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Title: Fantastic lines from books
Post by: JMack on December 08, 2018, 02:19:07 PM
I just read this in Lavie Tidhar’s “The Bookman.”

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She came through the door like — sunshine? Wind? Like spice? ... He fell in love the way trees do, which is to say, forever. It was a love with roots that buried deep, entangled, grew together. Like two trees leaned into each other, sheltering each other with their leaves, finding solace and strength in the wide encompassing forest that was the city, holding together in the multitude of alien trees.

That one line in bold almost needs nothing else. I think i’ll Remember it every time I try to write about any great love.

What lines have jumped off the page for you, and into your heart?
Title: Re: Fantastic lines from books
Post by: Peat on December 08, 2018, 02:50:38 PM
This thread could go on some time, but straight off the top of my head...

Sir Terry Pratchett, Carpe Jugulum

‘There’s no greys, only white that’s got grubby.  I’m surprised you don’t know that.  And sin, young man, is when you treat people as things.  Including yourself.  That’s what sin is.’
‘It’s a lot more complicated than that -’
‘No.  It ain’t.  When people say things are a lot more complicated than that, they means they’re getting worried that they won’t like the truth.  People as things, that’s where it starts.’
Title: Re: Fantastic lines from books
Post by: Slaykomimi on December 09, 2018, 10:16:00 AM
People only belive, what they want to belive.

-Wizard´s first rule

I really like that one because I never heard anything as true as this.
Title: Re: Fantastic lines from books
Post by: Peat on December 09, 2018, 10:53:00 AM
From a webcomic, but I couldn't resist

"The shortest verse in the bible is Jesus wept. The only thing wrong with it is the past tense" - Something Positive

And now for some proper Gandalf sass

“Fool of a Took!" he growled. "This is a serious journey, not a hobbit walking-party. Throw yourself in next time, and then you will be no further nuisance.”
Title: Re: Fantastic lines from books
Post by: ScarletBea on December 09, 2018, 10:56:27 AM
(sidenote: I love how people remember quotes... I sometimes find things that touch me, hit me, but if I don't write them down at the time - usually in my journal, to then ponder about them - I completely forget them!)
Title: Re: Fantastic lines from books
Post by: S. K. Inkslinger on December 09, 2018, 11:06:20 AM
Probably the most memorable opening lines from fantasy and otherwise:

"The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed." -The Gunslinger (Dark Tower#1)

and

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.” -The Hobbit
Title: Re: Fantastic lines from books
Post by: ScarletBea on December 09, 2018, 11:16:44 AM
Oh you mentioned first lines and I remembered Red Sister!
Something like (I'm not going downstairs to check...)
"You should be sufficiently prepared when fighting a nun. <Name here> brought 200 men."
Title: Re: Fantastic lines from books
Post by: Peat on December 09, 2018, 03:33:32 PM
Oh you mentioned first lines and I remembered Red Sister!
Something like (I'm not going downstairs to check...)
"You should be sufficiently prepared when fighting a nun. <Name here> brought 200 men."

"It is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient size. For Sister Thorn of the Sweet Mercy convent Lano Tacsis brought two hundred men."

(I'm googling half-remembered lines to get my quotes, so its not all that remarkable that I've got so many :P)
Title: Re: Fantastic lines from books
Post by: Eli_Freysson on December 09, 2018, 03:38:28 PM
"It is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient size. For Sister Thorn of the Sweet Mercy convent Lano Tacsis brought two hundred men."

(I'm googling half-remembered lines to get my quotes, so its not all that remarkable that I've got so many :P)

... does that make sense in context? Like, are nuns in the setting divine warrior badasses?

Anyway:

“It was Sam's first view of a battle of Men against Men, and he did not like it much. He was glad that he could not see the dead face. He wondered what the man's name was and where he came from; and if he was really evil of heart, or what lies or threats had led him on the long march from his home; and if he would rather have stayed there in peace.”
Title: Re: Fantastic lines from books
Post by: ScarletBea on December 09, 2018, 05:08:55 PM
"It is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient size. For Sister Thorn of the Sweet Mercy convent Lano Tacsis brought two hundred men."

