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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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"But ultimately, the need to play a game of make-believe *not of one's own making*, a game that exists only as a form of power imposed on you, is inherently demoralizing."

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"Bullshit Jobs: A Theory" David Graeber

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“You learned better and you got on with things. You learned that you were what you were, and tried to be the best version of that person, because you were never going to be anybody else. And you stopped envying other people because everyone had problems you didn’t know about.”

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T. Kingfisher. “Paladin's Strength.”

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"throw your vision board back into its hell river." - Ask Baba Yaga: Otherworldly Advice for Everyday Troubles

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Genuinely laughed out loud at that one

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Well clearly I need to read this book.

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St Mel's day is a perfect day for this quote, thanks (https://junkee.com/st-mel-single-people/145441)

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my youth i shall never forget
but there s nothing i really regret
wotthehell wotthehell
there s a dance in the old dame yet
toujours gai toujours gai

the things that i had not ought to
i do because i ve gotto
wotthehell wotthehell
and i end with my favorite motto
toujours gai toujours gai

my youth i shall never forget
but there s nothing i really regret
wotthehell wotthehell
there s a dance in the old dame yet
toujours gai toujours gai

the things that i had not ought to
i do because i ve gotto
wotthehell wotthehell
and i end with my favorite motto
toujours gai toujours gai

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“Magrat plunged on with the brave desperation of someone dancing in the light of their burning bridges.” - Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett

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On one of three kinds of lies(A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor):

The kind you don’t care if you get caught telling. This kind of lie is about the lying, not about the outcome. You repeat the lie, stick to the lie, change the lie, re-form the lie, abandon the lie, come back to the lie. The lying might help avoid some negative outcome, but really it’s a tool for weakening reality, and thus strengthening yourself.

On one of three kinds of lies(A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor):

The kind you don’t care if you get caught telling. This kind of lie is about the lying, not about the outcome. You repeat the lie, stick to the lie, change the lie, re-form the lie, abandon the lie, come back to the lie. The lying might help avoid some negative outcome, but really it’s a tool for weakening reality, and thus strengthening yourself.

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From _Grunt_ by Mary Roach. That footnote, y'all! 😯

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This won't make sense without the link: "Single-malt Scotch whiskey was Hunter’s biggest passion. But unlike most people, he knew how to appreciate it instead of simply getting drunk on it." https://old.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/hzdh0g/what_do_you_know_is_true_without_evidence_what/fzih9pp/

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A middle school student on why his mom is okay with his eating competition hobby: “Nah, she loves it. One time, when I was ten, she caught me drinking one of those SlimFast shakes after school and smacked it right out of my hand. She said, ‘Son, you don’t mess with the body the good Lord gave you. God made you to be a man of stature. You better figure out how to use it, not lose it.’”

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Tune It Out by Jamie Sumner

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"In America, and especially the American South, 'race' endures alongside the sociopolitics of food; it is not a stretch to say that that race is both on and at the Southern table. But if it is on the table alone we have learned nothing; we continue to reduce each other to stereotypical essences. It is not enough to be white at the table. It is not enough to be black at the table. It is not enough to be 'just human' at the table. Complexity must come with us - in fact it will invite itself to the feast whether we like it or not. We can choose to acknowledge the presence of history, economics, class, cultural forces, and the idea of race in shaping our experience, or we can languish in circuitous arguments over what it all means and get nowhere. I present my journey to you as a means out of the whirlwind, an attempt to tell as much truth as time will allow.” ― Michael W. Twitty, The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South

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I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would highly recommend it.

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"You know it's serious science fiction if there's a dude who's literally just a fish" https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/101688791_10108728619069332_1894125442764374016_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_ohc=etsh0mEIjrAAX8OXNB4&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=3d854e4deb63f24172290bfc509510dd&oe=5EFAD1DB

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“Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.” - Wheel of Initiation by Julie Tallard Johnson

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Tananarive Due "THIS SAT 5/2 12p PT I'm co-hosting a free webinar with @revdrmonica A. Coleman on Octavia E. Butler's profound sense of prophecy in PARABLE OF THE SOWER. 1st in a series of webinars called "Octavia Tried to Tell Us: Parable for Today's Pandemic" - Register here: bit.ly/OctaviaTried1" - https://www.facebook.com/tananariveduewrites/photos/a.10150235288934285/10157576317954285/?type=3&theater

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@Pete

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Yeah, I’ve been thinking about that book a lot lately.

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"A Letter from the Condo Association to Mr. and Mrs. Macbeth "Dear Mr. and Mrs. Macbeth, I am writing to you as interim president of the Dunsinane Estates Condo Association to express serious concerns about re..." https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/a-letter-from-the-condo-association-to-mr-and-mrs-macbeth?fbclid=IwAR3JTMREzIrQqxpUfnnRG0HekP6YyZaBhHGS8d-H8k080ZBQSJQtSrHiX6k

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Because I've been comfort reading these days, this paragraph struck me again yesterday.

Most disasters are fast, and big. You can see everyone else’s life got overturned when yours did. Houses are smashed, livestock’s dead. But plagues isolate people. They shut themselves inside while disease takes a life at a time, day after day. It adds up. Whole cities break under the load of what was lost. People stop trusting each other, because you don’t know who’s sick."

- Briar's Book, Tamora Pierce

Because I've been comfort reading these days, this paragraph struck me again yesterday.

Most disasters are fast, and big. You can see everyone else’s life got overturned when yours did. Houses are smashed, livestock’s dead. But plagues isolate people. They shut themselves inside while disease takes a life at a time, day after day. It adds up. Whole cities break under the load of what was lost. People stop trusting each other, because you don’t know who’s sick."

- Briar's Book, Tamora Pierce

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“I have never been wistful in my life!” Grace had no idea what being wistful entailed, but she was pretty sure you had to be younger and thinner and possibly have consumption. - Paladin’s Grace by T. Kingfisher

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“Hear Daily Shakespeare Sonnets Recited by Patrick Stewart "The classically trained actor is reading a sonnet a day on Instagram " (by Theresa Machemer) https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hear-daily-shakespeare-sonnets-sir-patrick-stewart-180974616/

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I had heard he was doing this, but haven't checked it out yet.

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This is why I lived in terror.
Not because he was violent -- he wasn't --
not because he ever threatened my life -- he never did --
unless you count living with someone who can't see you
as life-threatening -- which in a way it is.

This is why I lived in terror.
Not because he was violent -- he wasn't --
not because he ever threatened my life -- he never did --
unless you count living with someone who can't see you
as life-threatening -- which in a way it is.

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Lucas Hnath, A Doll's House Part 2

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“I may be a country girl who’s never been offplanet, but even I’m aware that when a Jedi walks up to you and says, “Here, have a baby,” it’s not going to end well.”

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From the story, “Beru Whitesun Lars,” by Meg Cabot, collected in the book, Stars Wars: From a Certain Point of View.

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That is a great book.

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“Well, I don’t know how you propose to complete this bed without joining pieces together. Did you find a leaflet in the attic with instructions? In Swedish?”

From a historical romance novella. I laughed.

“Well, I don’t know how you propose to complete this bed without joining pieces together. Did you find a leaflet in the attic with instructions? In Swedish?”

From a historical romance novella. I laughed.

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Oh. It continues on the next page: “Of course I didn’t. That’s why we need a plan. Now, we’re going to arrange all these pieces neatly in rows first, laying them out on the floor so that we can count and compare. We’ll put a little mark on the similar ones. Plank A, plank B, and so on. Then we’ll chalk up a diagram on the floor and—”

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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.

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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."

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