A while ago, I interviewed my readers for a change, and my final question was, “What question have I NOT asked at BTT that you’d love me to ask?” I got some great responses and will be picking out some of the questions from time to time to ask the rest of you. Like now.
Do you have a favorite quote from a book?
I’ve got a couple, including my new “favorite” from Terry Pratchett’s The Fifth Elephant.
“A marriage is always made up of two people who are prepared to swear that only the other one snores.”
Another highly quotable book and series is Douglas Adams Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Here’s a couple I like (and I’ve culled myself because I’d say 90% of the book is quotable).
“In the beginning, the universe was created. This made a lot of people very angry and has been wisely regarded as a bad move.”
“The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t.”
One more for Adams’ Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul. It’s in the running for one of the best opening lines I’ve read.
“It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression, ‘As pretty as an airport.”
I’d be remiss if I didn’t include at least one quote from my favorite author, Garrison Keillor. This one comes from Pontoon.
“You get old and you realize there are no answers, just stories.”
And finally here’s a good one from Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind.
“It’s the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers.”