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Fave one liner from a book?

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judgejudyandexecutioner · 02/05/2013 15:45

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

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mice · 02/05/2013 19:03

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

tumbletumble · 02/05/2013 19:05

'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 · 02/05/2013 19:05

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

textbook · 02/05/2013 19:08

"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 · 02/05/2013 19:08

"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 · 02/05/2013 19:11

Pen is envy - Handmaid's Tale

wetsand · 02/05/2013 19:13

'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 · 02/05/2013 19:13

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

Rincewind, one of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett.

wetsand · 02/05/2013 19:13

Both from Nicole Krauss, The History Of Love

LtEveDallas · 02/05/2013 19:14

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 · 02/05/2013 19:14

We live as we dream: alone.

Conrad - heart of darkness

totallystumped · 02/05/2013 19:33

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 · 02/05/2013 19:39

"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 · 02/05/2013 19:41

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 · 02/05/2013 19:46

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 · 02/05/2013 19:49

Last line of I capture the castle.

I love. I have loved. I will love.

Brave and sad and hopeful all at once.

NulliusInBlurba · 02/05/2013 19:52

Not exactly a novel, but from The Wastelandby Toilets TS Eliot.

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

Can be used for all sorts of situations.

FruOla · 02/05/2013 19:53

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

Karen Blixen (aka Isak Dinesen) - Out Of Africa

fizzykola · 02/05/2013 19:56

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 · 02/05/2013 19:56

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 · 02/05/2013 19:57

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 · 02/05/2013 20:02

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 · 02/05/2013 20:03

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

Bertie arguing with Jeeves - PG Wodehouse

SilentMammoth · 02/05/2013 20:07

"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.

tumbletumble · 02/05/2013 20:11

Now I'm confused. My copy of I Capture the Castle ends with 'I love you, I love you, I love you.' Do I have a different version to the rest of you?!

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