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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.

HOW TO ENTER:

  • 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 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

341 Comments

  1. Jane O
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 15:16:10

    Claudia Dain’s The Courtesan’s Secret, Sophia speaking:
    “Men are so easy to lead around, and they provide their own little leash.”

    Please enter me.

  2. Elaine Ransil
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 15:26:34

    I’m interested in trying the Sony reader. The following is the opening line of Deanna Raybourn’s first book in the Julia Grey mystery series, Silent In the Grave:

    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.

  3. Carol
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 15:47:00

    Thanks Jane for another great contest!

    Here is one of mine:

    “One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
    -’ Jack Kerouac –The Dharma Bums

  4. limecello
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 16:09:00

    lol well I meant to post before 2/3 of the comments now… and I wanted to do something brilliant and high brow… but – decided instead on an obscure book I love very much. Especially as I was discussing the author was “RRRJessica” and Màili. Anyway, this is one of the best opening lines ever. Who *wouldn’t* want to read this book? :P

    “My mother was the village whore and I loved her very much.”
    -Pigs Don’t Fly… but Dragons Do by Mary Brown

  5. Iphigenia
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 16:37:14

    “When a writer is born into a family, that family is finished.” Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz

  6. Susan/DC
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 17:20:05

    I love the H/H “meet cute” from Georgette Heyer’s Black Sheep. Abby doesn’t realize the man she has just met is Miles, not Stacy Calverleigh (Miles is Stacy’s uncle). The younger man has been romancing her niece, Fanny, and she tries to warn him away.

    “You must know very well that I am Fanny’s aunt.”
    “Yes, you’ve just told me so,” he agreed.
    “You knew it as soon as I made myself known to you!” She checked herself, determined not to lose her temper, and said, as pleasantly as she could. “Come, Mr. Calverleigh! let us be frank. I imagine you also know why I did make myself known to you. You certainly contrived to ingratiate yourself with my sister, but you can hardly have supposed that you would find all Fanny’s relations so complaisant!”
    “He was watching her rather intently, but with an expression of enjoyment which she found infuriating. He said: “No, I couldn’t, could I? Still, if your sister likes me . . .”
    “My sister, Mr. Calverleigh, was not aware, until I enlightened her, that you are not, as she had supposed, a man of character, but one of — of an unsavoury reputation!” she snapped.
    “Well, what an unhandsome thing to have done!” he said reproachfully. “Doesn’t she like me any more?”
    Abby now made the discovery that it was possible, at one and the same time, to be furiously angry and to have the greatest difficulty in suppressing an almost irresistible desire to burst out laughing.

    Also loved these quotes from Eva Ibbotson’s A Company of Swans:
    [b]ut she was so intelligent she could think herself into beauty. Intelligence. . .they don’t talk about it much, the poets, but when a woman is intelligent and passionate and good . . .
    and
    “I am ruined’ said Harriet, waking in the great white-netted bed. The word seemed to her so beautiful that she spoke it again to herself, very softly: “Ruined. I am a fallen woman.” She turned her head on the pillow. Rom’s dark head was half-buried in the sheet, with one arm thrown out in sleep. The problem now was what to do with so much happiness; how to contain it and not let it spill out and disturb him. . . .A new world lay before her — a world whose existence she had not even guessed. The mystics knew it, and perhaps God Himself (and possibly Johann Sebastian Bach in places) . . . But none of them had been ruined by Rom, so they could not know it as she knew it. . . .

  7. Diane M.
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 17:29:38

    Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it by George Santayana

  8. Tae
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 18:08:12

    When I re-read Barrayar again recently, I was struck by this passage and how much I loved Lois McMaster Bujold’s writing and how much more I loved the relationship between Cordelia and Aral. (it contains spoilers though)

    Count Piotr’s hand slapped down hard upon the table. “Good God, woman, where
    have you been?” he cried furiously.

    A morbid lunacy overtook her. She smiled fiercely at him, and held up the bag.
    “Shopping.”

    For a second, the old man nearly believed her; conflicting expressions whiplashed
    over his face, astonishment, disbelief, then anger as it penetrated he was being
    mocked.

    “Want to see what I bought?” Cordelia continued, still floating. She yanked the
    bag’s top open, and rolled Vordarian’s head out across the table. Fortunately, it
    had ceased leaking some hours back. It stopped faceup before him, lips grinning,
    drying eyes staring.

    Piotr’s mouth fell open. Kanzian jumped, the staffers swore, and one of Vordarian’s
    traitors actually fell out of his chair, recoiling. Vortala pursed his lips and raised his
    brows. Koudelka, grimly proud of his key role in stage-managing this historic
    moment in one-upsmanship, laid the swordstick on the table as further evidence.
    Illyan puffed, and grinned triumphantly through his shock.

    Aral was perfect. His eyes widened only briefly, then he rested his chin on his
    hands and gazed over his father’s shoulder with an expression of cool interest.

    “But of course,” he breathed. “Every Vor lady goes to the capital to shop.”

    “I paid too much for it,” Cordelia confessed.

    “That, too, is traditional.” A sardonic smile quirked his lips.

    “Kareen is dead. Shot in the melee. I couldn’t save her.”

    He Opened his hand, as if to let the nascent black humor fall through his fingers. “I
    see.” He raised his eyes again to hers, as if asking Are you all right?, and
    apparently finding the answer, No.

    “Gentlemen. If you will be pleased to excuse yourselves for a few minutes. I wish to
    be alone with my wife.”

    In the shuffle of the men rising to their feet, Cordelia caught a mutter, “Brave man
    …”

  9. ME
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 18:21:13

    This book still haunts me and cant’ wait for the movie…From The Lovely Bones,

    My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen
    when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.

  10. sarcare
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 18:23:33

    I think Pride and Prejudice has some of the best lines of all times, certainly some of the best quotes. This whole scene is fabulous, but I love this quote because has such an impact on Mr. Darcy.

    “You are mistaken, Mr. Darcy, if you suppose that the mode of your declaration affected me in any other way, than as it spared the concern which I might have felt in refusing you, had you behaved in a more gentlemanlike manner.”

