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Title: Favorite book quotes
Post by: c-lando on August 28, 2008, 03:07:50 PM
A place to post a line or two that you want to share from your current reads or any all-time favorite quotes that you feel like sharing.
Title: Re: Favorite book quotes
Post by: foolsgold on August 28, 2008, 03:31:12 PM
From Youth: Scenes From Provincial Life II by J.M. Coetzee:

Like Pound and Eliot, he must be prepared to endure all that life has stored up for him, even if that means exile, obscure labour, and obloquy. And if he fails the highest test of art, if it turns out that after all he does not have the blessed gift, then he must be prepared to endure that too: the immovable verdict of history, the fate of being, despite all his present and future sufferings, minor. Many are called, few are chosen. For every major poet a cloud of minor poets, like gnats buzzing around a lion.
Title: Re: Favorite book quotes
Post by: Andrews on August 30, 2008, 03:28:39 PM
From Dermaphoria by Craig Clevenger:
I opened the floodgates and the miles of silence crashed through.
Title: Re: Favorite book quotes
Post by: c-lando on September 03, 2008, 03:41:47 PM
From current read -  TELL ME WHERE IT HURTS by Dr. Nick Trout:

"When the cure for insecurity and meaningful conversation is to slap a cell phone against your ear, hide within your iPod, or tap out a cryptic instant message, is it any wonder that we find comfort and solace in hairy, furry and scaly companions? Far from the sleazy bar scene, blind dates, and Web sites dedicated to finding your soul mate, pets offer a relationship guaranteed free from lies, deception, and infidelity, where silence feels comfortable, where words come easily and unforced, where demands and a need for tolerance are nominal..."
Title: Re: Favorite book quotes
Post by: Dan on September 03, 2008, 04:48:33 PM
Are you saying I should date a pet?
Title: Re: Favorite book quotes
Post by: c-lando on September 04, 2008, 10:11:53 AM
Are you saying I should date a pet?
Yep. Your jar of peanut butter is in the mail.

(I'm going to hell.)
Title: Re: Favorite book quotes
Post by: Cockney Rebel on September 04, 2008, 02:47:59 PM
Are you saying I should date a penthouse pet?

Oh yuss!

(Fix'd for my amusement)
Title: Re: Favorite book quotes
Post by: whigsgeek on September 07, 2008, 06:05:36 PM
From Perfume by Patrick Süskind:

"His heart was a purple castle. It lay in a rock-srrewn desert, concealed by dunes, surrounded by a marshy oasis, and set behind stone walls. It could be reached only from the air. It had a thousand private rooms and a thousand underground chambers and a thousand elegant salons, among them one with a purple sofa when Grenouille--no longer Grenouille the Great, but only the quite private Grenouille, or simply dear little Jean-Baptiste--would recover from the labors of the day."
Title: Re: Favorite book quotes
Post by: c-lando on October 02, 2008, 01:22:36 PM
"In so much as I'd given the matter any thought at all, I'd assumed that dog-loving animal lovers would be nice people, loving animals as they do. I had no considered the possilbe corollary - they keep a dog because they are misanthropic twerps and a dog does not answer back."

Walking Ollie or, Winning the Love of a Difficult Dog - Stephen Foster
Title: Re: Favorite book quotes
Post by: c-lando on January 06, 2011, 03:36:18 PM
From The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley.

"Nina rose up and put her arms around Ptolemy. Again he felt lost in a soft hug. It was like sinking into a warm tub at the end of a hard day."
Title: Re: Favorite book quotes
Post by: vizzah on January 06, 2011, 10:46:53 PM
From Gentleman: The 33 1/3 Series

"Part of the payment (to the attorney) was a big bag of quarters - literally.  Unrolled. ...
Some of them might have come from Earle, who took them from his dad, who did candy machines for a living.  Then we had a bag of quarters in the back of the van to beat somebody in the head with in case they tried to steal our shit. We were fucking classy."
Title: Re: Favorite book quotes
Post by: Dan on January 07, 2011, 10:33:00 AM
From Spike Milligan's book, Vol 1:

Interval. We ditch our instruments and wander into the garden for a leak; finding a bush, we 'ease springs'; these were accompanied by the usual postern blasts, each one greeted with cries of "Good luck" "Fall out the Officers!" "Drink up! mine's a Guinness!"  As eyes became accustomed to the dark, I was horrified! five feet from us, on a garden seat, was Lieutenant Goldsmith and a bird. As we slunk away, he called out, "Thank you gentlemen, and what time is the next performance?"
Title: Re: Favorite book quotes
Post by: rva on January 07, 2011, 10:47:28 AM
From The Ask: A Novel by Sam Lipsyte

I'd become one of those mistakes you sometimes find in an office, a not unpleasant but mostly unproductive presence bobbing along on the energy tides of others, a walking reminder of somebody's error in judgment.
Title: Re: Favorite book quotes
Post by: c-lando on January 07, 2011, 11:23:31 AM
From The Ask: A Novel by Sam Lipsyte

I'd become one of those mistakes you sometimes find in an office, a not unpleasant but mostly unproductive presence bobbing along on the energy tides of others, a walking reminder of somebody's error in judgment.
Love this!
Title: Re: Favorite book quotes
Post by: c-lando on August 21, 2013, 03:21:15 PM
From "Little Green" by Walter Mosley:

"He took a pack of Lucky Strikes from his breast pocket, teased out a cigarette, and lit it with the one he was smoking. He leaned over and placed the new cigarette between my lips. This intimate gesture reminded me of family. I inhaled deeply, grateful for that brief moment of feeling."

Title: Re: Favorite book quotes
Post by: Jen on August 29, 2013, 12:51:47 PM
I am going to break the "rules" of this thread; I am going to quote a passage.  :o

I couldn't pick one or sentences out of this if I tried, it all goes together to create pure poetry. From Something Wicked This Way Comes-Ray Bradbury.

What could he say that might make sense to them? Could he say love was, above all, common cause, shared experience? That was the vital cement, wasn't it? Could he say how he felt about their all being here tonight on this wild world running around a big sun which fell through a bigger space falling through yet vaster immensities of space, maybe toward and maybe away from Something? Could he say: we share this billion-mile-an-hour ride. We have common cause against the night. You start with little common causes. Why love the boy in a March field with his kite braving the sky? Because our fingers burn with the hot string singeing our hands. Why love some girl viewed from a train, bent to a country well? The tongue remembers iron water cool on some long lost noon. Why weep at strangers dead by the road? They resemble friends unseen in forty years. Why laugh when clowns are hit by pies? We taste custard, we taste life. Why love the woman who is your wife? Her nose breathes in the air of a world that I know; therefore I love that nose. Her ears hear music I might sing half the night through; therefore I love her ears. Her eyes delight in seasons of the land; and so I love those eyes. Her tongue knows quince, peach, chokeberry, mint and lime; I love to hear it speaking. Because her flesh knows heat, cold, affliction, I know fire, snow, and pain. Shared and once again shared experience. Billions of prickling textures. Cut one sense away, cut part of life away. Cut two senses; life halves itself on the instant. We love what we know, we love what we are. Common cause, common cause, common cause of mouth, eye, ear, tongue, hand, nose, flesh, heart, and soul.
Title: Re: Favorite book quotes
Post by: c-lando on August 29, 2013, 01:13:37 PM
I am going to break the "rules" of this thread; I am going to quote a passage.  :o
Rules?
Where we're reading, we don't need "RULES".
Title: Re: Favorite book quotes
Post by: foolsgold on August 29, 2013, 01:18:27 PM
What the heck.  Written by Paul Auster from Here and Now:

One of the reasons why I remain so attached to baseball after all these years is the very thing you write about in your letter: the frequency of losing, the inevitability of failure.  A look at the standings in this morning's paper shows that the team with the best record this season has 58 wins and 34 losses- which computes to a 63% success rate, meaning that the strongest team out of thirty has gone home frustrated 37% of the time.

