"Espionage was so prevalent in France that it might well have been considered the national pastime." Nancy Goldstone, The Rival Queens: Catherine de'Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal That Ignited a Kingdom
"Where did you find the whipped cream?" he asked. "You had milk, I had science," said Jack. "It's amazing how much of culinary achievement can be summarized by that sentence." --Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire.
“Half asleep in the sun, reassured by the familiar smell of frying fat, I’d make promises to God. If only He’d let me be a singer! I knew I’d probably turn to whiskey and rock ’n’ roll like they all did, but not for years, I promised. Not for years, Lord. Not till I had glorified His name and bought Mama a yellow Cadillac and a house on Old Henderson Road.”
""What?'" said Harriet. "I stay out all the time." "Is your mom afraid something will happen to you?" "I," said Harriet, with absolute confidence, "am something that happens to other people." Wilbur nodded. This was undeniably true." Whiskerella (Hamster Princess, Book 5) by Ursula Vernon
"Trying to predict the future is a mug's game. But increasingly it's a game we all have to play because the world is changing so fast and we need to have some sort of idea of what the future's actually going to be like because we are going to have to live there, probably next week."
"One story per episode isn't the right rhythm for now. Probably it's because we've got attention deficit disorder or whatever. You need to be engrossed. I absolutely loved "Jewel in the Crown." But in fact, when you're watching it, you could go and make a ham sandwich and a cup of coffee and ring your mother and come back, and you could pick it up within about two seconds, because it was *so* slow. I think that's gone for now." --Julian Fellowes, writer of "Downton Abbey," in the chapter about the show in "Making Masterpiece, by Rebecca Eaton.
"Iceland is Hot! tells the story of an African-American volcanologist who travels to Iceland to practice his craft, but fails to be taken seriously by the volcanological community there because of his inability to correctly pronounce fjord. Once ostracized, he correctly predicts the eruption of Mount Hekla and becomes a celebrated scientist, only to die of frostbite when he falls into a snowbank after being accidentally shot by his illegitimate son, Halldór, founder of the Reykjavik Crips, in a vicious sleigh-by shooting."
"I bid you good evening. If you wish to know more, I will be at the Pizza Express in Upper Street in ten minutes. Bring some money." "Dirk?" exclaimed Richard. "You... are you trying to blackmail me?" "No, you fool, for the pizzas." - Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
“I'm not getting it all sorted," she worried. "I'm not getting it right." *You are brilliant*, the Voice reassured her. "It is imperfect." *So are all things trapped in time. You are brilliant, nonetheless. How fortunate for Us that We thirst for glorious souls rather than faultless ones, or We should be parched indeed, and most lonely in Our perfect righteousness. Carry on imperfectly, shining Ista.* --Lois McMaster Bujold, Paladin of Souls
"Berliners’ obedience to uniforms went to absurd lengths. In October 1906 a company of twenty soldiers commanded by a ‘captain’ arrived at Köpenick Station, marched to the town hall and occupied the building."
"This sort of prison argued for a very dangerous sort of prisoner. Ones who were so strange and insane that they even scared other Fae. So letting them out might be the sort of really bad idea that finished with a scream and a crunch." --The Masked City, by Genevieve Cogman.
When there’s little competitive threat, when high profit margins and a commanding market position are assumed, then the economic and market forces that other companies have to live or die by simply don’t apply. In that environment, what would you expect to happen? The company and its people lose touch with external realities, because what’s happening in the marketplace is essentially irrelevant to the success of the company… This hermetically sealed quality—an institutional viewpoint that anything important started inside the company—was, I believe, the root cause of many of our problems. To appreciate how widespread the dysfunction was, I need to describe briefly some of its manifestations. They included a general disinterest in customer needs, accompanied by a preoccupation with internal politics. There was general permission to stop projects dead in their tracks, a bureaucratic infrastructure that defended turf instead of promoting collaboration, and a management class that presided rather than acted.
"I'd struck a nerve. It was always the male higher-ups who so easily turned defensive; honestly, I was never sure how they'd made it up so high with egos so fragile." -- Public Relations by Katie Heaney and Arianna Rebolini
"Have no fear!" [he shouted.] "The powers of my kind shall scourge these creatures back to the slime from which they crawled--" //amazing grammar in a crisis,// Irene couldn't help noticing.