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Isolation

You may deem me Romantic, dear sister, but I bitterly feel the want of a friend - Walton

Solitude was my only consolation - Victor

I saw and heard of none like me - Creature

I was shut out from intercourse with them - Creature

My vices are the children of a forced solitude - Creature

No one was near me who soothed me with the gentle voice of love - Victor

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Glory

The inestimatable benefit which I shall confer on all mankind - Walton

No father could claim the gratitude of his child so completely as I should deserve theirs - Victor

Perhaps, if my first introduction to humanity had been made by a young soldier, burning for glory and slaughter, I should have been imbued with different sensations - Creature

Do not return to your families with the stigma of disgrace marked on your brows - Victor to Walton's men

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Power

Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of life into our dark world. - Victor

I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished the beauty of the dream vanished - Victor

So powerful, so virtuous and magnificent yet so viscous and base? - Creature on humans

I am fearless and therefore powerful - Creature

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Sacrifice

If I succeed many months, perhaps years will pass before you and I meet - Walton to his sister regarding his voyage

The love of another will destroy the cause of my crimes - Creature

To save them I resolved to dedicate myself to my most abhorred task - Victor on creating the female creature

Who encountered death for honour - Victor to Walton's men

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Passion

Nothing contributes so much as to tranquilliser the mind as a steady purpose - Walton

I was attacked by my fatal passion - Victor

I devote myself either in life or in death to his destruction - Victor

Mine is assigned to me by Heaven - Victor on purpose

The completion of my demoniacal design became an insatiable passion - Creature

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Responsibility

If your wish is to become really a man of science, and not merely a petty experimentalist, I should advice you to apply to every branch - M. Waldman

The mere presence of the idea was irresistible proof of the fact - Victor on the creature being William's murderer.

For the first time, I felt what the duties of a creator towards his creature are - Victor

It's was the fiend within me, not I - Creature regarding placing trinket on Justine

I was guiltless - Victor

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Destiny vs free will

Destiny was too potent, and her immutable laws had decreed by utter and terrible destruction - Victor

Forced to spend days and night in vaults and charnel houses - Victor on his first creation

Superior beings who would be arbiters or my future destiny - Creature on the De Laceys

I did not reflect that a voluntary act of mine could avert it - Victor on his loved one's deaths

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Revenge

Come, Victor not brooding thoughts of vengeance against the assassin, but with feelings of peace and gentleness, that will heal instead of festering - Alphonse

Avenge the deaths of William and Justine - Victor

At such moments, vengeance that burned within me died in my heart - Victor on dreaming his loved ones alive

From that moment I declared everlasting war against the species - Creature

Revenge kept me alive - Victor

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Family Nurture

No human being could have passed a happier childhood than myself - Victor

Instantly expressed a degree of ecstatic joy, of which I could hardly have believed it capable - Creature on Felix receiving Safie

I am malicious because I am miserable - Creature on his lack of parent

How the life and cares of the mother were wrapped up in her precious charge - Creature on discovering what families do

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Suffering

The tortures of the accused did not equal mine - Victor

Your sufferings shall satisfy my everlasting hatred - Creature

The agony of my feelings allowed me no respite - Creature

So much does suffering blunt even the coarsest sensations of men - Victor on the Scottish peasants

Your abhorrence cannot equal that which I regard myself - Creature

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Passive Woman

Looked upon Elizabeth as mine - Victor

One word from you Victor is necessary to calm our apprehensions - Elizabeth

A thousand conflicting emotions rendered her mute as she bade me a tearful, silent farewell - Victor on leaving Elizabeth for England

Tore to pieces the thing - Victor on destroying the female creature

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Appearances

He must have been a noble creature in his better days, being now in wreck so amiable and attractive - Walton

One hand was stretched out, seemingly to detain me - Victor

How was I terrified when I viewed myself in a transparent pool - Creature

I am blind, and cannot judge your countenance but there is something in your words that persuades me you are sincere - De Lacey

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Master/slave

You are my creator but I am your master - obey! - Creature

I too can create devolution, my enemy is not invulnerable - Creature

I was the slave of my creature - Victor

I was the slave, not the master of an impulse - Creature on his murders

I will be even mild and docile to my natural lord and king - Creature on asking for female

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Childish Imagination

I read and studied the wild fancies of these writers - Victor

My imagination was too much exalted by my first success to permit me to doubt - Victor on his creating skills

With the joy a child feels when he embarks on a little boat - Walton on his voyage

His wild and enthusiastic imagination was chastened by the sensibility of his heart - Victor on Clerval

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Sublime Nature

I never beheld anything so destroyed - Victor on the power of lightning

The blue lake and snow clad mountains, they never change - Elizabeth

The icy wall of the glacier overhung me - Victor

Magnificent scenes afforded me the greatest consolation - Victor

I dared to be happy - Creature after feeling the sensations of nature

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Dangerous Knowledge

A selfish pursuit had cramped and narrowed me - Victor

One mans life or death but were a small price to pay for the acquirement of the knowledge - Walton

The strange system of human society was explained to me - Creature

I learned from your papers that you were my father - Creature

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Doppelgängers

Nearly in the light of my own vampire, my own spirit let loose from the grave - Victor on the creature

Have you drank also of the intoxicating draft? - Victor on Walton

My form is a filthy type of yours - Creature

In Clerval I saw the image of my former self - Victor

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himynameisabbey

Is this for the 1818 edition of Frankenstein? :)

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