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message 1: by Tobias (new)

Tobias Taylor (tobstaylor) | 177 comments Mod
Anyone can add quotes here. I'll try and post a daily quote (daily obviously).


message 2: by Tobias (last edited Aug 25, 2010 06:53AM) (new)

Tobias Taylor (tobstaylor) | 177 comments Mod
"And the Clave wants to meet Clarissa. You know that, Jace."
"The Clave can screw itself."
"Jace," Maryse said, sounding genuinely parental for a change. "Language."
"The Clave wants a lot of things," Jace amended. "It shouldn't necessarily get them all."

-Cassandra Clare (City Of Glass)


message 3: by Tobias (new)

Tobias Taylor (tobstaylor) | 177 comments Mod
"He's not here."
"Not here like he just popped around the corner to the bodega for a six-pack of Diet Coke and a box of Krispy Kremes, or not here like..."

— Cassandra Clare


message 4: by John (new)

John Sublette | 5 comments "It's a rare man who is taken for what he truly is... There is much misjudgment in the world... We are not always what we seem, and hardly ever what we dream. "


"Quests may not simply be abandoned; prophecies may not be left to rot like unpicked fruit; unicorns may go unrescued for a very long time, but not forever. The happy ending cannot come in the middle of the story."

Both from "The Last Unicorn" by Peter S. Beagle


message 5: by Tobias (new)

Tobias Taylor (tobstaylor) | 177 comments Mod
I like the quotes and I realise I had forgotten to continue to post quotes here. I shall therefore strive to remember.


message 6: by Tacuazin (new)

Tacuazin | 33 comments Anything that happens in Ankh-Morpork deserves a place of honor in any quote list. My favourite, today, can be:
"He'd been wrong, there was a light at the end of the tunnel, and it was a flamethrower."
— Terry Pratchett (Mort)


message 7: by Tobias (new)

Tobias Taylor (tobstaylor) | 177 comments Mod
Love it. Here's another one.


"The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't."
— Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)


message 8: by Tacuazin (new)

Tacuazin | 33 comments From Monstrous Regiment:"...And that being the case, and since you, captain, are invading our country by night under the cover of darkness, and I am a humble civilian, I think there’s no rule to stop me beating seven kinds of crap out of you until you tell me why you came here and when the rest of your mates are going to arrive. And that may take me some time, sir, because up until now I’ve only ever discovered five types of crap."


message 9: by Tobias (new)

Tobias Taylor (tobstaylor) | 177 comments Mod
"My dear young cousin, if there's one thing I've learned over the eons, it's that you can't give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it."
— Rick Riordan


message 10: by Tacuazin (new)

Tacuazin | 33 comments That is a good one! What about this?
"Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?,
Jace said, "Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself."
..."At least," she said, "you don't have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland."
"Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting."
— Cassandra Clare (City of Bones)


message 11: by Tobias (new)

Tobias Taylor (tobstaylor) | 177 comments Mod
Yeah I love that one!!

"You're a monster.
Thanks. Does this mean I get a raise?
No, just a medal. The budget isn't inexhaustable."
— Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game)


message 12: by Tacuazin (new)

Tacuazin | 33 comments "Ankh-Morpork had dallied with many forms of government and had ended up with that form of democracy known as One Man, One Vote. The Patrician was the Man; he had the Vote."
— Terry Pratchett (Mort)


message 13: by Raven614 (new)

Raven614 | 5 comments “Dates,” repeated an incredulous Mergin, “you took down four of my best guards with date pits?”
“If these are your best I hesitate to see the support troops,”

Icarus Rising
By
David N. Pauly


message 14: by Raven614 (new)

Raven614 | 5 comments "You bitches don't know your luck...that you'll never feel the pain...of a blow to the fruits."
"Try childbirth"

Best Served Cold
by
Joe Abercrombie


message 15: by Tobias (new)

Tobias Taylor (tobstaylor) | 177 comments Mod
"A merry little surge of electricity piped by automatic alarm from the mood organ beside his bed awakened Rick Deckard. Surprised - it always surprised him to find himself awake without prior notice - he rose from the bed, stood up in his multicolored pajamas, and stretched."
— Philip K. Dick (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)


message 16: by Tacuazin (new)

Tacuazin | 33 comments One from The Blade Itself, this time Glokta's:
"If Glokta had been given the opportunity to torture any one man, any one at all, he would surely have chosen the inventor of steps."


message 17: by Tacuazin (new)

Tacuazin | 33 comments Tourist, Rincewind decided, meant 'idiot'.
- Terry Pratchett


message 18: by Tobias (new)

Tobias Taylor (tobstaylor) | 177 comments Mod
"What I say is, a town isn't a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it's got a bookstore it knows it's not fooling a soul."
— Neil Gaiman (American Gods)


message 19: by Tacuazin (new)

Tacuazin | 33 comments "If you have enough book space, I don't want to talk to you."
— Terry Pratchett


message 20: by Tobias (new)

Tobias Taylor (tobstaylor) | 177 comments Mod
"As far as I'm concerned, the only difference between fact and what most people call fiction is about fifteen pages in the dictionary."
— Charles de Lint


Caitie (caitiegirlreads) (caitiegirlreads) | 5 comments "In the beginning the universe was created. . .this made a lot of people angry and has been widely regarded as a bad idea." -Douglas Adams


Caitie (caitiegirlreads) (caitiegirlreads) | 5 comments Tacuazin wrote: ""If you have enough book space, I don't want to talk to you."
— Terry Pratchett"


LOVE that one.


Caitie (caitiegirlreads) (caitiegirlreads) | 5 comments "If you're trying to take a roomful of people by surprise, it's a lot easier to hit your targets if you don't yell going through the door."-Lois McMaster Bujold


“Let us proceed under the assumption that the fairy folk do exist, and that I am not a gibbering moron.”
-Artemis Fowl


message 24: by Tacuazin (new)

Tacuazin | 33 comments Ooops, I missed my yesterday's daily quote, so I am back with two:
"In theory it was, around now, Literature. Susan hated Literature. She'd much prefer to read a good book."
— Terry Pratchett (Soul Music)

"I couldn’t see Pritkin’s face very well, just a pale blur against the shadows, but he didn’t sound happy. Some people thought he had only one mode... pissed off. In reality, he had plenty of them. Over the past few weeks, I’d learned to tell the difference between real pissed off, impatient pissed off and scared pissed off. I suspected that this was the last kind. If so, that made two of us"
- Karen Chance


message 25: by Tobias (new)

Tobias Taylor (tobstaylor) | 177 comments Mod
Same I missed yesterday's too.

"She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it)."
— Lewis Carroll (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass)


"He had noticed that events were cowards: they didn't occur singly, but instead they would run in packs and leap out at him all at once."
— Neil Gaiman (Neverwhere)


message 26: by Tacuazin (new)

Tacuazin | 33 comments Some wishful thinking for the weekend:

"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good."
— J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)


message 27: by Tobias (new)

Tobias Taylor (tobstaylor) | 177 comments Mod
I love this quote

"Josh speculated about the hypothetical contents of an imaginary porn magazine for intelligent trees that would be entitled Enthouse."
— Lev Grossman (The Magicians)


message 28: by Tacuazin (new)

Tacuazin | 33 comments I laughed my head off with this one:

You're Hell's Angels, then? What chapter are you from?'
REVELATIONS, CHAPTER SIX.

— Neil Gaiman (Good Omens)


message 29: by Tacuazin (new)

Tacuazin | 33 comments My new 9mm didn’t fit my hand as well as my old one, but it was rapidly becoming a familiar weight. At first I’d decided it was okay to wear as long as I shot only at supernatural bad guys who were already shooting at me. Lately, I’d had to broaden that definition to anytime my life was in danger. I was currently leaning toward a slightly more comprehensive rule somewhere between proactive self-defense and the-bastards-had-it-coming, which, if I survived long enough, I intended to blame on my deranged partner rubbing off on me.
- Karen Chance (Embrace the night)


message 30: by Tacuazin (new)

Tacuazin | 33 comments "I wasn't entirely sure, but a polite John Pritkin might be a sign of the apocalypse."
— Karen Chance (Embrace the Night)


message 31: by Tobias (new)

Tobias Taylor (tobstaylor) | 177 comments Mod
"Name the different kinds of people,’ said Miss Lupescu. ‘Now.’

