Butler Quotes

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Eoin Colfer
“Butler snapped his fingers. "Focus, Artemis! Time enough for your Atlantis Complex later. We have the Atlantis Trench outside that door and six miles of water above it. If you want to stay alive, you need to stay alert." He turned to Holly. "This is ridiculous. I'm pulling the plug."

Holly's mouth was a tight line as she shook her head. "Navy rules, Butler. You're on my boat, you follow my orders."

"As I remember, I brought the boat."

"Yes, thanks for bringing my boat.”
Eoin Colfer, The Atlantis Complex

Yana Toboso
“And that is why I hate dogs."
" . . . woof."
--Sebastian and Ceiel”
Yana Toboso

W.B. Yeats
“An Irish Airman foresees his Death

I Know that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere among the clouds above;
Those that I fight I do not hate
Those that I guard I do not love,
My country is Kiltartan Cross,
My countrymen Kiltartan’s poor,
No likely end could bring them loss
Or leave them happier than before.
Nor law, nor duty bade me fight,
Nor public man, nor cheering crowds,
A lonely impulse of delight
Drove to this tumult in the clouds;
I balanced all, brought all to mind,
The years to come seemed waste of breath,
A waste of breath the years behind
In balance with this life, this death.”
William Butler Yeats, The Wild Swans At Coole

Eoin Colfer
“Why can't we for once have a meeting in Starbucks?”
Eoin Colfer, The Lost Colony

Eoin Colfer
“Hey, bodyguard. You better get down to the gymnasium. This jumbo pixie guy is killing your sister." "Really?" said Butler, unconvinced. "Really. Juliet just does not seem to be herself. She can't put two moves together. It's pathetic, really. Everybody is betting against her." "I see," said Butler, straightening. Mulch held the door. "It's going to make things really interesting when you show up to help." Butler grinned. "I'm not coming to help. I just want to be there when she stops faking." "Ah," said Mulch, comprehension dawning on his face. "So I should switch my bet to Juliet?" "You certainly should" said Butler.”
Eoin Colfer

Nalini Singh
“Somehow the idea of Montgomery as a fairy doesn't have the same effect on me as it appears to have on you.

Nalini Singh, Angels' Blood

“If I couldn't do that much for my master then what kind of butler would I be, really.”
Sebastian Michaelis

Eoin Colfer
“So, let's make a deal: If you do not voice all the withering comments about the weight or uselessness of this jacket that are no doubt swirling in that big brain of yours, then I will not mention the super-laser episode again. Agreed?"
This jacket is really cutting into my shoulders, thought Artemis. And it's so heavy that I could not outrun a slug.
But he said, "Agreed.”
Eoin Colfer, The Last Guardian

Eoin Colfer
“There were only two men on the planet better educated in the various martial arts than Butler, and he was related to one of them. The other lived on an island in the South China Sea, and spent his days meditating and beating up palm trees. You really had to feel sorry for those goblins.”
Eoin Colfer, The Arctic Incident

“I'm simpley one hell of a butler.”
Sebastian Michealis

F. Scott Fitzgerald
“There was a machine in the kitchen which could extract the juice of two hundred oranges in half an hour, if a little button was pressed two hundred times by a butler’s thumb.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Eoin Colfer
“It was no time for mercy, it was time to terminate with extreme prejudice.”
Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl

Judith Butler
“There is no life without the conditions of life that variably sustain life, and those conditions are pervasively social, establishing not the discrete ontology of the person, but rather the interdependency of persons, involving reproducible and sustaining social relations, and relations to the environment and to non-human forms of life, broadly considered. This mode of social ontology (for which no absolute distinction between social and ecological exists) has concrete implications for how we re-approach the issues of reproductive freedom and anti-war politics. The question is not whether a given being is living or not, nor whether the being in question has the status of a “person”; it is, rather, whether the social conditions of persistence and flourishing are or are not possible. Only with this latter question can we avoid the anthropocentric and liberal individualist presumptions that have derailed such discussions.”
Judith Butler, Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable?

Octavia E. Butler
“...how could they let insane people gain control of devices that could do so much harm? If you knew a man was out of his mind, you restrained him. You didn't give him power.”
Octavia E. Butler, Adulthood Rites

Judith Butler
“According to Melanie Klein, we develop moral responses in reaction to questions of survivability. My wager is that Klein is right about that, even as she thwarts her own insight by insisting that it is the ego's survivability that is finally at issue. Why the ego? After all, if my survivability depends on a relation to others, to a "you" or a set of "yous" without whom I cannot exist, then my existence is not mine alone, but is to be found outside myself, in this set of relations that precede and exceed the boundaries of who I am. If I have a boundary at all, or if a boundary can be said to belong to me, it is only because I have become separated from others, and it is only on condition of this separation that I can relate to them at all. So the boundary is a function of the relation, a brokering of difference, a negotiation in which I am bound to you in my separateness. If I seek to preserve your life, it is not only because I seek to preserve my own, but because who "I" am is nothing without your life, and life itself has to be rethought as this complex, passionate, antagonistic, and necessary set of relations to others. I may lose this "you" and any number of particular others, and I may well survive those losses. But that can happen only if I do not lose the possibility of any "you" at all. If I survive, it is only because my life is nothing without the life that exceeds me, that refers to some indexical you, without whom I cannot be.”
Judith Butler, Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable?

