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ISony has a new social media site for booklovers called Words Move Me. As a way to promote this, Sony has approached a number of bloggers to share their reading experiences with others and have provided them a Sony Reader to the readership. We actually get two of them, one to give away and one to keep. Because I already have a Sony Reader, I’m going to give away both Sony Readers. This is the Sony Reader Pocket Edition.

PRS-300 Front FI was given a tester to try out for a couple of weeks and I was pleasantly surprised by the size. It’s smaller but I liked how portable it is. The screen is nice and clear and I thought the bottom layout of the buttons was very intuitive. We have a pink (rose) one and a silver one to giveaway.


  • Simply leave a comment with your favorite quote along with the book and author of the book from which the quote comes.
  • This contest will close on Sunday, December 5, 2009, 10:00 PM CST.

I will announce the winner on Monday and the device will be mailed Priority Mail to get to you before Christmas.

Shipping note:   I’ll send these overseas, but with the following provisions: any shipping in excess of $12.00 has to be paid for by the winner, along with any additional fees.

I’ll be adding your favorite quotes to my widget. Thanks guys!

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. eva_baby
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 10:08:57

    Ok what the heck! I am in. Would love to try for a pocket reader.

  2. Nadia Lee
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 10:11:35

    From LORD OF SCOUNDRELS by Loretta Chase — Dain (hero) explaining to his friends why he got married:

    “She shot me,” said Dain. “She had to be punished…Can’t have every female who feels vexed with me running after me with pistol cocked. Had to make an example of her, didn’t I?”

    I adore that part of the book.

    P.S. I wasn’t sure if it was required or not, but if you need me to, I’d be happy to review the reader for DA. :) Thanks!

  3. Barbara B.
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 10:13:10


  4. Lydia
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 10:17:58

    “. . . you must not come lightly to the blank page.” — Stephen King, ON WRITING

  5. Luna
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 10:18:01

    Count me in. A lurker here, delurking. Thanks for the wonderfully varied content of this site.

  6. Matt Hollowell
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 10:20:21

    the first step, the Crone who scried the crystal said, shall be to lose the way.” — Galway Kinnell “The Book of Nightmares”

  7. Julia
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 10:22:10

    That’s the way things go when you elevate mediocre people to positions of authority.

    Catch-22, Joseph Heller

  8. Sotheara
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 10:22:26

    “I’m at a loss because I am in love with a man who is standing before me with no memories of me at all. Everything is in the future for him.”

    The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

  9. Heather K
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 10:25:33

    ““My Lady, your father's messenger has just arrived, and he announces that the banns have been posted and your betrothed will be meeting you here to finalize the handfast ceremony.”
    My what?
    “Today. Please, we must make you ready.” All I could do was blink up at her. What was she talking about? My betrothed? I wasn't even dating anyone! I'd fired the last guy I'd gone out with halfway through our blind date (Note to self: never, ever go on another blind date).”
    -PC Cast, Divine by Mistake

  10. Heather
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 10:29:22

    Okay…mine isn’t quite as literary as some above (but I’m deeply digging “Julia’s” quote from “Catch-22” and am thinking of posting in the hallway at work)!

    Anyhow…mine is from a Susan Andersen book…and quite honestly, I don’t remember what book it was…but I just remember this had me rolling on the floor laughing.

    “Men are like floors, once you lay’em, you can walk all over’em”

  11. Sasha M.
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 10:30:21

    “Am I in love? – Yes, since I am waiting.” The other one never waits. Sometimes I want to play the part of the one who doesn't wait; I try to busy myself elsewhere, to arrive late; but I always lose at this game: whatever I do, I find myself there, with nothing to do, punctual, even ahead of time. The lover's fatal identity is precisely this: I am the one who waits.

    A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments by Roland Barthes

    Count me in! :)

  12. Rebecca B
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 10:34:59

    A longer quote (paragraph) here, but the prose sets up the mood for the novel *perfectly*

    “Let the fairy-tale begin on a winter’s morning, then, with one drop of blood new-fallen on the ivory snow: a drop as bright as a clear-cut ruby, red as the single spot of claret on a lace cuff. And it therefore follows that evil lurks behind each broken window, scheming malice and enchantment; while behind latched shutters the good are sleeping their just sleeps at this early hour in Riverside. Soon they will arise to go about their business; and one, maybe, will be as lovely as the day, armed, as are the good, for a predestined triumph….”
    –Ellen Kushner, “Swordspoint”

  13. Sharron M
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 10:47:01

    It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
    The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    There are so many little moments of magic in this book….

  14. KJ
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 10:48:09

    “My Beth,” he whispered, his breath hot on her swollen lips. “Thank you.”
    “For what?” Beth couldn't stop crying, but she smiled, her face aching with it.
    “Setting me free.”
    ~ The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie by Jennifer Ashley

    I’m in!

  15. Christine M.
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 10:49:27

    The very beginning of a journey that would span over decades (both for the author, and his protagonists).

    “In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.”
    The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien

  16. Tonya Jones
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 10:49:31

    “But who knew what would happen once he got to Canada? Canada with its pacifism and its socialized medicine! Canada with its millions of French speakers! It was like…like…like a foreign country!”

    –Jeffery Eugenides, “Middlesex”

  17. Vicky Dreiling
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 10:53:14

    Jane, this is a fun contest idea.

    Below is one of many hilarious exchanges in Loretta Chase’s MR. IMPOSSIBLE. The set-up: Daphne, the heroine, needs help to find her missing brother in Egypt. The consul general is anxious to get rid of a certain problem aristocrat who cannot seem to stay out of trouble. So the consul recommends Rupert Carsington, aka Mr. Impossible, to Daphne. The following exchange takes place in a filthy jail where Rupert is currently cooling his heels after a dustup on the streets of Cairo.

    “Mr. Beechey,” she said, her voice not as steady as she could wish, “are you sure this is the man I want?”

    An impossibly deep voice, most definitely not Mr. Beechey’s, answered with a laugh. “That would depend, madam, on what what it is you want me for. ”

    I love this book!

  18. pearl
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 10:53:39

    Some Summers refuse to end. from Farewell Summer by Ray Bradbury. Thanks for this lovely giveaway.

  19. Bonnie L.
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 10:58:07

    There are so many things that I could put here, but I’ll go with a passage from my favorite book, The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

    Harry’s fingers closed round the blue hilt and she knew at once that she would handle this sword very well indeed–or it would handle her. For a moment she found herself wishing that she had been carrying Gonturan the day of the trials, and at this a slow sly smile spread across her face. She raised her eyes to Corlath’s face . . . Such was the slow sly smile he offered her in return that she rather thought he knew just what she was thinking.

  20. Renee
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 10:58:24

    I have to.
    I've been fighting it all night. I'm going to lose. My battle is as futile as a woman feeling the first pangs of labor and deciding it's an inconvenient time to give birth. Nature wins out. It always does.

    -‘from Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

    These are my favorite opening lines of a book.

  21. Alissa
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 11:00:52

    One of my favorite book quotes comes from Stephen King’s “On Writing.” I used to have this taped to the wall above my desk:
    “If God gives you something you can do, why in God’s name wouldn’t you do it?”

  22. Lynette
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 11:01:41

    I’m going to kiss you until the sun turns into the moon.


    -from Captured by Beverly Jenkins

  23. MeganS.
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 11:04:16

    “It was loaded,” he said coolly.

    Georgette Heyer, DEVIL’S CUB

    I know it’s short and simple, and I’m like the kid quoting “Jesus wept” at Sunday school, but man, the self-evidentness and understatement gets me every time.

