Quotes

It began

2 July 2015

“It began the usual way, in the bathroom of the Lassimo Hotel.”

First line from A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

A black bank of clouds

30 June 2015

The offing was barred by a black bank of clouds, and the tranquil waterway leading to the uttermost ends of the earth flowed sombre under an overcast sky- seemed to lead into the heart of an immense darkness.

Last line from Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

So in America

29 June 2015

So in America when the sun goes down and I sit on the old broken-down river pier watching the long, long skies over New Jersey and sense all that raw land that rolls in one unbelievable huge bulge over to the West Coast, and all that road going, all the people dreaming in the immensity of it, and in Iowa I know by now the children must be crying in the land where they let the children cry, and tonight the stars’ll be out, and don’t you know that God is Pooh Bear? the evening star must be drooping and shedding her sparkler dims on the prairie, which is just before the coming of complete night that blesses the earth, darkens all rivers, cups the peaks and folds the final shore in, and nobody, nobody knows what’s going to happen to anybody besides the forlorn rags of growing old, I think of Dean Moriarty, I even think of Old Dean Moriarty the father we never found, I think of Dean Moriarty.

Last line from On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Lastly, she pictured to herself

28 June 2015

Lastly, she pictured to herself how this same little sister of hers would, in the after-time, be herself a grown woman; and how she would keep, through all her riper years, the simple and loving heart of her childhood; and how she would gather about her other little children, and make their eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long ago; and how she would feel with all their simple sorrows, and find a pleasure in all their simple joys, remembering her own child-life, and the happy summer days.

Last line from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

In your rocking-chair

27 June 2015

In your rocking-chair, by your window dreaming, shall you long, alone. In your rocking-chair, by your window, shall you dream such happiness as you may never feel.

Last line from Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

His soul swooned slowly

26 June 2015

His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.

Last line from James Joyce, Dubliners, “The Dead”

Before reaching the final line

25 June 2015

Before reaching the final line, however, he had already understood that he would never leave that room, for it was foreseen that the city of mirrors (or mirages) would be wiped out by the wind and exiled from the memory of men at the precise moment when Aureliano Babilonia would finish deciphering the parchments, and that everything written on them was unrepeatable since time immemorial and forever more, because races condemned to one hundred years of solitude did not have a second opportunity on earth.

Last line from One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The effect of her being

24 June 2015

But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.

Last line from Middlemarch by George Eliot

A word

23 June 2015

A word after a word after a word is power.

Margaret Atwood

People ask you

22 June 2015

People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise.

W. Somerset Maugham

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