Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday Quotes

Posted by Simcha 4:47 AM, under | 3 comments

I didn't come across that many book quotes this week worth sharing, so I've thrown in some Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy quotes, since I like to interject those where ever I possible. I've also included some Dr. Seuss, because he just comes up with the craziest fun stuff (andI actually did read it this week, quite a few times) as well as a few author quotes, one of which is from an interview with Patricia Briggs, from this past week, over at Maybe Tomorrow.


The Lightening Thief (Rick Riordan)

Once I got over the fact that my Latin teacher was a horse, I had a nice tour, though I was careful not to walk behind him...I did not trust Chiron's back end the way I trusted his front.

The Girl with the Glass Feet (Ali Shaw)

It didn’t take tragedy or war to derail a man. It took only a memory.

Patricia Briggs (from an interview at Maybe Tomorrow)

I believe that, as in real life, a happy ending is something you snatch out of the crazy chaos around you. An unhappy person will never have a happy ending -- a happy person will find good things in miserable circumstances. ...

That being said -- happy people don't make for good books. Happy people have no motivation to go out and do anything. So I have to rip happy away from her at the beginning of each book.

George Barnard Shaw:

Some men see things as they are and say, "Why?" I dream of things that never were and say, "Why not."

Douglas Adams

The history of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is now so complicated that every time I tell it I contradict myself, and whenever I do get it right I'm misquoted. So the publication of this omnibus edition seemed like a good opportunity to set the record straight--or at least firmly crooked.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series (Douglas Adams)

  • (Arthur) leapt to his feet like an author hearing the phone ring.
  • Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
  • Arthur hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction there and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife.
  • A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
  • Arthur: If I asked you where the hell we were, would I regret it?

    Ford: We're safe.

    Arthur: Oh good.

    Ford: We're in a small galley cabin in one of the spaceships of the Vogon Constructor Fleet.

    Arthur: Ah, this is obviously some strange use of the word safe that I wasn't previously aware of.
  • Please relax," said the voice pleasantly, like a stewardess in an airliner with only one wing and two engines, one of which is on fire, "you are perfectly safe
  • One of the things Ford Prefect had always found hardest to understand about humans was their habit of continuously stating and repeating the very very obvious, as in It's a nice day, or You're very tall, or Oh dear you seem to have fallen down a thirty-foot well, are you all right?

Dr. Seuss

  • The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.
  • Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try


Some really good quotes this week!

This one really struck a chord with me:

The Girl with the Glass Feet (Ali Shaw)

It didn’t take tragedy or war to derail a man. It took only a memory.

Douglas Adams is always good for a laugh or several!

Beth: Yes, that book had some good ones. Hopefully I'll put up my review of it this week.

Stephanie: Even though I haven't read The Hitchhicker's books in years, just hearing a quote from the one of the books brings the whole story back to me and makes me laugh. I can't actually tell if the quotes are funny out of context, in which case everyone should just read the books :)

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