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2012-12-31 12:03:37 PM  

nharrisphoto: "Well, I'm back."


Came for this. Thank you.
 
2012-12-31 12:06:25 PM  
"In any other surrounding, in any other circumstances, Gilliam Blake would have gracefully withdrawn. She didn't. She held her ground and his elbow became more persistent."

As far as I got, anyway.
 
2012-12-31 12:06:33 PM  

Anxietus: "Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
I am haunted by waters."


The best.
 
2012-12-31 12:07:59 PM  
"My God, a whole moment of happiness! Is that too little for the whole of a man's life?"

White Nights
F. M. Dostoyevsky
 
2012-12-31 12:08:00 PM  
"If we can't think for ourselves, if we're
unwilling to question authority, then we're just putty in the hands
of those in power. But if the citizens are educated and form their
own opinions, then those in power work for us. In every country,
we should be teaching our children the scientific method and the
reasons for a Bill of Rights. With it comes a certain decency,
humility and community spirit. In the demon-haunted world that
we inhabit by virtue of being human, this may be all that stands
between us and the enveloping darkness."

Carl Sagan - The demon Haunted World

/glad Gatsby was on the list but it needs more Tolkien
 
2012-12-31 12:08:18 PM  
I know things about pigeons, Lily.
 
2012-12-31 12:18:25 PM  
Pro C# 2008 and the .NET 3.5 Platform:

"In any case, if you need to build .NET applications that can execute under a variety of operating systems, the Mono project is a wonderful choice to do so."
 
2012-12-31 12:25:29 PM  
This is the way the world ends: Not with a bang but a whimper.
 
2012-12-31 12:30:04 PM  
"And it was still hot."

- Where the Wild Things Are
 
2012-12-31 12:31:47 PM  

The Singing Bush: "The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which."


This is the last line that shook me up the most. Good call.
 
2012-12-31 12:42:59 PM  
"Sadly, I never found out the answer to my question. Her vagina never spoke to me again"
 
2012-12-31 12:44:22 PM  
Opening the phone book she looked in the yellow pages under animal accessories, electric; she dialed and when the saleswoman answered, said, "I'd like to order one pound of artificial flies that really fly around and buzz, please."

"Is it for an electric turtle, ma'am?"

"A toad," she said.

"Then I suggest our mixed assortment of artificial crawling and flying bugs of all types including --"

"The flies will do," Iran said. "Will you deliver? I don't want to leave my apartment; my husband's asleep and I want to be sure he's all right."

The clerk said, "For a toad I'd suggest also a perpetually renewing puddle, unless it's a horned toad, in which case there's a kit containing sand, multicolored pebbles, and bits of organic debris. And if you're going to be putting it through its feed cycle regularly I suggest you let our service department make a periodic tongue adjustment. In a toad that's vital."

"Fine," Iran said. "I want it to work perfectly. My husband is devoted to it." She gave her address and hung up.

And, feeling better, fixed herself at last a cup of black, hot coffee.
 
2012-12-31 12:59:18 PM  
you all suck:

"If I were a younger man, I would write a history of human stupidity; and I would climb to the top of Mount McCabe and lie down on my back with my history for a pillow; and I would take from the ground some of the blue-white poison that makes statues of men; and I would make a statue of myself, lying on my back, grinning horribly, and thumbing my nose at You Know Who.
 
2012-12-31 01:00:08 PM  
"Now what the yell ya suppose is eatin them two guys"
 
2012-12-31 01:00:15 PM  
Just remember what ol' Jack Burton does when the earth quakes, and the poison arrows fall from the sky, and the pillars of Heaven shake. Yeah, Jack Burton just looks that big ol' storm right square in the eye and he says, "Give me your best shot, pal. I can take it."
 
2012-12-31 01:07:38 PM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: you all suck:

"If I were a younger man, I would write a history of human stupidity; and I would climb to the top of Mount McCabe and lie down on my back with my history for a pillow; and I would take from the ground some of the blue-white poison that makes statues of men; and I would make a statue of myself, lying on my back, grinning horribly, and thumbing my nose at You Know Who.


My second favorite book of all time. Not a bad choice.
 
2012-12-31 01:11:14 PM  

Cuyose: Just remember what ol' Jack Burton does when the earth quakes, and the poison arrows fall from the sky, and the pillars of Heaven shake. Yeah, Jack Burton just looks that big ol' storm right square in the eye and he says, "Give me your best shot, pal. I can take it."


I like the cut of your jib
 
2012-12-31 01:14:23 PM  
"But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the Forest, a little boy and his bear will always be playing."
 
2012-12-31 01:18:30 PM  
Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.
 
