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judgejudyandexecutioner Thu 02-May-13 15:45:20

"It's lipless mouth quivered and slathered"
War of the Worlds - H G Wells

WeAreNinjaNotGeisha Thu 02-May-13 19:03:45

"Poetry in motion - it's the only way to travel!" Mr. Toad, The Wind in the Willows

mice Thu 02-May-13 19:03:46

"And if Eeyore's back snapped suddenly, then we could all laugh"

tumbletumble Thu 02-May-13 19:05:02

'There were three thousand six hundred and fifty three days like that on his stretch. From the first clang of the rail to the last clang of the rail. The three extra days were for leap years.'

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

thegreylady Thu 02-May-13 19:05:24

Last night I dreamed I went to Manderley again [Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier] it always gives me goose bumps.

textbook Thu 02-May-13 19:08:26

"The wines were too various. It was neither the quality nor the quantity that was at fault; it was the mixture."

Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh

missmapp Thu 02-May-13 19:08:50

"Don't forget to feed the parrot"

Cold comfort Farm - a goodbye as the train was leaving to distract the teary departee- always used in our house!!

BreasticlesNTesticles Thu 02-May-13 19:11:06

Pen is envy - Handmaid's Tale

wetsand Thu 02-May-13 19:13:01

'Once upon a time, there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering'


'Then he almost but didn't say the two sentences he'd been meaning to say for years: part of me is made of glass, and also, I love you'

grumpyinthemorning Thu 02-May-13 19:13:23

I didn't say I was powerful, I said I was a wizard.

Rincewind, one of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett.

wetsand Thu 02-May-13 19:13:30

Both from Nicole Krauss, The History Of Love

LtEveDallas Thu 02-May-13 19:14:40

Well mine is very low brow compared to the others grin but both from Stephen King novels:

"If you don't control your temper, your temper will control you."
From Under the Dome


"Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman has to hold onto."
From Dolores Claiborne

There's another one, Stephen King again, but I can't remember what book "Get busy living or get busy dying."

milkwasabadchoice Thu 02-May-13 19:14:58

We live as we dream: alone.

Conrad - heart of darkness

totallystumped Thu 02-May-13 19:33:06

More of a phrase "... like a plate of scarlet porridge..." Margo's acned face in Gerrald Durrell's "My Family and Other Animals"

Soert of an anti-fav "The womb of his young wife had borne a single dark and malignant child." Stephen King "The Stand" (chills me, every time)

Celticlassie Thu 02-May-13 19:39:37

"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And then one fine morning—"

FrankellyMyDearIDontGiveADamn Thu 02-May-13 19:41:54

So pleased that someone else has quoted Hitchhikers grin

My favourite line, from the HH books:

"Flying is the art of throwing yourself at the ground and missing"

Or, when the occasion calls for it:

"Go stick your head in a pig!"

RedJeans Thu 02-May-13 19:46:50

Mine are both Dumbledore quotes grin

"And now Harry, let us step out into the night and persue that flighty temptress, adventure"

"Of course it is happening inside your head Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?"

And many more!

TartinaTiara Thu 02-May-13 19:49:04

Last line of I capture the castle.

I love. I have loved. I will love.

Brave and sad and hopeful all at once.

NulliusInBlurba Thu 02-May-13 19:52:56

Not exactly a novel, but from ^The Wasteland^by Toilets TS Eliot.

"Well now that's done: and I'm glad it's over"

Can be used for all sorts of situations.

FruOla Thu 02-May-13 19:53:07

"I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills."

Karen Blixen (aka Isak Dinesen) - Out Of Africa

fizzykola Thu 02-May-13 19:56:41

Love the I Capture The Castle line too.


'At the end of the eternal why? is a yes and a yes and a yes!'
Room With a View, EM Forster.
So positive.

And for contrast, the killer opening line of Albert Camus The Outsider:

'Today my mother died. Or maybe yesterday, I'm not sure'

PrideOfChanur Thu 02-May-13 19:56:56

If Hitchhiker is being quoted "Why stop now,just when I'm hating it" is a favorite in our house.(actually,true for most of what Marvin says!)

And Ds's fave quote at the moment is from Terry Pratchett's The Last Continent "We'd better batten down the hatches" said the Dean "We don't have any hatches"" "Batten down Mrs Whitlow at least..."

BikeRunSki Thu 02-May-13 19:57:41

Geology, that's time and magic - Uncle Rory, The Crow Road - Iain Banks

It was the day my grandmother exploded - opening line of The Crow Road, Iain Banks

WhoPaintedTheLion Thu 02-May-13 20:02:00

My user name. "Who painted the lion? Tell me, who?" Wife of Bath, Canterbury Tales.

Also, I like Pratchett's explaination of the beginning of the universe where giant space turtles mated. They called it thr Big Bang.

PoppyAmex Thu 02-May-13 20:03:56

"Very good," I said coldly. "In that case, tinkerty-tonk."
And I meant it to sting.

Bertie arguing with Jeeves - PG Wodehouse

SilentMammoth Thu 02-May-13 20:07:53

"I poured cereal and powdered milk in a bowl and ran it under the tap" !The Object of My Affection. Ace book, less good film.

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