(I'm googling half-remembered lines to get my quotes, so its not all that remarkable that I've got so many :P)

... does that make sense in context? Like, are nuns in the setting divine warrior badasses?
I don't know about divine, but they're definitely warrior badasses ;D
Title: Re: Fantastic lines from books
Post by: Not Lu on December 09, 2018, 05:50:07 PM
Don't let the cleric die. But, if you do, clean up afterward.
Title: Re: Fantastic lines from books
Post by: Justan Henner on December 09, 2018, 06:20:04 PM
One of my favorites from Lies of Locke Lamora:

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“When you don't know everything that you could know, it's a fine time to shut your fucking noisemaker and be polite.”
- Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora

Title: Re: Fantastic lines from books
Post by: Peat on December 09, 2018, 06:53:15 PM
"It is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient size. For Sister Thorn of the Sweet Mercy convent Lano Tacsis brought two hundred men."

(I'm googling half-remembered lines to get my quotes, so its not all that remarkable that I've got so many :P)

... does that make sense in context? Like, are nuns in the setting divine warrior badasses?
I don't know about divine, but they're definitely warrior badasses ;D

I've actually never read Red Sister, but I did kinda know that quote. It is one hell of a scene setting first line.

Anyway, a very lengthy one...

“All right," said Susan. "I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need... fantasies to make life bearable."

REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

"Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—"

YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.

"So we can believe the big ones?"

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

"They're not the same at all!"

YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET—Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME...SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.

"Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what's the point—"

MY POINT EXACTLY.”
Title: Re: Fantastic lines from books
Post by: xiagan on December 09, 2018, 08:22:02 PM
Love your Pratchett quotes, @Peat.
Here's another:

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“Elves are wonderful. They provoke wonder.
Elves are marvellous. They cause marvels.
Elves are fantastic. They create fantasies.
Elves are glamorous. They project glamour.
Elves are enchanting. They weave enchantment.
Elves are terrific. They beget terror.
The thing about words is that meanings can twist just like a snake, and if you want to find snakes look for them behind words that have changed their meaning.
No one ever said elves are nice.
Elves are bad.”

Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies

"It is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient size. For Sister Thorn of the Sweet Mercy convent Lano Tacsis brought two hundred men."

... does that make sense in context? Like, are nuns in the setting divine warrior badasses?
It's the first sentence, so you don't have any context. And that's what makes it so powerful in my eyes.
I've rarely read a first sentence that pulled me in that quick.
Title: Re: Fantastic lines from books
Post by: Peat on December 09, 2018, 08:56:19 PM
Yeah. Its kinda on my TBR list for that line alone.

A few other lines that for me really sold what the book was allllll about super quickly

"Mrs Dursley was thin and blonde and had nearly twice the usual amount of neck, which came in very useful as she spent so much of her time craning over garden fences, spying on the neighbours."

and

“The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.” - Neuromancer
Title: Re: Fantastic lines from books
Post by: xiagan on December 10, 2018, 08:13:51 PM
“The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.” - Neuromancer
We read it in the FF book club ages ago, so if you are going to start it, check out our topics. :)
Title: Re: Fantastic lines from books
Post by: Skip on December 10, 2018, 10:05:06 PM
People only belive, what they want to belive.

-Wizard´s first rule

I really like that one because I never heard anything as true as this.

Agreed, though Paul Simon's line is the one that I remember most often. From "The Boxer"
Still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest
Title: Re: Fantastic lines from books
Post by: Skip on December 10, 2018, 10:09:16 PM
>“The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.” - Neuromancer

Trouble with that one is, you gotta be old enough to remember CRT televisions. And the concept of a dead channel, which is pretty much nonsensical in a modern context.
Title: Re: Fantastic lines from books
Post by: Peat on December 11, 2018, 12:42:43 AM
“The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.” - Neuromancer
We read it in the FF book club ages ago, so if you are going to start it, check out our topics. :)

Oh I've already read it. Wonderful, if at times frustrating, book.

