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Alison
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0 posted 02-23-2008 01:21 PM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

One of my all time favorite lines is from "Cold Comfort Farm" by Stella Gibbons.

Ada Doom repeatedly says, "I saw something nasty in the woodshed."

We never know what she saw; but that quote has become a an all-time favorite saying in my family.

"I saw something nasty in the woodshed."

...

Alison

PS - The book is a great read
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1 posted 02-29-2008 04:38 PM       View Profile for skyshine   Email skyshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit skyshine's Home Page   View IP for skyshine

Ha, that's awesome. I can't think of a favorite line right now, but there is one line that's been running through my mind lately, and I can't remember where it came from. Something about two characters in the book were talking about another character in the book who had died, and one says something along the lines of, "I wish everyone would stop saying she looks like she's sleeping. She's dead and she looks dead." Anyone else read it?

And the woodshed line is awesome. Maybe I'll have to check into that book.
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"Cold Comfort Farm" by Stella Gibbons.


Great book!
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ok, so I'm older than sin, but this will always be one of my favorite lines...

quote:
Scarlett: I can't think about that right now. If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about that tomorrow.


and yes, if I were to think about it, I'd think up a few more quotable quotes, too!

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4 posted 03-06-2008 11:42 PM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

Hey, Tina.  

I KNEW that I liked you!!!!

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I think my favorite line was in "The Catcher in the Rye" but I don't think I can quote it here.
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"Who is John Galt?"

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John Galt   Atlas Shrugged  by Ayan Rand
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These are from different books, but by the same author:

"Learning isnít a means to an end; itís an end in and of itself."

"A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill."

"Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy."

"I never learned from a man who agreed with me."

"Sex without love is merely healthy exercise."

"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea."

"Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something."

"...whatever you've done, whatever you've been, is all, totally, one hundred percent, your own fault."

"Happiness lies in being privileged to work hard for long hours in doing whatever you think is worth doing."

"You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic."

"I don't trust a man who talks about ethics when he is picking my pocket. But if he is acting in his own self-interest and says so, I have usually been able to work out some way to do business with him."

"If it can't be expressed in figures, it is not science; it is opinion."

"Who is more real? Homer or Ulysses? Shakespeare or Hamlet? Burroughs or Tarzan?"

"A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits."

"Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards."


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"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of hope, it was the winter of dispair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its nosiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."

A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens
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Dear Ron,

        TANSTAAFL?  Lazarus, is that you?
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11 posted 03-13-2008 02:13 AM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

Not sure, but I am thinking Robert Heinlein on Ron's quotes.

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Okay, I had to cheat to find out for sure.  Used to know someone who quoted him - I can't say I know this from reading his books.

Had to Google to be sure - but after reading the quotes, I am tempted to give him a try.
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Metaphysics is a restaurant where they give you a thirty-thousand page menu and no food.

Robert Pirsig, Lila: An Iquiry Into Morals


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I'm still thinking about my favourite line however, can I go on record here & state that I was nowhere near any woodshed at any time whatsoever. Ask Bill Clinton.....I was with him
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     No single favorites, but contenders will come to mind on occasion.

"Fog."  The opening of Bleak House.

"Forty million Frenchmen continued being Frenchmen as if there was nothing wrong with that."  That's an approximation of a line from a Richard Condon novel.  He's filled with gems, though few of them are polite.

"Potatoes mattered."  From a Richard Hugo  poem.

"What makes the vine around the elm to daunce
With curious windings and embracements round?
What makes the lodestone to the north advaunce
Its subtle point as if from thence
Its sole attractive virtue doth redound?
Kind nature first doth cause all things to love,
Love makes the Daunce, and in just order move."

Poorly remembered, esp. line four, from Sir John Davies, "Orchestra, or a Poem of Dauncing."  The poem is full of such heartbreaking (to me, at least) gems.  The last two lines especially.

     If I remember others, I'll toss some in.
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Here are some from one of my favourite books, Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd.  

"Love is a possible strength in an actual weakness."

"It may have been observed that there is no regular path for getting out of love as there is for getting in."

"Silence has sometimes a remarkable power of showing itself as the disembodied soul of feeling wandering without its carcase, and it is then more impressive than speech."

"With him the past was yesterday, the future, tomorrow; never, the day after."


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"Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead."

from

Charles Bukowski's Betting on the Muse

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"Two plus two equals five is not without its attractions."

and

"Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded."

from Dostoevsky's NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND

and

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of good fortune must me in want of a wife."

from Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

JNS

"I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you."-WW

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"You are not my Mother !   You are a SNORT !"
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"I'll believe in you, if you'll believe in me."
(said Alice to the unicorn in Alice Through The Looking Glass)

Ron,
what book was this line from if you meander back here please?

"I don't trust a man who talks about ethics when he is picking my pocket. But if he is acting in his own self-interest and says so, I have usually been able to work out some way to do business with him."

Now there's one I have to read!

    

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Time Enough for Love by Robert Heinlein

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Several from the same book...


Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
by Richard Bach

"Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully."

"The world is your exercise-book, the pages on which you do your sums.  It is not reality, although you can express reality there if you wish. You are also free to write nonsense, or lies, or to tear the pages."

"You are led through your lifetime by the inner learning creature, the playful spiritual being that is your real self. Don't turn away from possible futures before you're certain you don't have anything to learn from them.  You're always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past."

"You're going to die a horrible death, remember.  It's all good training, and you'll enjoy it more if you keep the facts in mind.  Take your dying with some seriousness, however.  Laughing on your way to your execution is not generally understood by less-advanced life forms, and they'll call you crazy."

"The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly."

"Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they're yours."

"Live never to be ashamed if anything you do or say is published around the world - even if what is published is not true."


There are more, but these are the ones that stand out tonight...
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a short story from Jeffrey Archer:

you deprived me of solitude without offering me companionship.
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From the complete works of John Bunyan.

"Man's like a candle in a candlestick, made up of tallow and a little wick.
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Not necessarily a favorite, but one I haven't been able to dislodge since pondering this topic. From Time Enough For Love by Robert Heinlein

"There is no such thing as a friendly game of poker. Either you're there to cut out the other guy's heart and eat it, or you're a sucker"
 
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