Bookworm or not, you can't help but enjoy these black and white illustrations of literary quotes by Evan Robertson. The New York-based graphic designer has taken some of the cleverest lines written by famous authors such as William Faulkner and Oscar Wilde and turned them into wonderful posters. These literature-inspired fine art illustrations are currently being sold on Etsy under the name Obvious State.

Robertson would see a "little jewel of a sentence" and he'd underline it. Then, he would take those "snippets of text and ideas" and "let the words be a springboard for an illustration." As he told Huffington Post, "The illustrations incorporate and interact with the text and hopefully add up to something that engages the mind as much as the eye."

Here are 12 of our favorites. May these timeless words inspire you today and always.

Update: Check out more clever illustrations in Part II of this story.

Obvious State on Etsy
via [Quipsologies], [Huffington Post]

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    very nice collection

  • thanks a lot, that was fast :)

  • Yes, Iljan! You can purchase them at Etsy. Here's the link:

  • Is there existing prints for sale?
    I'd like to get some of these...

  • Your quotes are so true, I can remember few moments when I thought exactly of few of the these quotes ... we can discuss some of these moments on the link above...

  • I really like your work. The quotes combined with the illustrations work well. Have you ever considered transferring your work to tee-shirts? I do not mean to offend you, but the artwork and quotes are really cool.

  • They're all great, but I love the first quote.

  • Love these! Such truth to all of these.

  • I'm going (Oscar) Wilde for these posters!
    I couldn't resist the pun...

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