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  • #1
    John Steinbeck
    “Why, Jesus Christ, Ma, they comes a time when the on'y way a fella can keep his decency is by takin' a sock at a cop.”
    John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

  • #2
    Joseph Heller
    “He was going to live forever, or die in the attempt.”
    Joseph Heller, Catch-22

  • #3
    Joseph Heller
    “The country was in peril; he was jeopardizing his traditional rights of freedom and independence by daring to exercise them.”
    Joseph Heller, Catch-22

  • #4
    John Steinbeck
    “Don't you love Jesus?' Well, I thought an' I thought an' finally I says, 'No, I don't know nobody name' Jesus. I know a bunch of stories, but I only love people.”
    John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

  • #5
    Joseph Heller
    “Man was matter, that was Snowden's secret. Drop him out a window, and he'll fall. Set fire to him and he'll burn. Bury him and he'll rot, like other kinds of garbage. The spirit gone, man is garbage. That was Snowden's secret. Ripeness was all.”
    Joseph Heller, Catch-22

  • #6
    Mark Twain
    “All the first years, their only question had been -- asked with beseechings and tears that might have moved stone, in time, perhaps, but hearts are not stones: "Is he alive?" "Is she alive?”
    Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

  • #7
    Mark Twain
    “Their very imagination was dead. When you can say that of a man he has struck bottom... there is no lower deep for him.”
    Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

  • #8
    Mark Twain
    “The fact is, the king was a good deal more than a king, he was a man; and when a man is a man, you can't knock it out of him.”
    Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

  • #9
    Mark Twain
    “Words are only painted fire, a look is the fire itself. She gave that look, and carried it away to the treasury of heaven, where all things that are divine belong.”
    Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

  • #10
    Homer
    “Think not to match yourself against the gods, for men that walk the earth cannot hold their own with the immortals.”
    Homer, Iliad

  • #11
    Homer
    “Vain is your boast in that you have scratched the sole of my foot... A worthless coward can inflict but a light wound. When I wound a man, though I but graze his skin, it is another matter, for my weapon will lay him low. His wife will tear her cheeks out for grief and his children will be fatherless: there he will rot, reddening the earth with his blood, and vultures, not women, will gather round him.”
    Homer, Iliad

  • #12
    Homer
    “Here, therefore, huge and mighty warrior though you be, here shall you die.”
    Homer, Iliad

  • #13
    Steve Martin
    “A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.”
    Steve Martin

  • #14
    Douglas Adams
    “The story so far:
    In the beginning the Universe was created.
    This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”
    Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

  • #15
    Terry Pratchett
    “Give a man a fire and he's warm for a day, but set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life.”
    Terry Pratchett, Jingo

  • #16
    Douglas Adams
    “The Guide says there is an art to flying", said Ford, "or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”
    Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe and Everything

  • #17
    Oscar Wilde
    “I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince and Other Stories

  • #18
    T.H. White
    “Unfortunately we have tried to establish Right by Might, and you just can't do that”
    T.H. White

  • #19
    Joseph Heller
    “It doesn't make a damned bit of difference who wins the war to someone who's dead.”
    Joseph Heller, Catch-22

  • #20
    Joseph Heller
    “Do you know how long a year takes when it's going away?' Dunbar repeated to Clevinger. 'This long.' He snapped his fingers. 'A second ago you were stepping into college with your lungs full of fresh air. Today you're an old man.'

    'Old?' asked Clevinger with surprise. 'What are you talking about?'

    'Old.'

    'I'm not old.'

    'You're inches away from death every time you go on a mission. How much older can you be at your age? A half minute before that you were stepping into high school, and an unhooked brassiere was as close as you ever hoped to get to Paradise. Only a fifth of a second before that you were a small kid with a ten-week summer vacation that lasted a hundred thousand years and still ended too soon. Zip! They go rocketing by so fast. How the hell else are you ever going to slow down?' Dunbar was almost angry when he finished.

    'Well, maybe it is true,' Clevinger conceded unwillingly in a subdued tone. 'Maybe a long life does have to be filled with many unpleasant conditions if it's to seem long. But in that event, who wants one?'

    'I do,' Dunbar told him.

    'Why?' Clevinger asked.

    'What else is there?”
    Joseph Heller, Catch-22

  • #21
    Joseph Heller
    “There's nothing mysterious about it, He's not working at all. He's playing. Or else He's forgotten all about us. That's the kind of God you people talk about, a country bumpkin, a clumsy, bungling, brainless, conceited, uncouth hayseed. Good God, how much reverence can you have for a Supreme Being who finds it necessary to include such phenomena as phlegm and tooth decay in His divine system of Creation? What in the world was running through that warped, evil, scatological mind of His when He robbed old people of the power to control their bowel movements? Why in the world did He ever create pain?”
    Joseph Heller, Catch 22

  • #22
    Joseph Heller
    “Surely there can't be so many countries worth dying for.'
    Anything worth living for,' said Nately, 'is worth dying for.'
    And anything worth dying for,' answered the sacrilegious old man, 'is certainly worth living for.”
    Joseph Heller, Catch 22



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