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Lines from Books
A place to post your favorite lines from books! "The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"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.
"At the beginning a man was wealthy because he was powerful — now he is powerful because he has money. Intellect reaches the throne only when money puts it there. Democracy is the completed equating of money with political power."
"Because nothing says 'welcome' like a surprise umbrella-wielding giraffe head staring at you with laser beams for eyes." - Jenny Lawson, _Furiously Happy_
"None of the books were in alphabetical order, which made it necessary to cock my head sideways to read each one of the spines. By the end of the third shelf I had begun to realize why librarians are sometimes able to achieve such pinnacles of crankiness: It's because they're in agony. If only publishers could be persuaded, I thought, to stamp all book titles horizontally instead of vertically, a great deal of unpleasantness could be avoided all round. Chiropractors and opticians would be out of business, librarians cheerier, and the world would be a better place." - Alan Bradley, _As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust_