Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Top Ten Quotes
- Enfield, describing Hyde to Utterson, "There is something wrong with his appearance; something displeasing, something downright detestable."
- Utterson, speaking to himself, "If he be Mr. Hyde, I shall be Mr. Seek."
- Jekyll, reassuring Utterson, "The moment I choose, I can be rid of Mr. Hyde."
- Lanyon’s letter to Utterson, "...like a man restored from death— there stood Henry Jekyll."
- Jekyll’s letter to Utterson, "Hence it came about that I concealed my pleasures; and that when I reached years of reflection, and began to look round me, and take stock of my progress and position in the world, I stood already committed to a profound duplicity of life."
- Jekyll’s letter to Utterson, describing Hyde, "...they were the expression, and bore the stamp, of lower elements in my soul."
- Jekyll describing his fascination with Hyde, "It seemed natural and human. In my eyes it bore a livelier image of the spirit, it seemed more express and single, than the imperfect and divided countenance I had been hitherto accustomed to call mine."
- Jekyll, reflecting on mankind, "All human beings... are commingled out of good and evil."
- Jekyll, highlighting his lack of control over Hyde, "I was slowly losing hold of my original and better self, and becoming slowly incorporated with my second and worse."
- Jekyll, continuing his description of his own desire to be Hyde, "...and it was as an ordinary secret sinner that I at last fell before the assaults of temptation."