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Book Meme Day 24

September 5, 2010

Despite my best intentions, I’m behind on the book meme. Again.

Day 24 asks a question I’m not sure I know how to answer:

Best quote from a novel

I have been kicking this around for days, with no idea how to answer. My head is full of bits of poetry, song lyrics, catchphrases from stories and movies. Favorite quote? I’m not sure any of them are. I feel like “favorite quote” ought to be the kind of absolutely meaningful epic thing you put on your yearbook page or use as the epigraph for your first novel.
And I can’t think of one at the moment.
I can think of noticing them, dog-earing passages I like, even. But more, I can think of authors whose language and turns of phrase I generally like. Sherman Alexie, Lauren Willig, virtually anybody writing about food. Robin McKinley, Madeleine L’Engle, sometimes. Gail Collins. Spider Robinson.

Here is what the inside of my head looks like, trying to think of quotes from books.

  1. “The enemy’s gate is down.”
  2. “Art with contempt in it is always sour.”
  3. “The sun sets in the west (just about everyone knows that), but Sunset towers faced east. Strange! Sunset Towers faced east and had no towers.”
  4. “She made a sound that wanted to be a laugh when it grew up.”
  5. “Elementary, my dear Watson.” (Trick question- that was never said in a Sherlock Holmes story!)
  6. “For we have some flax golden tales to spin. Come in, come in.”
  7. “A is for Parrot, as you can plainly see.”

It reads like a strange road map to the inside of my head. I was even surprised to find some of what’s in there.

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