  11. Chelsea B.
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 19:05:25

    He was still caressing her cheeks. “Your so soft, Daniela. Softer than I ever imagined-and I imagined constantly.” He tipped her face up. “I’ve got to kiss you.”

    Untouchable, by Kresley Cole.

  12. Heather Massey
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 19:06:22

    “Hello, Thomas.”

    Said by the heroine Alpha just as she is about to kidnap the hero. From Catherine Asaro’s ALPHA.

    Thanks for running this contest!

  13. Louise D
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 20:21:14

    There are so many good line to choose from but this one is freshest in my memory :)

    “I’m so sorry, Vane. I swear didn’t mean to get us killed like this.”
    –Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon

    Now I’ll just keep my fingers crossed

  14. JBHunt
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 20:24:37

    From Marisha Pessl's Special Topics in Calamity Physics

    A pair is described as “one of those tan, hair-tossing ‘Blue Lagoon' couples (one per every high school) who threatened to destroy the bedrock of the chaste educational community simply by the muggy way they looked at each other in the halls.”

    Jade (a high school mean girl) is “blessed with the enviable properties of a mink coat -’ graceful, unreasonable and impractical no matter what she was draped over, whether it be couches or people.”

    “When it comes to certain human miseries, the only eyewitnesses should be the pavement and maybe the trees.”

  15. KatherineE
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 20:34:54

    Count me in..

    “It’s no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently or if your favorite films wouldn’t even speak to each other if they met at a party.”

    ~Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

  16. Stacy S
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 20:41:36

    This is from Julie Garwood’s The Gift.

    I have come to rely on your love. It became my anchor. It was the one certainty I had, and it took me a long while to realize it.

  17. Anunn
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 20:47:17

    Robert Parker, The Godwulf Manuscript

    Spenser is leaving the scene of an unsatisfactory interview.

    On the way to my car, I looked for a puppy to kick.

  18. Jennifer NYC
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 20:52:44

    “All my life has been a hunt,”…”I have hunted for you over half the earth, and hell too. Bentinck Street is not nearly far enough to run.”

    - Lord Winter from Laura Kinsale’s, THE DREAM HUNTER

  19. AnneH
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 21:01:10

    Somehow, this line from Dorothy Dunnett's Queen’s Play is one that I really liked and sums up Lymond well:

    Meanwhile, the ollave (Lymond), of course, was still missing (by virtue of being asleep). “It was one of the occasions when Lymond asleep wrecked the peace of mind of more people than Lymond awake.”

  20. Ellie
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 21:02:47

    “A straight line is not the shortest distance between two points.”
    Madeleine L’Engle, “A Wrinkle in Time”

  21. Colleen M
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 21:13:46

    Lone Star Santa by Heather MacAllister:

    “She’d be a brunette for one thing. Brunettes had depth. Brunettes had dark secrets and a sensual confidence. Brunettes toyed with lesser mortals.”

  22. NancyB
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 21:41:07

    Lois Bujold has so many quotable lines, some which stand alone and some that don’t. This one doesn’t, but I love it…along with the way she turned my romance-reader-tuned instincts upside down earlier in the same book:

    “Lord Arhys, how long have you been dead?”
    _Paladin of Souls_, Lois McMaster Bujold

  23. Denise
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 21:47:57

    From the Faery Bride by Lisa Ann Verge. Published in 1996, it remains one of my favorite romances:

    “Who better than a demon,” she said, turning the silver of her eyes upon him, “to lay down with a witch?”

  24. Kay
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 22:03:20

    All we have to believe with is our senses, the tools we use to perceive the world: our sight, our touch, our memory. If they lie to us, then nothing can be trusted. And even if we do not believe, then still we cannot travel in any other way than the road our senses show us, and we must walk that road to the end.

    -Neil Gaiman “American Gods”

  25. LoraG
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 22:32:55

    In a way it’s interesting being crazy about somebody who’s no longer crazy about you. You go sort of blind and deaf. Or choose to.

    –Fools Die by Mario Puzo

  26. Julie Trevelyan
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 22:42:06

    “Those who dwell…among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.” -Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

    Love that quote, though I think I have too many favorites to say it’s my all-time fave! Great giveaway, thanks for doing it.

  27. Sam DG
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 23:22:17

    “No, I’m not really–I’m just a–I’m just a whole lot of different simple people”

    Tender is the Night
    F. Scott Fitzgerald

  28. Sam DG
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 23:38:52

    A crust and a corner that love made precious
    and the smile to warm and the tears to refresh us.
    And joy seems sweeter when cares come after.
    And a moan is the finest of foils for laughter.
    And that is life!

    Life, Paul Laurence Dunbar

    *hope it’s okay that I entered some of the same quotes in at SBTB :)
    This one is so wonderful, it bears repeating.

  29. Sam DG
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 23:43:49

    DON’T THINK OF IT AS DYING, said Death. JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH.

    – (Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, Good Omens)

  30. Grrrly
    Dec 01, 2009 @ 23:47:26

    Ooh, count me in!

    “Is it any wonder then that I became what I did? Delaunay maintains that it was ever my destiny, and perhaps he is right. But this, I know, is true: When love cast me out, it was cruelty who took pity upon me.”

    Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel’s Dart

    or

    “Mother, I am in love with a robot.”

    Tanith Lee, The Silver Metal Lover

  31. Anna
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 01:12:16

    ‘Love as thou wilt”
    Jaqueline Carey, Kushiel’s Dart

    It’s such a simple, beautiful line.

  32. Shel
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 03:03:08

    For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  33. Niveau
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 03:09:21

    Gah, choosing’s so hard! Okay, two polar opposites, both of which I adore:

    From Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran:
    “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Muslim man, regardless of his fortune, must be in want of a nine-year-old virgin wife.”

    From Mary Balogh’s Then Comes Seduction:
    “Love is not a game! …It is not even a feeling,” she said, “though feelings are involved in it. It is certainly not all happiness and light. It is not s-sex either, though I know you must be about to suggest that. Love is a connection with another person, either through birth or through something else that I cannot even explain. It is often just an attraction at first. But it goes far deeper than that. It is a determination to care for the other person no matter what and to allow oneself to be cared for in return. It is a commitment to make the other happy and to be happy oneself. It is not possessive, but neither is it a victim. And it does not always bring happiness. Often it brings a great deal of pain, especially when the beloved is suffering and one feels impotent to comfrot. It is what life is all about.”

  34. Elyane
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 08:51:02

    One of my favorite:

    “I would Have been yours. I wish you’d been mine. I would have stood between you and this and thought myself lucky to die in your place. ePistols at dawn ZA Maxfield

  35. Wendy
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 09:25:57

    “She’s been a blessing to us, and there never was a luckier mistake than what Mrs Spencer made-if it was luck. I don’t believe it was any such thing. It was providence, because the Almighty saw we needed her, I reckon. ” Matthew from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.

    This was the book that started my lifelong love of reading.

  36. Patti
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 10:11:48

    I love this quote from Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows’ delightful The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

    “I don’t believe that after reading such a fine writer as Emily Bronte, I will be happy to read again Miss Amanda Gillyflower’s Ill-Used by Candlelight. Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad books.”

  37. Lisa B.
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 10:36:21

    “If I can stop one Heart from breaking
    I shall not live in vain
    If I can ease one Life the Aching
    Or cool one Pain”

    Emily Dickinson from the poem, If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking

  38. ms bookjunkie
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 11:28:39

    This is from Kresley Cole’s Untouchable in Deep Kiss of Winter.

    “Come, puppies. Come meet Destiny.” Out of the corner of her mouth, Nïx stage-whispered, “Destiny is my fist’s name.”

  39. Lisa
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 11:34:58

    I believe this is a wonderful quote. It is from An Infamous Army by Georgetter Heyer:

    Barbara: “It seems as though every joy that comes to one must have a grief to spoil it.”

    Mary: “It is so, but think instead, dearest, that every grief has joy to lighten it. Nothing in the world is quite perfect, nor quiet unbearable.”

    My life has gone through many ups and downs and this quote helps me remember “there is always light in life.” (from a french saying).

    Thank you!

  40. La-Tessa
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 12:14:36

    “Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.”
    ~Albus Dumblefore

    [J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]

  41. Booklover1335
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 12:17:06

    My favorite quote is “There is no charm equal to tenderness of Heart” from Emma by Jane Austen. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a little bit of Jane :)

  42. GrowlyCub
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 12:33:39

    “And best of all, buried in the heart of passion, was the joyful knowledge that he had found his home in her, as she had in him.”

    The Rake and the Reformer, Mary Jo Putney

  43. GrowlyCub
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 12:41:44

    I just submitted another quote to the Sony site and finally figured out what the weird $#@% is for. They are censoring! The quote I posted had the word ‘sex’ in it… go figure. How idiotic!

  44. Katie
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 15:10:23

    I’ll chime in with what is, quite possibly, the best character description in English literature. It’s also quite apropos for the season:

    Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dog-days; and didn't thaw it one degree at Christmas.

    A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

  45. Julie
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 15:33:15

    “Sex is a complicated thing,” I said.

    Susan widened her eyes. “Wow, ” she said.

    “It enhances love,” I said, “But not as much as love enhances it.”

    Robert B. Parker – The Professional

  46. Edie
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 15:48:57

    The woman smiled again: wisely, sadly. “One must die to live again.” The, blowing a kiss to Alexi, she disappeared.

    The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber

  47. SMD
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 15:59:32

    Well, I’m in: “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” From 1984 by George Orwell. Love that book!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  48. Maria
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 16:28:51

    This is hard…I have a lot of favorite books, but it’s the overall story that captures me. I almost chose the opening paragraph to “The Red Hot Empress” by Meredith Blevins because you know right where you are–how it smells, feels, the humidity.

    But in the end, I liked this entire book better–and New Tricks by John Levitt also had a great opening paragraph:

    On the corner of Market and Castro, half hidden in the shadow of a doorway, stood a vampire. Not just any vampire, mind you: one with a dark cape and four inch protruding fangs. And tons of hair gel. A few doorways down, a werewolf chatted amiably with a sickly green-hued zombie. All around them, demons and divas swirled giddily together. It was, of course, Halloween in the Castro.

    Maria

  49. Sonya
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 17:36:36

    One of my all time favorites was written by Suzanne Simmons in her Goodnight Sweetheart novel.

    “Wisdom comes from making mistakes.” After a brief pause, Minerva tempered that statement with “Well, at least it does if we learn from our mistakes.”

    I am a guru on the hamster wheel of mistakes. ; – )

  50. TraceyL
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 17:52:01

    “Falling in love with a Catholic priest was not my smartest move.”
    -CATCH OF THE DAY by Kristan Higgins.

    This is not my favorite quote; your contest put me on the spot and there was so. much. pressure! :> But this is the last book I read. This book has sat on my TBR pile for quite awhile and I’d put off reading it because I was not feeling the back cover blurb. But last weekend, after Thanksgiving, I wanted to escape. I picked it up, turned to the first page, read this first line… and finished the book in one day.

    So it may not be my favorite but it did what any good first line should do: it drew me into a great book and led me to order the author’s backlist.

    Maybe I can read them on my new Sony Reader? :>

    If I don’t win, please give it to Lynette #22. That Beverly Jenkins quote is a killer!

  51. Ashley Danielle
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 18:05:09

    “Give me a glance at the end of your proclamation of love to someone else. Give me one word in your letter of love for someone else. That would have been enough for me.”

    -The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

  52. Naithin
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 18:13:49

    A shorter quote, and a lighter one than some. It comes from Robin Hobb’s, ‘A Golden Fool’ (Book 2 of the Tawny Man series). When I read it, I couldn’t help but to laugh. (Paraphrased slightly perhaps, because I don’t have the book on hand, but as accurately as I can recall it:)

    “If it was raining soup outside, you’d be out there with a fork.” – Jek

  53. Juana
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 18:44:35

    “I don't understand the wish -’ let alone the need -’ to be dominated, controlled. Not presuming to judge, just not something I wanted for myself.”

    Adrien English Mysteries by Josh Lanyon

  54. chey
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 19:01:32

    “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”
    by Mark Twain, Following the Equator

  55. VelvetTea
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 19:41:34

    “Can’t make an omelette without killing a few people.”

    Neil Gaiman from Neverwhere.

  56. RandomRanter
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 19:46:30

    “It doesn’t come with a guarantee. Why Should it? It’s not a car or computer. It’s life and it’s messy, and it breaks down. It’s a promise to try. I want to promise to try, Carter.
    Vision in White by Nora Roberts

  57. Meggrs
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 20:12:15

    “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.

    -Henry David Thoreau

  58. Kym
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 20:22:17

    “Reformed rakes make the best husbands.”

    - Judith McNaught, Something Wonderful

  59. Andrea Boley
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 20:38:59

    A slow, lazy, carnivorous smile touched Curran’s lips. “Not only will you sleep with me, but you will say ‘please’.”
    I stared at him, shocked.
    The smile widened. “You will say ‘please’ before and ‘thank you’ after.”

    -Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews

    This has gotta be one of the best quotes from Curran throughout this whole series!

  60. Mari
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 20:48:40

    Ah, I like philosophical quotes. I can’t decide between two that have made me ponder quite a bit:

    “He pulled the boy closer. Just remember that the things you put into your head are there forever, he said. You might want to think about that.
    You forget some things, don’t you?
    Yes. You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget.”
    -The Road, by Cormac McCarthy.

    “…for dignity has no price, that when someone starts making small concessions, in the end, life loses all meaning.”
    -Blindness, by Jose Saramago

  61. Kap
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 20:57:48

    It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.

    -Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  62. MD
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 21:02:27

    Appropriately for a book review site, a review written May 27th, 1843 by diarist George Templeton Strong:

    “Looking into a desk at the office this afternoon in pursuit of certain stray papers, what should I find there but a ‘novel’ of Paul de Kock’s–I forget its name–one of the shilling publications that by their unexampled cheapness are going to give a new impulse to the present age, spread light and intellect and knowledge over the world, and so on…

    Well, I had the curiosity to look through it and came to the conclusion that Dr. Johnson was perfectly right when he described the people among whom Paul is not only tolerated but popular as ‘possessing the manners (and the mind) of a dancing master and the morals of a whore’: for the book is just as shallow and contemptible in point of all that constitutes literary merit as it is execrable and profligate in sentiment. And in that it exceeds any production that I ever met with yet. It’s the first French novel I ever read and it shall be the last.”

  63. BK
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 21:16:16

    The only quote that’s coming to me at the moment is from a favorite book, though if I took more time to consider, wouldn’t be my Favoritest Quote Ever. But it’s a good one imo.

    “I want to lay my kill at your feet.” – Gabriel to Vivian, BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE by Annette Kurtis Klaus

  64. Jennifer76
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 21:40:55

    Just like a damned man, he thought exasperatedly. She got what she wanted, then curled up and went to sleep.

    Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

  65. Ami
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 21:45:18

    Man, so many good quotes and I’m blanking. Although sometimes without the lead up the quote isnt’ as funny (The symphonies and music concertos in Sherry Thomas’s Delicious for example, not that I can find it)

    That’s why I like this quote despite it being sappy and first love dovey, I liked the overall short story it came from. 100% perfect by Haruki Murakami.

    One beautiful April morning, on a narrow side street in Tokyo’s fashionable Harujuku neighborhood, I walked past the 100% perfect girl.

    Tell you the truth, she’s not that good-looking. She doesn’t stand out in any way. Her clothes are nothing special. The back of her hair is still bent out of shape from sleep. She isn’t young, either – must be near thirty, not even close to a “girl,” properly speaking. But still, I know from fifty yards away: She’s the 100% perfect girl for me. The moment I see her, there’s a rumbling in my chest, and my mouth is as dry as a desert.

    I would quote the entire thing as it’s not that long, but it’s long for a commen .^_^;

  66. melisa
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 22:51:14

    “Hello! Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!” from the book and the movie The Princess Bride by William Goldman
    My favorite part.

  67. Ying Vaj
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 23:33:16

    I love these two quotes my favorite couple, Dain and Jessica, in Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase:

    Dain says this to Bertie when he saw Jessica, Berite’s sister, standing by a jewelry case:

    “I particularly recommend,” [Dain] went on, his eyes upon the female (Jessica) , “that you resist the temptation to count if you are contemplating a gift for your chere amie. Women deal in a higher mathematical realm than men, especially when it comes to gifts.”

    “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.”

    I love these two characters! ^^

  68. MaryK
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 00:16:22

    I have a Sony reader, but my dad would love one, so:

    “At that time I thought a man should never tell women what he does with his money. (Those days were the days, of course, before I was married and had this issued placed in true perspective by my wife.)”
    The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis

  69. JulieD.
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 00:30:21

    I love this one.
    ” * “Do you love me, Wesley? Is that it?”
    He couldn’t believe it. “Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches! If your love were -”
    “I don’t understand that first one yet,” Buttercup interrupted. She was starting to get very excited now. “Let me get this straight. Are you saying my love is a grain of sand and yours is this other thing? Images confuse me so – is this universal business of yours bigger than my sand? Help me, Westley. I have the feeling we’re on the verge of something just terribly important.”

    * “I’ve been saying it so long to you, you just wouldn’t listen. Every time you said ‘Farm Boy do this’ you thought I was answering ‘As you wish’ but that’s only because you were hearing wrong. ‘I love you’ was what it was, but you never heard.”

    * There have been five great kisses since 1642 B.C. … (before then couples hooked thumbs.) And the precise rating of kisses is a terribly difficult thing, often leading to great controversy…Well, this one left them all behind.
    From The Princess Bride by William Goldman

  70. Sara Lindsey
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 03:12:56

    “I had crushes on you and Alan Greenspan both at the same time. I can’t imagine what I was thinking of. Although the crush I had on Greenspan was a lot worse. Thank God I didn’t run into him with that sexy briefcase.”

    - Molly to Kevin in Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ This Heart of Mine

  71. Penni
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 04:20:28

    The more that you read, the more things you will know.
    The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

    I can read with my eyes shut by Dr. Seuss

  72. Dawn
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 07:36:25

    I do research on Aristotle, who every now and again says something wonderfully elegant: “For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy.” Nicomachean Ethics I.7, 1098a17-19

  73. Hannah Imankulov
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 08:57:40

    This is from A room with a view by E.M. Forster:

    “I’m only thinking of my pet theory about Miss Honeychurch. Does it seem reasonable that she should play so wonderfully, and live so quietly? I suspect that one day she will be wonderful in both. The water-tight compartments in her will break down, and music and life will mingle. Then we shall have her heroically good, heroically bad–too heroic, perhaps, to be good or bad.”

