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Do you underline, highlight, or in some way mark your favorite lines?

yes - easier to find them later
yes - I usually mark books when I read so marking favorite lines is just part of the deal
no - writing in a book is desecrating a book
no - I don't usually find passages that I find worth marking
sometimes - only if it's really good
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Postby Chaos9 » Tue Jan 01, 2008 7:13 pm UTC

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of The Rings wrote:There are whole chapters of stuff before you ever got here!

Bilbo said this during the council of Elrond, commenting on Frodo's journy. I've always found dialect that hints that their entire world is a book amusing...and the fact that there ARE whole chapters of stuff beforehand makes it even more halarious.
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby fjafjan » Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:27 pm UTC

The Bible wrote:The Last shall be the First
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby cORilliEN » Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:30 pm UTC

Orson Scott Card wrote:I think it's impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves

Douglas Adams wrote:"My capacity for happiness," he added, "you could fit into a matchbox without taking out the matches first"

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby ASmileWithoutACat » Wed Jan 30, 2008 2:15 am UTC

Ok, so quotes first:
Spoiler'd for excessive length.
Dialogue only- the whole thing is a bit large
Lewis Carroll wrote:"By-the-bye, what became of the baby? I'd nearly forgotten to ask."
"It turned into a pig."
"I thought it would."

Agatha Christie wrote:All his life, so to speak, he had sat in the stalls watching various dramas of human nature unfold before him. His role had always been that of the onlooker.

Jack Vance wrote:They were gay, these people of waning Earth, feverishly merry, for the infinite night was close at hand, when the red sun should finally flicker and go black.

Charlotte Brontë wrote:"Reason sits firm and holds the reins; the passions may rage; desire may imagine wonderful things: but judgement shall have the last word in every argument. Strong wind, earthquake-shock, and fire may pass by, but she shall follow that small voice called reason."

The Producers wrote:"My life is flashing before my eyes... [nostalgia goes here]... Wait a minute. My name's not Alvin. That's not my life. Someone else's life is flashing before my eyes. What the hell is that about?"
Not a book, but I imagine something like this happening to me.
There is also one (but I can't find my copy of the book) from Fahrenheit 451, which I seem to vaguely recall. Something Clarisse said about dandelions.
And, of course, my sig. The third line, although the first two are a quote as well, I suppose. If anybody knows who wrote the last line, I will be pleasantly surprised. If they can also name the book... I will be surprised, impressed, and I will hand out points. Points redeemable for... ummm... ahh... for the world of your choosing. You supply the purple lizard and the dream machine.

Just to weigh in on the great debate: I chose desecration, but... eh. Just a personal quirk- I once tried to read Dracula and take notes, but I got tired of it after the first few diary entries (the notes, not the novel), and it gave me this odd creepy feeling. Worse than I usually get from that book, I mean.
Also, upon re-reading before posting, "I chose desecration, but... eh. Just a personal quirk" strikes me as one of the odder things I have said.

And for a couple of mentions of the Young Wizards books earlier- THANK GOD. I was beginning to wonder if those existed outside my own head. This despite the fact that I own copies of the first trilogy/omnibus thing and a couple of the others. Lovely books, and the depiction of Michael at the end of the third book, I believe it was, still sticks in my head.
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby grant » Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:05 am UTC

samuel beckett:
The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.

it is at once melancholic, and humorous, in that the sentence itself is a 'new' way of saying the ancient words of Ecclesiastes "there is nothing new under the sun"
Beckett is a must read.

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby cephalopod9 » Wed Jan 30, 2008 6:03 am UTC

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby xndrew » Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:18 am UTC

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Kabann » Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:33 am UTC

I find it most remarkable that there are some people out there who get honest-to-goodness angry that other people don't write in books. I for one would never write in one of my books. I've never met anyone who looks at my books and says, "these all look too clean, you must not really read as much as you say you do."

For the record, I didn't make notes in my textbooks when I was in school, either, nor did I take notes while I was reading. I know there are lots of people who try to promote that as "necessary studying technique" but I think it's all bullshit. Don't tell people how to read, or what they should be doing when they read, it's only to try to sell people your own book anyway. The way I always saw it, if you aren't interested in it enough to retain what you read, or hear, or see, then it's not necessarily something you wanted to learn anyway.

