Your Favorite Line From Your Favorite Book or Books

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  1. megs11237 profile image59
    megs11237posted 13 years ago

    Hi all, I am new to the forums as of recently but thought I would start a topic for a change(sorry if this one has been done)...

    I love books, language, and storytelling, if you would please share with me your favorite lines from your favorite book or books

    I'll go first:

    Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin:

    "Oh, my sweet summer child what do you know of fear? Fear is for the winter, my little lord, when the snow falls a hundred feet deep and the ice wind comes howling out of the north. Fear is for the long night, when the sun hides its face for years at a time, and the little children are born and live and die all in darkness while the direwolves grow gaunt and hungry, and the white walkers move through the woods"

    There is something about this quote that relates to how I see the world now. It gave me shivers when I read it.

    Your turn...

  2. Howard Allen profile image94
    Howard Allenposted 13 years ago

    One of my favorites is from Erewhon by Samuel Butler. "Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only."

    1. megs11237 profile image59
      megs11237posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I just read the blurb on this book. Sounds very interesting, I may need to read.

      And good quote. It is amazing how written words can transcribe such meaning or in my case feelings and in only a few words sometimes.


  3. Extinct Soul profile image59
    Extinct Soulposted 13 years ago

    The fox tells the little prince: “One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes…It’s the time you spent on your rose that’s so important”

    - by Antoine De Saint-Exupery ^_^

    1. megs11237 profile image59
      megs11237posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      "Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them..."

      Wonderful book and it is believed that Saint-Exupery came upon a fox when he was stranded in real life in the Sahara(?)...

      And it is true everything essential is see with the heart. Thank you both.

      1. Extinct Soul profile image59
        Extinct Soulposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        big_smile lol lol

      2. ar.colton profile image80
        ar.coltonposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        That was one of the first lines I thought of when I read this posting!

    2. profile image52
      scottbeckfordposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Just believe in God and do the right...

  4. habee profile image92
    habeeposted 13 years ago

    "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn." Gone with the Wind

    "Money well spent...both times." Lonesome Dove

    1. megs11237 profile image59
      megs11237posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks! smile

  5. Taylorwise profile image60
    Taylorwiseposted 13 years ago

    Oh, way too hard to decide!

    Any random line from any of these:

    Infinite Jest, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. And don't forget Ferdinand the Bull!

    1. megs11237 profile image59
      megs11237posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I don't believe I have ever read any of these books if you can find one or two I would love to hear then and I think I will look into these books they sound interesting by title alone. smile

      1. Taylorwise profile image60
        Taylorwiseposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        They are are wonderful...complex, idiosyncratic, unique. . Except of course Ferdinand the Bull, although it offers life lessons as well.....Happy reading!

  6. FangWolf profile image58
    FangWolfposted 13 years ago

    maximum ride is the best book series i ever read in my life exsept the vampier kisses seriers

  7. profile image54
    ILuvUKentonposted 13 years ago

    "How many lives do you have to live, before you find the one worth living for?"
    Tourment by Lauren Kate.
    I absolutly love the series and the relationship between the books two main characters Luce and Daniel.

  8. Scoutruth profile image59
    Scoutruthposted 13 years ago

    "I think there's just one kind of folks.  Folks." -Scout
    Is it any wonder why my user id is what it is?   I loved this book growing up. smile
                 -To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

  9. Mike's Corner profile image70
    Mike's Cornerposted 13 years ago

    "It smells terrible in here.'

    "Well, what do you expect? The human body, when confined, produces certain odors which we tend to forget in this age of deodorants and other perversions. Actually, I find the atmosphere of this room rather comforting. Schiller needed the scent of apples rotting in his desk in order to write. I, too, have my needs. You may remember that Mark Twain preferred to lie supinely in bed while composing those rather dated and boring efforts which contemporary scholars try to prove meaningful. Veneration of Mark Twain is one of the roots of our current intellectual stalemate."

    A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole

    1. ar.colton profile image80
      ar.coltonposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      A fantastic, and hilarious read!

