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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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swanyriver · 02/05/2013 20:13

?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.?

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

fertilityFTW · 02/05/2013 20:14

?It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.?

― from 'Love in the Time of Cholera' by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

Wallison · 02/05/2013 20:14

Another Forster one here: Yet as he spoke the darkness was withdrawn, veil after veil, and she saw to the bottom of her soul.

Love love love Mr Emerson.

AJBthesecond · 02/05/2013 20:16

"He sighed patriotically."

Whisky Galore, Compton Mckenzie.

Earthworms · 02/05/2013 20:19

" I'd love to stay and help, only I'm not going to"

A favourite in our house, and very useful.

YouDontWinFriendsWithSalad · 02/05/2013 20:35

Oh, how could I forget Gatsby - on every page there is something that takes my breath away.

The last line gives me shivers, I just love it:

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

LifeofPo · 02/05/2013 20:39

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JourneyThroughLife · 02/05/2013 20:46

Startling phrase in a book, which changed my life:

" 'Therapist' and 'the rapist' - just a matter of spacing, but the meaning is the same..."

Shute, in a book called 'Life Size' - a fictional account, about anorexia and therapy...

StiffyByng · 02/05/2013 20:51

'He went so far as to suggest that Master Simmons was well known to the police.'

Right Ho, Jeeves, P.G. Wodehouse. (Chapter 17)

Not really a stunner in isolation, but I assume an entire chapter is not admissible and this is the one line of the whole thing that simply makes me choke with laughter.

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bassetfeet · 02/05/2013 20:59

?There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one.?
― Kazuo Ishiguro

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MortifiedAdams · 02/05/2013 21:06

Dumbledore from me too...

"It does not do to dwell on dreams, and forget to live"

OddSockMonster · 02/05/2013 21:06

"If I'm in, tell him I'm out, and if I'm out, tell him I'm in."
Catch 22.

goingtobefree · 02/05/2013 21:08

Last time i dreamt of Manderlay( Rebecca)
I write this sitting in the kitchen sink
I capture the castle

Daisy17 · 02/05/2013 21:10

Slightly cheating, as it's a stage direction from Tennessee Williams, but his are so poetic..... "His smile lights her inwardly with altar candles." Just. Oh.

headlesshorseman · 02/05/2013 21:11

"Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion"


?I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.?

Pride and Prejudice Smile

Orianne · 02/05/2013 21:12

?I look placid, you see, that's why people think I'm fine. Inside I worry a lot.?

Orianne · 02/05/2013 21:21

"From the very beginning? from the first moment, I may almost say? of my acquaintance with you, your manners, impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others, were such as to form the groundwork of disapprobation on which succeeding events have built so immovable a dislike; and I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry."

talkingnonsense · 02/05/2013 21:31

"I swear, sometimes I don't know whether to scream, or just walk off into the sunset."
"Why not do both? Walk into the sunset screaming?"

Love that last sentence! Diana wynne jones in 8days of Luke.

Also love, all power corrupts, but we need electricity.

gallifrey · 02/05/2013 21:35

suck my fat one you cheap dime store hood

stand by me Stephen King

Potterer · 02/05/2013 21:45

"You play, you win, you play, you lose. You play.

It?s the playing that?s irresistible. Dicing from one year to the next with the things you love, what you risk reveals what you value"

Jeanette Winterson The Passion. Not her best book but I love that bit.

fuzzpig · 02/05/2013 21:49

Fellowship of the Ring, J R R Tolkien:

When she arrived later in the day, she took the point at once - but she also took the spoons.

Dawndonna · 02/05/2013 21:53

"Surely it is enough that the likes of you and I at least try to make our small contribution count for something true and worthy."
The Remains of The Day.

"In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.

For I have known them all already, known them all:
Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons;"
The love song of J Alfred Prufrock.
(I know it's a poem, but it is special).

PrideOfChanur · 02/05/2013 21:58

"Worse things happen at sea" "but we're not at sea..."

From??? I suspect it is an Antonia Forest quote but I don't remember where from.Any AF fans recognise it?

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