanor. Her manners had been imposed upon her ... her eyes were her own.
To Scarlett, there was something breath-taking about Ellen O'Hara, a miracle that lived in the house with her and awed her and charmed and soothed her.
Crackers are short on sparkle.
I was right when I said I’d never look back. It hurts too much, it drags at your heart till you can’t ever do anything else except look back.
I won't need you to rescue meM. I can take care of myself, thank you. - Scarlett O'Hara.
Madam, you flatter yourself. I do not want to marry you or anyone else. I am not a marrying man. - Rhett Butler Yes, life was very sweet and cosy with Scarlett - as long as she had her own way