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SheHasAWildHeart Sat 16-Apr-16 22:21:50

"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
~ Hamlet, William Shakespeare

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Sat 16-Apr-16 22:23:26

Whenever they catch you they will kill you. But first they must catch you...

Richard Adams

EDisFunny Sat 16-Apr-16 22:26:28

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

Jane Austen

magimedi Sat 16-Apr-16 22:28:56

”From quiet homes and first beginning,
Out to the undiscovered ends,
There’s nothing worth the wear of winning,
But laughter and the love of friends.”

– Hilaire Belloc

annandale Sat 16-Apr-16 22:32:55

KingJoffrey love that smile

'...I leave it to whomsoever it may concern, whether the tendency of this work be altogether to recommend parental tyranny, or to reward filial disobedience.'

(actually also has a Watership Down link, that one)

EveryoneElsie Sat 16-Apr-16 22:33:13

'like an old man in tight boots walking over cobbles'

Charles Dickens describing a crow, Barnaby Rudge.

SorrelForbes Sat 16-Apr-16 22:34:03

I wonder’ – Petrova looked up - ‘If other girls had to be one of us, which of us they’d choose to be?

Noel Streatfeild

Bogeyface Sat 16-Apr-16 22:35:03

"Got a smile like a wave on a slop bucket"

Soul Music, Terry Pratchett

spirallinganxiety Sat 16-Apr-16 22:36:21

"Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic."

Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore (smile)

mithy Sat 16-Apr-16 22:37:33

June in her eyes, in her heart January.

Thomas Carew.

Pipbin Sat 16-Apr-16 22:37:44

“Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need - a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing. ”

― Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat

Jaimx86 Sat 16-Apr-16 22:37:51

I love the nihilism of Bret Easton Ellis. I don't want to care. If I care about things, it'll just be worse, it'll just be another thing to worry about. It's less painful if I don't care.
Bret Easton Ellis, Less Than Zero

TulipsInAJug Sat 16-Apr-16 22:38:45

"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."

Last line of A Tale of Two Cities

MrsLeighHalfpenny Sat 16-Apr-16 22:38:53

“Wendy," Peter Pan continued in a voice that no woman has ever yet been able to resist, "Wendy, one girl is more use than twenty boys.”

OneInAMillionYou Sat 16-Apr-16 22:39:55

"The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there."

L.P. Hartley. The Go-Between

I find it unbearably poignant, the regrets we all have and the longing for another time.

Armi Sat 16-Apr-16 22:40:49

'Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father's passin'.'

To Kill A Mockingbird. But there are so many fantastic quotations from that novel...

silvermantela Sat 16-Apr-16 22:40:51

'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away."

Ozymandias, by Shelley


So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

Sonnet 18, Shakespeare

Thus, though we cannot make our sun
Stand still, yet we will make him run.

To His Coy Mistress, Marvell

Hmmm, seem to be in a bit of an existential mood tonight!Must be Sat night wine

MrsLeighHalfpenny Sat 16-Apr-16 22:41:00

Pipbin Three Men in a Boat is my favourite book, ever.

Starman16 Sat 16-Apr-16 22:41:08

"There was no end to the ways in which nice things are nicer than nasty ones"

Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim

Baconyum Sat 16-Apr-16 22:41:26

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.

ratspeaker Sat 16-Apr-16 22:43:19

Dont panic - Douglas Adams

In ancient times cats were worshiped as gods. They have not forgotten this- Terry Pratchett

TheNotoriousPMT Sat 16-Apr-16 22:45:47

"You were sick, but now you are well, and there is work to be done."

Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake, I probably slightly misquoted but that's the gist.

"Her body curved like a Raymond Chandler simile." Neil Gaiman getting a bit meta.

OneInAMillionYou Sat 16-Apr-16 22:46:05

My second favourite, from my favourite poet, T.S. Eliot

" Footfalls echo in the memory down the passage which we did not take towards the door we never opened, into the rose garden."

dimots Sat 16-Apr-16 22:46:37

"There is only one god, and his name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to Death: 'Not today'." ―Syrio Forel. Game of Thrones

ThreeBarrels Sat 16-Apr-16 22:47:24

'This above all, to thine own self be true, and it must follow as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man'


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