Does anyone watch a movie while recording their comments along with it, so that if they ever watch the movie again they have to listen to what they were thinking the first time? (Seriously, if anyone does that, that's... odd.) When I read a book, it's for enjoyment. I don't need to keep a record of every word or phrase or concept that stood out. When I'm done with it, I felt it. Just like my life, I don't keep a play-by-play transcript, just memories. If I like the book, I'll read it again one day.

All that being said, a line that stood out for me, From Guy Gavriel Kay's Tigana, and I'm trying to quote it as accurately as I can:

Her heart was a wounded thing; a bird with one wing only, fluttering in small circles to the ground.
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Non Serviam » Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:38 pm UTC

Sometimes I write in books - I finished Helen DeWitt's "The Last Samurai" recently, and I had to look lots of things up - Greek and Japanese words, mostly - and I wrote them in the margins so I could understand on a re-read. Otherwise, I try to copy my favourite bits down in my notebook.

e.g. In Vladimir Nabokov's "Pale Fire", a reference is made to Rabelais, who calls death "le grand peut-être" (the great maybe). In the book, a character calls it the Grand Potato.
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Marlowe » Thu Jan 31, 2008 1:26 pm UTC

Kurt Vonnegut wrote:American planes, full of holes and wounded men and corpses, took off backwards from an airfield in England. Over France, a few German fighter planes flew at them backwards, sucked bullets and shell fragments from some of the planes and crewmen. . . .The bombers opened their bomb-bay doors, exerted a miraculous magnetism which shrunk the fires, gathered them into cylindrical steel containers, and lifted the containers into the bellies of the planes. The Germans below had miraculous devices of their own, which were long steel tubes. They used them to suck more fragments from the crewmen and planes.
When the bombers got back to their base, the steel cylinders were taken from the racks and shipped back to the United States of America, where factories were operating night and day, dismantling the cylinders, separating the dangerous contents into minerals. Touchingly, it was mainly women who did this work. The minerals were then shipped to specialists in remote areas. It was their business to put them into the ground, to hide them cleverly, so they would never hurt anybody ever again.

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Firnagzen » Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:25 pm UTC

Terry Pratchett, like Douglas Adams, is infinitely quotable. They're fairly comparable, really, except that Terry Pratchett pokes fun at our world while Douglas Adams headed off at a tangent to reality. He got sucked down a black hole somewhere, probably.

Let's see.

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There were a few seconds for the troll (Detritus) to work out the spelling, a distant heavy thud, a sound like a swarm of hellish bees, and then a crash of tiles and masonry. Pieces of tile rained down on the square. An entire chimney, still with a wisp of smoke coming from it, smashed down a few yards from where Vimes was standing.

My god, Detritus, that's not a bow. That's a national emergency.

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Felstaff » Thu Feb 07, 2008 2:09 pm UTC

I noticed a lot (read: majority) of people have voted for the "writing in a book is desecrating a book" option.

I, on the contrary, have a ...contrary...opinion. I think writing in a book is absolutely magical. I used to be of the ilk that would never let a book get damaged, such as only opening large tomes slightly to preserve the spine and prevent the cripple-line that runs vertically down once you get into the meat of it.

But no more! I believe a well-read book should look like it has been well-read. Otherwise, you get the impression the book's been bought at a store and left on a shelf. It's like people who buy sports cars and don't drive them--just leave them to rot, hidden away in garages.

I rarely have a pen or bookmark to hand, so I make noticeable folds in the page at the top as a bookmark, and at the bottom when there's a particularly juicy quote I'd like to come back to. I fold the page right in so the corner points directly at the quote.

My favourite lines have to be the ending lines to Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Armitage Trail's Scarface. I also love memorable literary techniques, such as DBC Pierre's use of the word "stuss-tistically" by the cop in Vernon God Little. Also a few of Gandalf's pearls of wisdom in a battered old copy of Fellowship of the Ring have got the folding-page treatment.

"A battered book, ironically, is a well-loved book" ~~Now there's a good quote. And it's by me.
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby rjlupin » Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:29 pm UTC

I ca'n't believe there are no Earthsea quotes yet!

Only in silence, the word; only in dark, the light; only in dying, life: bright the hawk's flight on the empty sky

Look at this land; look about you. This is your kingdom, the kingdom of life. This is your immortality. Look at the hills, the mortal hills. They do not endure forever. The hills with the living grass on them, and the streams of water running . . . In all the world, in all the worlds, in all the immensity of time, there is no other like each of those streams, rising cold out of the earth where no eye sees it, running through the sunlight and the darkness to the sea. Deep are the springs of being, deeper than life, than death . . .