Bod thought for a moment. ‘The living,’ he said. ‘Er. The dead.’ He stopped. Then, ‘...Cats?’ he offered, uncertainly."
— Neil Gaiman (The Graveyard Book)


message 32: by Tobias (new)

Tobias Taylor (tobstaylor) | 177 comments Mod
Tacuazin wrote: "My new 9mm didn’t fit my hand as well as my old one, but it was rapidly becoming a familiar weight. At first I’d decided it was okay to wear as long as I shot only at supernatural bad guys who were..."

I like it


message 33: by Tobias (new)

Tobias Taylor (tobstaylor) | 177 comments Mod
"You're going to burn in a very special level of hell. A level they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theater."
— Joss Whedon


message 34: by Tacuazin (new)

Tacuazin | 33 comments I don't know what it is with cats and Death, but whatever it is, I like it.

"I hate cats.'
Death's face became a little stiffer, if that were possible. The blue glow in his eye sockets flickered red for an instant.
I SEE, he said. The tone suggested that death was too good for cat haters."
— Terry Pratchett (Wyrd Sisters)


message 35: by Tobias (new)

Tobias Taylor (tobstaylor) | 177 comments Mod
I think some of the whole death and cats scenario must have come from the Egyptians who, if I remember correctly, had cats guarding their dead and the underworld.


message 36: by Tacuazin (new)

Tacuazin | 33 comments Baron Hotschaft wrote: "I think some of the whole death and cats scenario must have come from the Egyptians who, if I remember correctly, had cats guarding their dead and the underworld."

I meant Pratchett's Death, not Death-Death. Of course, Pratchett says so himself,
"In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this."
— Terry Pratchett


message 37: by Tobias (new)

Tobias Taylor (tobstaylor) | 177 comments Mod
Right, I haven't read much Terry Pratchett but all his quotes are awesome so I think I shall have to look into reading some discworld novels.


message 38: by Tacuazin (new)

Tacuazin | 33 comments But that is a concerning existencial void in your literary education! Discworld characters are just fantastic, each and every one of them. Pratchett is an Olympic gold medal in the Art of Irony and yes, Sarcasm.

Prisoner: I get it, good cop, bad cop, eh?
Vimes: If you like, but we’re a bit short-staffed today, so if I give you a cigarette, would you mind kicking yourself in the teeth?
Night Watch


message 39: by Tobias (new)

Tobias Taylor (tobstaylor) | 177 comments Mod
It is I know and I plan on redeeming my awful non-reading of Terry Pratchett situation soon.

I know it's a long quote but it's worth the read.


"Fat Charlie blew his nose. "I never knew I had a brother," he said.
"I did," said Spider. "I always meant to look you up, but I got distracted. You know how it is."
"Not really."
"Things came up."
"What kind of things?"
"Things. They came up. That's what things do. They come up. I can't be expected to keep track of them all."
"Well, give me a f'rinstance."
Spider drank more wine. "Okay. The last time I decided that you and I should meet, I, well, I spent days planning it. Wanted it to go perfectly. I had to choose my wardrobe. Then I had to decide what I'd say to you when we met. I knew that the meeting of two brothers, well, it's the subject of epics, isn't it? I decided that the only way to treat it with the appropriate gravity would be to do it in verse. But what kind of verse? Am I going to rap it? Declaim it? I mean, I'm not going to greet you with a limerick. So. It had to be something dark, something powerful, rhythmic, epic. And then I had it. The perfect line: Blood calls to blood like sirens in the night. It says so much. I knew I'd be able to get everything in there - people dying in alleys, sweat and nightmares, the power of free spirits uncrushable. Everything was going to be there. And then I had to come up with a second line, and the whole thing completely fell apart. The best I could come up with was Tum-tumpty-tumpty-tumpty got a fright."
Fat Charlie blinked. "Who exactly is Tum-tumpty-tumpty-tumpty?"
"It's not anybody. It's just there to show you where the words ought to be. But I never really got any futher on it than that, and I couldn't turn up with just a first line, some tumpties and three words of an epic poem, could I? That would have been disrespecting you."
"Well...."
"Exactly. So I went to Hawaii for the week instead. Like I said, something came up."
— Neil Gaiman (Anansi Boys)


message 40: by Tacuazin (new)

Tacuazin | 33 comments Getting derailed by reality? Yeah, that happens all the time. It's part of the fun.


message 41: by Tacuazin (new)

Tacuazin | 33 comments Some more good Discworld:
William groaned. It was Vimes. Worse, he was smiling, in a humourless predatory way.
'Ah, Mr de Worde,' he said, stepping inside. There are several thousand dogs stampeding through the city at the moment. This is an interesting fact, isn't it?'
He leaned against the wall and produced a cigar. 'Well, I say dogs,' he said, striking a match on Goodmountain's helmet. 'Mostly dogs, perhaps I should say. Some cats. More cats now, in fact, 'cos, hah, there's nothing like a, yes, a tidal wave of dogs, fighting and biting and howling, to sort of, how can I put it, give a city a certain . . . busyness. Especially underfoot, because - did I mention it? -they're very nervous dogs too. Oh, and did I mention cattle?' he went on, conversationally. 'You know how it is, market day and so on, people are driving the cows and, my goodness, around the corner comes a wall of wailing dogs . . . Oh, and I forgot about the sheep. And the chickens, although I imagine there's not much left of the chickens now.
The Truth


message 42: by Tacuazin (new)

Tacuazin | 33 comments "Sister Carlotta, I'm on a leave of absence right now. That means I've been sacked, in case you don't understand how the I.F. handles these things.”
"Sacked! A miscarriage of justice. You ought to be shot.”
Ender's Shadow


message 43: by Tobias (new)

Tobias Taylor (tobstaylor) | 177 comments Mod
Sorry I've missed a couple of days.

"Really, he thought, if you couldn't trust a poet to offer sensible advice, who could you trust?"
— Neil Gaiman (The Graveyard Book)

"You are obvious, boy. You are difficult to miss. If you came to me in company with a purple lion, a green elephant, and a scarlet unicorn astride which was the King of England in his Royal Robes, I do believe that it is you and you alone that people would stare at, dismissing the others as minor irrelevancies."
— Neil Gaiman (The Graveyard Book)


message 44: by Tacuazin (new)

Tacuazin | 33 comments I've not read much of Gaiman's. The Graveyard Book is the 22nd in my to-read list, maybe I should promote it to -at least- the Top 10. Competition is tough.

I am leaving a couple of discworld quotes for the days to come because it turns out that things do come up.

"We're dealing here," said Vimes, "With a twisted mind."
"Oh, no! You think so?"
"Yes."
"But... no... you can't be right. Because Nobby was with us all the time."
"Not Nobby," said Vimes testily. "Whatever he might do to a dragon, I doubt if he'd make it explode. There's stranger people in this world than Corporal Nobbs, my lad."
Carrot's expression slid into a rictus of intrigued horror.
"Gosh," he said."
— Terry Pratchett (Terry Pratchett's Men at Arms)

"Ankh-Morpork had dallied with many forms of government and had ended up with that form of democracy known as One Man, One Vote. The Patrician was the Man; he had the Vote."
— Terry Pratchett (Mort)


message 45: by Tobias (new)

Tobias Taylor (tobstaylor) | 177 comments Mod
"The cat that Prim got hates me, I think partly because I tried to drown it."
— Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games)

"District 12: Where you can starve to death in safety."
— Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games)


message 46: by Tacuazin (new)

Tacuazin | 33 comments After watching the 12'premiere, there is only one quote today: Winter is coming.


message 47: by Tacuazin (new)

Tacuazin | 33 comments "Most of the upper management of I.S. were undead. I always thought it was because the job was easier if you didn't have a soul."
— Kim Harrison (Dead Witch Walking)

I can relate.


message 48: by Tobias (new)

Tobias Taylor (tobstaylor) | 177 comments Mod
"This is how humans are: We question all our beliefs, except for the ones that we really believe in, and those we never think to question."
- Andrew Wiggin"
— Orson Scott Card (Speaker for the Dead)

"It's the most charming thing about humans. You are all so sure that the lesser animals are bleeding with envy because they didn't have the good fortune to be born Homo sapiens."
— Orson Scott Card (Speaker for the Dead)


message 49: by Tacuazin (new)

Tacuazin | 33 comments "Unknowing ignorance is preferable to informed stupidity."
Warbreaker


message 50: by Tacuazin (new)

Tacuazin | 33 comments "Sergeant, were you about to shoot that man?
No, sir! Just a warning shot inna head, sir!"
Terry Pratchett


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