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c-lando

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Favorite book quotes
« 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.
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Re: Favorite book quotes
« Reply #1 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.
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Re: Favorite book quotes
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2008, 03:28:39 PM »

From Dermaphoria by Craig Clevenger:
I opened the floodgates and the miles of silence crashed through.
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Re: Favorite book quotes
« Reply #3 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..."
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Re: Favorite book quotes
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2008, 04:48:33 PM »

Are you saying I should date a pet?
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Re: Favorite book quotes
« Reply #5 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.)
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Re: Favorite book quotes
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2008, 02:47:59 PM »

Are you saying I should date a penthouse pet?

Oh yuss!

(Fix'd for my amusement)
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Re: Favorite book quotes
« Reply #7 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."
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Re: Favorite book quotes
« Reply #8 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
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Re: Favorite book quotes
« Reply #9 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."
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Re: Favorite book quotes
« Reply #10 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."
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Re: Favorite book quotes
« Reply #11 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?"
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Re: Favorite book quotes
« Reply #12 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.
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Re: Favorite book quotes
« Reply #13 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!
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Re: Favorite book quotes
« Reply #14 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."

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