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Midnight » Wed Feb 13, 2008 10:51 pm UTC

"you're a good officer, milo"
"i'm not an officer, sir"
"you're a good officer, milo"
"yes, sir"

i do beleive that's how it goes between Major ---- De Coverly and Milo... catch 22
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Allium Cepa » Fri Feb 15, 2008 2:13 am UTC

Perhaps we all give the best of our hearts uncritically to those who hardly think about us in return. - T.H. White, from The Once and Future King. One of my all time favorite quotes and books.
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby protocoach » Sat Feb 16, 2008 7:37 am UTC

Terry Pratchett wrote:It made you want to kick down walls and ascend the sky on steps of fire. It made you want to pull all the switches and throw all the levers and stick your fingers in the electric socket of the Universe to see what happened next. - Soul Music

I love the Discworld series, but most of it isn't super quotable. This is my favorite "quotable line". My favorite line, period, is, "You're using weakness as a weapon against me. That's not fair." Which isn't funny at all, unless you've read the whole discussion between Brutha and Om that precedes it.
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby ZZCat13 » Tue Feb 19, 2008 6:51 am UTC

The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan. This is one of the few books I don't have anything underlined in, because if I had started I would have had to highlight the entire book.

But...if I had to pick only a couple quotes, here would be the two:

An extraterrestrial being, newly arrived on Earth - scrutinizing what we mainly present to our children in television, radio, movies, newspapers, magazines, the comics, and many books - might easily conclude that we are intent on teaching them murder, rape, cruelty, superstition, credulity, and consumerism. We keep at it, and through constant repetition many of them finally get it. What kind of society could we create if, instead, we drummed into them science and a sense of hope?

And, after a chapter on the U.S. Constitution and the founding fathers:

They (Jefferson, Washington, etc.) attempted to set a course for the United States into the far future - not so much by establishing laws as by setting limits on what kinds of laws could be passed.
The Constitution and its Bill of Rights have done remarkably well, constituting, despite human weakness, a machine able, more often than not, to correct its own trajectory.
At that time, there were only about two and a half million citizens of the United States. Today there are about a hundred times more. So if there were ten people of the caliber of Thomas Jefferson then, there ought to be 10x100=1,000 Thomas Jeffersons today.
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby lesliesage » Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:02 pm UTC

Elizabeth Moon, in The Speed of Dark, wrote:By now I am finding the long sentences and complicated syntax much easier to understand. They are not linear but stacked or radial. I wish someone had taught me that in the first place. The information the authors want to convey is organized logically. It reads like something I might have written. It is strange to think that someone like me might write a chapter in a book on brain functionality. Do I sound like a textbook when I talk? Is that what Dr. Fornum means by "stilted language"? I always imagined performers in gaudy costumes on stilts dancing above the crowd when she said that.

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby lesliesage » Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:06 pm UTC

in Tradition, Joey Comeau wrote:"Did you know that Sicily is older than I am?" she said.
I shook my head, and she nodded.
"My mother gave him to me," she said. "The first time I got Shark Week, she kicked in the bathroom door, screaming and yelling. Already I was terrified, blood everywhere. But my mother made it so much worse. She was wearing this horrible wooden mask, and I had no idea what was going on. She screamed words I didn't understand and she punched me in the face."
My mother was smiling as she told the story. I sniffed a little and laughed.
"I thought I went deaf," my mother said. "Everything was quiet, and all of a sudden I could see Sicily, my mother's tattoo, moving around on her skin. My mother was still yelling, I think, but I couldn't hear her. I could only see her lips move. Sicily was hissing and I was crying. When he jumped onto me, I passed out. When I woke up, my mother was sitting by my bed and sobbing. She just kept saying 'You're a woman, now,' over and over again."
"Grandma did this?" I said.
"She had this crazy idea that magic needed rituals," my mother said. "We weren't Native American, we had no Indian blood, but she went out and bought this insane wooden mask. She bought a bunch of feathers and arrowheads. Anything she could find. She didn't understand that we were just magic anyway. She needed to fit it into some system. Come on get up," My mom helped me up to my feet. She finished tying my shoes.
"Where are we going?" I said.
"We're going for a drive to the desert," my mother said. She pulled the door open and we walked out to the car. "I'm going to punch you in the face and you're going to be a man."

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Malbert » Sat Mar 22, 2008 8:38 am UTC

in Cannery Row, John Steinbeck wrote:And it is also generally understood that a party hardly ever goes the way it is planned or intended. This last, of course, excludes those dismal slave parties, whipped and controlled and dominated, given by ogreish professional hostesses. These are not parties at all but acts and demonstrations, about as spontaneous as peristalsis and as interesting as its end product.

When I first read it I had to look up peristalsis. I laughed.
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby __Kit » Sat Mar 22, 2008 9:11 am UTC

For some reason this stuck out to me in "On the road"

"What's your road man?-holyboy road, madman road, rainbow road, guppy road, any road. It's an anywhere road for anybody anyhow. Where body how?"

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby lesliesage » Thu Mar 27, 2008 4:05 am UTC

In "Full House," a story in Dress your Family in Corderoy and Denim, David Sedaris wrote:My father favored a chair in the basement, but my mother was apt to lie down anywhere, waking with carpet burns on her face or the pattern of the sofa embossed into the soft flesh of her upper arms. It was sort of embarrassing. She might sleep for eight hours a day, but they were never consecutive hours and they involved no separate outfit. For Christmas we would give her nightgowns, hoping she might take the hint. "They're for bedtime," we'd say, and she'd look at us strangely, as if, like the moment of one's death, the occasion of sleep was too incalculable to involve any real preparation.

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby uildaan » Fri Mar 28, 2008 2:57 pm UTC

This isn't a quote but the titles of books in a series (specifically cities in flight by James Blish)

-They shall have stars
-A life for the stars
-Earthman, come home
-The Triumph of time

I'm not sure exactly why but just the list of the books speaks to me and points a way to a future where exploration and adventure are important concepts once again

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In response to all this discussion about writing in books

Postby Marlon » Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:53 pm UTC

I saw a good quote somewhere (I don't remember where, or the exact words) that said you’re never alone when you have a book. With a book, you’ve always got a friend. So why would you want to write on it? You don’t tattoo annotations onto your friends while they’re sleeping.

Back to the titular topic, I think that Daniel Handler's Horseradish holds some of the best quotes ever.

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Generic Protoplasm » Sat Mar 29, 2008 4:00 am UTC

Two good ones:

J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye wrote:I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes.

Orson Scott Card, Xenocide wrote:Maybe we're the fools, for thinking we know things. Maybe humans are the only ones who can deal with the fact that nothing can ever be known at all.
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Arsin » Sat Mar 29, 2008 7:09 am UTC

Gene Wolfe, The Shadow of the Torturer

'We believe that we invent symbols. The truth is that they invent us; we are their creatures, shaped by their hard, defining edges. When soldiers take their oath they are given a coin, an asimi stamped with the profile of the Autarch. Their acceptance of that coin is their acceptance of the special duties and burdens of military life - they are soldiers from that moment, though they may know nothing of the management of arms. I did not know that then, but it is a profound mistake to believe that we must know of such things to be influenced by them, and in fact to believe so is to believe in the most debased and superstitious kind of magic. The would-be sorcerer alone has faith in the efficacy of pure knowledge; rational people know that things act of themselves or not at all.'

David Foster Wallace, Incarnations of Burned Children

'... But by then it was too late, when it wouldn't stop and they couldn't make it the child had learned to leave himself and watch the whole rest unfold from a point overhead, and whatever was lost never thenceforth mattered, and the child's body expanded and walked about and drew pay and lived its life untenanted, a thing among things, its self's soul so much vapor aloft, falling as rain and then rising, the sun up and down like a yoyo.'

Joey Comeau, Lockpick Pornography

'Three blocks later I come across a little girl on her way home from school. "Hey kid," I say. "Did you know that if you grow up gay, your mommy and daddy won't have to die?" She looks at me for a minute, and I smile and stagger a little bit. "The instant you let a boy put his cock in you," I say, "Your mommy's name gets written down on God's list of people who have to die. Your daddy gets written down on the devil's list." She starts to run away and I shout after her "You're going to murder your parents you little straight slut!"