2012-12-31 01:19:42 PM  
I been there before.
 
2012-12-31 01:26:12 PM  
"Well, I'm back," he said

as said by Samwise Gamgee LOTR The Return of the king.
 
2012-12-31 01:28:20 PM  

had98c: The All-Powerful Atheismo: you all suck:

"If I were a younger man, I would write a history of human stupidity; and I would climb to the top of Mount McCabe and lie down on my back with my history for a pillow; and I would take from the ground some of the blue-white poison that makes statues of men; and I would make a statue of myself, lying on my back, grinning horribly, and thumbing my nose at You Know Who.

My second favorite book of all time. Not a bad choice.


you don't suck.
 
2012-12-31 01:30:04 PM  
So I awoke, and behold it was a dream.
 
2012-12-31 01:35:08 PM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: had98c: The All-Powerful Atheismo: you all suck:

"If I were a younger man, I would write a history of human stupidity; and I would climb to the top of Mount McCabe and lie down on my back with my history for a pillow; and I would take from the ground some of the blue-white poison that makes statues of men; and I would make a statue of myself, lying on my back, grinning horribly, and thumbing my nose at You Know Who.

My second favorite book of all time. Not a bad choice.

you don't suck.


The only book I like more than Cat's Cradle has this as a final line: "For everything to be consummated, for me to feel less alone, I had only to wish that there be a large crowd of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet me with cries of hate."
 
2012-12-31 01:37:32 PM  
Oh, he's dead as Prof, I know it. (But how dead is Prof?) If I punched it just once more and said, "Hi, Mike!" would he answer, "Hi, Man! Heard any good ones lately?" Been a long time since I've risked it. But he can't really be dead; nothing was hurt--he's just lost.
You listening, Bog? Is a computer one of Your creatures?
Too many changes--May go to that talk-talk tonight and toss in some random numbers.
Or not. Since Boom started quite a few young cobbers have gone out to Asteroids. Hear about some nice places out there, not too crowded.
My word, I'm not even a hundred yet.
 
2012-12-31 01:41:54 PM  
And then we continued blissfully into this small but perfect piece of our forever
 
2012-12-31 01:44:10 PM  
Two of my favorites:

P.S. please of you get a chanse put some flowrs on Algernons grave in the bak yard.

Then with a profound and deeply willed desire to believe, to be heard, as she had done every day since the murder of Carlo Rizzi, she said the necessary prayers for the soul of Michael Corleone.
 
2012-12-31 01:49:06 PM  
He never saw Molly again.
 
2012-12-31 01:52:47 PM  

Cuthbert Allgood: Anderson's Pooper: WippitGuud: The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.


/I lied, that was a horrible last line.

t3knomanser: KingKauff: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.

That's a great opening line, but as a closing line, it's lazy and unsatisfying, especially coming of the heels of three books obviously written to just get it the fark over with.

KingKauff: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.

Second try -

Ka is a wheel. It continues to turn as does the tale. I thought it was an appropriate ending.

//this time with the Horn of Eld


So, do you think Roland only has to complete the cycle one last time? I like that possibility much more than him being cowboy Sisyphus and doing it for all eternity.

I remember actually shouting when I realized what was on the other side of the door, shortly before he gets pulled through. Will there ever be anything else on the other side?
 
2012-12-31 01:53:27 PM  

khitsicker: if we're
unwilling to question authority,


Yeah, about that: the ONLY authority people like Sagan want to questions are ones they disagree with;

Question people like Sagan (yeah, I know he's dead) about the falseness 'global warming/climate change/weird weather' and Sagan et.al. say that you are the equal to a 'Holocaust denier'.

Or how about the iffy-ness of legalized pot? Or the stupidity of same-day voter registration?

No, liberals don't want their authority questioned; they only want to question the authority of conservatives in authority, whether it be science, politics or the arts.

(Read 'DHW' and 'Broca's Brain'; they are both pretty good for their time)
 
2012-12-31 02:00:47 PM  

Son of Thunder: Came here to quote Brave New World and 1984. Late to the party as usual. So I'll toss this one in:

"He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided."


Read this one the same year. Chilling end to a short story:

"Wolves."
 
2012-12-31 02:02:21 PM  

douchebag/hater: Yeah, about that: the ONLY authority people like Sagan want to questions are ones they disagree with;

Question people like Sagan (yeah, I know he's dead) about the falseness 'global warming/climate change/weird weather' and Sagan et.al. say that you are the equal to a 'Holocaust denier'.

Or how about the iffy-ness of legalized pot? Or the stupidity of same-day voter registration?

