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

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"Instead of clinging to the old ways and retreating to the safety of a modest, outdated, but still tacitly acceptable entrepreneurial role for women, Barbe-Nicole became an ardent industrialist. She was not just the first woman to build a commercial champagne house founded on new mercantilist principles; she was one of only a handful of entrepreneurs to do it at all. She wasn't amazing just as a business woman. She was amazing at business." Tilar J. Mazzeo, 'The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It'

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I'm really enjoying this book - currently on the section where she's working (personally) like mad to out-invent the folks at Moet to find a quicker and better way to rid the bottles of sediment. I love that she hacked and drilled her own kitchen table to do it, because even her workers thought she was nuts.

 ‎· Jennifer D.
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"the plan wasn't actually a clusterfuck, it was just circling the clusterfuck target zone getting ready to come in for a landing" - Exit Strategy, Martha Wells

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"Could she not meet with a freak accident--being struck by lightning, or inhaling a bee, or slipping in a hog pen?" - John Milliken Thompson, Love and Lament

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"The whole place, with its smell of cleaned-over panic, was distressing in a way she had not anticipated."

 ‎· LB: Chonky Boing Boing 1
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"Then I'd wait while the tiny feet and tails moved over me and the animal I'd loved — the one I'd slept with every night for three months — took shape beside me, paws tucked neatly under her, her body somehow warm, so I could fall asleep at last."

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From "Poison" by Bruce McAllister, as included in The Village Sang to the Sea.

 ‎· Galen Charlton
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"*Never,*" said Kareen with passion, "ever suggest they don't have to pay you. What they pay for, they'll value. What they get for free, they'll take for granted, and then demand as a right. Hold them up for all the market will bear."

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Bujold, A Civil Campaign

 ‎· LibSkrat
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bump for Galadriel

 ‎· LibSkrat 2
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Thank you @libskrat!

 ‎· Galadriel 1
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Some prices are just too high, no matter how much you may want the prize. The one thing you can't trade for your heart's desire is your heart.

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Bujold, Memory

 ‎· LibSkrat
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Do not be daunted
by the enormity
of the world’s grief.
Do justly, now.
Love mercy, now.
Walk humbly, now.
You are not obligated
to complete the work,
but neither are you free
to abandon it.

Do not be daunted
by the enormity
of the world’s grief.
Do justly, now.
Love mercy, now.
Walk humbly, now.
You are not obligated
to complete the work,
but neither are you free
to abandon it.

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Talmud.

 ‎· LibSkrat
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Pale Rider, by Laura Spinney, gives us this excellent sentence.

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Suboptimal, indeed.

 ‎· Kirsten 4
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Suboptimal Snot Control is my new band name. Just call us SSC for those who wish to be the initial groupies.

 ‎· Joe 8
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Occasionally I come across a new expression which will stick in my mind forever. I guess "suboptimal snot control" will be one of those expressions.

 ‎· maitani 3
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Joshilyn Jackson on the people of Chicago: "Walking the downtown streets, they all moved as if they were carrying a donor heart in their lunch box." - gods in Alabama 📖

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"When your young life offered its first disaster, naturally it loomed large. After you’d survived dozens, you basically just told the next one to take a number and get in line."

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Lois McMaster Bujold, Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

 ‎· LibSkrat
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(I wouldn't say I've survived "dozens" of life disasters, but yes, this rings true nonetheless.)

 ‎· LibSkrat
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bump

 ‎· LibSkrat
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"The next day I opened in the matinee [of 'Oklahoma']. The house was packed with high school kids, probably a benefit or on twofers. Agnes de Mille, the show's choreographer, came into my dressing room before the 'half hour' and handed me a bouquet of toy oil wells, which, she said, was the state flower of Oklahoma. This made me laugh, and I stopped being so nervous." -- Shelley Winters in her memoir, "Shelley."

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"We've fought together against an impossible enemy and won, and that means we are a legitimate dungeon party. We can join the union and everything." - Kill the Farm Boy, Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne

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I miss Nodwick.

 ‎· LibSkrat 1
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Time to support our good hosts! https://mokum.place/mokum/2204853

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Done

 ‎· Galen Charlton 2
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Done, too.

 ‎· kaijsa 2
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[His]ideas were so stale they could be used as croutons. Brin Sundiver.

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"How dare you, Captain. I certainly did not kill him. Eirene and I simply contrived a situation in which Master Roux, of his own free will, exposed himself to the extra-dimensional forces that tragically consumed him. Had he been less venal, he would be with us today. Not in this room, of course. Ghastly man." - The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall

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“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.”

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Bastard Out of Carolina, by Dorothy Allison

 ‎· Eivind
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@eivind we're missing ya...

 ‎· silpol 3
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ya, I think he's having a break/or has decided to leave social media? :(

 ‎· Halil upgraded to (Pie) Nirvana
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Just found out that he's on holiday!

 ‎· Halil upgraded to (Pie) Nirvana
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his twitter ... ehrm... twits quite often, in one of Norway's languages (yes, we have more than one in Nordics).

 ‎· silpol 2
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Because I’m too lazy to type right now.

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It seems I am not a nice person, either.

Good.

It seems I am not a nice person, either.

Good.

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Lois McMaster Bujold, Paladin of Souls

 ‎· LibSkrat 1
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“Ulis, he prayed, abandoning the set words, let my anger die with him. Let both of us be freed from the burden of his actions. Even if I cannot forgive him, help me not to hate him.”

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The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison

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"[Detective Geyer] once again began a patient canvass of hotels and boarding-houses. Though he told his story and showed his photographs a hundred times, he never tired and was always patient and polite. These were his strengths. His weakness was his belief that evil had boundaries."

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The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson.

 ‎· bentley
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That is a good book.

 ‎· LB: Chonky Boing Boing 2
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Erik Larson is a delight.

 ‎· Meg Vmeg
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WWI: ""Big Nims" of the 3rd Battalion , 366th Infantry, who found great amusement in contemplating the grotesque appearance of his comrade with a gas mask adjusted over his face and head. Many hours of gloom was dispelled by the good humor of Nims which together with his unquestionable courage at many times served to cheer the flagging spirits of his comrades."

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Scott's Official History of the American Negro in the World War, by Emmet J. Scott, http://net.lib.byu.edu/~rdh7/wwi/comment/Scott/ScottTC.htm - Index of illustrations: http://net.lib.byu.edu/~rdh7/wwi/comment/Scott/Sillus.htm (via https://old.reddit.com/r/TheWayWeWere/comments/9j2gbd/belly_laugh_wwi_usa_signal_corps/e6oynxs/ )

 ‎· bentley
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From Kay Redfield Jamison's _An Unquiet Mind_.

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"The Wonky Donkey: viral video of grandmother makes picture book a bestseller. A Scottish woman’s reading of the 2009 children’s novel to her four-month-old grandson has seen demand for it skyrocket around the world • r/books https://old.reddit.com/r/books/comments/9en1qv/the_wonky_donkey_viral_video_of_grandmother_makes/

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"Smith told the Guardian that demand had “gone through the roof” for the picture book since the video of Clark took off: in New Zealand, his publisher is “rushing to print another 50,000 copies, with a view for more”, while The Wonky Donkey is now also being reprinted in the UK. Amazon in the US and the UK has sold out, while used bookseller AbeBooks said that it has sold “hundreds of copies” of The Wonky Donkey in the last week, amid “massive demand” around the world."

 ‎· bentley
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"So bold a stroke might have represented a serious threat to the Crown-if the plan could be carried off with precision and discipline. Luckily for Charles And Catherine, these qualities were not much in evidence among the members of the opposition party. For example, it is helpful when organizing the overthrow of an established government if everybody involved in the cabal pays attention to minor details such as the date on which the various troops comprising the rebel force are supposed to rendezvous and storm the castle. Obviously it is better to show up all at once and surprise and overwhelm your adversaries rather than trickle in piecemeal and hang around waiting to be discovered." - Rival Queens, Nancy Goldstone

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"This has often been the way with me: notions too mad for another to take seriously are the very notions I seize upon and enact, often in the most organized and sensible fashion. (I say this not out of pride, for it is a very stupid habit that has nearly gotten me killed more than once, but out of honesty. If you do not understand what my husband has called my deranged practicality, very little of my life will make the slightest bit of sense.)"

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-- A Natural History of Dragons, a Memoir by Lady Trent. by Marie Brennan

 ‎· bentley
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I now NEED to read this book.

 ‎· LibSkrat
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I'm enjoying it a lot. I keep having to slow down because it's a short book and I don't want to finish it.

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