For a second I worry what if she wasn't straight? I just assumed that she was. But then she's got nothing to worry about, does she? Her parents will be fine.'
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Nimz » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:30 pm UTC

Generic Protoplasm wrote:
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye wrote:I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes.
Wait, you mean to say that quote didn't come from Ghost in the Shell: 1st GIG?

I kid! I kid! Just because I haven't read any Salinger doesn't mean I don't know that's where that quote comes from. Anyway, for ontopicness,
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I am always about in the Quad
And that's why the tree
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Valthonis » Sun Mar 30, 2008 6:48 pm UTC

I don't write in books, I don't find there is enough room to write everything I want to when I feel the need. I have a few notebooks and text files which I will take an idea or passage from the book and expand on it. I love books a lot, one thing I enjoy as much as reading books are sharing those books with others. I feel anything I might write in the books might influence how my friends and co-workers interpret the story. Each time a book or story is read, it should be a totally new experience.

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Peregrin » Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:44 am UTC

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote:Youth is like having a big plate of candy. Sentimentalists think they want to be in the pure, simple state they were in before they ate the candy. They don’t. They just want the fun of eating it all over again. The matron doesn’t want to repeat her girlhood– she wants to repeat her honeymoon. I don’t want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again.

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote:Just as a cooling pot gives off heat, so all through youth and adolescence we give off calories of virtue. That's what's called ingenuousness....That's why a "good man going wrong" attracts people. They stand around and literally warm themselves at the calories of virtue he gives off. Sarah makes an unsophisticated remark and the faces simper in delight "How innocent the poor child is!" They're warming themselves at her virtue. But Sarah sees the simper and never makes that remark again. Only she feels a little colder after that.

J. D. Salinger wrote:The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.
The Salinger quotation is actually a statement made by Wilhelm Stekel, but I first read it in The Catcher in the Rye.

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby steewi » Thu Apr 03, 2008 12:52 am UTC

I'm not quoting high-brow, but one of the quotes that had the most emotional effect on me was the last sentence of Robin Hobb's three trilogies making up the Realm of the Elderlings:
I am content.

That hit me like a tonne of bricks, that he went through all that just to be content, and it made me feel good that he got there.

Plus the Fool's poem from Fool's Fate:
In that last dance of chances
I shall partner you no more.
I shall watch you twirl another
As you move across the floor.



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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Torvaun » Sun Apr 13, 2008 2:45 pm UTC

I don't read slowly enough to allow myself time to mark the pages. Even if I did, I wouldn't, as the point of reading books is not a treasure hunt of disparate lines. Books are not maps to hidden treasure, to be covered with X's to mark where the best parts are, they are the treasure themselves, and need no marking to display their glory.
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby jakkle » Mon Apr 14, 2008 8:56 pm UTC

i dont usually mark novels - i just remember the quote by rereading it a few times. In compilations of short stories i dogear the ones i particularly like.
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Thadlerian » Fri Apr 18, 2008 5:42 pm UTC

Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass/Northern Lights for the, as they say, win:
Lyra: But... but it en't true, is it? Not true like chemistry or engineering, not that kind of true? There wasn't really an Adam and Eve? (...)

Asriel: (... T)hink of Adam and Eve as an imaginary number, like the square root of minus one: you can never see any concrete proof that it exists, but if you include it in your equations, you can calculate all manner of things that couldn't be imagined without it.

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Postby Fat Tony » Fri Apr 18, 2008 10:40 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:I never write in my books. I have a friend who doesn't use a bookmark, he just folds the pages. I don't get that.

I don't do either; I just remember where I was (which, admittedly, can cause some confusion [and does so rather often really], but usually [especially if it's a new book], the book will open to the last page you were on).
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Meowgan » Sat Apr 19, 2008 2:31 pm UTC

Eeek! I photocopy them instead. Except for my bible, I underline that.

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Dostoevsky » Tue Apr 22, 2008 4:49 am UTC

The Stranger has some of the best lines in it, including the first one:

Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don't know.

and my favorite line ever, which is amazing given the context (our "protagonist" has just killed a man, and is being questioned by an officer. He is very nonchalant about EVERYTHING up until this point):
He struck me as being very reasonable and, overall, quite pleasant, despite a nervous tic which made his mouth twitch now and then. On my way out, i was even going to shake his hand, but just in time, i remembered that i had killed a man.

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

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