Lines from Books

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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. ‎· Halil
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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." ‎· bentley
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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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""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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"Trying to predict the future is a mug's game. But increasingly it's a game we all have to play because the world is changing so fast and we need to have some sort of idea of what the future's actually going to be like because we are going to have to live there, probably next week."
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Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt (and the Quandary Phase of BBC's dramatization) ‎· Eivind
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Famous First Words: can you decipher these five famous novel openings? https://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2018/02/19/famous-first-w...
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"Oxford’s dictionaries give pronunciations for all non-obsolete words, but what about whole strings of speech? Could you recognise famous novels by their transcriptions? You should bear in mind that transcriptions will include connected speech processes and weak forms, while stress marks reflect the most strongly stressed syllables in each phrase (‘phrasal stress’) rather than every stressed syllable of a word as we usually show (‘word stress’). And remember that each transcript shows one possible way of reading these passages aloud – you may stress different syllables or pronounce the words slightly differently!" ‎· maitani
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"One final clue: asterisks indicate names and other proper nouns, while (.) is a brief pause and (..) is a longer one. There are five British English transcriptions to work out – let us know how you get on!" ‎· maitani
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Four out of five. I've never actually read the fifth (though of course I know of it through its gazillion adaptations), so the proper name (especially in RP rather than any flavor of American English) threw me completely. ‎· LibSkrat ‎· 2
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Some cannot stand to see another succeed in their own art. I am only angry if anyone debases it.
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"Simonides," from Mary Renault's The Praise Singer. (From memory, so possibly not 100% accurate.) ‎· LibSkrat
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"No, I don't mean love, when I say patriotism. I mean fear. The fear of the other. And its expressions are political, not poetical: hate, rivalry, aggression."
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Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness, 1969. ‎· LibSkrat ‎· 2
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Great quote! As soon as people start talking about the value of patriotism, I start getting worried about where they're going with it (usually not a good place). ‎· Stephen Francoeur ‎· 3
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"One story per episode isn't the right rhythm for now. Probably it's because we've got attention deficit disorder or whatever. You need to be engrossed. I absolutely loved "Jewel in the Crown." But in fact, when you're watching it, you could go and make a ham sandwich and a cup of coffee and ring your mother and come back, and you could pick it up within about two seconds, because it was *so* slow. I think that's gone for now." --Julian Fellowes, writer of "Downton Abbey," in the chapter about the show in "Making Masterpiece, by Rebecca Eaton.
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"I live well! I may have been swallowed, but I have no intention of being eaten." -- The Wolf, The Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen
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I'm now taking my life lessons from picture books. ‎· k8s ‎· 3
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Well, that's decidedly less fecally themed than I had feared. ‎· Soup ‎· 1
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"it sometimes took gentlemen a good half hour to get over their conviction that the additional body parts men possessed indicated their brains were extra large." Eloisa James, Wilde in Love
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"Iceland is Hot! tells the story of an African-American volcanologist who travels to Iceland to practice his craft, but fails to be taken seriously by the volcanological community there because of his inability to correctly pronounce fjord. Once ostracized, he correctly predicts the eruption of Mount Hekla and becomes a celebrated scientist, only to die of frostbite when he falls into a snowbank after being accidentally shot by his illegitimate son, Halldór, founder of the Reykjavik Crips, in a vicious sleigh-by shooting."
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"I bid you good evening. If you wish to know more, I will be at the Pizza Express in Upper Street in ten minutes. Bring some money." "Dirk?" exclaimed Richard. "You... are you trying to blackmail me?" "No, you fool, for the pizzas." - Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
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Love that book. ‎· LAMB, CA, MSLIS, and MBA ‎· 1
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are you watching the show? if i like it will i like the book? ‎· holly ‎· 1
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I am watching the show, and I love it sooo much. The books are very similar in that they are nothing alike, in a way that makes 100% sense if you're a fan of either. I think you'd like the book - the feelings that Dirk evokes are definitely the same, even if the actual plotlines are very different than the show. This is a re-read for me after many, many years, so it is fun to see it a little through that lens, as it were. ‎· Jennifer D. ‎· 2
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cool. gonna add to my TBR list. :) ‎· holly
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“They don’t teach them to understand others, they teach them to expect others to understand them,” he said in English. He humphed and said, “Americans.” - Akata Witch
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“In 1982 the SED admitted that rock music did in fact exist”
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― Alexandra Richie, Faust's Metropolis: A History of Berlin ‎· Eivind
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(SED = The Socialist Unity Party of Germany) ‎· Eivind
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“I'm not getting it all sorted," she worried. "I'm not getting it right." *You are brilliant*, the Voice reassured her. "It is imperfect." *So are all things trapped in time. You are brilliant, nonetheless. How fortunate for Us that We thirst for glorious souls rather than faultless ones, or We should be parched indeed, and most lonely in Our perfect righteousness. Carry on imperfectly, shining Ista.* --Lois McMaster Bujold, Paladin of Souls
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Nothing made her want to strip a man naked more than knowing he had good ideas … and so she did. She could taste a nuanced ethical understanding of the patent system all over his body.... _Autonomous
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"Berliners’ obedience to uniforms went to absurd lengths. In October 1906 a company of twenty soldiers commanded by a ‘captain’ arrived at Köpenick Station, marched to the town hall and occupied the building."
