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#1 User is offline   Whisperzzzzzzz 

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 03:35 PM

I'm surprised we don't have a dedicated thread for this already. Share your favorite quotes, poems, paragraphs, passages, dialogue, and so on here.

Include the book name and author. Label potential spoilers!
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Posted 21 October 2018 - 03:37 PM

A simple one to start:

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He stumbled, and those who were not gods helped him walk to along the road.


The Word For World Is Forest, Le Guin

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 03:49 PM

Simpsons did it!
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Posted 22 October 2018 - 08:20 AM

Aral Vorkosigan to Miles in A Civil Campaign:


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Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself. There is no more hollow feeling than to stand with your honor shattered at your feet while soaring public reputation wraps you in rewards. That's soul-destroying. The other way around is merely very, very irritating. Guard your honor. Let your reputation fall where it will. And outlive the bastards.

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Posted 22 October 2018 - 09:19 AM

LOTR - there's so many potentially, but this has always been one of my favourites (and I do love this whole sequence in the films, from here through the Ride of the Rohirrim. Still makes me well up a bit.

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And in that very moment, away behind in some courtyard of the City, a cock crowed. Shrill and clear he crowed, recking nothing of wizardry or war, welcoming only the morning that in the sky far above the shadows of death was coming with the dawn.

And as if in answer there came from far away another note. Horns, horns, horns. In dark Mindolluin's sides they dimly echoed. Great horns of the North wildly blowing. Rohan had come at last.

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- Wyrd bið ful aræd -
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Posted 22 October 2018 - 05:57 PM

Here is an entire page of Harry Dresden quotes. https://www.goodread...g/harry-dresden



Do not click unless you have time to read all 228 of them.

You're warned welcome.
CHASE: Paw Patrol is ready for action Mr Pust sir!
PUST: *pauses ranting* What does that mean?
ZUMA: It means let's dive in, dude!
PUST: What? What is a dude? WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?????
-The Malazan Book of the Paw Patrol
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Posted 22 October 2018 - 07:50 PM

""Relaxed and ready, he waits for me to start the Walk: the long slow measuring stroll where we both psych ourselves into the killing zone. He knows there has to be a Walk; he knows I have a profound respect for tradition."
— Caine, Blade of Tyshalle, Matt Stover.
CHASE: Paw Patrol is ready for action Mr Pust sir!
PUST: *pauses ranting* What does that mean?
ZUMA: It means let's dive in, dude!
PUST: What? What is a dude? WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?????
-The Malazan Book of the Paw Patrol
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Posted 22 October 2018 - 08:13 PM

View PostMacros, on 21 October 2018 - 03:49 PM, said:


^ Macros posted it in a particularly obscure fashion, but this is the link to the original quote thread.
"Here is light. You will say that it is not a living entity, but you miss the point that it is more, not less. Without occupying space, it fills the universe. It nourishes everything, yet itself feeds upon destruction. We claim to control it, but does it not perhaps cultivate us as a source of food? May it not be that all wood grows so that it can be set ablaze, and that men and women are born to kindle fires?"
―Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
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Posted 23 October 2018 - 07:17 AM

+rep if you can get the quote that the link was nested in
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Posted 23 October 2018 - 07:40 AM

I have so many stored on my kindle. Mostly from the Aubrey/Maturin series, as they are so perfectly worded. Some from Shogun, some from Neil Gaiman, plus all the others I haven't recorded.

As true then as now...

"Everyone knows that on a large scale democracy is pernicious nonsense – a country or even a county cannot be run by a self-seeking parcel of tub-thumping politicians working on popular emotion, rousing the mob."

The Yellow Admiral - Patrick O'Brian.

Oh and one more...

Stephen said, ‘There is another Frenchman whose name escapes me but who is even more to the point: La bêtise c’est de vouloir conclure. The conventional ending, with virtue rewarded and loose ends tied up is often sadly chilling; and its platitude and falsity tend to infect what has gone before, however excellent. Many books would be far better without their last chapter: or at least with no more than a brief, cool, unemotional statement of the outcome.’"

This post has been edited by Traveller: 23 October 2018 - 07:02 PM

So that's the story. And what was the real lesson? Don't leave things in the fridge.
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Posted 23 October 2018 - 12:42 PM

View PostMacros, on 23 October 2018 - 07:17 AM, said:

+rep if you can get the quote that the link was nested in


South Park of course!
In the language of flowers corn stands for trust.
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Posted 30 October 2018 - 01:12 PM

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This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain...[T]o praise despair is to condemn delight, to embrace violence is to lose hold of everything else. We have almost lost hold; we can no longer describe a happy man, nor make any celebration of joy.


The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas, Ursula K. Le Guin

After hearing about this story my entire life, I've only just read it — this is probably the first story I can recall that was spoiled for me long in advance of my consumption. That is to my detriment, as the impact of the story's central question was that of a feather instead of a bombshell. Still, the above-quoted section stood out to me as being ever-relevant and incisive.

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 04:37 PM

"I must not fear. Fear is the mindkiller. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
Dune


"If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever."
1984

"They train young men to drop fire on people. But their commanders won't allow them to write 'fuck' on their airplanes because it is obscene."
Apocalypse Now

"The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which."
Animal Farm
She went and she left me like litter. She took all future summers with her. I lost all my money cuz I tried to bribe her. Now I can only afford an amateur sniper.
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Posted 12 November 2018 - 05:32 AM

Very early in my first Malazan re-read and this gem from GotM was particularly ... snort-worthy:

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'Tell me, Tool, what dominates your thoughts?'
The Imass shrugged before replying.
'I think of futility, Adjunct.'
'Do all Imass think about futility?'
'No. Few think at all.'
'Why is that?'
The Imass leaned his head to one side and regarded her.
'Because Adjunct, it is futile.'

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