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"Feels ridiculously good so far; piercing insight into the human condition and some wonderfully poetic lines. Woolf's descriptions of London are intoxicating." Jan 09, 2023 10:21AM

 
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Book cover for The Mother Tongue: English and How it Got that Way
English, as Charlton Laird has noted, is the only language that has, or needs, books of synonyms like Roget’s Thesaurus. “Most speakers of other languages are not aware that such books exist”
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John Kennedy Toole
“Had you ‘artists’ had a part in the decoration of the Sistine Chapel, it would have ended up looking like a particularly vulgar train terminal,” Ignatius snorted.”
John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
“Why don't you take a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut? Why don't you take a flying fuck at the mooooooooooooon?”
Kurt Vonnegut, Slapstick, or Lonesome No More!
tags: humor

Natsume Sōseki
“...you don't really become a finer person just by reading lots of books.”
Natsume Sōseki, Kokoro

Neil Shubin
“Every limbed animal has the Sonic hedgehog gene.”
Neil Shubin, Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5 Billion-Year History of the Human Body

Joseph Heller
“Major Major's father was a sober God-fearing man whose idea of a good joke was to lie about his age. He was a long-limbed farmer, a God-fearing, freedom-loving, law-abiding rugged individualist who held that federal aid to anyone but farmers was creeping socialism. He advocated thrift and hard work and disapproved of loose women who turned him down. His specialty was alfalfa, and he made a good thing out of not growing any. The government paid him well for every bushel of alfalfa he did not grow. The more alfalfa he did not grow, the more money the government gave him, and he spent every penny he didn't earn on new land to increase the amount of alfalfa he did not produce. Major Major's father worked without rest at not growing alfalfa. On long winter evenings he remained indoors and did not mend harness, and he sprang out of bed at the crack of noon every day just to make certain that the chores would not be done. He invested in land wisely and soon was not growing more alfalfa than any other man in the county. Neighbors sought him out for advice on all subjects, for he had made much money and was therefore wise. “As ye sow, so shall ye reap,” he counseled one and all, and everyone said, “Amen.”
Joseph Heller, Catch-22

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