  74. sandy l
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 10:02:33

    Geez, the only quote I can remember is the first line from Pride & Prejudice. Not because it was written by Jane Austen, but because it is quoted and parodied so often.

  75. Wendy
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 11:14:01

    “Oh angel, I would take you with me if I could” Sam to Grace.

    Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. It’s been stuck in my head for days! It’s a YA romance book about werewolves. Love it!

  76. Andi
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 12:37:31

    “The Pontiac isn’t mine. It belongs to the city.”
    She felt weak with relief. Thank God. It would have been a serious blow to her self-esteem if she’d slept with the owner of that wreck.
    Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard. One of my favs only partly because it takes place in my home territory.

  77. Susan Reader
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 13:55:21

    “…he has never given up his conviction that if you just try all the doors one of them is bound to be the Door Into Summer.
    “You know, I think he is right.”

    Robert A. Heinlein, The Door Into Summer

  78. Renda
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 15:35:03

    “For the better part of my childhood, my professional aspirations were simple — I wanted to be an intergalactic princess. I didn’t care much about ruling hordes of space people. Mostly I wanted to wear the cape and sexy boots and carry a cool weapon.”

    Janet Evanovich, Seven Up.

    I mean, who doesn’t want this at some point in their life.

  79. Pearl
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 16:48:41

    She begged in a raspy whisper, completely lost, unaware of anything but the solid feel of this man beneath her hands, the need in her beyond anything she'd known. (…) Mr. Patel's voice sliced through her dream. “Get out! Get out, you filthy perverts, before you ruin my cab with your love juice and beef franks.”

    Maddy and Gregor getting it on in Mr. Patel’s cab in Bound by Blood by Evie Byrne

  80. salseradoc
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 16:53:31

    “The train is roaring toward you and the villain is twirling his moustache and you’re fussing that he’s tied you to the tracks with the wrong kind of rope.”

    Robin McKinley, Sunshine

  81. KarLynP
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 17:43:10

    From Pg 232, Silver Lining by Maggie Osborne

    “Louise?”

    “Yes?”

    “I’ve been thinking…this might be a good night for you not to wear that damn nightgown.”

  82. jillyfae
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 17:57:34

    Yet another one from Lois McMaster Bujold’s Cordelia’s Honor. I just love that book to pieces. (Or, books, since I actually have Shards of Honor and Barrayar on my shelf rather than the omnibus that’s actually in print. This is from Shards of Honor originally, to be overly specific.)

    “So what does the man have, anyway?”

    “I don't know. The virtues of his vices, perhaps. Courage. Strength. Energy. He could run me into the ground any day. He has power over people. Not leadership, exactly, although there's that too. They either worship him or hate his guts. The strangest man I ever met did both at the same time. But nobody falls asleep when he's around.”

    “And which category do you fall in, Cordelia?” asked her mother, bemused.

    “Well, I don't hate him. Can't say as I worship him, either.” She paused a long time, and looked up to meet her mother's eyes squarely. “But when he's cut, I bleed.”

  83. Mary Anne Graham
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 18:20:06

    I’m going to cheat and submit two because I can’t pick just one:

    Brandon to Heather on how his vow not to touch her backfired:

    “Beware, my pretty. Revenge is not a double-edged sword at all. It is purely single-edged. I found myself astraddle the sharp edge and whenever you rocked it I felt the bite.”

    The Flame And The Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss.

    Nicholaa’s sentiment after the King rewards her bravery by letting her choose her husband, instead of having the knights choose whether to compete to win her hand:

    “She could feel the tension in the hall. Most of it, she thought, came from Royce. None of the barons could possibly like this turn of the tables, for one of them had just become the coveted prize, the possession.”

    The Prize by Julie Garwood.

  84. Susan Laura
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 18:34:47

    From Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati. To set it up: After much drama and many people and circumstances trying to keep them apart Nathaniel is speaking to Elizabeth as he makes love to her for the first time:

    “Richard Todd can’t have you, not ever. You have to leave your father’s home and come to me. Because once this is done, you are mine to keep and protect, and I am yours. Do you understand?”
    “Oh, yes,” she whispered, her hands flitting over his shoulders.
    “When I’m dying,” he said. “When I close my eyes at the last, it’ll be your face I see, right at this moment.”

  85. brooksse
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 19:21:44

    “Men are investments,” she said. “One must choose carefully, and think of the future.”
    Francesca Bonnard, the heroine, a courtesan
    Your Scandalous Ways by Loretta Chase

  86. Jasmine T
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 19:24:38

    My mother is a fish.

    As I Lay Dying, Faulkner

    This quote is what made me become an English major. ^^

  87. AB
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 20:48:35

    “Real magic can never be made by offering up someone else’s liver. You must tear out your own and not expect it back. The true witches know that.”

    - “The Last Unicorn” by Peter S Beagle.

    (It was so hard to pick just one!~)

  88. SarahW
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 22:06:07

    I had to come add this today, when I read it it moved me, which made me think of this contest.
    “to love life, to love it even
    when you have no stomach for it
    and everything you’ve held dear
    crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
    your throat filled with the silt of it.
    When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
    thickening the air, heavy as water
    more fit for gills than lungs;
    when grief weights you like your own flesh
    only more of it, an obesity of grief,
    you think, How can a body withstand this?
    Then you hold life like a face
    between your palms, a plain face,
    no charming smile, no violet eyes,
    and you say, yes, I will take you
    I will love you, again.”
    Ellen Bass

  89. Ruth
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 22:20:51

    “It is not true that women cannot keep secrets.

    Where they love, they can be trusted to death and beyond, against all
    sense and reason.

    It is their weakness, and their great strength.”

    – The Hollow Hills, Mary Stewart

  90. Kadesia Adams
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 22:46:50

    SAMANTHA KANE-THE COURAGE TO LOVE
    “Yes, Kate. We found you, finally free.”

    Pain slashed across Kate's face before she could hide it. She looked at both men accusingly. “Oh, but haven't you listened to the talk, Jason?” she returned in a voice made husky with unshed tears. “I'm not free. I cost a great deal.”

    Jason's face suffused with anger, and he took a step toward her. She involuntarily stepped back, her hands going protectively up before she could stop them. Jason's advance was halted immediately by her reaction.

    “We don't want to buy you, Kate.”

    “Well, then, you can't have me.” She'd recovered sufficiently to calmly step back to the settee and sit down.

  91. Jackie U
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 22:49:35

    “Lasciate ogni speranza, voi encantrate.”–Dante, Infierno

    “Reapers and rippers and older than time–living murder wrapped in cold flesh.”–Rob Thurman, Deathwish

    Not trying to double enter, just couldn’t decide between the two quotes!

  92. Beau
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 23:42:49

    “Girl, if you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer’s always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.”

    -’ Nora Roberts (Tears of the Moon)

  93. Jocelyn Z.
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 00:59:48

    “If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them. The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure that it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.” – Ernest Hemingway ‘A Farewell to Arms’

    I wish I could find my copy of Borges’ “Pink House” because there are two lines in there that I love, but I don’t know where it is.

    There are so many great lines from romances, but a lot of them lose power when taken out of context, and I can’t think of one that hasn’t already been mentioned. My favorite of those is from “Magic Strikes” by Ilona Andrews: “That was worth the ten dollars.”

  94. Donna Holmberg
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 01:28:13

    “Read o’er the volume of young Paris’ face,
    And find delight writ there with beauty’s pen.
    Examine every married lineament,
    And see how one another lends content,
    And what obscured in this fair volume lies
    Find written in the margin of his eyes.
    This precious book of love, this unbound lover,
    To beautify him, only lacks a cover.
    The fish lives in the sea, and ’tis much pride
    For fair without the fair within to hide.
    That book in many’s eyes doth share the glory
    That in golden clasps locks in the story.
    So shall you share all that he doth possess,
    By having him making yourself no less.”
    Lady Capulet talking to Juliet, compares the young lover’s face
    to a most captivating book and invites her to read in it with delight.”
    From the book (and play) “Romeo and Juliet” – William Shakespeare

  95. Carin
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 07:49:08

    “How well we pull together, don’t we?” said Amy, who objected to
    silence just then.

    “So well that I wish we might always pull in the same boat. Will you,
    Amy?”
    very tenderly.

    “Yes, Laurie,” very low.

    From Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    I’ve always loved this proposal!

  96. CrystalGB
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 07:51:44

    I love this passage from To Desire A Devil by Elizabeth Hoyt.

    “I was lost and broken, and you saved me.” He bent and whispered against her lips, “You have redeemed me.”

  97. Eileen
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 10:47:01

    “Yeah, because I’m that sensitive about not getting to the glory inside your pants, Quinn.”

    Spoken by the heroine, Lori, in Start Me Up by Victoria Dahl.

  98. Mary Bloxsom
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 10:57:38

    This is from Alphabet of Thorn, written by Patricia McKillip, my favorite author. Vevay, a very old woman, is with her longtime lover, Gavin. I love this image of a woman’s age.

    She sat up in their bed among linens and furs, clothed for the night in pearl-grey silk, her hair, a paler shade of pearl, falling around her like a cloak. Her blue-grey eyes, hooded with age, had once inspired poetry; her hands had inspired epics. Her deeds had inspired a great many different passions; she had managed to survive them all. Now, at home, at rest within the mighty palace of the rulers of Raine, she occasionally wondered, with amazement and rue, how she had survived her younger self.

    Vevay has been telling Gavin an ancient legend and he asks how it ends.

    She folded her arms, rested them on her upraised knees, and dropped her chin upon them, watching the embers, lying open like broken hears, pulsing and dying at once. “I don’t remember,” she said absently, losing interest in her own tale. She felt his fingers drifting down her backbone.

  99. E. Presto
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 11:05:27

    This is from And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee Guhrke when the heroine sees a young girl in a shop buying a fan she has been wanting to buy for a long time but has put off as too extravagent. It’s a very moving scene in the book.

    “It’s the springtime of that girl’s life, Emma reminded herself. A time when a peacock fan was of some use to a young lady, a time of parties and dancing and romance, a time of hopes and dreams and plans for the future–a future that was exciting and fun and full of possibilities.

    Her own springtime had passed by years ago, if it had ever existed at all.”

  100. JenD
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 11:29:51

    “I want to do with you what Spring does with the cherry trees.”
    -Pablo Neruda

  101. etirv
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 11:54:54

    I rarely remember quotes from any book but this line from Sherry Thomas’ Not Quite a Husband was memorable:

    “The space between the stars is filled with your silence.”

  102. R Martin
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 12:02:15

    “I am sister to the rain;
    Fey and sudden and unholy,
    Petulant at the windowpane,
    Quickly lost, remembered slowly.”

    – Dorothy Parker, Enough Rope

  103. majennifer
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 13:03:49

    What is significant to you, Sebastien? “You” What else? “Beauty. A beautiful, emotionally full life. A companion who knows and accepts me… I believe in this. And in you. In you and me.”

    Dance by Judy Cuevas

  104. Meghan
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 14:27:50

    “Nefret had always had an uncanny ability to read his thoughts. ‘Did she cry?’ she asked sweetly. ‘And then you kissed her? You shouldn’t have done that. I’m sure you meant well, but kissing someone out of pity is always a mistake.’ ”

    ~The Falcon at the Portal by Elizabeth Peters

    And, also, just because:

    “Life is an awful, ugly place not to have a best friend.”

    ~ Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

  105. Hydecat
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 14:29:00

    “I am no sentimentalist. I will tell you that you are hardly the most beautiful woman I have ever known, Jane, nor the most enchanting. Your witchery is of a different order than others’ – and springs, I believe, from the extraordinary self-possession you command. It is unique in my experience of women. You have my unqualified esteem and respect; you have my trust and my heart; and if I love you, my dear, it is as one loves the familiar room to which one returns after desperate wandering. In this room I might draw the shades upon the world and live in comfort forever.”

    Jane and His Lordship’s Legacy by Stephanie Barron

  106. Brian
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 14:36:27

    “Forget about what you are escaping from. Reserve your anxiety for what you are escaping to.”

    - Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

  107. Dominik
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 15:31:23

    “Ah, Messire, my wife, if only I had one, was twenty times in danger of being a widow! But happily, Messire, I’m not married…”

    - Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

  108. willa
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 15:45:06

    I wanted to quote the whole thing, but I’m not sure if that’s allowed. So I’ll quote this lovely part:

    (i do not know what it is about you that closes
    and opens;only something in me understands
    the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
    nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands

    From “somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond” by E.E. Cummings. The whole poem makes me happy.

    And then there is this piece:

    Last night as I was sleeping,
    I dreamt-’marvelous error!-’
    that I had a beehive
    here inside my heart.
    And the golden bees
    were making white combs
    and sweet honey
    from my old failures.

    From “Last night, as I was sleeping” by Antonio Machado (translated from the Spanish).

    Such lovely poems, such powerful imagery.

  109. Suki
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 15:48:26

    “Where you're concerned, I am in charge.”
    “Are you happy in your land of delusions? Are you king there?”

    Pack Challenge by Shelly Laurenston

  110. ylee
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 16:12:00

    “MY PRECIOUS!”
    Gollum from JRR Tolkien’s LOTR. I always think it when I see a good book.

  111. tsquared
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 16:19:17

    “And hullo yourself, Cinderella” he murmured. “You never told me she was a flirt”

    “Oh, she’s an awful tart, that one. Messieurs Grimms almost exhausted their household’s supply of washing soda scouring her story clean.” – Delicious by Sherry Thomas

  112. J.
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 17:35:17

    “…we need to discuss page thirteen.”

    “Page thirteen?”

    “You’ve accused me of being arrogant. I’ve always thought of myself as confident, but I’m here to tell you, no more. After studying these pictures…Honey, if this is what you’re looking for in a man, I don’t think any of us are going to measure up.”

    Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Match Me if You Can

  113. miz_geek
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 20:14:44

    “No matter how subtle the wizard, a knife between the shoulder blades will seriously cramp his style.”

    Steven Brust, Jhereg

  114. maraobj
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 20:17:47

    @Kim Winklhofer:

    I’m in total agreement! What a great series…

  115. mingqi
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 22:53:06

    “I have no name, no fortune, nor even much value as a man. All I’ve ever had that was of any worth is this house and my cat. If you’ll have me, Lady Jane Pennington, then all I have is yours”- from The Rogue by Celeste Bradley. I’m not sure if it’s my favorite, but I love this little speech so much! I don’t remember moments/quotes very well, but this is one of the few that stood out to me.

  116. Gillian
    Dec 05, 2009 @ 00:56:22

    “If you sit down and think about [God] sensibly, you come up with some very funny ideas. Like: why make people inquisitive, and then put some forbidden fruit where they can see it with a big neon finger flashing on and off saying ‘THIS IS IT!’?”

    -Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

  117. Robin F
    Dec 05, 2009 @ 01:00:14

    I love this one, and as my husband makes puns about this all the time it makes me laugh and is perfect for the characters of Gideon and Prudence. It is from Anne Gracie’s The Perfect Rake

    “But you are a rake,” she whispered.

    He gazed into her eyes for a long, long moment. “Yes. And when a rake finally falls, he falls forever.” He let her digest that for a moment and then added solemnly, “Besides you should not scorn my rakishness. Having a rake about the place will come in extremely useful.”

    She frowned in puzzlement. “Useful?” It was an odd word to use. “What do you mean? What possible use would I have for a rake?”

    “I could tidy up all your fallen leaves each autumn.”

    It took her a moment to perceive the jest. Laughter and tears trembled on her lips at the same time. Oh, what do to do with him? How could anyone love such a wicked, funny, foolish man?
    How could they not?
    Prudence left the room.

  118. Ori C.
    Dec 05, 2009 @ 02:09:34

    “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
    –Ernest Hemingway

    This just chills me whenever I read it. (I also like that I’m quoting the whole story, because it’s so wonderfully efficient that way!)

    I don’t know if I’m eligible to win the prize (I live in the faraway land of Asia!), but I wanted to put this one forward because I don’t think I’ve ever been so affected by a mere six words.

  119. Janet P
    Dec 05, 2009 @ 03:31:18

    Agnes and The Hitman, Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer

    Shane turned and looked through the screen door. There was no sign of Agnes or the sheets that had been tumbled there. A woman who could wake up fast and then remove evidence silently. His kind of girl.

  120. Deborah N.
    Dec 05, 2009 @ 07:45:28

    “Not all those who wander are lost.”

    J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring

  121. A
    Dec 05, 2009 @ 15:02:00

    Take heed to yourself for the Devil is unchained!

    Sir Walter Scott’s “Ivanhoe”

  122. Penni
    Dec 05, 2009 @ 15:40:19

    It was like climbing a quite, green hill and having it turn into a volcano. That was inside of him,she realized. The dangerous surprise under the injured calm. She’d wanted him, Those sad eyes, that quiet manner. But she hadn’t known what he would give her when the mask was yanked away.

    Norther lights – Nora Roberts

  123. Lisa
    Dec 05, 2009 @ 16:57:03

    I love the delicious irony of this line from the play, “Le Malade imaginaire” (The Imaginary Illness) by Moliere:

    Louison: “Attendez: je suis morte.” (Wait: I am dead.)

    [Act II, scene 8, line 657]

  124. Kathy C
    Dec 05, 2009 @ 18:32:19

    Claire and Jamie Fraiser’s wedding vows from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon have always been one of my faves.

    ye are blood of my blood, and bone of my bone.
    I give ye my body, that we two might be one.
    I give ye my spirit. ’til our life shall be done.

    as Jamie continues to say “about the same as the regular wedding vows, just a bit more …..ah, primitive.”

  125. Samantha
    Dec 05, 2009 @ 18:50:15

    “You are exactly my brand of heroin.”
    ~Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

  126. Karen
    Dec 05, 2009 @ 19:58:54

    Love all the quotes! Here’s mine, from Gone Too Far by Suzanne Brockmann:

    “I love you,” he [Sam] said. “You have to marry me. Tell that f***** to keep his hands off of you. You’re mine.”
    The look she [Alyssa] gave him probably would have terrified him without the medication flowing into his veins. “I’m yours?”
    “Yes. F*** it if it’s not politically correct,” he said, laboring to get the words out. The top of his head was floating way above his mouth. “You are mine. You are my heart and my soul and the …. the very breath from my lungs. And I’m yours. I’m totally yours. You own me. Tell me what you want, Lys, and I’ll do it.”
    She was laughing. Or maybe she was crying. He couldn’t tell.
    “I want you to lie down.” She looked at the EMT. “What did you give him?”

  127. Abigail [All Things Urban Fantasy]
    Dec 05, 2009 @ 20:19:29

    The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis- “There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.”

  128. Subette
    Dec 05, 2009 @ 20:30:43

    “After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure”

    Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

  129. Gina
    Dec 05, 2009 @ 20:43:55

    The beginning of Karen Marie Moning’s book Darkfever, since it drew me into this fantastic series:
    My philosophy is pretty simple any day nobody’s trying to kill me is a good day in my book.
    I haven’t had many good days lately.
    Not since the walls between Man and Faery came down.
    But then, there’s not a sidhe-seer alive who’s had a good day since then.

  130. sua
    Dec 05, 2009 @ 20:51:21

    “He’d broken her heart open like an egg, but inside was…the whole world. And as she looked back at him, she felt the serrated edges of her heart in her chest. But also a sort of dizzying vastness; she could face anything now. Loving and being loved had given her that kind of strength, and a sort of permanent safety she could carry with her forever.

    So she would not be spending her life with him. Life was not fair; that’s what made it interesting.”

    Like No Other Lover–Julie Anne Long

  131. Annmarie
    Dec 05, 2009 @ 21:50:09

    “They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”

    Edgar Allan Poe’s Eleonora

  132. Grrrly
    Dec 06, 2009 @ 00:06:45

    “Yes, the Beast changed.

    He spoke more now, and did not gaze at Beauty in the same intense, almost pained way, as if he were feeling every emotion she felt. He did not sigh in his sleep when she sighed and his stomach didn’t growl when hers hurt. He could not read her thoughts anymore, and she could not read his. He seemed a bit more clumsy and guarded and distant, too. They no longer ran through the wood together, although they still walked there sometimes. They quarreled and raised their voices to each other every once in a while. Each time, after they quarreled, Beauty bathed, combed the tangles from her hair, and began to wear shoes again for a few days.

    Beauty loved him more than anything, her Beast boy, but, secretly, sometimes, she wished that he would have remained a beast.”

    Beauty, from The Rose and the Beast Fairy Tales Retold by Francesca Lia Block

  133. Judi Thoman
    Dec 06, 2009 @ 11:30:41

    “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living; the world owes you nothing; it was here first.”

    Mark Twain

  134. Maria Zannini
    Dec 06, 2009 @ 11:59:41

    I’m hoping you meant Sunday December 6th and not the 5th.

    No, the only kind of marriage that held up to life’s vicissitudes was the courteous marriage. And it was widely recognized that Lord and Lady Tremaine had the most courteous marriage of them all.

    –Sherry Thomas

  135. hornblower
    Dec 06, 2009 @ 13:46:58

    “I love you.”
    He leaned closer. “What was that?”
    “I said…I don’t remember.”
    “Coward. I love you too. Go to sleep.” He enclosed my hand tenderly in his long, strong fingers.

    The Laughter of Dead Kings, Elizabeth Peters

  136. Robyn B
    Dec 06, 2009 @ 14:05:30

    “Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”
    from The History of Love by Nicole Kraus

    “The only thing worse than a boy who hates you: a boy that loves you.” from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

  137. Sheila L.
    Dec 06, 2009 @ 15:30:36

    “I want to share all of my life with you, not just the customary parts. Not just the social and familial arenas, but all this, too.” Tightening his arms, laying his jaw against her hair, he found the words he'd been searching for. “I want you by my side in everything, not just my duchess, but my helpmate, my partner, my guide. I will welcome you gladly into whatever spheres of my life you wish to grace. If you consent to be my wife, I will willingly give to you not just my affection, not just my protection, but the right to stand beside me in everything I do. As my duchess, you will not be an adjunct, but an integral part of all that, together, we will be.”

    Royce to Minerva
    Stephanie Laurens’s Mastered by Love

  138. nunah4jm
    Dec 06, 2009 @ 17:11:01

    The reason why romances are my choice of addiction:

    When it came time to pledge herself to Harry, George leaned toward him and whispered, “I forgot one thing when I told you about the end of the fairy tale.”

    …”What was that , my lady?”

    She savored the moment and love in his eyes, then declared, “And they lived happily ever after!”

    “So they did,” Harry whispered back, and kissed her.

    The Leopard Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt

  139. Sarah H.
    Dec 06, 2009 @ 17:32:08

    Jack in Lisa Kleypas’s Smooth Talking Stranger:

    You know what he should have said?…’Hell, yes, Ella, I’ll stand by you no matter what you do. Shit happens. We’ll make it work. Come home now and get in bed.’

  140. Karen M
    Dec 06, 2009 @ 21:07:09

    You are the keeper of my heatt, the love of my life- Johanna Lindsey Keeper of my Heart So simple yet so intense

  141. Grrrly
    Dec 06, 2009 @ 21:19:40

    ack, got an error the first time I hit submit. Hopefully this isn’t posting for the second time!

    PETRUCHIO Come, come, you wasp; i' faith, you are too angry.

    KATHARINA If I be waspish, best beware my sting.

    PETRUCHIO My remedy is then, to pluck it out.

    KATHARINA Ay, if the fool could find it where it lies.

    PETRUCHIO Who knows not where a wasp does wear his sting?
    In his tail.

    KATHARINA In his tongue.

    PETRUCHIO Whose tongue?

    KATHARINA Yours, if you talk of tails: and so farewell.

    PETRUCHIO What, with my tongue in your tail? nay, come again. Good Kate; I am a gentleman.

    Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew (2. 1. 209-219)

    I love Shakespeare, and a theatre friend of mine and I are constantly quoting this passage back and forth to each other.

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