Here is a place to post little passages or quotes that have really struck you during your readings :happy:
I actually created this thread recently, and misspelled the title! The perfectionist in me couldn't handle it, so I am making this new thread before the other one gets many more responses. I will quote the responses from the previous thread to start this out :laughing:
06-01-2011, 05:12 PM
Originally Posted by Enrise
"Known Some Call Is Air Am" - House of leaves.phonetically similar to the latin "Non sum qualis eram" which translates to "I am not as I was"
Thanks Enrise :D
06-01-2011, 05:13 PM
Originally Posted by Lunar Eclipse
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
The mind..It's an engine essentially ... And we don't even know what half of them do. Buy if just one gears slips, just one ....That's its all trappd in here and you can't ge to it and you don't really control. But it controls you, doesn' it. And if it decided one day that is does'nt feel like comin to work ...Well, then yout prety much good and fucked aren't you.
I have been reccommended this book, wow, I really ought to read it :p
06-01-2011, 05:14 PM
Here is a little dialogue from We the Living by Ayn Rand. The main character, Kira, has gone without a thought to be with the man she loves:
"Leo was asleep, his head thrown back, one arm hanging over the edge of the bed. Her stockings were on the floor, her dress--on a bed post. Leo's eyelashes moved slowly; he looked up and said: 'Good morning, Kira.'
She stretched her arms and crossed them behind her head, and threw her head back, shaking the hair off her face, and said: 'I don't think my family will like it. I think they'll throw me out.'
'You're staying here.'
'I'll go to say goodbye.'
'Why go back at all?'
'I suppose I must tell them something.'
'Well, go. But don't take long. I want you here.'"
I love this... Ayn Rand is all about pursuing your own happiness, and this is a really sexy example of that ;)
06-01-2011, 05:15 PM
Originally Posted by aces88
"Where is it I've read that someone condemned to death says or think, an hour before his death, that if he had to live on some high rock, on such a narrow ledge that he'd only room to stand, and the ocean, everlasting darkness, everlasting solitude, everlasting tempest around him, if he had to remain standing on a square yard of space all his life, a thousand years, eternity, it were better to live so than to die at once! Only to live, to live and live! Life, whatever it may be!"
Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment.
I love this one :)
06-01-2011, 05:16 PM
From Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert:
"People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.
A true soul mate is probably the most important person you'll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave.
A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master..."
Not sure if I agree with the last couple paragraphs, but thought-provoking nonetheless :)
06-01-2011, 05:49 PM
"If there is no love in the world, we will make a new world, and we will give it walls, and we will furnish it with soft, red interiors, from the inside out, and give it a knocker that resonates like a diamond falling to a jeweler's felt so that we should never hear it. Love me, because love doesn't exist, and I have tried everything that does" --- Jonathan Safran Foer - Everything is Illuminated
06-01-2011, 07:54 PM
Not from a book, sorry but I love the quote.
"You may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true." Leonard Spock.
06-01-2011, 08:32 PM
“I feel the same way about solitude as some people feel about the blessing of the church. It’s the light of grace for me. I never close my door behind me without the awareness that I am carrying out an act of mercy toward myself.”
Smilla, from Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg
06-01-2011, 10:04 PM
"Cynics are simply thwarted romantics" --- William Goldman - The Princess Bride.