No, liberals don't want their authority questioned; they only want to question the authority of conservatives in authority, whether it be science, politics or the arts.

(Read 'DHW' and 'Broca's Brain'; they are both pretty good for their time)


What book is that diatribe from? It seems like it could be a winner of a derpmission contest
 
2012-12-31 02:04:25 PM  
"They were no longer little girls, they were *sob* Little Women"
 
2012-12-31 02:05:18 PM  
"Are there any questions?" - The Handmaid's Tale
"I'm so glad to be at home again." - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
"Evil conquered?' said Gwydion. 'You have learned much, but learn this last and hardest of lessons. You have conquered only the enchantments of evil. That was the easiest of your tasks, only a beginning, not an ending. Do you believe evil itself to be so quickly overcome? Not so long as men still hate and slay each other, when greed and anger goad them. Against these even a flaming sword cannot prevail, but only that portion of good in all men's hearts whose flame can never be quenched." ― Lloyd Alexander, The High King (not the exact last line, but close enough)
 
2012-12-31 02:27:19 PM  
"I remember now."

Also works for greatest first line :)
 
2012-12-31 02:31:46 PM  
"It was just then that my dick exploded." - Chuck Negron, Three Dog Nightmare
 
2012-12-31 02:37:07 PM  
He vanished, and left me appalled; for I knew, and realized, that all he had said was true.
 
2012-12-31 02:47:30 PM  
"I dwell the longer upon this subject from the desire I have to make the society of an English Yahoo by any means not insupportable; and therefore I here entreat those who have any tincture of this absurd vice, that they will not presume to appear in my sight."
 
2012-12-31 02:47:39 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: Crewmannumber6: Because People in power are Stupid: Crewmannumber6: The greatest last lines in literature

FTFY Subby, Garp was crap.

I loved your book, when is it coming out?

So, only people who have written a book can have an opinion on a book? What a country

No, I'm saying that YOUR BOOK is so great that it is better than anything that John Irving has ever written. When is it coming out?


What book have YOU written that trumps someone else's opinion? He doesn't have to write his own book to have an opinion-he only has to read Garp.
 
2012-12-31 02:52:58 PM  
KingKauff: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.

That's a great opening line, but as a closing line, it's lazy and unsatisfying, especially coming of the heels of three books obviously written to just get it the fark over with


It was a great last line as it explained so many things: Why the man in black was a desiccated skeleton when he was found, Why Roland was old, etc... Roland was a seeker, not a finder. tblax has the right of it.
 
2012-12-31 02:56:35 PM  
"Darling," it said.

(If we're going to do S. King, that is).
 
2012-12-31 02:57:11 PM  
"Even after all that rushing around, where we've ended up is the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night.
And maybe knowing isn't the point.
Where we're standing right now, in the ruins in the dark, what we build could be anything."

Chuck Palahniuk, Choke
 
2012-12-31 03:04:02 PM  
Foster said, "Skip the formalities, please. I've left you a load of work and you don't have all eternity to fiddle with it. Certainly 'Thou Art God'--- but who isn't?"
He left, and Mike pushed back his halo and got to work. He could see a lot of changes he wanted to make---

- Stranger In A Strange Land
 
2012-12-31 03:07:48 PM  
It was believed afterward that the man was a lunatic, because there was no sense in what he said.
 
2012-12-31 03:13:47 PM  
Stunned not to see Black Beauty mentioned. Made me bawl my eyes out as a 9 year old.

'Willie always speaks to me when he can, and treats me as his special friend. My ladies have promised that I shall never be sold, and so I have nothing to fear; and here my story ends. My troubles are all over, and I am at home; and often before I am quite awake, I fancy I am still in the orchard at Birtwick, standing with my old friends under the apple-trees.'
 
2012-12-31 03:20:26 PM  
Okay, one more:

It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.
 
2012-12-31 03:35:29 PM  

A Terrible Human: I felt like a monster reincarnation of Horatio Alger...a man on the move, and just sick enough to be totally confident.


Fear and Loathing by Thompson! One of my all-time favorites!
 
2012-12-31 03:48:03 PM  
They looked at me, but said nothing. By this time I was laughing crazily. But it made no difference. I was just another farked-up cleric with a bad heart. shiat, they'll love me down at the Brown Palace. I took another big hit off the amyl, and by the time I got to the bar my heart was full of joy. I felt like a monster reincarnation of Horatio Alger...a Man on the Move, and just sick enough to be totally confident.
 
2012-12-31 03:49:46 PM  
He says that he will never die.
 
2012-12-31 04:01:40 PM  
Diary of Anne Frank. I don't want to give away the ending so I'm not quoting it.
 
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