  24. Laurie Ryan
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 11:05:52

    “All’s well as ends Better!” The Gaffer, The Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkein

  25. Mad
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 11:09:15

    One of my favorite quotes from a book I read years ago —

    “A long, slow kiss. With mouths open. Teeth knocking. Tongues tangling. The kind my brother Marsh used to call a Saturday Night Special.”

    — Merline Lovelace, THE HARDER THEY FALL

    There was also one from a Julianna MacLean book, one of her HHs. Can’t remember it completely but the hero asked the heroine to marry him (he’s titled, she’s not) and she replied with “You don’t want to marry me, I’m nobody” and he looked at her and said “You’re not nobody, you’re everything.” *sigh*

  26. ColleenFL
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 11:11:06

    “It is far more seemly
    to have thy Studie full of Bookes,
    than thy Purse full of money. ”

    -‘ John Lyly (Euphues, the Anatomy of Wit)

    This is an old quote and a good one.

  27. ~B
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 11:13:22

    “Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time, allowing us to voyage through time.”

    – Carl Sagan, Cosmos

  28. Darlynne
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 11:16:09

    I’ve included most of a paragraph to provide context and emphasized the line that is my favorite of any book I’ve read, the most powerful, and the one that both sustains and brings me to my knees.

    “… Of course, if there is one lesson grief teaches, it is that there is no sense in some things. Still, I know if Ruth’s mother were alive, she would handle this, draw from the reserve of sacred strength that women are born with. She would wear clothes whose very smell comforted Ruth, she would put on an apron and make her soup and butter her toast and help her to walk to the bathroom when she needed it; and when things turned the worst, she would not leave. Women do not leave situations like this: we push up our sleeves, lean in closer, and say, “What do you need? Tell me what you need and by God, I will do it.” I believe that the souls of women flatten and anchor themselves in times of adversity, lay in for the stay. I’ve heard that when elephants are attacked they often run, not away, but toward each other. Perhaps it is because they are a matriarchal society.”

    Elizabeth Berg, Talk Before Sleep

  29. debbielovesbooks
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 11:22:07

    “I will find you,” he whispered in my ear. “I promise. If I must endure two hundred years of purgatory, two hundred years without you—then that is my punishment, which I have earned for my crimes. For I have lied, and killed, and stolen; betrayed and broken trust. But there is one thing that shall lie in the balance. When I shall stand before God, I shall have one thing to say, to weigh against the rest.”
    His voice dropped, nearly to a whisper, and his arms tightened around me.
    “Lord, ye gave me a rare woman, and God! I loved her well.”

    –From Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

    Maybe there is a more romantic quote somewhere in the canon of romantic writings, but if so, I have certainly never found it! This is a terrific contest, not only for the great prizes, but for the fun of reading all the entries. Thanks!

  30. Monica
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 11:22:08

    I've got two quotes both from Kindred in Death by JD Robb. Love the relationship between Eve and Roarke.

    Quote 1:

    “I love you.” She kissed his cheeks, a little rough from the night's growth of beard. “Maybe because you're so pretty.”

    He was, she thought as the cat interrupted by wiggling his bulk under her arm and bellying between them. The carved lips, the sorcerer's eyes, and sharp, defined bones all framed in the black silk of his hair. When you added the firm, lanky body, it made a damn perfect package.

    Quote 2:

    “You're a full Irish.”

    “I was thinking breakfast, but you can have both.”

    Didn't she look happy, he thought, and rested-‘and altogether delicious. That shaggy cap of deer-hide hair mussed about her face, those big dark eyes full of fun. The little dent in her chin he adored deepened just a bit when she smiled.

    There was something about the moment, he thought, moments like this when they were so much in tune, that struck him as miraculous.

    The cop and the criminal-‘former-‘he qualified, as bloody normal as Peace Day potato salad.

  31. DB
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 11:24:58

    “You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight and a half years ago. Dare not say that a man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant.” – Persuasion (by Jane Austen, of course!)

    Sigh. Love this book a little more ever time I read it.

  32. evie byrne
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 11:27:39

    “…and I fell in love with him just for that, for the gentle way he touched my lips with the marzipan.”

    As Mary said that, Lyra felt something strange happen to her body. She felt as if she had been handed a key to a great house she hadn’t known was there, a house that was somehow inside her, and as she turned the key, she felt other doors opening deep in the darkness, and lights coming on. She sat trembling as Mary went on.

    Sexual awakening in a nutshell, from Phillip Pullman’s The Amber Spyglass

  33. Lori
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 11:31:12

    Oh some wonderful quotes.

    Mine is much more simple and has been my favorite quote for over 2o years since I read it.

    It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.

    And my second favorite quote from a Tom Robbins short story: Because sometimes fake happiness is just as good as the real stuff.

  34. Amy Huber
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 11:35:58

    It’s a long one, but my all time favorite. From “Faking It” by Jennifer Crusie:

    “According to Grandma, there are two kinds of men in the world, doughnuts and muffins.”

    . . .”Doughnuts are the guys that make you drool. . .they’re gorgeous and crispy and covered with chocolate icing and you see one and you have to have it …”

    Davy said, “So doughnuts are good.”

    “Well, yeah, for one night,” Nadine said. . .You can’t keep a doughnut overnight.”

    “Ah,” Davy said. “But a muffin-”

    “Is actually better the next day,” Nadine finished. “Muffins are for the long haul and they always taste good. They don’t have that oh-my-God-I-have-to-have-that thing that the doughnuts have going for them, but you still want them the next morning.”

  35. Sunita
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 11:37:15

    No one has offered this yet?

    He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad. – Raphael Sabatini, Scaramouche (1921)

    And from the book I’m currently rereading:

    It was the day my grandmother exploded. – Iain M. Banks, The Crow Road (1992)

    Both books live up to those awesome first lines.

  36. Melissa T
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 11:37:50

    I went blank on my favorite quote. But I did manage to find this one, which I think is very profound.

    “There are people who love you, Faith. Or who one day will. Even if you can’t see them beside you, right here, right now, they’re out there. But if you let the dark get into your eyes, you might never find them. So it’s best to keep a little light with you, along the way. Do you think you can remember that?”

    From Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden short story – Restoration of Faith

  37. KimK
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 11:40:28

    Sometimes you just have to swallow what you can’t spit out. — Nora Roberts, Montana Sky

  38. Tessa K.
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 11:41:15

    “It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it; and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied; and it is all one.”
    M. F. K. Fisher, The Art of Eating

    This is an awesome contest – so many great quotes that add to my TBR list!

  39. Kristi S.
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 11:41:56

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

    Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

  40. Shay
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 11:44:53

    “Be kind to dragons for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup.”

    Dragonswan by Sherrilyn Kenyon

  41. Lisa J
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 11:48:03

    My favorite is simple and short…

    “Lady Madelyne had sealed her own fate. She’d warmed his feet.”

    The quote is from Honor’s Spendor by Julie Garwood. One of my favorite Garwood books.

  42. Samantha
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 11:50:28

    ” I was wrong back in San Diego.” Ken said, his familiar voice sliding around her in the darkness. “I wanted to fall in love with you- a number ten kind of love- and I pretty much convinced myself that I had. But that was stupid, because love doesn’t work that way. You’ve got to be really lucky to get a ten at first sight. But that’s what I wanted with you. I didn’t even know you, though. I mean, I liked what I knew, but I just kind of filled in the blanks the way I wanted you to be, so that you’d be perfect. And of course the sex was incredible, which made it even harder for me to see the truth-which is that whatever we had, it was just starting.”

