Whatever your thoughts about religion, it’s certainly a very chocolate-y time of year. And if you’ve given it up for Lent, then it’s not that long to go until you can indulge again. We hope you enjoy these calorie-free literary chocolate treats!
1. “Charlie grabbed it and quickly tore off the wrapper and took an enormous bite. Then he took another…and another…and oh, the joy of being able to cram large pieces of something sweet and solid into one’s mouth! The sheer blissful joy of being able to fill one’s mouth with rich solid food!
‘You look like you wanted that one, sonny,’ the shopkeeper said pleasantly.
Charlie nodded, his mouth bulging with chocolate.”
― Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
2. “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
― Charles M. Schulz
3. “Without pain, how could we know joy?’ This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
4. “Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.”
― Joanne Harris, Chocolat
5. “I listened wide-eyed, stupid. Glowing by her voice in the dim light. If chocolate was a sound, it would’ve been Constantine’s voice singing. If singing was a color, it would’ve been the color of that chocolate.”
― Kathryn Stockett, The Help
6. “Touched by her fingers, the two surviving chocolate people copulate desperately, losing themselves in a melting frenzy of lust, spending the last of their brief borrowed lives in a spasm of raspberry cream and fear.”
― Neil Gaiman, Brief Lives
7. “It was like having a box of chocolates shut in the bedroom drawer. Until the box was empty it occupied the mind too much.”
― Graham Greene, The Heart of the Matter
8. “The Duchess set about studying Annette and shortly found her adversary’s tragic flaw.
― William Goldman, The Princess Bride
9. “Personally, I like a chocolate-colored sky. Dark, dark chocolate. People say it suits me. I do, however, try to enjoy the whole spectrum. A billion or so flavors, none of them quite the same, and a sky to slowly suck on. It takes the edge off the stress. It helps me relax.”
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
10. “If some confectioners were willing
To let the shape announce the filling,
We’d encounter fewer assorted chocs,
Bitten into and returned to the box.”
― Ogden Nash
We hope you enjoy these quotations, as much as you enjoy your chocolate.