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Title: Quotes from books - your favorites
Post by: Kishmond on December 21, 2007, 01:38:08 am
If you've got a passage from a book that caught your attention for whatever reason, share it with us here!


As for me, I found Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton whilest searching for an actual good book among the piles of throw-away fiction that is my mothers bookshelf. I can't believe this book, it's amazing.

Malcom is by far the best character. We only know him for one page and he says this:
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   "But don't you find it boring to wear only two colors?"
   "Not at all. I find it liberating. I believe my life has value, and I don't want to waste it thinking about clothing," Malcolm said. "I don't want to think about what I will wear in the morning. Truly, can you imagine anything more boring than fashion? Professional sports, perhaps. Grown men swatting little balls, while the rest of the world pays money to applaud. But, on the whole, I find fashion even more tedious than sports."
   "Dr. Malcolm," Hammond explained, "is a man of strong opinions."
   "And mad as a hatter," Malcolm said cheerfully. "But you must admit, these are nontrivial issues. We live in a world of frightful givens. It is given that you will behave like this, given that you will care about that. No one thinks about the givens. Isn't it amazing? In the information society, nobody thinks. We expected to banish paper, but we actually banished thought."
   Hammond turned to Gennaro and raised his hands. "You invited him."
Title: Re: Quotes from books - your favorites
Post by: Mr. Consideration on January 18, 2008, 10:21:19 am
Pretty much anything Hagbard Celine says in The Illiminatus Trilogy.
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Post by: Gungnir on January 18, 2008, 05:35:02 pm
Poo-tee-weet?

From Slaughterhouse 5. I just find it funny..
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Post by: Brandonazz on January 18, 2008, 06:12:51 pm
The bit about that direct line male descendant of Ghengis Khan at the beginning of the Guide.
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Post by: Cool AN on January 19, 2008, 03:58:37 am
In addition to Brandonazz choice, I would like to add books 1-3 in the guide series. Everything from where the plans for the demolition of Arthur's house are in the first book, to Ford's explanation of why he had gone mad in the third.

I love the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy. I curse whatever manner of being that felt it appropriate to take Douglas Adams from us.
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Post by: Slartibartfast on January 20, 2008, 02:12:40 am
"When you send out a man with a gun,
you create a policymaker.
When his ass is on the line,
he will do whatever he needs to do.
And if the implications of that bother you,
the time to do something about it is before
you decide to send him out."
-David Drake
Counting the Cost
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Post by: Behumat on January 27, 2008, 11:41:25 pm
"War, Nobby. Huh! What is it good for?" he said.
"Dunno, Sarge. Freeing slaves, maybe?"
"Absol-- well, okay."
"Defending yourself against a totalitarian aggressor?"
"All right, I'll grant you that but--"
"Saving civilisation from a horde of--"
"It doesn't do any good in the long run is what I'm saying, Nobby, if you'd listen for five seconds together," said Fred Colon sharply.
"Yeah, but in the long run, what does, Sarge?"
--Thud by Terry Pratchett
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Post by: huggkruka on January 29, 2008, 04:05:26 am
"Either way, I'm full of ****.". Choke by Chuck Pahlaniuk. Read it and understand the amazingly gross context of that quote.
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Post by: BlueBottle on February 02, 2008, 06:49:59 am
"The enemy's gate is down." - Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
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Post by: shock223 on February 05, 2008, 12:34:14 pm
"he was a great guy... as far as floating chairs go"-Ravenor Rouge
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Post by: SmileyMan on February 08, 2008, 02:59:44 pm
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A bounty of $1 million was placed on the head of 'the Danish cartoonist' by a Pakistani imam - who was apparently unaware that there were 12 different Danish cartoonists, and almost certainly unaware that the three most offensive pictures had never appeared in Denmark at all (and by the way, where was that million going to come from?). In Nigeria, Muslim protesters against the danish cartoons burned down several Christian churches, and used matchetes to attack and kill (black Nigerian) Christians in the streets. One Christian was put inside a rubber tyre, doused with petrol and set aligt. Demonstrators were photographed in Britain bearing banners saying 'Slay those who insult Islam, 'Butcher those who mock Islam', 'Europe you will pay: Demolition is on its way' and, apparently without irony, 'Behead those who say Islam is a violent religion.


