Last time it was first sentences. This time, I’m quoting memorable bits from anywhere within a book or short story. These are just the quotes that have come to mind while putting together this post. Given the vagaries of my memory, there are bound to be other bits I should have quoted… but hey… with my memory the way it is, consider yourselves lucky to be getting this!
As with my last post, I’m listing the sources at the end of the post so you can all play guess that quote.
As Yone had predicted, it was deserted — tourism was a thing of the past, along with parliaments and television chat shows, universities and churches, human disorder and human freedom.
The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t.
He looked at her as though seeing her for the first time, and kissed her as if they were not yet married.
Teddy and Vern slowly became just two more faces in the halls or in 3.30 detention. We nodded and said hi. That was all. It happens. Friends come in and out of your life like busboys in a restaurant, did you ever notice that?
In the space it took to read the few dozen words, Danny learned two crucial things, vital to learn at any age but so powerful to have at fourteen: that you always had to grant unlimited possibility, and that happy endings were as fleeting as you let them be.
She was a lovely lady, with a romantic mind and such a sweet mocking mouth. Her romantic mind was like the tiny boxes, one within the other, that come from the puzzling East, however many you discover there is always one more; and her sweet mocking mouth had one kiss on it that Wendy could never get, though there it was, perfectly conspicuous in the right-hand corner.
All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others
The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man; but already it was impossible to say which was which.
I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye! Yes, it was this! One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture — a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees — very gradually — I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.
I’ve been on quite a trip, though I don’t have much to show for it — a book of Rolling Stones’ lyrics, some coins with Arabic writing on them, a headscarf with crocheted fans around the edge. I’ve learned how to say “bread” and “water” in eight different languages and I can swear in Dutch.
Fa’red was not the sort of wizard who muttered arcane spells over foul-smelling cauldrons in dark cellars. Although he was a very inventive man, his ideas far exceeded his ability to carry them out personally. As such, he had learned to delegate work.
‘You asked me once,’ said O’Brien, ‘what was in Room 101. I told you that you knew the answer already. Everyone knows it. The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world.’
“And as their lips met, everything changed.”
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Catch ya later, George
1. When the Tripods Came, John Christopher, 1988.
2. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Dauglas Adams, 1979.
3. “Add a Dash of Pity”, Peter Ustinov, from Add a Dash of Pity and Other Short Stories, 1958.
4. “The Body”, Stephen King, from Different Seasons, 1982.
5. “The Saltimbanques”, Terry Dowling, from Blackwater Days, 2000.
6. Peter Pan, JM Barrie, 1911.
7. Animal Farm, George Orwell, 1945.
8. Animal Farm, George Orwell, 1945.
9. “The Tell-Tale Heart”, Edgar Allan Poe, 1843.
10. Sugar Sugar, Carole Wilkinson, 2010.
11. Drangonfang, Paul Collins, 2004.
12. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell, 1949.
13. Gamers’ Quest, George Ivanoff, 2009. — Yeah, yeah! I know! Shameless plug. 🙂