Wry Quotes

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Willem Lange
“What New England is, is a state of mind, a place where dry humor and perpetual disappointment blend to produce an ironic pessimism that folks from away find most perplexing”
Willem Lange

Dashiell Hammett
“The face she made at me was probably meant for a smile. Whatever it was, it beat me. I was afraid she'd do it again, so I surrendered”
Dashiell Hammett, The Continental Op
tags: noir, wry

Norton Juster
“You see. . . it's really quite strenuous doing nothing all day, so once a week we take a holiday and go nowhere, which was just where we were going when you came along. Would you care to join us?”
Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
tags: wry

Charles Bukowski
“your best men are
drunks and your worst men are
locking them
your best men are killers and
your worst men are
selling them
Charles Bukowski, Betting on the Muse: Poems and Stories

Lisa Shearin
“Vegard and Riston's job today was to guard and protect me. And considering that I was in a tower room in the Guardians' citadel, it looked like a pretty plum assignment. I mean, how much trouble could a girl get into under heavy guard in a tower room? Notice I didn't ask that question out loud. No need to rub Fate's nose in something when I'd been tempting her enough lately.

Phaelan had generously his guard services as well, just in case something happened to me that my Guardian bodyguards couldn't handle. Phaelan's guard-on-duty stance resembled his pirate-on-shore-leave stane of leaning back in a chair with his feet up, but instead of a tavern table, his boots were doing a fine job of holding down the windowsill. I don't know how I'd ever felt safe without him.”
Lisa Shearin, Armed & Magical

Lin Yutang
“Nobody is right and nobody is wrong. Only one thing is right, and that is the Truth, but nobody knows what it is. It is a thing that changes all the time, and then comes back to the same thing. -Old Yao”
Lin Yutang, Moment in Peking

E.L. Doctorow
“She's some kind of Socialist-anarchist-anarcho-syndicalist-Communist. Unless you're one of them you can't tell exactly what any of them are.”
E.L. Doctorow, Homer & Langley
tags: wry

Anthony Powell
“His mastery of the hard-luck story was of a kind never achieved by persons not wholly concentrated on themselves.”
Anthony Powell, A Dance to the Music of Time: 1st Movement

Kamila Shamsie
“Character is just an invention, but it's an invention that serves as both reason and justification for our behaviour. - Broken Verses”
Kamila Shamsie

Anthony Powell
“He gave me a look of great contempt; as I supposed, for venturing, even by implication, to draw a parallel between a lack of affluence that might, literally, affect my purchase of rare vintages, and a figure of speech intended delicately to convey his own dire want for the bare necessities of life. He remained silent for several seconds, as if trying to make up his mind whether he could ever bring himself to speak to me again; and then said gruffly: 'I've got to go now.”
Anthony Powell, A Buyer's Market

T.S. Eliot
“When we talk about Poetry, with a capital P, we are apt to think only of the more intense emotions or the more magical phrase: nevertheless there are a great many casements in poetry which are not magic, and which do not open on the foam of perilous seas, but are perfectly good windows for all that.”
T. S. Eliot
tags: poetry, wry

“Sai stands in his spineless way, young but antiquated, studious but not clever, a thick steel watch on his wrist, his oiled black hair combed in the good-boy hairstyle.
He looks like the past of an old man”
Manu Jospeh

Juliette Fay
“The Dark Ages are alive and secretly thriving like a herpes infection among us.”
Juilette Fay

Rose Wynters
“Was he hitting some type of werewolf midlife crisis? First, he'd left Wolf Town, and now he was envisioning a mate. What next? Bird watching? Board games? Retirement homes?”
Rose Wynters, My Wolf Fighter