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Favorite quotes

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Favorite quotes, for whatever reason (usually because it's 1) deep or 2) funny):


Books and authors

Only connect.

Howards End, E.M Forster; my senior yearbook quote. My mother hated it at first; I guess she thought it was absurdly simple, but for years afterwards, she'd suddenly turn to me and say, regarding whatever we happened to be talking about, "It really is about connecting! That really is deep!"

 

It was a perfect visit in that it was much too short.

Jane Austen, because it's true.

 

You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.

Jane Austen again (specifically, Pride and Prejudice, and it's something I try to remember.

 

Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita. Did she have a precursor? She did, indeed she did. In point of fact, there might have been no Lolita at all had I not loved, one summer, an initial girl-child. In a princedom by the sea. Oh when? About as many years before Lolita was born as my age was that summer. You can always count on a murderer for fancy prose style. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, exhibit number one is what the seraphs, the misinformed, simple, noble-winged seraphs, envied. Look at this tangle of thorns.

Possibly one of the greatest opening lines--paragraphs?--of all time.

 

The heart is an organ of fire.

The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje.

 

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.

Louisa May Alcott.

 

People think that I must be a very strange person. This is not correct. I have the heart of a small boy... It is in a glass jar on my desk.

Robert Block, as quoted by Stephen King.

 

In place of the Dark Lord you will set up a Queen. And I shall not be dark, but beautiful and terrible as the Morning and the Night! Fair as the Sea and the Sun and the Snow upon the Mountain! Dreadful as the Storm and the Lightning! Stronger than the foundations of the earth. All shall love me and despair!

"I pass the test," Galadriel said. "I will diminish, and go into the West and remain Galadriel."

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring.

 

I'm sorry to tell you this, but that is how the story goes.

Lemony Snicket, The End.

 

In many ways, Eula-Beulah prepared me for literary criticism. After having a two-hundred-pound babysitter fart on your face and yell Pow!, The Village Voice holds few terrors.

Stephen King, On Writing.

 

This is the first thing

I have understood:

Time is the echo of an axe

Within a wood.

Philip Larkin, "This Is the First Thing."

 

Do not let the bastards grind you down.

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale.

 

War is what happens when language fails.

Margaret Atwood.

 

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.

Colette.

 

I love my past. I love my present. I'm not ashamed of what I've had, and I'm not sad because I have it no longer.

Colette, La Fin de Chéri

 

What is beautiful is moral, that is all there is to it.

Flaubert.

 

The world is always ending, for someone.

Neil Gaiman.

 

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.

George Orwell.

 

Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.

Henry James, to his nephew.

 

It is the stupidest children who are the most childish and the stupidest grown-ups who are the most grown-up.

C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair.

 

Television

Still, as a storyteller, I'm fascinated how a person's sense of consciousness can be... so transformed by nothing more magical than listening to words. Mere words.

The X-Files, "Jose Chung's From Outer Space."

 

You know, it's interesting you should say that, because I've always wanted a peg leg. It's a boyhood thing I never grew out of. I'm not being flippant, I've given this a lot of thought. I mean, if you have a peg leg or hooks for hands then maybe it's enough to simply keep on living. You know, bravely facing life with your disability. But without these things you're actually meant to make something of your life, achieve something earn a raise, wear a necktie. So if anything, I'm actually the antithesis of Ahab, because if I did have a peg leg, I'd quite possibly be more happy and more content not to be chasing after these creatures of the unknown.

The X-Files, "Quagmire." You know, I think I identify with this one a little too much.

 

You know, I haven't eaten since six o'clock this morning, and all that was was half of a cream cheese bagel, and it wasn't even real cream cheese - it was light cream cheese. I do it all for you, Mulder!

The X-Files, "Bad Blood." I actually use a variation on this one in real life a good bit: "All I had for breakfast was half a cream cheese bagel, and it wasn't even real cream cheese! I DO IT ALL FOR YOU!!"

 

Please explain to me the scientific nature of the "whammy."

The X-Files, "Pusher."

 

 

Music

 

I'm a woman on fire with a huge desire to be as good as any man.

"Legend of a Cowgirl," Imani Coppola.

 

She needed someone with an interior smile.

"Everlasting Love," Howard Jones.

 

General wit

 

This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.

Dorothy Parker.

 

You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think.

Dorothy Parker.

 

The free-lance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.

Robert Benchley.

 

Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment.

Robert Benchley. See also...

 

Work consists of whatever a body is OBLIGED to do, and... Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.

Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

 

It's the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have the time.

Tallulah Bankhead.

 

 

>> See also: Board sigs I have used.

 

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