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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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TartinaTiara · 02/05/2013 22:36

tumbletumble, you're right, I've just checked my copy and the last line is as you think. Now I'm totally confused as to where I got my line from, I'm nowhere near clever enough to have invented it.

Am going to have to re-read it again, it must be somewhere in there.

MrsKoala · 02/05/2013 22:51

'This is not an exit'

American Psycho

ChubbyKitty · 02/05/2013 22:59

“At the temple there is a poem called "Loss" carved into the stone. It has three words, but the poet has scratched them out. You cannot read loss, only feel it.”

Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

OiVaVoi · 02/05/2013 23:12

Feather footed thought the plushy fen passes the questing vole

Opening line iof Scoop, Evelyn Waugh

thatsalovelyhat · 03/05/2013 00:36

Currently, 'The front end of a cow had never been so popular.' The Making of Tesco by Sarah Ryle.

darksideofthemooncup · 03/05/2013 01:05

"I see . . ." said the vampire thoughtfully, and slowly he walked across the room towards the window. - Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire

SorrelForbes · 03/05/2013 01:05

The Fossil sisters lived in the Cromwell Road. At that end of it which is farthest away from the Brompton Road, and yet sufficiently near it so one could be taken to look at the dolls? houses in the Victoria and Albert every wet day.

Ballet Shoes, Noel Streatfeild.

My mum and I recite this anytime we're on these roads!

darksideofthemooncup · 03/05/2013 01:10

or this:
?The rabbit of Easter. He bring of the chocolate.?
― David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day

TrucksAndDinosaurs · 03/05/2013 02:09

'It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen'
1984, George Orwell

BalloonSlayer · 03/05/2013 08:15

Not an exact quote, but I don't think that matters as she uses it a couple of times in different books about different characters.

"People who claim not to care anything about money are always jolly good at spending other people's" - St Jilly of Cooper.

Love this as have found it to be v. true.

tumbletumble · 03/05/2013 08:35

Tartina if it's any consolation that would be a great ending!

NotTreadingGrapes · 03/05/2013 08:46

My absolute favourite, the last paragraph from Gatsby already been done so I get to do another:

"I was there, standing across your path and because I was there, you met me, without any reasonable cause, without having wanted to do so; from that moment, you could choose to come closer to me or to run away from me, but you could not prevent me existing in your consciousness" Simone de Beauvoir, The Blood of Others

NotTreadingGrapes · 03/05/2013 08:47

"If she had not wanted me to love her, she should not have looked at me."

Graham Green, I think, though have never managed to find the book. Someone sent it to me years ago.

HazleNutt · 03/05/2013 09:05

All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.

Animal Farm.

RevealTheHiddenBeach · 03/05/2013 09:25

"No one is finally dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away -- until the clock he wound up winds down, until the wine she made has finished its ferment, until the crop they planted is harvested. The span of someone's life, they say, is only the core of their actual existence."

Reaper Man - Terry Pratchett.

(loving the Gatsby ones - I'm currently reading it for an exam so have been analysing it to death, it's lovely to see it through fresh eyes again!)

SciFiFan · 03/05/2013 09:38

?But, Lizzy, you look as if you did not enjoy it. You are not going to be missish, I hope, and pretend to be affronted at an idle report. For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn??
Mr Bennett, Pride and Predjudice (my excuse for a good gossip)

'He looked up; and she was instantly scarlet, as though she had been dipped in boiling water. Through the confusion of her darkened eyes and drumming ears some enormous bulk seemed to stoop over her. Then the mist cleared. His eyes were riveted upon the manuscript again, but he breathed as though he had been running.
So, thought Harriet, it has happened,'
Gaudy Night, Dorothy L Sayers
The moment Harriet realised she was in love with Lord Peter.

oopsiedoopsie · 03/05/2013 09:46

"It was all very well going on about pure logic and how the universe was ruled by logic and the harmony of numbers, but the plain fact of the matter was that the Disc was manifestly traversing space on the back of a giant turtle and the gods had a habit of going round to atheists' houses and smashing their windows."

Mr Pratchett, The Colour of Magic

Whitewineformeplease · 03/05/2013 09:55

Austen again...
"You pierce my soul." Oh Captain Wentworth! (Swoon...)

TheSurgeonsMate · 03/05/2013 10:00

Oi, I love the questing vole too.

Often used in our house: "It is never difficult to distinguish between a Scotsman with a grievance and a ray of sunshine." PG Wodehouse.

Not enough opportunities to use, as I rarely wish anyone dead - "And don't pass any open windows." Hotel New Hampshire, John Irving.

NotTreadingGrapes · 03/05/2013 10:19

"He's come to take my soul, " she thought, "but when did I ever tell him he could have it?"

John Le Carre. Little Drummer Girl.

VioletGoesVintage · 03/05/2013 11:45

"The long, lovely, blue days that lasted for ever, that still are. ..." Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight

Minion · 03/05/2013 12:00

Did my heart love till now?
Forswear it sight. For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.

Romeo and Juliet. William Shakespeare.

gotthemoononastick · 03/05/2013 12:31

The tiger's wife.Last sentence.
I had been taught long ago that there are some stories you keep to yourself.
Unforgettable book.

seeker · 03/05/2013 12:32

I love Mr Bennet

"You have delighted us long enough. Let some other young lady make an exhibition of herself"

I use it a lot.

queenjellybelly · 03/05/2013 12:50

Can't remember it verbatim but the gist was basically this. "Childbirth is often viewed as a miracle, but its not. Once you are pregnant it's basically inevitable. Throughout pregnancy & birth we are caused unimaginable pain, stress & discomfort by this baby. The miracle is that after all this, we love them." From the birth house by ami McKay.

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