Eoin Colfer
“The thing about a diversion is that it has to be diverting.”
Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl

Dorothy L. Sayers
“... I should wish to add, as a tribute to the great merits of your lordship's cellar, that, although I was obliged to drink a somewhat large quantity both of the Cockburn '68 and the 1800 Napoleon I feel no headache or other ill effects this morning.

Trusting that your lordship is deriving real benefit from the country air, and that the little information I have been able to obtain will prove satisfactory, I remain,

With respectful duty to all the family, their ladyships,

Obediently yours,


"Y'know," said Lord Peter thoughtfully to himself, "I sometimes think Mervyn Bunter's pullin' my leg.”
Dorothy L. Sayers, Whose Body?

Terry Eagleton
“What it means to be a ‘better person’, then, must be concrete and practical — that is to say, concerned with people’s political situations as a whole — rather than narrowly abstract, concerned only with the immediate interpersonal relations which can be abstracted from this concrete whole. It must be a question of political and not only of ‘moral’ argument: that is to say, it must be genuine moral argument, which sees the relations between individual qualities and values and our whole material conditions of existence. Political argument is not an alternative to moral preoccupations: it is those preoccupations taken seriously in their full implications.”
Terry Eagleton, Literary Theory: An Introduction

Paul B. Preciado
“Judith Butler ha definido agudamente el género como un sistema de reglas, convenciones, normas sociales y prácticas institucionales que producen performativamente el sujeto que pretenden describir. A través de una lectura cruzada de Austin, Derrida y Foucault, Butler ha identificado el género no como una esencia o una verdad psicológica, sino como una práctica discursiva y corporal performativa a través de la cual el sujeto adquiere inteligibilidad social y reconocimiento político.”
Beatriz Preciado, Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era

P.G. Wodehouse
“Jeeves, of course, is a gentleman’s gentlemen, not a butler, but if the call comes, he can buttle with the best of them.”
P.G. Wodehouse, Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves

P.G. Wodehouse
“Yes, Jeeves?"
The man had materialized on the carpet. Absolutely noiseless, as usual.
"A note for you, sir."
"A note for me, Jeeves?"
"A note for you, sir."
"From whom, Jeeves?"
"From Miss Bassett, sir."
"From whom, Jeeves?"
"From Miss Bassett, sir."
"From Miss Bassett, Jeeves?"
"From Miss Bassett, sir."
At this point, Aunt Dahlia begged us for heaven's sake to cut out the cross-talk vaudeville stuff. Always willing to oblige, I dismissed Jeeves with a nod, and he flickered for a moment and was gone.”
P.G. Wodehouse, Right Ho, Jeeves

Stanley Ager
“To Stanley Ager, the gift of human "service" was no one-way loyalty. He clearly gave his all to the families he served but, though he was almost too polite to state this, his expectation of loyalty in return was implicit.”
Stanley Ager, The Butler's Guide to Running the Home and Other Graces

China Miéville
“Things are going up in fire and never been there." When she looked no wiser he said, "There was a warehouse in Finchley. Round between the bath shop and the Pizza Hut. I know there was because I used to go there and because I've seen it." He tap-tapped his eyepiece again. "But 'seen it' butters no bleeding parsnips these days. That warehouse burnt down, and now it didn't ever was there. The bath shop and the Pizza Hut are joined up now, and the only ash blowing around there's a charred bit of never.”
China Miéville, Kraken

Paul B. Preciado
“El sexo, su verdad, su visibilidad, sus formas de exteriorización, la sexualidad, los modos normales y patológicos del placer, y la raza, su pureza o su degeneración, son tres potentes ficciones somáticas que obsesionan al mundo occidental a partir del siglo XIX hasta constituir el horizonte de toda acción teórica, científica y política contemporánea. Son ficciones somáticas no porque no tengan realidad material, sino porque su existencia depende de lo que Judith Butler ha denominado la repetición performativa de procesos de construcción política.”
Beatriz Preciado, Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era

Deanna Raybourn
“There are few greater pleasures in life than a devoted butler.”
Deanna Raybourn, Silent in the Sanctuary

Eoin Colfer
“By the time his vision had settled, the dwarf had disappeared into a maelstrom of churning muck. Butler decided not to attempt pursuit. Dying below ground was not very high on this *things to do* list. But there will be another day, fairy, he thought grimly. And there was to be. But that's another story.”
Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl

Eoin Colfer
“Well, am I forgiven?'
Butler sighed. On the chaise lounge, Juliet snored like a drunken sailor. He smiled suddenly.
'Yes, Artemis. All is forgiven. Just one thing…'
'Never again. Fairies are too… human.”
Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl