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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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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"Instead of clinging to the old ways and retreating to the safety of a modest, outdated, but still tacitly acceptable entrepreneurial role for women, Barbe-Nicole became an ardent industrialist.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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"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.

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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

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bump for Galadriel

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Thank you @libskrat!

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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

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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.

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

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Suboptimal, indeed.

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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.

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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

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

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bump

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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.

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

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Done

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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

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@eivind we're missing ya...

 ‎· Ітоги подвєдьом 3
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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).

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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

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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.

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That is a good book.

 ‎· LB: Chonky Boing Boing 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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