Baseball seasons are very long - 162 games- and each team goes through its ups and downs over the course of that six month stretch: slumps and streaks, injuries, painful losses that turn on a single crucial play, unexpected last second victories.  Unlike boxing-which is always do or die- baseball is do and die, and even when you do die, you must crawl out of your coffin the next day and give it your best shot again.  It is for this reason that steadiness of temper is so highly valued in baseball.  Shrug off defeats, take victories in stride, without undue exaltation.  The common wisdom is that baseball mirrors life- in that it teaches you to take the good with the bad.  Most other sports tend to mirror war.
Title: Re: Favorite book quotes
Post by: Jen on August 29, 2013, 01:47:14 PM
I am going to break the "rules" of this thread; I am going to quote a passage.  :o
Rules?
Where we're reading, we don't need "RULES".

Don't ruin it for me...I was trying to be a badass.  ;D

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Title: Re: Favorite book quotes
Post by: Zafer Kaya on August 29, 2013, 02:01:56 PM
Here's another Sam Lypsite quote, this is from The Fun Parts:

Ondine, an old beauty with hair the color of metallic marmalade, was historically attuned to her daughter’s fecklessness. She took pity, rented me a unit in a shingle-stripped Victorian she owned in Ypsilanti, let me slide on the rent until I found a job. I never did, but she seemed satisfied to visit a few times a week for my attentions. She called my style of lovemaking “poignant.”
Title: Re: Favorite book quotes
Post by: daytime drinking on September 10, 2013, 08:28:48 PM
i do like that one zafer.  i might have to check out this sam.  my favorite quote is from a short story by oscar wilde entitled the remarkable rocket.  "i am so clever that sometimes i don't understand a single word of what i'm saying." 

and this from faulkner, the sound and the fury.  "his mother came down in a hired auto, in a fur suit like an arctic explorer's, and saw him off in a twenty-five mile wind and a steady drove of ice floes like dirty sheep.  ever since then i have believed that god is not only a gentleman and a sport; he is a kentukian too." 
Title: Re: Favorite book quotes
Post by: Zafer Kaya on September 19, 2013, 11:30:58 AM
 "I understand that we're obligated, as humans, to share what we see and know. And that all knowledge must be democratically accessible."

"It's the natural state of information to be free."

"Right."

"We all have a right to know everything we can. We all collectively own the accumulated knowledge of the world."

"Right," Mae said. "So what happens if I deprive anyone or everyone of something I know? Aren't I stealing from my fellow humans?"

"Indeed," Bailey said, nodding earnestly....

"Privacy is theft.'"
Title: Re: Favorite book quotes
Post by: daytime drinking on January 10, 2014, 10:48:11 AM
"not even the occult power of the moonlight could rob him of his reality in my eyes."  i've been reading lord jim by joseph conrad for quite some time now and it's phrases like this that make me pause, think, and reread. 
Title: Re: Favorite book quotes
Post by: foolsgold on May 30, 2014, 09:17:31 AM
"How embarrassing, not only having to submit to bodily functions out in the open, but to have the woman she'd just shared the hottest ever make-out session witness it."

from the Lambda award winning book Dying to Live by Kim Baldwin and Xenia Alexiou

Title: Re: Favorite book quotes
Post by: c-lando on March 25, 2016, 10:22:44 AM
"The rooster was hoarse in his old age, his crow no more than a whisper.
But at least that motherfucker tried."

from "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" by Walter Mosley
Title: Re: Favorite book quotes
Post by: c-lando on May 30, 2017, 04:02:48 PM
The imagery of this passage clings to me...

"On the flying bridge the smells are even stronger, trying to draw me out of myself. Salt and mint and fish and wind, mingled with diesel. My arms and legs relax, as if they are made of moss. I used to pretend my parents found me in the rain forest, a magical creature born of spongy muskeg and old man's beard. It seems almost possible now as I spin around a couple times, trying to get my sea legs, feeling the rhythm of the boat making its own dance."

- "The Smell of Other People's Houses" - Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock