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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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.

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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 2
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ya, I think he's having a break/or has decided to leave social media? :(

 ‎· Halil
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Just found out that he's on holiday!

 ‎· Halil
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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 1
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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! 2
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Erik Larson is a delight.

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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/ )

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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."

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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.

 ‎· bentley
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"Humans are so fucking unreliable when it comes to maintaining data." -- Rogue Protocol: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells

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So true.

 ‎· LibSkrat
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We would gladly have listened to her (they said) *if only she had spoken like a lady*. But they are liars and the truth is not in them.

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Joanna Russ, The Female Man

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Mercy, High Ones. Not justice, please, not justice. We would all be fools to pray for justice.

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Lois McMaster Bujold, Curse of Chalion.

 ‎· LibSkrat 1
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I am here for this

 ‎· MoTO Babycakes 2
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It's lines like this that make this book and its sequel favorite comfort reads. (Still not a fan of the third. Still need to read the Penric stuff.)

 ‎· LibSkrat 1
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“When you’re young, you think of your parents with the simplest adjectives. As you get older, you add more adjectives and notice some of them contradict each other. He’s tall. He’s tall and strong. He’s tall and strong and smart. He’s tall and strong and smart but busy. He’s tall and strong and smart but busy and aloof and judgmental. She’s safe. She’s safe and kind. She’s safe and kind and caring. She’s safe and kind and caring but sad. She’s safe and kind and caring but sad and lonely and brittle. Maturity colonizes your adolescent mind, like an ultraviolet photograph of a vast cosmic nebula that turns out, on closer examination, to be a pointillist self-portrait.” –All Our Wrong Todays, by Elan Mastai.

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(I got two out of four words of the title wrong. I'm kind of afraid to re-read the rest of it now.)

 ‎· bentley
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“Fucking glitter. Ruining my life one sparkle at a time.” — Stripped by Zoey Castile

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It’s the herpes of the craft world.

 ‎· Anna C. 7
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It's not every day you read a romance featuring a male stripper that gives you a motto most children's librarians could embroider onto a pillow.

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Dedication in _Outbreak: 50 Tales of Epidemics That Terrorized the World_ by Beth Skwarecki: "To my children. This is why you have all your shots."

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"And…maybe we both needed time to become our new selves, before we could start over. It’s hard to explain. It makes sense to us, anyway."

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Lois McMaster Bujold, Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

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"Well, I had a thing, and it wasn't a vision. It was a dream." "It was a dream that made you think. A dream that caused you to search for wisdom. A dream that made you consult me, the Prophet. Sounds like a vision to me." "You're unbelievable." "I worked in marketing, before I was a prophet. After, too, but we didn't call it that after that point." --The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi.

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I am not who I was. I can't go back. I don't quite like who I have become. Yet I still... stand. But I hardly know how to go on from here. No one ever gave me a map for this road.

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Bujold, A Civil Campaign

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Dunno what it is, but Bujold has a way of writing intensely personal moments like this that just kills me.

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"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

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Only a small amount in, and enjoying this immensely. I think the most in-depth I've read about Catherine de'Medici has been a relative gloss of her life, so this is just fascinating.

 ‎· Jennifer D. 2
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"Antoine de Bourbon might have been vain, weak, and untrustworthy, but he was not a complete fool."

 ‎· Jennifer D. 2
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Medici's sure did get around.

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"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.

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"Cheese making, for example. The perfect intersection of milk, science, and foolish disregard for the laws of nature."

 ‎· bentley 4
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There was a Reader's Digest anecdote when I was a kid about a tourist in Switzerland. Tourist walks into a house or cottage and speaks to the old lady who is sitting there, knitting or something. "What an interesting looking cushion you're sitting on." "Oh, it's not a cushion. It's cheese for the tourist trade."

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""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

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