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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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It is bitter to lose a friend to evil, before one loses him to death.

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Mary Renault, The Praise Singer

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“I may die, but first you, my tyrant and tormentor, shall curse the sun that gazes on your misery. Beware, for I am fearless and therefore powerful. I will watch with the wiliness of a snake, that I may sting with its venom. Man, you shall repent of the injuries you inflict.”

-Mary Shelley, “Frankenstein”

“I may die, but first you, my tyrant and tormentor, shall curse the sun that gazes on your misery. Beware, for I am fearless and therefore powerful. I will watch with the wiliness of a snake, that I may sting with its venom. Man, you shall repent of the injuries you inflict.”

-Mary Shelley, “Frankenstein”

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This would make a great email signature.

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“His thoughts were so jumbled that he hardly knew what to pray for, so he settled on a general, ‘Do you see this whole mess, gods? Please just fix it! I’m begging You!’ He had a suspicion that most priests would have confirmed this was a very common prayer indeed.” -T. Kingfisher, Paladin’s Hope

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Amen.

 ‎· LB. Just LB. 2
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"It always embarrassed Samuel Vimes when civilians tried to speak to him in what they thought was “policeman.” If it came to that, he hated thinking of them as civilians. What was a policeman, if not a civilian with a uniform and a badge? But they tended to use the term these days as a way of describing people who were not policemen. It was a dangerous habit: once policemen stopped being civilians the only other thing they could be was soldiers." Pratchett, Terry. Snuff: A Novel of Discworld

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There's, like, six dissertations in the Ankh-Morpork City Watch and what it says about ethics (individual and systemic), accountability, and law enforcement.

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Honestly, the sub subseries is an excellent source text for discussion about leadership, ethics, the law, etc

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It mostly seems to boil down to "individual officers must be competent and ethical or the whole system's hosed" which is extra-interesting because Vimes himself is not a paragon (though he tries). He's (in-universe) racist, though he pushes through some of it. He bends the rules into pretzels. He thinks "because it's me doing it" is sufficient ethical justification for some of his rule-bending. We never see him fire anybody in his Watch for f***ing up ethically (though he did get Mayonnaise Quirke roundfiled).

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"There are people who have been touched by, let's call it for the sake of argument, magic to the point where they're no longer entirely people even under human rights legislation. Nightingale calls them the fae, but that's a catch-all term like the way the Greeks used the word 'barbarian' or the Daily Mail uses 'Europe.'" -- Foxglove Summer, by Ben Aaronovitch

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I was literally just listening to this! It's my comfort audiobook series.

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"he sat down in the chair, whiter than a western panel on racial diversity" How to kidnap the Rich by Raina.

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This book is full of clever language. Fun so far.

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From “Whispers Under Ground” by Ben Aaronovitch.

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"Sometimes it’s better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness." -Men at Arms: A Novel of Discworld

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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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@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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