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Initial post: 18 Apr 2010 21:24:59 BDT
shell says:
whats everyones favourite short quote from a book? something that you read and stays with you forever, and please not an acre of writing just a sentence or two that means something to you? mine is...

"my good opinion once lost is lost forever."
mr darcy-pride and predjudice.

i love this because its so reflects my feelings about friendship and i feel an affinity with poor mr darcy.

Posted on 18 Apr 2010 22:02:20 BDT
Ethereal says:
Epitaph to the trooper killed at El Alamein:

"To the world he was a soldier,
to me he was the world."

Gets me every time.

Posted on 18 Apr 2010 22:17:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Apr 2010 22:18:41 BDT
"Magnificently unprepared
For the long littleness of life."

From Frances Cornford on the poet Rupert Brooke, after his death is the First World War

Posted on 19 Apr 2010 08:11:02 BDT
'It was the afternoon of my eighty-first birthday, and I was in bed with my catamite when Ali announced that the Archbishop had come to see me.'

Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers

Posted on 19 Apr 2010 09:47:49 BDT
Jean Paul says:
"The air was heavy with the smell of burning bridges" - Larry Niven, can't remember exactly which book - somewhere in "tales of known space" series.

"Love wasn't supposed to be like this. It's supposed to be about roses and kisses and happy ever after. Not about being like a stray dog for the rest of your life" "Mrs Fisher's Tulip" - Melanie Hughes.

Just two of many..........

Posted on 19 Apr 2010 18:43:45 BDT
V. Bowe says:
One of my favourite books is Eugene Onegin by Pushkin, it is written in verse but very easy to understand

How sad that youth with all its power
was given us in vain, to burn:
that we betrayed it every hour
and were deceived by it in turn
that all our finest aspirations
our brightest dreams and inspirations
have withered with each passing day
like leaves dank autumn rots away.

Posted on 19 Apr 2010 18:52:58 BDT
G. Essex says:
"It is awfully easy to be hard-boiled about everything in the daytime, but at night it is another thing."

Hemingway - Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises

Posted on 19 Apr 2010 20:08:50 BDT
John Aubrey says:
"The British are seldom at their best at breakfast, and when they are it is even more depressing" - Lord Berners

Posted on 19 Apr 2010 20:53:36 BDT
'I'm top banana in the shock department' - Holly Golighty, Breakfast at Tiffany's (Truman Capote)

Posted on 19 Apr 2010 22:30:25 BDT
G. Owens says:
"Oh, what a lovely shade of khaki..."

I didn't know you cared -Peter Tinniswood

Posted on 19 Apr 2010 23:03:52 BDT
Andy says:
Love this quote from Cormac McCarthy's All The Pretty Horses so much I have it tattooed on my fore-arm:

"Between the wish and the thing the world lies waiting"

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Apr 2010 23:07:08 BDT
"My suicide will be my apology".
James Frey, A Million Little Pieces

Heartbreaking but poignant and really helped me understand the psychology behind suicide.

Posted on 19 Apr 2010 23:41:09 BDT
Banjanx says:
"Footsteps separated themselves from the night..."
R Chandler

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2010 10:31:30 BDT
shell says:
am i being really stupid in not knowing what a catamite is???

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2010 10:34:27 BDT
shell says:
top banana quote sass, one of my favourite books and love the film but the books far edgier dont you think?

Posted on 21 Apr 2010 10:36:57 BDT
shell says:
there are some beautiful quotes here and also some very dry funny ones, thanks everyone, i'm going to seek out some of these books:~)

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2010 11:10:04 BDT
shell says:
john is this quote from a particular book or his collected poems and short stories?

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2010 11:29:38 BDT
Yes, i love the novella but it is so different! The film's screenplay (any maybe even the book?) was written with Marilyn Monroe in mind, not Audrey Hepburn - Marilyn is much more like the book's Holly, a dirt-poor southern beauty who becomes a glamour-obsessed sex symbol. I do love Audrey though!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/sep/05/breakfast-at-tiffanys-audrey-hepburn

Posted on 21 Apr 2010 11:31:25 BDT
M. Jolliff says:
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity- Robert Heinlien

Posted on 21 Apr 2010 11:35:57 BDT
shell says:
i didnt know it was written with marilyn in mind but now you've said it fits perfectly sass, i love audrey too and have a vast collection of her dvds. have you read any other truman capotes? i've recently bought cat on a hot tin roof-tennesse williams and am really looking forward to reading this, i quite like reading the play formats.

Posted on 21 Apr 2010 11:37:25 BDT
mat says:
"It may be remarked that success is an ugly thing.Men are decieved by its false resemblence to merit".

Les Miserables- I could have put another 20 or 30 quotes from that book - amazing!

Posted on 21 Apr 2010 12:28:01 BDT
Wheldrake says:
...and it was all luck, fate, in the end; you lived, and you waited to see what happened, and you would rarely ever be sure that what you had done was really the right thing or the wrong thing, because things can always be better, and things can always be worse.

From Espedair Street by Iain Banks. It's a quote that has helped me a lot when things seem to be getting out of control.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2010 12:48:15 BDT
shell says:
i've just googled catamite ryan.lol, what can i say, i've led a sheltered life.x

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2010 12:57:40 BDT
blimey! me too!

Posted on 21 Apr 2010 14:55:03 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Apr 2010 14:55:55 BDT
I Readalot says:
Difficult to pick a favourite but one quote from a recent novel really strikes a chord. Discussing a manuscript the protagonist says 'This happens quite often. You find something mind-bendingly life-changing and someone else barely notices it.' I think this pretty much sums up many of the discussions in this forum. The novel? Dr Ragab's Universal Language by Robert Twigger.
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