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  • #1
    William Goldman
    “Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.”
    William Goldman, William Goldman: Four Screenplays


  • #2
    Cassandra Clare
    “It means 'Shadowhunters: Looking Better in Black Than the Widows of our Enemies Since 1234'.”
    Cassandra Clare, City of Bones


  • #3
    J.K. Rowling
    “You haven't got a letter on yours," George observed. "I suppose she thinks you don't forget your name. But we're not stupid-we know we're called Gred and Forge.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


  • #4
    J.K. Rowling
    “Albus Severus," Harry said quietly, so that nobody but Ginny could hear, and she was tactful enough to pretend to be waving to Rose, who was now on the train, "you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


  • #5
    J.K. Rowling
    “I DON'T CARE!" Harry yelled at them, snatching up a lunascope and throwing it into the fireplace. "I'VE HAD ENOUGH, I'VE SEEN ENOUGH, I WANT OUT, I WANT IT TO END, I DON'T CARE ANYMORE!"
    "You do care," said Dumbledore. He had not flinched or made a single move to stop Harry demolishing his office. His expression was calm, almost detached. "You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


  • #6
    William Goldman
    “Life isn't fair, it's just fairer than death, that's all.”
    William Goldman, The Princess Bride


  • #7
    William Goldman
    “When I was your age, television was called books.”
    William Goldman, The Princess Bride


  • #8
    William Goldman
    “The Queen's Pride was his ship, and he loved her. (That was the way his sentences always went: It is raining today and I love you. My cold is better and I love you. Say hello to Horse and I love you. Like that.)”
    William Goldman, The Princess Bride


  • #9
    William Goldman
    “Who says life is fair, where is that written?”
    William Goldman, The Princess Bride


  • #10
    William Goldman
    “Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.”
    William Goldman, The Princess Bride


  • #11
    William Goldman
    “I've been saying it so long to you, you just wouldn't listen. Every time you said 'Farm Boy do this' you thought I was answering 'As you wish' but that's only because you were hearing wrong. 'I love you' was what it was, but you never heard.”
    William Goldman, The Princess Bride


  • #12
    William Goldman
    “I’ll tell you the truth and its up to you to live with it.”
    William Goldman, The Princess Bride


  • #13
    William Goldman
    “We’ll never survive!”
    “Nonsense. You’re only saying that because no one ever has.”
    William Goldman, The Princess Bride


  • #14
    William Goldman
    “I’m going to tell you something once and then whether you die is strictly up to you," Westley said, lying pleasantly on the bed. "What I’m going to tell you is this: drop your sword, and if you do, then I will leave with this baggage here"—he glanced at Buttercup—"and you will be tied up but not fatally, and will be free to go about your business. And if you choose to fight, well, then, we will not both leave alive."

    You are only alive now because you said 'to the pain.' I want that phrase explained."

    My pleasure. To the pain means this: if we duel and you win, death for me. If we duel and I win, life for you. But life on my terms. The first thing you lose will be your feet. Below the ankle. You will have stumps available to use within six months. Then your hands, at the wrists. They heal somewhat quicker. Five months is a fair average. Next your nose. No smell of dawn for you. Followed by your tongue. Deeply cut away. Not even a stump left. And then your left eye—"

    And then my right eye, and then my ears, and shall we get on with it?" the Prince said.

    Wrong!" Westley’s voice rang across the room. "Your ears you keep, so that every shriek of every child shall be yours to cherish—every babe that weeps in fear at your approach, every woman that cries 'Dear God, what is that thing?' will reverberate forever with your perfect ears. That is what 'to the pain' means. It means that I leave you in anguish, in humiliation, in freakish misery until you can stand it no more; so there you have it, pig, there you know, you miserable vomitous mass, and I say this now, and live or die, it’s up to you: Drop your sword!"

    The sword crashed to the floor.”
    William Goldman


  • #15
    William Goldman
    “I could give you my word as a Spaniard," Inigo said.
    "No good," the man in black replied. "I've known too many Spaniards.”
    William Goldman, The Princess Bride


  • #16
    William Goldman
    “No more rhymes now I mean it!”

    “Anybody want a peanut?”

    “AAHH!”
    William Goldman, The Princess Bride


  • #17
    Eoin Colfer
    “Confidence is ignorance. If you're feeling cocky, it's because there's something you don't know.”
    Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl


  • #18
    Eoin Colfer
    “If I win, I'm a prodigy. If I lose, then I'm crazy. That's the way history is written.”
    Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl


  • #19
    Brent Weeks
    “The truth is, everyone likes to look down on someone. If your favorites are all avant-garde writers who throw in Sanskrit and German, you can look down on everyone. If your favorites are all Oprah Book Club books, you can at least look down on mystery readers. Mystery readers have sci-fi readers. Sci-fi can look down on fantasy. And yes, fantasy readers have their own snobbishness. I’ll bet this, though: in a hundred years, people will be writing a lot more dissertations on Harry Potter than on John Updike. Look, Charles Dickens wrote popular fiction. Shakespeare wrote popular fiction—until he wrote his sonnets, desperate to show the literati of his day that he was real artist. Edgar Allan Poe tied himself in knots because no one realized he was a genius. The core of the problem is how we want to define “literature”. The Latin root simply means “letters”. Those letters are either delivered—they connect with an audience—or they don’t. For some, that audience is a few thousand college professors and some critics. For others, its twenty million women desperate for romance in their lives. Those connections happen because the books successfully communicate something real about the human experience. Sure, there are trashy books that do really well, but that’s because there are trashy facets of humanity. What people value in their books—and thus what they count as literature—really tells you more about them than it does about the book.”
    Brent Weeks


  • #20
    Brent Weeks
    “Why is it, my shadow-striding friend, that we don't fear dreams? We lose consciousness, lose control, things happen with no apparent logic and abiding by no apparent rules.... We don't fear dreams, but we do fear madness, and death terrifies us.”
    Brent Weeks, Shadow's Edge


  • #21
    Brent Weeks
    “Why did women always believe that talking about a problem would fix it? Some issues were corpses. Hot air made them fester and rot and spread their disease to everything else. Better to bury it and move on.”
    Brent Weeks, Shadow's Edge


  • #22
    Brent Weeks
    “I'm not dreaming this, am I?" he asked.
    Dehvi lifted an eyebrow. "There's only one way to know for sure," he said.
    What's that?"
    Go piss in the woods. If you feel wet and warm afterward, wake up.”
    Brent Weeks, Beyond the Shadows
    tags: humor


  • #23
    Brent Weeks
    “A few months ago you assassinated a man who called himself a god; now you're going after a goddess in truth. Unless you can figure out a way to kill continents, after this you're going to have to retire.”
    Brent Weeks, Beyond the Shadows


  • #24
    We read to know we're not alone.
    “We read to know we're not alone.”
    William Nicholson, Shadowlands


  • #25
    Oscar Wilde
    “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
    Oscar Wilde


  • #26
    Groucho Marx
    “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
    Groucho Marx


  • #27
    Oscar Wilde
    “It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.”
    Oscar Wilde


  • #28
    Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.
    “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
    Lemony Snicket, Horseradish


  • #29
    Dr. Seuss
    “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
    Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!


  • #30
    Charles William Eliot
    “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
    Charles William Eliot




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