And I guess Skip's right about the line being dated... but that makes it no less fantastic to me.

While I'm here, I'm going to unload a few more from fantasy's most quotable woman:

“You call yourself some kind of goddess and you know nothing, madam, nothing. What don't die can't live. What don't live can't change. What don't change can't learn. The smallest creature that dies in the grass knows more than you.”

“Don’t trust the cannibal just ’cos he’s usin’ a knife and fork!”

"And stars don’t care what you wish, and magic don’t make things better, and no one doesn’t get burned who sticks their hand in a fire. If you want to amount to anything as a witch, Magrat Garlick, you got to learn three things. What’s real, what’s not real, and what’s the difference.”
Title: Re: Fantastic lines from books
Post by: ScarletBea on December 11, 2018, 08:01:54 AM
While I'm here, I'm going to unload a few more from fantasy's most quotable woman:
Was that Nanny Ogg?
Title: Re: Fantastic lines from books
Post by: Peat on December 11, 2018, 10:27:05 AM
While I'm here, I'm going to unload a few more from fantasy's most quotable woman:
Was that Nanny Ogg?

All Weatherwax. I can't think of a literary character that gets better lines than her.
Title: Re: Fantastic lines from books
Post by: DrNefario on December 11, 2018, 01:51:52 PM
>“The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.” - Neuromancer

Trouble with that one is, you gotta be old enough to remember CRT televisions. And the concept of a dead channel, which is pretty much nonsensical in a modern context.
Someone did re-use this line more recently to mean a clear blue sky. I wish I could remember who. Charles Stross, maybe?
Title: Re: Fantastic lines from books
Post by: tebakutis on December 11, 2018, 03:20:07 PM
>“The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.” - Neuromancer

Trouble with that one is, you gotta be old enough to remember CRT televisions. And the concept of a dead channel, which is pretty much nonsensical in a modern context.

Yeah, it's tough to write cyberpunk that ages well. I'm sure my own stuff will have tons of inaccuracies in ten years or so (one example - I never even though of adding the "moonwalking" shoes Google is creating for walking in VR, but they may end up being the go-to solution).

https://uploadvr.com/google-is-exploring-the-idea-of-vr-infinite-walking-shoes-with-tiny-wheels/ (https://uploadvr.com/google-is-exploring-the-idea-of-vr-infinite-walking-shoes-with-tiny-wheels/)
Title: Re: Fantastic lines from books
Post by: ArhiX on December 11, 2018, 07:38:42 PM
From Gardens of the Moon:

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“Tell me, Tool, what dominates your thoughts?'
The Imass shrugged before replying.
'I think of futility, Adjunct.'
'Do all Imass think about futility?'
'No. Few think at all.'
'Why is that?'
The Imass leaned his head to one side and regarded her.
'Because Adjunct, it is futile.”
Title: Re: Fantastic lines from books
Post by: Elfy on December 11, 2018, 08:42:44 PM
While I'm here, I'm going to unload a few more from fantasy's most quotable woman:
Was that Nanny Ogg?

All Weatherwax. I can't think of a literary character that gets better lines than her.
Hard to top 'I aten't dead.'
Title: Re: Fantastic lines from books
Post by: Dan D Jones on December 12, 2018, 01:28:24 PM
“The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.” - Neuromancer

That's one of my favorite lines as well but its effectiveness is dying.  To grasp it, you need to know what a CRT television looked like when there was no signal coming in.  Modern flat panels don't have that appearance. To a constantly increasingly portion of the reading audience, that line is meaningless.

**Ninja'd by Skip.  Should have read the whole thread before responding.