  10. dianebowling profile image60
    dianebowlingposted 13 years ago

    "One day you will kiss a man you can't breathe without, and find that breath is of little consequence."
    — Karen Marie Moning (Bloodfever)

  11. Dachusblot profile image61
    Dachusblotposted 13 years ago

    "Taking one's chances is a lot like taking a bath. Sometimes you come out feel comfortable and warm. But other times there is something terrible lurking that you can't see until it is too late and there's nothing to do but scream and cling to a plastic duck."

    "If one is allergic to something, it's best not to put that thing in one's mouth. Particularly if that thing is cats."

    Both from Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Hilarious books. Also, this one:

    "There is a trick, or a knack, to flying. The knack is to throw yourself at the ground and miss. Pick a nice day and try it."

    From Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (more specifically, the third book, "Life, the Universe and Everything")

  12. ukuleledan profile image59
    ukuleledanposted 13 years ago

    "For animals, the entire universe has been neatly divided into things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d) rocks."

    Terry Pratchett - Equal Rites

  13. theseus profile image71
    theseusposted 13 years ago

    This one is from The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino:

    "I am nature's greatest miracle.."

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    Mental Kitchenposted 13 years ago

    I have a lot of favorite quotes, but Mark Z. Danielewski's "House of Leaves" gives me chills -- from page to page -- I fight to keep the book open. The most terrifying story that i've ever read. I've never been able to read the whole thing through. Here is a little taste:

    "Who has never killed an hour? Not casually or without thought, but carefully: a premeditated murder of minutes. The violence comes from a combination of giving up, not caring, and a resignation that getting past it is all you can hope to accomplish. So you kill the hour. You do not work, you do not read, you do not daydream. If you sleep it is not because you need to sleep. And when at last it is over, there is no evidence: no weapon, no blood, and no body. The only clue might be the shadows beneath your eyes or a terribly thin line near the corner of your mouth indicating something has been suffered, that in the privacy of your life you have lost something and the loss is too empty to share."

    Incredible, huh? I recommend that you read this book with the lights on and someone to cuddle up with afterward.

  15. Scosgrove profile image60
    Scosgroveposted 13 years ago

    "Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past." - 1984 by George Owell

    "Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth." - Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

    Nearly every line from The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas is quotable for me, but my favorite is:

    “There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.” - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

  16. Merlin Fraser profile image60
    Merlin Fraserposted 13 years ago

    If not a great quote it has to be one of the longest sentences ever....

    "And then one Thursday, nearly two thousand years after one man had been nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be to be nice to people for a change, a girl sitting on her own in a small cafe in Rickmansworth suddenly realised what it was that had been going wrong all this time, and she finally knew how th world could be made a good and Happy place.  This time it was right, it would work, and no one would have to get nailed to anything.
    Sadly, however, before she could get to a phone to tell anyone about it, a terrible stupid catastrophe occurred, and the idea was lost forever."

    The Hich-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

  17. Jonathan Janco profile image60
    Jonathan Jancoposted 13 years ago

    "Imagine this: A great American University gives up football in the name of sanity. It turns its vacant stadium into a bomb factory. So much for sanity."
    Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut

    1. Dee aka Nonna profile image61
      Dee aka Nonnaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      There are so many but this one came to mind first:  "I will live this day as if it is my last.  And what shall I do with this last precious day which remains in my keeping?  First, I will seal up its container of life so that not one drop spills itself upon the sand.  I will waste not a moment mourning yesterday's misfortunes, yesterday's defeats, yesterday's aches of the heart, for why should I throw good after bad?.....I will live this day as if it is my last. And if it is not, I shall fall to my knees and give thanks."  (this is from Og Mandigo's The Greatest Salesman in the Word)

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    Poetic Foolposted 13 years ago

    From the writings of W. H. Auden:

    "If equal affection cannot be, Let the more loving one be me."

  19. lilyintherain profile image60
    lilyintherainposted 13 years ago

    "Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?"  ~J.K. Rowling, "King's Cross," Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, 2007, spoken by the character Albus Dumbledore


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