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Quotes from books
« on: March 24, 2007, 01:13:23 AM »
Why not mentioning our favourite quotes from a book?
I love quotes so I'm opening this topic with the first paragraph of Jonathan Carroll's White Apples book. Do I recommend the book? Nope, though this quote sounds very beautiful to me and got me reading it 'til the end.

"Patience never wants Wonder to enter the house: because Wonder is a wretched guest. It uses all of you but is not careful with what is most fragile or irreplaceable. If it breaks you, it shrugs and moves on. Without asking, Wonder often brings along dubious friends: doubt, jealousy, greed. Together they take over; rearrange the furniture in every one of your rooms for their own comfort. They speak odd languages but make no attempt to translate for you. They cook strange meals in your heart that leave odd tastes and smells. When they finally go are you happy or miserable? Patience is always left holding the broom."

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Re: Quotes from books
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2007, 05:13:55 AM »
"I was bringing the Master as backup.  It was like carrying a thermonuclear device to kill ants.  Overkill has always been a speciality of mine."

Anita Blake from The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton

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Re: Quotes from books
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2007, 05:14:18 PM »
If I were to have a favorite quote, it would have to be my own which shows as my signature beneath all of my posts. Perhaps this is narcicisstic of me, but I like my own stuff better than most others.

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Re: Quotes from books
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2007, 03:00:12 AM »
He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves?
Friedrich Nietzsche

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Re: Quotes from books
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2007, 08:29:26 AM »
One of my favourite authors ever, Roland Barthes, from A Lover's Discourse "To try to write love is to confront the muck of language: that region of hysteria where language is both too much and too little"

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Re: Quotes from books
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2007, 05:13:00 AM »
- "Remember -- that which does not kill us can only make us stronger."
- "And that which does kill us leaves us dead!"

    -- (Terry Pratchett, Carpe Jugulum)

In almost every book of Terry Pratchett's I have found some quote or scene I have fallen love with.  Right now that is the qoute that sticks in my head.

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Re: Quotes from books
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2007, 06:29:12 AM »
- "Remember -- that which does not kill us can only make us stronger."
- "And that which does kill us leaves us dead!"

    -- (Terry Pratchett, Carpe Jugulum)

In almost every book of Terry Pratchett's I have found some quote or scene I have fallen love with.  Right now that is the qoute that sticks in my head.

I'm afraid the first quote is actually a Friedrich Nietzsche's sentence.
 

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Re: Quotes from books
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2007, 09:15:53 AM »
BA is right of course.

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Re: Quotes from books
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2007, 12:45:12 PM »
I know that, but it's a good example of what Pratchett does with the language.  Many times he takes a familiar quote and come back with a witty response or turns it on it's end.

Earlier he wrote "They stared into the abyss, which didn't stare back."  Which is another Nietzsche quote twisted ie: "If you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."
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Re: Quotes from books
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2007, 12:37:36 AM »
I know that, but it's a good example of what Pratchett does with the language.  Many times he takes a familiar quote and come back with a witty response or turns it on it's end.

Earlier he wrote "They stared into the abyss, which didn't stare back."  Which is another Nietzsche quote twisted ie: "If you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."

This second quote makes sense (he played with a Nietzsche quote). As far as the first, he didn't play with the language. He just wrote Nietzsche sentence without mentioning the source. That's not playing. I have the feeling many readers will think it's Pratchett's doing.  :doh:

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Re: Quotes from books
« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2009, 05:18:23 PM »
I know of no one who doesn't love this one:

"The leading thief glared at the solid stone that had swallowed Mort, and then threw down his knife. 'Well, ----me,' he said. 'A ----ing wizard. I HATE ----ing wizards!' 'You shouldn't ---- them, then,' muttered one of his henchmen, effortlessly pronouncing a row of dashes. "
- Terry Pratchett, "Mort: A Discworld Novel"

An this one is absolutely hilarious:

"You can't trample infidels when you're a tortoise. I mean, all you could do is give them a meaningful look."
- Terry Pratchett , “Small Gods”
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Re: Quotes from books
« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2009, 08:36:09 AM »
"A Dove, she is not, she is more like the hawk" - Milosh, The Ravening by Dawn Thompson.

 

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Re: Quotes from books
« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2009, 05:03:40 AM »
I know of no one who doesn't love this one:

"The leading thief glared at the solid stone that had swallowed Mort, and then threw down his knife. 'Well, ----me,' he said. 'A ----ing wizard. I HATE ----ing wizards!' 'You shouldn't ---- them, then,' muttered one of his henchmen, effortlessly pronouncing a row of dashes. "
- Terry Pratchett, "Mort: A Discworld Novel"

An this one is absolutely hilarious:

You can't trample infidels when you're a tortoise. I mean, all you could do is give them a meaningful look.
- Terry Pratchett , “Small Gods”

Ok, I'm going to a bookstore to find Terry Pratchett.
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Re: Quotes from books
« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2009, 07:53:53 PM »
 "...Jesus. That's horrible. I know it is. But I can't help it. When I see someone looking I can't help but think "That's right, lady."


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Re: Quotes from books
« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2009, 01:32:02 PM »
 It's been so long since I've read a book that I'm not sure I could anymore. *<:)
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