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What's a good line from something you've read?

Postby Segland » Sat Jan 01, 2022 11:48 am

Here is a place for you to post an interesting phrase, sentence, or sentences from a book, magazine, article, etc. that you've read recently. It can be either fiction or nonfiction. This excludes video, film, podcasts, and other non-textual sources.

I'll start with a quote from Infinite Jest.

"Completely incongruously, Ken Erdedy says 'His head's shaped like a mushroom.' Day has no idea what he was referring to or talking about."
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Postby Imperial States of Duotona » Mon Jan 10, 2022 8:20 am

"I understand HOW, I do not understand WHY."

This line from 1984 struck a chord in me for some reason.
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Postby Radiatia » Thu Jan 20, 2022 10:56 pm

Dammit Segland, you beat me to it.

I was also going to quote Infinite Jest - my line was going to be:

"Hal isn't old enough yet to know that this is because the numb emptiness isn't the worst kind of depression. That dead-eyed anhedonia is but a remora on the ventral flank of the true predator, the Great White Shark of pain."


But to stop this thread turning into a David Foster Wallace circlejerk thread I'll also add this line from Aurelia - the Dream and the Life by Gerard de Nerval:

"Sleep occupies a third of our lives. He is the consolation for the hardships of our days or the penance for their pleasure; but I have never felt that sleep is rest. After an anaesthetic of a few minutes, a new life begins, detached from time and space and undoubtedly similar to the one that awaits us after death."

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Postby Riam » Fri Jan 21, 2022 4:45 am

From J R R Tolkien's The Notion Club Papers:

«but to him everything beyond a certain vague distance back is a vast dark
barren but utterly fixed and determined land and time called The Dark Ages.
There are only four features in it: Norman Keeps (by which he means baronial
castles, and possibly the house of any man markedly richer than himself);
Them Jameses (meaning roughly I suppose the kings One and Two); The Squires
(a curious kind of bogey-folk); and The People. Nothing ever happened in that
land but Them Jameses shutting up The People in the Keeps (with the help of
The Squires) and there torturing them and robbing them, though they don't
appear ever to have possessed anything to be robbed of.»


~Philip Frankley~
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Postby The Republic of Western Sol » Fri Jan 21, 2022 4:55 am

Master chief, what are you doing at McDonald’s

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Sir, finishing this Big Mac

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Postby Hispida » Fri Jan 21, 2022 8:54 pm

"A revolution is the most authoritarian thing there is!" - Fredrich Engels

i'm still not sure entirely what my stance on temporary authoritarianism is but i'll admit this line strikes a particularly resonant chord with me.
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Postby StrayaRoos » Sat Jan 22, 2022 12:44 am

Whatever Nick Kygrios has done now

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Postby Radiatia » Wed Feb 02, 2022 5:10 am

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Postby Ellbonnia » Thu Feb 03, 2022 2:56 am

The burning of towns and villages, the retreats after battles, the blow struck at Borodino and then another retreat, the abandoning and burning of Moscow, the hunt for marauders, the cutting off of transport, the partisan war - these were all deviations from the rules. Napoleon sensed that, and from the moment when he stopped in Moscow, in the correct position of a fencer, and instead of his adversary’s sword, saw a club raised over him, he never ceased complaining to Kutuzov and the emperor Alexander that the war was being conducted against all the rules (as if there existed some sort of rules for killing people).


War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Vol. IV, Pt. III, Chap. I; otherwise known as the part where Napoleon Bonaparte is in a perpetual state of sophisticated malding while the Russians go full scorched-earth on his ass.

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Postby Radiatia » Fri Feb 25, 2022 5:12 am

"If she screws up this delivery, that means she's double-crossing God, who may or may not exist, and in any case is capable of forgiveness. The Mafia definitely exists and hews to a higher standard of obedience."


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Postby Hispida » Fri Feb 25, 2022 6:21 am

does "played" count if i had to read it?

"THE EXALT IS DEAD! LONG LIVE HER MURDERER!"
i hate the new russia, the bad mood russia, the always rude russia, spaz in the news russia
i now have a basic overview factbook
leninist, revolutionary socialist, non-denominational trinitarian universalist. he/they
"Like a blind puppy sniffing at random first in one direction and then in another"
"Mr. 'Muddleheaded Counsellor'!"
"It sounds just like he were chewing rags in his sleep!"
"Thanks to such a fraud"
"he utterly fails to understand"
"Kautsky has beaten the world record in the liberal distortion of Marx"
"Kautsky... ...inevitably proves to be a lackey of the bourgeoisie."
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Postby Ellbonnia » Mon Mar 07, 2022 10:12 pm

Radiatia wrote:
"If she screws up this delivery, that means she's double-crossing God, who may or may not exist, and in any case is capable of forgiveness. The Mafia definitely exists and hews to a higher standard of obedience."


- Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson


Snow Crash is pretty based, ngl

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