Quoted from Richard Dawkin's The God Delusion. I haven't read that many pages yet, so this is probably not the best quote in the book.
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Post by: Brandonazz on February 08, 2008, 05:16:25 pm
I think I'll pick that up next time I visit the book store.
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Post by: Gungnir on February 08, 2008, 08:19:41 pm
"The enemy's gate is down." - Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card

Why did I have a feeling someone would say that...I actually considered it, but I figured no one would really get it..
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Post by: Bona Fide Supraman on February 26, 2008, 02:56:14 pm
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Needless to say, the manufacture of elephants is no easy matter. They're big, first of all, and very complex. It's not like making hairpins or coloured pencils.
- Haruki Murakami, the best, but weirdest, author of all time.
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Post by: j99450 on June 29, 2008, 02:47:55 pm
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The enemy's gate is down
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I think itís impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.

Both from Enders Game by Orson Scott Card
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Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent
-Isaac Asimov
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Post by: Mr. Consideration on June 29, 2008, 02:53:15 pm
The entire Mustafa Mond - John the Savage conversation from A Brave New World.
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Post by: Gunner on July 15, 2008, 08:33:11 pm
Most of Sancho Panza's dialogue in Don Quixote Book 2.
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Post by: Kcronos on July 16, 2008, 10:06:03 pm
"Get thee away, cats!  I have no need for your company nor your songs!"
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Post by: Werechicken on July 17, 2008, 02:36:50 am
"you'll know all about knifing people in the back, What with being foreign and all"

"Did you pump her for, or in exchange for, information?"

Both from Space Captain Smith by Toby Frost.
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Post by: huggkruka on August 11, 2008, 02:53:03 am
"In all the human societies we have ever reviewed, in every age and in every state, there has seldom if ever been a shortage of eager young males prepared to kill and die to preserve the security, comfort and prejudices of their elders, and what you call heroism is just an expression of this fact; there is never a scarcity of idiots."

From Use of Weapons by Iain M Banks, the greatest SF author alive today.
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Post by: HanianKnight on August 14, 2008, 06:33:31 pm
he had come for me, and informed me that he was a page.

"Go 'long," I said; "you ain't more than a paragraph."

From A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain. It's in the beginning of the story when the main character starts to realize that he had gone back in time and met (the page) Clarence. For some reason that line stuck out in my mind.
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Post by: Glacies on November 01, 2008, 01:21:54 am
This is from memory, so forgive me for screwing it up.

"Do you have anything to stop the flow of blood?"
"You horrid, horrid beast! Oh, the puire wee girl.."
"No, no! It's for me!"
"Great thundering Mac-Gubbins, man! I've never heard of a man bleeding from his.."
"I trod on some glass."
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Post by: Snork on November 28, 2008, 08:52:51 am
"Down here, we All float!"
From IT.
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Post by: SBD on November 29, 2008, 11:30:53 pm
"War's a bitch, wear a helmet."

Last line of the prologue in House to House
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Post by: Little on November 30, 2008, 06:24:32 pm
"Down here, we All float!"
From IT.

"Want a balloon?"

 ;D
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Post by: Andrew Ryan on November 30, 2008, 11:06:12 pm
"They is four things that can destroy the earth, women, whiskey, money, and n*ggers."

When talking about a human heart

"That thing costed me two hundred dollars.

You gave two hundred dollars for it?

I did, for it was the price they put on the black son of a bitch it hung inside of."

- Blood Meridian, Or the Evening Redness in the West
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Post by: DarthZahl on January 09, 2009, 03:48:48 pm
"There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world. There are those who, when presented with a glass that is exactly half full, say: this glass is half full. And then there are those who say: this glass is half empty. The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What's up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass! "
Terry Pratchett, The Truth
Title: Re: Quotes from books - your favorites
Post by: Kishmond on January 12, 2010, 08:55:19 pm
"My word," [Nanny Ogg] said, taken aback. "That's the biggest cock I've ever seen, and I've seen a few in my time."
-Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad

Context is a funny thing, huh?  :P