    Suzanne Brockmann ~ Out Of Control

  43. Velma
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 12:05:05

    “Now, flounders are easy to spear, providing one minds the toes.”

    Whose, hers or the fishes’, she has never bothered finding out.

    from The Bone People, by Keri Hulme

  44. blodeuedd
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 12:06:03

    “Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.”
    -‘ Carlos Ruiz Zafón (The Shadow of the Wind)

    That book has so many beautiful quotes

  45. Rebecca
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 12:07:48

    Here is a quote from one of my favorite authors, who is unfortunately lesser known… but anyone who loves a good Arthurian/fantasy writer, must pick up Stephen R. Lawhead someday. Absolutely phenomenal. Here, he’s describing demon warriors, but put it in the middle of a Jackie Collins novel, and he could just as easily be musing on a pair of enhanced breasts…

    “They were exquisite in their perfection. But it was the perfection of empty precision; soulless and insensate, lethal, immaculate in its vanity.”
    from Stephen R. Lawhead’s Arthur

  46. KathrynT
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 12:10:28

    “The time has come,” the Walrus said,
    “To talk of many things:
    Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
    Of cabbages–and kings–
    And why the sea is boiling hot–
    And whether pigs have wings.”

    Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

  47. Gennita Low
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 12:14:36

    Oooh, perfect Christmas present!

  48. Castiron
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 12:22:17

    “You are what you do. Choose again, and change.” — Lois McMaster Bujold, Brothers in Arms.

  49. Kara
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 12:22:33

    “I like knowing where I stand. If you don’t know where you stand, you can’t decide if that’s where you want to be, or which direction you’d like to go from there.”

    Midnight Bayou by Nora Roberts

  50. Kay
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 12:32:40

    I would love to participate (hoping for the pink one :) ).

    My favorite quote (one of many actually) would be:

    He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.

    It’s the very first line in Rafael Sabatini’s Scaramouche. While I wasn’t overly impressed with the book (although it’s not bad either) this first phrase stayed with me for years now.

  51. A.M.K.
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 12:35:13

    “The greatest happiness,” said Valancy suddenly and distinctly, “is to sneeze when you want to.”

    The Blue Castle
    , Lucy Maud Montgomery

  52. Jill Sorenson
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 12:36:30

    Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell. Ashley, to Scarlett:

    “Isn’t it enough that you’ve gathered every other man’s heart today? You’ve always had mine. You cut your teeth on it.”

    Great contest, thanks!

  53. RachaelfromNJ
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 12:37:49

    This quote is from Magic to the Bone (book 1) in the Allie Beckstrom series by Devon Monk. It’s an urban fantasy series and one of my favorites.

    “Using magic meant it used you back. Forget the fairy tale hocus-pocus, wave a wand and bling-o sparkles and pixie dust crap. Magic, like booze, sex, and drugs, gave as good as it got.”

  54. AnnB
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 12:37:52

    Not sure where this is from but Mr. Thomas Hardy said it:

    “While many things are too strange to be believed, nothing is too strange to have happened.”

  55. Senetra
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 12:47:21

    “Reader, I married him.”

    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I love this book so much that I have 3 ebook versions and 5 tree copies

  56. Kim
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 12:50:38

    “To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband’s dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching upon the floor.” – Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn

  57. StacieH4
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 12:56:55

    “Romance turns sex into art.”~Three Fates, Nora Roberts

  58. Vanessa
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 13:01:30

    “A good story is always more dazzling than a broken piece of truth.”
    -‘ Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale

  59. sharon
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 13:09:33

    “Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.”

    -Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey.

    Woo hoo! Great contest!

  60. bettie
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 13:12:33

    My books are all in boxes, so I’m pulling a quote from the first of my favorites that I can find. Not a romance, but still great fun.

    There’s only four things we do better than anyone else:
    microcode (software)
    high-speed pizza delivery

    Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

  61. Joanne O
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 13:22:08

    “But I’ve always thought – tests are a gift. And great tests are a great gift. To fail the test is a misfortune. But to refuse the test is to refuse the gift, and something worse, more irrevocable, than misfortune.” – Cordelia, Shards of Honor, Lois McMaster Bujold

  62. Caligi
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 13:26:13

    “I commend my soul to any god that can find it.”

    Moist van Lipwig ~ Going Postal – Terry Pratchett

  63. Amy S.
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 13:26:49

    This is a quote from one of my fave childhood books. I remember it to this day.

    When I stepped into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  64. Mfred
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 13:29:15

    “He kissed her again and again, and each kiss was nearer to the last one of all.”

    The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman

  65. beth
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 13:31:14

    Quote hanging over my desk:

    “The first draft of anything is sh*t.”–Ernest Hemingway.

    Ah, inspiring words….. :)

  66. EmmyT
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 13:39:30

    Sometimes all I want
    is two armfuls of air,
    a fistful of sky.

    – A Fistful of Sky by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

  67. Scorpio M.
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 13:49:02

    Speaking of widgets…

    “…She was finally going to say it. Something brave and romantic. Too late, he told himself. They were past where it would do them some good. Still, he listened attentively. He waited, half-hoping, half fearing he might finally hear ‘Kiss me’ or ‘I love you.’ I love you would have been nice.

    Instead, her sweet-soft classy voice said, like silk, in her tea-party singsong, ‘I figured out what I want. I want you to be naked as a statue: I want to see you in the rude with your widge hanging out.” …

    “You promised. You told me when I could say what I wanted, I could have it.”

    The Proposition by Judith Ivory

  68. BadgerChaser
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 13:52:28

    From The Perilous Gard, by Elizabeth Marie Pope, my favorite proposal scene in a book, ever:

    “If you were any other woman, I could tell you I loved you, easily enough, but not you– because you’ve always seemed to me like a part of myself, and it would be like saying I loved my own eyes or my own mind. But have you ever thought of what it would be like to have to live without your mind or your eyes, Kate? To be mad? Or blind?” His voice shook. “I can’t talk about it. That’s the way I feel.”

  69. Shannyn
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 13:53:08

    Jennifer Crusie’s Bet Me — Cal and Min are in the park sharing Krispy Kremes:

    “The rush became a whisper-‘THIS one-‘and he breathed deeper, and before she could open her eyes, he leaned in and kissed her, tasting the chocolate and the heat of her mouth, and she froze for a moment and then kissed him back, sweet and insistent, blanking out all coherent thought.”

    I just love the whisper…this one…

    Thanks for the chance to win

  70. SarahM
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 13:57:07

    Oooooh, I’m feeling like a WINNER! Ah, the power of positive thinking . . . Thanks.

  71. Gina
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 13:58:24

    “Anthony looked down at his evil clutches — hands, he reminded himself, hands — and grinned anew.”

    Julia Quinn, The Viscount Who Loved Me

    Quinn books have so many funny memorable lines, but this is a favorite.

  72. Seressia
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 14:03:43

    “It’s time to leave you and enter into the creation. And your dead body just the welcome mat I need.” Celie, The Color Purple, Alice Walker

  73. Maili
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 14:16:19

    How would you compare a Pocket Sony Reader with a Sony Reader 505? Pros and cons, perhaps?

    “I told the insurance company I was sleeping when the house blew up.”

    Madame Mirabou's School of Love – Barbara Samuel

  74. Tanya Simmerer
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 14:23:16

    One of my favorites…

    “Imaginative work… is like a spider’s web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners…. But when the web is pulled askew, hooked up at the edge, torn in the middle, one remembers that these webs are not spun in midair by incorporeal creatures, but are the work of suffering, human beings, and are attached to the grossly material things, like health and money and the houses we live in.”

    from A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

  75. Jennifer M
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 14:25:10

    “Don’t Panic”

    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

    – isn’t this the only advice anyone ever really needs?

  76. Liza
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 14:26:43

    “He kissed her, and that was the end of it. No more pretending, no
    more holding back. Life changed by love, life sparkling now with its own peculiar
    magic. He tightened his hold and let the transformation take over. When he lifted his
    mouth from hers, he knew, he would be a different man.
    He kissed her until the world was changed, and even that was not long enough.”

    Sharon Shinn-Mystic and Rider

  77. Anne MacFarlane
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 14:27:18

    “All my life I dreamed of having someone think I was beautiful,” she whispered.

    Had he ever thought she wasn’t? If so, he didn’t remember it.

    Max and Louise (aka Low Down)
    Silver Lining by Maggie Osborne

  78. Alexandra
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 14:36:34

    “My hair has turned into a black hole,” she said to the mirror. “Complete absence of light.

    Getting Rid of Bradley, Jennifer Crusie

  79. Missy Ann
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 14:42:30

    “My eyes are blue, my hair is brown, and my favorite word is cake.”

    Stephanie Plum – Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich

  80. joanne
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 14:48:38

    “Not miming. People should be allowed — no, they should be required to chase mimes down the street with bats.”
    Eve Dallas From ORIGIN IN DEATH by J. D. Robbb

  81. S. W. Vaughn
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 14:48:50

    Yeah, so everybody knows this one, but it’s one of my favorites:

    “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

    Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Rings (book and movie)

  82. theo
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 14:58:39

    You were firing questions at me today, trying to get inside my head.

    You asked if I believe in God.

    I told you, of course I do–I’ve always had a strong sense of self.

    Your house is quiet now, you’re sleeping upstairs and I’m alone with this blasted, idiotic book that purports to tally the sum of my life, and the fact is, maybe I do. But maybe, ka-lyrra, your God doesn’t believe in me.

    Adam Black, Immortal Highlander, Karen Marie Moning

  83. Camilla
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 15:01:19

    From my favorite book, and so true.
    I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do. ~Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapter 11, spoken by the character Atticus

  84. Serena
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 15:05:55

    “We’re of one mind, Grenville and I, and the mind is hers, on account of my being a man and not having one.”
    The Last Hellion, Loretta Chase

  85. Hellion
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 15:06:45


    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, JK Rowling

    Hermione to Ron, after Ron returns. (I can’t help it. These two always amused me.)

  86. Mary G
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 15:16:41

    One of my many faves:

    He couldn't believe she'd just walked into his place looking hot enough to ramp up the testosterone in the room to record-breaking levels, and cool enough to care less.

    Sexy cool from Paradise Rules by Beth Kery.

  87. pooks
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 15:27:18

    “And my soul, Dumbledore? Mine?”

    Severus Snape, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

  88. Kay Sisk
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 15:35:46

    From the Bible, Jeremiah 12:5 (RSV)

    “If you have raced with men on foot, and they have wearied you, how will you compete with horses? And if in a safe land you fall down, how will you do in the jungle of the Jordan?”

    IOW, put up or shut up, sink or swim.

  89. Judy
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 15:46:18

    She was more than human to me. She was a Fairy, a Sylph, I don’t know what she was – anything that no one ever saw, and everything that everybody ever wanted. I was swallowed up in an abyss of love in an instant. There was no pausing on the brink; no looking down, or looking back; I was gone, headlong, before I had sense to say a word to her.

    – Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

  90. Gina P
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 15:50:30

    “Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself. The friction tends to arise when the two are not the same.”

    – Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign

    This has been one of my favorite quotes for years. Lois McMaster Bujold is one of my favorite authors, and is extremely quotable (I see a few up above!)

  91. gmosia
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 15:52:43

    A man can be beautiful, I see that now. It`s not just a woman`s term, not a word reserved for romantic, virtuous, elegant things. I don`t think beauty is neat anymore. It is unordered. It is unbrushed hair and a thorn back pocket. It`s bright, strange and lovely, and if I were to paint him I`d use all the warm colours – ochre, gold, plum, terracotta, scarlet, burnt orange.
    I want him to see me as I saw him then. I want him to find me alone at the end of the day with the sun in my hair. I want his heart to buckle, too. I want him to stop someone out in the square and say, who`s that? Do you know her? Where is she from?

    Still, I suppose it comes down to this: just as we love, and can`t help it, so we can`t help it if love`s not there.

    “Eve Green” Susan Fletcher

  92. Susan Reader
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 16:04:32

    *Sigh* So many good quotes, already used!

    Here’s the first sentence from a book I think is a hoot:

    “Got up at the crack of dawn to kill the Fatted Breakfast before driving Matt to the airport, only to discover that aliens had stolen my husband during the night and substituted something incomprehensibly vile in his place.”

    Trisha Ashley, Every Woman for Herself.

    Her earlier books are especially funny. Her heroines tend to be in their late thirties or early forties, not a demographic you often find in humorous romance.

  93. cyclops8
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 16:09:29

    “It was a pleasure to burn.” Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”

  94. Sarah
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 16:17:18

    A quote and the opening line from one of my favorite recent YA titles:

    I, Frankie Landau-Banks, hereby confess that I was the sole mastermind behind the mal-doings of the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds.

    (From The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart)

    Thanks for such an exciting contest!

  95. Susan
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 16:21:55

    “This is magnificent– and it is true! It never happened; yet it is still true. What magic art is this?”

    Puck in “A Midsummer Nights Dream,” Dream Country, The Sandman by Neil Gaiman

  96. Caitie
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 16:25:03

    “An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do.”

    —Pride and Prejudice (Austen) .

    ..since someone already mentioned the opening line, which was going to be my pick too!

  97. Alatariel
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 16:26:02


    My favourite quote is:

    “I do not say my life is worth more than another man’s, but I prize it highly.”

    – The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

  98. Stephanie
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 16:31:02

    “Scotland in the Fall. Were there any other words in the Mother Tongue that could possibly conjure up more romantic thoughts and feelings than those?”

    A Garden in the Rain by Lynn Kurland

  99. Carolyn
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 16:35:49

    I can’t get this speech out of my mind: Christian, Duke of Jervaulx in Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale. He’s fighting for his Duchess; that he’s had a stroke makes it all the more poignant.

    “Maddy … ‘fornication’?” He was halfway between a laugh and tears. “I called it … love for you. Before God … love … honor … my wife … cherish all my days. I said it. Still truth, Maddy. Still the truth … in me, and always.”

    Oh God, the whole speech is so heart-wrenching. I love Christian.

  100. Vivi Andrews
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 16:39:21

    Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done, and why. Then do it. -Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

  101. Jennifer Leeland
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 16:40:35

    My absolute favorite book has this quote that I remember when I write.
    The worst sin–perhaps the only sin–passion can commit is to be joyless. spoken by Lord Peter Whimsey to Harriet Vane in “GAUDY NIGHT”.

  102. Vicki
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 16:42:54

    No fair. You picked mine. I love that scene from If His Kiss is Wicked, although you could choose almost any snippet of dialogue from that book and it would be equally wonderful. Jo Goodman at her very best! As for fave lines, I love this from The Great Gatsby, … so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past…

  103. Jenny
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 16:55:06

    A lot of lines in this book make me laugh, so it’s hard to choose just one!

    How about: “I’m over any problem I had with your career choice” – Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Boby Mayer.

  104. Beret
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 17:10:50

    From Julie Garwood’s Honor’s Splendour
    Madelyne is talking to her sister-in-law about the Spartan ladies…saying first that probably all went to fat by the time they were twelve and that they took more than one man to their bed. Her sister-in-law Adela asked if it was at the same time and Madelyn answered, ” I don’t believe its possible to be flat on your back with more than one man at a time.” p. 166 in the 1987 version. That whole conversation was hilarious!


  105. Rene
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 17:11:34

    Jamie has just asked Susan to marry him, and she has said no:

    “Oh. I only ask because I hate the thought of not having breakfast with you for the rest of my life.”

    “My dear,” I said. “Jamie. That’s a different question.”

    -Freedom and Necessity, by Emma Bull and Steven Brust. I love that book, an dthis whole scene is wonderful.

  106. Eva_baby
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 17:13:18

    crap. My comment didn’t post…. here it is…

    “The one thing you can’t trade for your heart’s desire is your heart.”

    -Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold

  107. Meanne
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 17:16:18

    Not as well known as it deserves to be, but still one of the best contemporaries I’ve read is The Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred. I cried buckets of tears when I read this book. One of my many favorite parts is from the beginning of the book..

    “A sweet gum is the chameleon of wood, its corky exterior hiding its inner ability to imitate anything from cherry to mahogany. But its real value, one unrealized by most people, is its deep red heart, steady and strong. They see only the pale fibrous wood, easily warped, that surrounds the core. Like the town of Morganville saw Nick Anderson”.

  108. Melissa G
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 17:18:07

    very cool! Enter me, please!

  109. Lexie C.
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 17:31:46

    w00t fun for everyone!

    Maybe God is a man of perfect, flawless character. Who only watches over everyone equally…

    the strong and the weak, the rich and the poor–and never plays favorites or reaches his hand out to any of them.

    Oh what a wonderful God.

    He can just drop dead.
    ~Kieli, Chapter 6 ‘How Many More Steps To the Light Marking the Way?’
    by Yukako Kabei

  110. helen R
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 17:51:22

    From the book I am reading now, “It’s generally said that a man can be known by the company he keeps, and Tristan Talbot was likely the only fellow in London who went dicing with his manservant.” By Liz Carlyle

    Isn’t that the best opening line! I bought the book just because of that line.

  111. Amanda S.
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 18:02:43

    “I don’t care if I pass your test, I don’t care if I follow your rules. If you can cheat, so can I. I won’t let you beat me unfairly-I’ll beat you unfairly first.” Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

  112. LaurieF
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 18:14:21

    Thanks for the contest.

    My current favorite quote is from the new Ilona Andrew’s
    novel ON THE EDGE:

    “Yes. I’m too mad to punish you right now. We’ll talk about it when we get home. Go brush your teeth, comb your hair, put on dry clothes, and get the guns. We’re going to Wal-Mart.”

  113. Natasha Fondren
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 18:25:39

    Danse Macabre by Laurell K. Hamilton

    I'm happy behind my black wrought-iron fence. The one with the pointy spikes on top. White never really was my color.

  114. Mikou
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 18:26:41

    One of my fave moments is from Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy:

    Now it is such a bizarrely impossible coincidence that anything so mind-bogglingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it [the Babel fish] as a final and clinching proof of the nonexistence of God. The arguement goes something like this:

    “I refuse to prove that I exist,” says God, “for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.”

    “But,” say Man, “the Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn’t it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don’t. QED.”

    “Oh dear,” says God, “I hadn’t though of that” and promply vanishes in a puff of logic.

  115. CaffeyCathie
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 18:34:04

    Awesome contest!! Neat that they have this new Sony too!

    I love so many quotes from books, that one had me giggling with Celeste Bradley’s right when I started this one! She has a wit about her in her writing that pulls you right in. I seem to find this with each book she starts til the end!. This quote is from DESPERATELY SEEKING A DUKE:

    This is a sentence from a lovemaking scene that is romantic but so funny too when she says:

    ” Goodness”, Phoebe panted, “I didn’t know I could bend that way!”

  116. Sarah F.
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 18:34:50

    “Fern says the animals talk to each other. Dr Dorian, do you believe animals talk?”

    “I never heard one say anything,” he replied. “But that proves nothing. It is quite possible that an animal has spoken to me and that I didn’t catch the remark because I wasn’t paying attention. Children pay better attention than grown-ups… Perhaps if people talked less, animals would talk more.”

    Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

  117. partystripes
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 18:46:04

    “‘Whatever comes,’ she said, ‘cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it.'”– A Little Princess, Frances Hodges Burnett.

    My favorite line from one of my favorite books.

    This is a fun contest!

  118. Lorraine from CA
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 18:47:04

    Christian to Maddy :

    “I called it…love for you. Before God…love…honor…my wife…cherish all my days. I said it. Still truth, Maddy. Still the truth… in me, and always.”

    Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale

  119. Jody F.
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 18:48:07

    Awesome contest! Thanks for sharing the e-readers with us!

    Here’s my favorite quote……From Sherrilyn Kenyon’s book Bad Moon Rising–“We have three kinds of family. Those we are born to, those who are born to us, and those we let into our hearts.”

  120. LizC
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 18:49:42

    “Charles!” uttered Sophy, shocked. “You cannot love me!”

    Mr. Rivenhall pulled the door to behind them, and in a very rough fashion jerked her into his arms, and kissed her. “I don’t: I dislike you excessively!” he said savagely.

    Georgette Heyer, The Grand Sophy

  121. rebyj
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 18:50:27

    My favorite quotes are,

    From Christine Feehan’s Wild Rain ” Deep inside where it counted,they moved together, blended and merged, becoming one being in one skin”

    From Abby Gaines The Groom Came Back “…everything Jack said imprinted itself on her brain, which seemed to have only one purpose these days. To be a storehouse for Jack’s words.”

  122. Trista
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 19:04:49

    You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago.

    Persuasion- Jane Austen

  123. Cynthia
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 19:17:03

    I know it’s not the most creative choice, but these words from Anne Frank always moved me:

    “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

    And this one reminds me of myself as a kid. That strong self independent delusion:

    “Although I’m only fourteen, I know quite well what I want, I know who is right and who is wrong. I have my opinions, my own ideas and principles, and although it may sound pretty mad from an adolescent, I feel more of a person than a child, I feel quite independent of anyone.”

  124. Tabitha
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 19:23:26

    Reunion in Death, J.D. Robb — “We made ourselves. Now, I guess, we make each other.”

  125. Luna
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 19:24:39

    Already entered, but here’s another gem from Crusie’s Faking It. Tilda Goodnight is expalining why she doesn’t need Davy’s “attentions” as she has used her trusty “personal device” for quite a while and it’s never let her down.

    Davy: “You’re in a long tern relationship with an appliance?”

    Cracks me up everytime.

  126. Leah
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 19:35:05

    No, this isn’t literary, but I felt category romance deserved a favourite quote:

    “Was his fear of weddings a medical condition? Matrimoniphobia, perhaps?”

    From Lucy King’s “Bought: One Damsel in Distress”, the first category to make me laugh (a lot) and cry in a very long time.

  127. Annie
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 19:44:03

    From Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase (for those of you who haven’t read it yet, this is the begining of the first witty exchange between the Hero and Heroine, although technically, the Heroine is speaking to her brother. It is the Hero’s reaction to her that makes this whole exchange particularly wonderful!)

    “That, Bertie, is a consequence of the feminine brain having reached a more
    advanced state of development,” said the female without looking up. “She
    recognizes that the selection of a gift requires the balancing of a profoundly
    complicated moral, psychological, aesthetic, and sentimental equation. I should
    not recommend that a mere male attempt to involve himself in the delicate
    process of bal-anting it, especially by the primitive method of counting.”

    For one unsettling moment, it seemed to Lord Dain that someone had just
    shoved his head into a privy. His heart began to pound, and his skin broke out in
    clammy gooseflesh, much as it had on one unforgettable day at Eton five and
    twenty years ago.

  128. Sarah H.
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 19:44:24

    Great contest/thread. I love Roald Dahl’s subversiveness that dares you to think differently. This is wonderful sampling from The Witches:

    “She might even be your lovely school-teacher who is reading these words to you at this very moment. Look carefully at that teacher. Perhaps she is smiling at the absurdity of such a suggestion. Don’t let that put you off. It could be part of cleverness.

    I am not, of course, telling you for one second that your teacher actually is a witch. All I am saying is that she might be one. It is most unlikely. But –here comes the big “but”– not impossible.”

    One of the best “children’s book not really for children” is Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince. This always reminds me not to make the mistake of trying to get to know a person in the wrong way:

    “They never say to you, ‘What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies?’ Instead, they demand ‘How old is he? How many brothers has he? How much money does his father make?’ Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him.

  129. Michelle
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 19:49:23

    Ok you know I would pick Megan Whalen Turner. This is from the Queen of Attolia, and one of the most romantic passages:

    “…she asked, “Who am I, that you should love me?”
    “You are My Queen,” said Eugenides. She sat perfectly still, looking at him without moving as his words dropped like water into dry earth.
    “Do you believe me?” he asked.
    “Yes” she answered.
    “Do you love me?”
    “I love you.”
    And she believed him.


  130. Lydia
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 19:57:58

    So many books, so little time.

    Please put me in the pot for drawing.


  131. SonomaLass
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 20:16:16

    “One of life’s certainties is that there is generally a last chocolate hidden in all those empty wrappers.” Terry Pratchett, The Thief of Time

    This would push me over the e-book edge, truly.

  132. Ann
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 20:16:59

    Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act II, Scene II:

    “Doubt that the sun doth move, doubt truth to be a liar, but never doubt I love.”

    This quote is simply brilliant.

  133. orannia
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 20:17:29

    So many amazing quotes! I love the first line from Silent in the Grace too!

    The one that springs to mind for me is something Roarke says to Eve (although apologies because I cannot remember which In Death book [JD Robb] it is from – I hope that is OK Jane?):

    I would have found you, even on the darkest road.


    Thank you so much Jane. Am off to read all the quotes :)

  134. Lisa
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 20:18:33

    “Bite me.” -Eve Dallas

    _____ In Death, Nora Roberts

  135. Sarah W
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 20:27:50

    So many good quotes, I have a terrible memory, and can’t bring to mind any of my favorite except those parts of the Shakespeare sonnet that Marianne quotes in Sense and Sensibility. I don’t know that I always agree with it, love does change, but the quote always makes me think of the book.

    Here it is in its entirety, though I only have the part from “Love is not love, which alters when it alteration finds” memorized.

    Let me not to the marriage of true minds
    Admit impediments. Love is not love
    Which alters when it alteration finds,
    Or bends with the remover to remove:
    O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
    That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
    It is the star to every wandering bark,
    Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
    Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
    Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
    Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
    But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
    If this be error and upon me proved,
    I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

    William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116

  136. maraobj
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 20:28:30

    “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

    Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

    Every single time I begin re-reading this book this one line warms me down to my toes. It makes me smile and reminds me of all the great lines to come…

    I’m in, I’d love a Sony reader!

  137. Basilyarnelf
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 20:46:04

    There are so many great quotes out there, but here’s one I felt moved to write on the back of a receipt while finishing the book recently…

    “It is not the brightest that succeed. Nor is success simply the sum of the decisions and efforts we have made on our own behalf. It is, rather, a gift. Outliers are those who have been given opportunities- and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.” The Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell.

  138. Heather
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 20:53:22

    “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
    -To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

  139. Daria
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 21:08:05

    Paraphrased, because I can’t find it right now.

    “where have you been?”

    Cordelia Vorkosigan in Barryar. Lois Bujold.
    Best Scene Ever.

  140. Billie Davis
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 21:13:46

    My life would be so much easier with this.

  141. Rachel C
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 21:19:38

    “Freeze. Go ahead, day my make, or, I will shoot you in the dingle-dangle.” Reforming Freddy by Joan-Elliott Pickart

  142. Kim Winklhofer
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 21:23:15

    From Lisa Kleypas’ Tempt Me at Twilight:

    “…You know, Marks, if you ever learned to hold your tongue, your chances of attracting a man would rise exponentially.”

    Her eyes narrowed . “Why would I want to attract a man? I have yet to see anything they’re good for.”

    “If for nothing else,” Leo said, “you need us to produce more women.”

    I can’t wait for the fourth book in the Hathaway series. Leo and Marks are a hoot and a half.

  143. Teresa C
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 21:25:47

    “I am just glad I am not in the point and laugh category.” Mr Perfect by Linda Howard

  144. Amy Kathryn
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 21:28:51

    I specifically remember we both promised never to drink from any man’s goblet of wine. From the looks of you, Frances Catherine, I’m thinking you broke your word.

    Julie Garwood’s The Secret

  145. CourtneyLee
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 22:11:56

    It’s cheesy and not my absolute favorite quote ever because I can’t remember which book has the line I thought to offer, but this one is sweet and romantic and if a tortured alpha male saw fit to say this to me, I’d have his babies:

    “I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, though I could see. And then you came… and I was awakened.” –Zsadist in JR Ward’s Lover Awakened.

  146. C2
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 22:14:12


    Here’s one of my faves:
    “For so many years,” he said, “for so long, I have been so many things, so many different men.” I felt him swallow, and he shifted slightly, the linen of his nightshirt rustling with starch.
    “I was ‘Uncle’ to Jenny’s children, and ‘Brother’ to her and Ian. ‘Milord’ to Fergus, and ‘Sir’ to my tenants. ‘Mac Dubh’ to the men of Ardsmuir and ‘MacKenzie’ to the other servants at Helwater. ‘Malcolm the printer,’ then, and ‘Jamie Roy’ at the docks.” The hand stroked my hair, slowly, with a whispering sound like the wind outside. “But here,” he said, so softly I could barely hear him, “here in the dark, with you….I have no name.”
    – from Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

  147. CrankyBeach
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 22:16:11

    I will have to paraphrase, because I can’t locate the book at the moment, but it’s the opening line to “The Silicon Mage” by Barbara Hambly, and it goes something like this:

    “The worst thing about knowing Gary Fairchild had been dead for a month was seeing him every day at work.”

    Now… doesn’t THAT make you want to read more??

  148. Donna S
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 22:21:41

    “Your job will be to separate the white thumbtacks from the colored ones. Be sure to throw the colored ones away. They must leave the building. If they don’t, then you will. The president, Daniel Rosen, likes only white thumbtacks at The Agency. Also, should you ever serve him a drink, he has just four ice cubes in his Diet Coke. If you put in more, he will throw the surplus ice cubes at you. If you put in three, he’ll throw the entire drink at you.”

    From The Second Assistant: A Tale from the Bottom of the Hollywood Ladder by Clare Naylor and Mimi Hare

  149. LauraD
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 22:26:01

    “Love? What is it? Most natural painkiller what there is. LOVE.”

    Last Words, William S. Burroughs

    (edited to add that Last Words is a collection of Burroughs’ journal entries, those were not his last spoken words. sorry)

  150. Anesthezea
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 22:58:13

    From Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer:

    …if there is no love in the world, we will make a new world, and we will give it heavy 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.

  151. Ember
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 23:18:14

    For today, my favorite quote :
    Robert Heinlein, as said by Lazarus Long in Time Enough For Love

    Never try to outstubborn a cat.

  152. JessW
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 23:33:59

    From Yoda (and George Lucas) to Luke Skywalker:

    “Do or do not….There is no try.”

    “Size matters not . . . Look at me. Judge me by size, do you?” (obviously Yoda is not an erotic romance hero)

    Thanks for the chance for the reader, Jane and Sony.

  153. Alisha
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 00:04:14

    It’s old school, but I love Marie de France. My favorite of her poems, Chevrefoil, is about Tristan and Isolde:

    For without her he cannot live.
    For those two, it’s just like with
    The sweet honeysuckle vine
    That on the hazel tree will twine:
    When it fastens, slips itself right
    Around the trunk, ties itself tight,
    Then the two survive together.
    But should anyone try to sever
    Them, the hazel dies right away,
    And the honeysuckle, the same day.
    “Dear love, that’s our story, too:
    Never you without me, me without you!”

  154. madscientistnz
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 00:14:03

    All books are either dreams or swords.
    You can cut, or you can drug, with words.

    from Sword Blades and Poppy Seed, a poem by Amy Lowell

  155. EC Sheedy
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 01:21:36

    @Luna: by Luna November 30th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Davy: “You're in a long tern relationship with an appliance?”

    This was one of the best lines EVER! Thanks for the memory . . .

  156. Rosario
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 01:27:14

    One that’s stayed with me for years: “Love is the light that casts no shadows”. It’s from one of Elizabeth Lowell’s historical westerns (I think Only You, but it might have been Only His).

  157. Michelle B
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 01:51:13

    Hmmm. This is a tough one since I have so many favorite quotes (and not all from books). I’ll go with this one:

    “The imagination is always the best torturer.” in The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay.

  158. NatalieT
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 02:11:41

    “This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper which were unhappy.”
    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

    My favourite first page ever!

  159. Regan
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 02:36:32

    Repeats are allowed right? Because My favorite quote from any book ever is the same as 12 and for the same reason. I have never read a starting paragraph that puts one so perfectly in the story as this one:

    “Let the fairy-tale begin on a winter's morning, then, with one drop of blood new-fallen on the ivory snow: a drop as bright as a clear-cut ruby, red as the single spot of claret on a lace cuff. And it therefore follows that evil lurks behind each broken window, scheming malice and enchantment; while behind latched shutters the good are sleeping their just sleeps at this early hour in Riverside. Soon they will arise to go about their business; and one, maybe, will be as lovely as the day, armed, as are the good, for a predestined triumph….”
    ~ “Swordspoint” by Ellen Kushner

  160. Sam DG
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 03:06:22

    ” My mother-in-law would always apologize before serving dinner when I was in attendance, saying, “This must seem pretty ordinary for a chef… ” She had no idea how magical, how reassuring, how pleasurable her simple meatloaf was for me, what a delight even lumpy mashed potatoes were-being, as they were, blessedly devoid of truffles or truffle oil.”

    —Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential

    Love him, and this book is funny as hell.

  161. Kaetrin
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 03:10:12

    “When the day shall come, that we do part,” he said softly and turned to look at me, “if my last words are not ‘I love you’ – ye’ll ken it was because I didna have time.”

    Jamie Fraser to Clare in The Fiery Cross (Diana Gabaldon).

    Best last line ever! (IMO)

  162. Tara Mari
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 04:04:01

    …”Can she be saved?” Did he not owe it to her to try?

    Michael studied him with obsidian eyes. “I can not save her.”

    Hugh nodded. If a place like Caelum could exist, then it surely possible to save a demon. “Then I will.” Demon Angel, Meljean Brook

    “Then I will.” I love that.

    I posted this on my blog in January of 2007–and I still love that :)

  163. catie james
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 04:07:21

    I can understand why people cut this quotation down the most romantic bit, but I prefer it in its entirety:

    “It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now; so he shall never know how I love him; and that, not because he’s handsome, Nelly, but because he is more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same; and Linton’s is as different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire.” –Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

  164. mina kelly
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 04:45:42

    “I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.”

    Word cannot express my affection for “I Capture the Castle” by Dodie Smith. Probably my favourite opening line ever.

  165. atclair
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 05:22:09

    “‘If a man has to say trust me it’s a sure sign you cannot. Trust him, that is. Trust is a thing you do without words. ”
    -‘ Juliet Marillier (Wildwood Dancing)


  166. Katrina C
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 06:16:22

    What a fab giveaway!

    I don’t know what book this is from, nor whether it’s from a book at all, but I came across it this week and loved it. I thought it especially applies to the work you guys do at DA.

    It is impossible to discourage the real writers – they don't give a damn what you say, they're going to write. ~Sinclair Lewis

  167. HeatherK
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 07:03:58

    “Blood. Horrible, red, sticky blood. Dripping down my throat. Gagging me. Oh the taste. Weak, stale. I hate it, hate it–

    Oh yeah, the guy had a bad blood issue.”

    From Hotter After Midnight by Cynthia Eden.

    Those lines crack me up.

  168. Kwana
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 07:08:38

    Yay! Love this since it’s on my DD’s Christmas list and now searching for this quote has made me want to re-read this fav book of mine. Here goes:

    “Darling, do shag Mark Darcy over the turkey curry, won’t you? He’s very rich.”

    and because it’s funny too:

    “Emotional fuckwittage,” which is spreading like wildfire among men over thirty. As women glide from their twenties to thirties, Shazzer argues, the balance of power subtly shifts. Even the most outrageous minxes lose their nerve, wrestling with the first twinges of existential angst: fears of dying alone and being found three weeks later half-eaten by an Alsatian. Stereotypical notions of shelves, spinning wheels and sexual scrapheaps conspire to make you feel stupid, no matter how much time you spend thinking about Goldie Hawn and Susan Sarandon.

    From Helen Feilding’s Diary of Bridget Jones

  169. Debra Saturday
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 07:15:06

    A favorite quote….(not romance genre…but one that makes me think). Plus…I will use this as ‘food’ for my writings. Thanks Jane…for the opportunity to win the Sony eReader.

    ‘It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him into evil ways.’~Buddha.
    BUKKYO DENDO KYOKAI – One hundred & twenty-eighth revised edition, 1986

    I wanted to quote ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ by Madeleine L’Engle….about the Happy Medium. But could not find the exact quote. :)

    Be well and Enjoy…
    ps love your blog…I read it always.


  170. Chris
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 07:18:34

    “No angel she had ever read about had willingly taken it in the ass.”
    -from CURSE OF CUPID by Christine McKay

    Some awesome quotes going on here :-)

  171. Carole McDonnell
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 07:21:05

    “The Freer went then to his books to see what should be done. For a long while he read in silence but for his breathing, while Alveric and Lirazel stood before him. And at last he found in his book a form of service for the wedding of a mermaid that had forsaken the sea, though the good book told not of Elfland. And this he said would suffice, for that the mermaids dwelt equally with the elf-folk beyond thought of salvation. So he sent for his bell and such tapers as are necessary. Then, turning to Lirazel, he bade her forsake and forswear and solemnly to renounce all things pertaining to Elfland, reading slowly out of a book the words to be used on this wholesome occasion. ….Then Alveric implored her and she said the say in the book, “though my father could blast this spell,” she added, “if it ever crossed one of his runes.” And the bell being now brought and the tapers, the good man wedded them in his little house with the rites that are proper for the wedding of a mermaid that hath forsaken the sea.” ——— Lord Dunsany, The King of Elfland’s Daughter.

  172. Beverly
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 07:42:29

    I always liked this one from Mansfield Park because it makes me laugh: “A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.”

  173. Jade Lee
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 07:47:47

    My favorite opening line (but I don’t remember the book…sorry)

    “Oh? But he was alive a moment ago!”

    Now please…I really need that e reader!

  174. Stephanie
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 07:52:56


    (I’d leave a quote but I’m blanking out)

  175. Karen
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 08:23:45

    “I can’t think. I’m too busy worrying.” — A Loyal Companion by Barbara Metzger.

    First time poster!

  176. RStewie
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 08:32:02

    Connie Brockway’s As You Desire:

    He stopped. She heard the intake of his breath. “You are my country, Desdemona.” Yearning, harsh and poignant and she felt herself swaying toward him. “My Egypt. My hot, harrowing desert and my cool, verdent Nile, infinitely lovely and unfathomable and sustaining.”

    I <3 Harry.

  177. Frannie
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 08:47:13

    I’d adore to win a Sony Reader – I have one myself, love it, but would like my daughter who’s teaching abroad to have one. A favourite passage from Lord Perfect by Loretta Chase:

    While he tied her petticoat, she swallowed and said, “I daresay proper ladies do not unbutton gentlemen’s trousers.”

    “They do not do that, ” he said as he tugged her frock straight, “nearly so often as one could wish.”

  178. XandraG
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 09:24:01

    Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels:

    “Ankh-Morpork had dallied with many forms of government and had ended up with that form of democracy known as One Man, One Vote. The Patrician was the Man; he had the Vote.”

    “Bishops move diagonally. That’s why they often turn up where the kings don’t expect them to be.”

    Come to think of it, it’s that season again when it’s time to re-read “Hogfather” and listen for the jingles…

  179. K. Z. Snow
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 09:27:12

    “Sex is interesting, but it’s not totally important. I mean it’s not even as important, physically, as excretion. A man can go seventy years without a piece of ass, but he can die in a week without a bowel movement.”

    ~ Charles Bukowski

    “The fact of the matter is, I’ll never own an e-reader unless I win one.”

    ~ impoverished writer

  180. theo
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 09:29:55

    @K. Z. Snow:

    “The fact of the matter is, I'll never own an e-reader unless I win one.”

    ~ impoverished writer

    That’s the BEST quote so far! LOL!

    and too true…

  181. Joy
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 09:32:28

    “Never give aversion therapy to a masochist. The results are unpredictable.” — Lois McMaster Bujold, _Mirror Dance_

  182. Marisa Chenery
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 09:44:52

    “Get off the cross someone else needs the wood.” – Sherrilyn Kenyon, Acheron

  183. DeeCee
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 09:52:03

    “Where I am always thou art, thy image lives within my heart.” Sherrilyn Kenyon, Bad Moon Rising.

    “erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi” J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s (Philosopher’s) Stone.

    “We could have saved it. But we were too doggone cheap. Only he didn’t say “doggone”.” Kurt Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus.

  184. Susan
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 10:27:46

    I have a fave line from a NY Times article on how the brain tries to create order out of patterns.

    “Disorientation begets creative thinking.”

    Having a doctor say this makes me feel a whole lot better about my frequent moments of dinginess.

  185. Saranna
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 10:33:21

    “Hell is not a place, it’s a state of mind and body; hell is obsession with a voice, a face, a name.” from Phantom by Susan Kay.

    “We choose not where we love.” from Phantom by Susan Kay

  186. Ilene
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 11:01:10

    “The Godfather” by Mario Puzo
    The novel starts off with a quote from Balzac – “Behind every great fortune, there is a crime.”

    Oh, my god, I love this novel so much! I am one with “Fredo the Weak One.”

  187. EmmyT
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 11:23:20

    Life isn’t a support system for art. It’s the other way around.

    -On Writing by Steven King

  188. Lana
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 11:32:09

    “I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.”

    Last line of Ulysses by James Joyce…sooo beautiful.

  189. daisy
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 11:59:48

    This one has stuck with me for years –

    “Life happens one day at a time, like water dripping on a stone. You don't notice the change except over the years…no one deserves all the good or the bad that comes their way. You just take it the way it comes, one day at a time. ” – Pearl Cove – Elizabeth Lowell

  190. sebgsh
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 12:11:37

    These frame the book beautifully…

    First sentence, first chapter:

    There were crimson roses on the bench; they looked like splashes of blood.

    First sentence, last chapter:

    There were golden chrysanthemums on the judge’s bench; they looked like burning banners.

    Dorothy L. Sayers, in Strong Poison

  191. Kelly C.
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 12:19:13

    There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written.

    Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray (preface)

  192. Bonnie
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 12:44:33

    Another Jane Eyre fan here: “Reader, I married him.”

    It gives me goose bumps every time I read it.

  193. Anunn
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 12:59:27

    And on her lover’s arm she leant,
    And round her waist she felt it fold,
    And far across the hills they went
    In that new world which is the old.

    Alfred, Lord Tennyson
    The Day Dream

  194. Tonya
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 13:49:22

    My favorite quote from my favorite book and quite uncoincidentally, some of my favorite words to live by. :)

    “On the day when she first knew she could read, she made a vow to read one book a day as long as she lived.”

    – Betty Smith “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”

  195. Angelia Sparrow
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 13:57:12

    So many quotes, all half remembered.

    “The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.”
    –Call of Cthulhu, H.P. Lovecraft

  196. Linda
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 13:57:35

    “Evil is always possible, while good is eternally difficult.”
    Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire

  197. Jordan
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 13:58:53

    Here are a couple from one of my favorites, the Thursday Next Series:

    “I was on HPD–Heathcliff Protection Duty–in Wuthering Heights for two years, and believe me, the ProCaths tried everything. I personally saved him from assassination eight times.”
    – Miss Havisham, Lost in a Good Book

    “Sorry,” he said, rubbing his temples. “I don’t know what came over me. All of a sudden I had this overwhelming desire to talk for a very long time without actually doing anything.”
    – Hamlet, Something Rotten in Denmark

  198. Becca
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 14:07:15

    I want one of these so desperately, you wouldn’t believe it, but can’t begin to afford it. So, here is my entry:

    The human heart can see what is hidden to the eyes, and the heart knows things that the mind does not begin to understand.”

    scroll over the final scene in the movie “They Might Be Giants”

  199. Jennifer D.
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 14:27:40

    One of my favorite quotes is from Judith McNaught’s Paradise. From the character of Matt Farrell – “I’ll give you paradise on a gold platter. Anything you want – everything you want. I come with it, of course. It’s a package deal.”

  200. StacieH4
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 15:01:11

    Can we enter more than once? Here is another one I like:
    “You do not like them.
    So you say.
    Try them! Try them!
    And you may.
    Try them and you may, I say.”
    ~Green Eggs and Ham ~ Dr. Seuss

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