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"The ‘captain’ was in fact Wilhelm Voigt, an unemployed shoemaker and petty criminal who had purchased a musty old uniform in a second-hand shop, ordered a company of soldiers in the street to follow him – which they had done without question – and cheekily commanded the mayor to hand over the town funds ‘by the Order of His Imperial Highness’. The mayor may have had his doubts about this strange little man but the power of the uniform was too much. He handed over 4,000 marks – an enormous sum at the time. The ‘captain’ took it, marched his company out, and promptly disappeared. He was caught a few days later but when they heard about his prank Berliners laughed uproariously and even the Kaiser was amused enough to release him from prison after only two years. The soldiers who had been duped had all charges against them dropped because they had ‘unquestioningly obeyed the command of an officer’. The ‘Captain of Köpenick’ became a Berlin celebrity: Die Welt am Montag published a long interview with him; he entertained audiences in an arcade on Unter den Linden and sold his story on the new wax sound discs, some of which were found in a junk store in 1966 and given to the Köpenick Museum.44 Carl Zuckmayer wrote a play about him which was later made into a popular film. But however entertaining it was, the ‘Captain of Köpenick’ story exposed Berliners’ pathetic and widespread deference to authority on a scale unthinkable in any other European capital. By laughing at him Berliners were laughing at their own impotence." ‎· Eivind ‎· 4
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Faust's Metropolis: A History of Berlin, by Alexandra Richie ‎· Eivind
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@halil: That's the guy :) ‎· Eivind
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She was an intelligent woman. Bright brains serve madness as well as they serve sanity—namely, very well indeed. It never occurred to her to give up her mission.
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Cordwainer Smith, "The Dead Lady of Clown Town" ‎· LibSkrat
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"Sin is a lot of work. The sheer effort it requires often shows in the human face." --"Mother Hitton's Littul Kittons" ‎· LibSkrat ‎· 2
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"Under college statute the head of the Department of Post-Mortem Communications is allowed, nay, required to make tasteless, divisive, and moderately evil remarks."
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Terry Pratchett, Unseen Academicals ‎· LibSkrat
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(Yes, the departmental retreat is tomorrow, why do you ask?) ‎· LibSkrat
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"It's hard to hate people who are a long way away. You forget how dreadful they are. But you see a neighbor's warts every day." ‎· LibSkrat ‎· 1
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"skull ring, you know" ‎· hedgielib ‎· 1
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"I'm all for the free sharing of information, provided it's them sharing their information with us." #datalibs ‎· LibSkrat ‎· 4
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"This sort of prison argued for a very dangerous sort of prisoner. Ones who were so strange and insane that they even scared other Fae. So letting them out might be the sort of really bad idea that finished with a scream and a crunch." --The Masked City, by Genevieve Cogman.
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Another excerpt: "The coffee shop was a den of snobs, and it wasn't one of Irene's favourites. Which made it perfect for a possible confrontation that might result in her being permanently banned and never darkening its doorway again." ‎· bentley ‎· 3
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Lightbulbs are glorious, batteries are honorable, and we have a hard time seeing the value in the latter.
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Strong Female Protagonist, by Molly Ostertag and Brennan Lee Mulligan ‎· LibSkrat
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(just got my PDF copy of Volume 2 from the Kickstarter) ‎· LibSkrat ‎· 1
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When there’s little competitive threat, when high profit margins and a commanding market position are assumed, then the economic and market forces that other companies have to live or die by simply don’t apply. In that environment, what would you expect to happen? The company and its people lose touch with external realities, because what’s happening in the marketplace is essentially irrelevant to the success of the company… This hermetically sealed quality—an institutional viewpoint that anything important started inside the company—was, I believe, the root cause of many of our problems. To appreciate how widespread the dysfunction was, I need to describe briefly some of its manifestations. They included a general disinterest in customer needs, accompanied by a preoccupation with internal politics. There was general permission to stop projects dead in their tracks, a bureaucratic infrastructure that defended turf instead of promoting collaboration, and a management class that presided rather than acted.
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Lou Gerstner, Who Says Elephants Can't Dance? ‎· LibSkrat
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(this resembles R1 academic librarianship, at least as I experienced it, to a truly scary degree) ‎· LibSkrat ‎· 1
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"I'd struck a nerve. It was always the male higher-ups who so easily turned defensive; honestly, I was never sure how they'd made it up so high with egos so fragile." -- Public Relations by Katie Heaney and Arianna Rebolini
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"Have no fear!" [he shouted.] "The powers of my kind shall scourge these creatures back to the slime from which they crawled--" //amazing grammar in a crisis,// Irene couldn't help noticing.
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The Invisible Library, by Genevieve Cogman. ‎· bentley
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