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2012-12-31 12:08:00 PM
4 votes:
"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 09:15:07 AM
4 votes:
"Well, I'm back."
2012-12-31 09:07:36 AM
3 votes:
"I am legend."

Gives me chills every time I read it.
2012-12-31 09:02:58 AM
3 votes:
He loved Big Brother.
2012-12-31 08:47:18 AM
3 votes:
Poems seem to have better, and more famous last lines. "Shantih shantih shantih", " Rage, rage against the dying of the light. "This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper.", "I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." etc.

I guess it is more important to make every line count when you aren't dealing with a few hundred pages.
2012-12-31 08:41:28 AM
3 votes:
"Poo-Tee-Weet"
2012-12-31 08:37:23 AM
3 votes:
May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all. Amen.
2012-12-31 07:35:40 AM
3 votes:
"He would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning."

/the "Michael Jordan's last shot as a Bull" of literature
2012-12-31 03:04:02 PM
2 votes:
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 11:47:19 AM
2 votes:

rocinante721: "It wasn't until six hours later that they took him down"

Apt Pupil


+1

Ladyfingers they taste like ladyfingers
2012-12-31 11:37:45 AM
2 votes:
"The precious sun has come and gone and, because of their despicable act, Margot has missed it. They walk slowly and silently towards the closet, and let her out." ~ All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury
2012-12-31 10:39:58 AM
2 votes:
"Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculite patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery."

The Road
Cormac McCarthy
2012-12-31 10:32:25 AM
2 votes:
"I was cured all right."
2012-12-31 09:31:28 AM
2 votes:
I hope.
2012-12-31 09:15:02 AM
2 votes:
I do so like
green eggs and ham!
Thank you!
Thank you,
Sam-I-am
2012-12-31 09:08:54 AM
2 votes:

KingKauff: Remember, it's not the destination, it's the journey


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


The issue isn't the looping story- it's how we got there. It was the journey that got bad.

The first three books established a hallucinatory mysterybox of a world. Most important, it was as mysterious to the characters as it was to us. We watched characters grow and change... and then we stumbled into a section of action-movie sequences and authoral self-insertions. The mystery waned, the plot moved forward, characters were killed off, not because there was a good reason to do so, but because they had to die to reach the conclusion the author had chosen early on.
2012-12-31 08:35:39 AM
2 votes:

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.
2012-12-31 08:14:01 AM
2 votes:
The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.
2012-12-31 06:35:25 PM
1 votes:
Older Norman: [narrating] "Like many fly fishermen in western Montana where the summer days are almost Arctic in length, I often do not start fishing until the cool of the evening. Then in the Arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise. 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 those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters." Ugh.
2012-12-31 02:02:21 PM
1 votes:

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 01:44:10 PM
1 votes:
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 12:07:59 PM
1 votes:
"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 10:51:43 AM
1 votes:

SomeoneDumb: poundgrayly: "I was cured all right."

I was hoping someone would post this. +1 Internets to you!


-2 internets.  The film omitted the final chapter of the book.
2012-12-31 10:33:36 AM
1 votes:

poundgrayly: "I was cured all right."


I was hoping someone would post this. +1 Internets to you!
2012-12-31 10:20:37 AM
1 votes:
"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."
2012-12-31 09:58:49 AM
1 votes:

LizardPeople: Slowly, very slowly, like two unhurried compass needles, the feet turned towards the right; north, north-east, east, south-east, south, south-south-west; then paused, and, after a few seconds, turned as unhurriedly back towards the left. South-south-west, south, south-east, east. ...


Solon Isonomia: "Slowly, very slowly, like two unhurried compass needles, the feet turned towards the right; north, north-east, east, south-east, south, south-south-west; then paused, and, after a few seconds, turned as unhurriedly back towards the left. South-south-west, south, south-east, east. ..."


Double Plus Good!
2012-12-31 09:10:18 AM
1 votes:
While we, Chani, we who carry the name concubine - history will call us wives.
2012-12-31 08:46:20 AM
1 votes:
His feet are light and nimble. He never sleeps. He says that he will never die. He dances in light and in shadow and he is a great favorite. He never sleeps, the judge. He is dancing, dancing. He says that he will never die.
exi
2012-12-31 08:42:26 AM
1 votes:
"He stared gratefully at the back of Myrna's head, at the pigtail that swung innocently at his knee. Gratefully. How ironic, Ignatius thought. Taking the pigtail in one of his paws, he pressed it warmly to his wet moustache."
2012-12-31 08:39:56 AM
1 votes:
"Slowly, very slowly, like two unhurried compass needles, the feet turned towards the right; north, north-east, east, south-east, south, south-south-west; then paused, and, after a few seconds, turned as unhurriedly back towards the left. South-south-west, south, south-east, east. ..."
2012-12-31 08:35:56 AM
1 votes:
Slowly, very slowly, like two unhurried compass needles, the feet turned towards the right; north, north-east, east, south-east, south, south-south-west; then paused, and, after a few seconds, turned as unhurriedly back towards the left. South-south-west, south, south-east, east. ...
2012-12-31 08:32:37 AM
1 votes:
The knife came down, missing him by inches, and he took off.
2012-12-31 08:30:40 AM
1 votes:
"And then we continued blissfully into this small but perfect piece of our forever."
2012-12-31 08:18:51 AM
1 votes:
Both Gatsby and Hill House? Author made a good list.
 
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