Mon
Apr 27 2009 10:28am
A Chance to Show Off Thread 2: The Quotable Line Game

So, this is a variant on the “Chance to show off” game we played a little while ago. That time, we identified first lines. This time we’re going to identify cool lines, the kind of lines you want to quote.

The line should be the kind of line you want to read aloud, and a line that’s memorable if you’ve read the book, but shouldn’t be a spoiler if you haven’t. Of course it can be a first line, or a last line, or a line from somewhere in the middle.

Here’s a dozen lines to start you off:

1) You haven’t seen untidiness until you’ve seen a room where the gravity has failed twice in different directions.

2) The one thing you can’t give for your heart’s desire is your heart.

3) Saddest story of all the long tales told.

4) Deep they delved us, high they builded us, fair they wrought us, but they are gone.

5) The enemy’s gate is down.

6) Getting me back is the real priority.

7) Hexapedia is the key insight.

8) Octopedia is the key insight.

9) Let overwrite, let override.

10) Fear is the little death, fear is the mindkiller.

11) There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.

12) That was when the fit hit the Shan.

Rules

1. You identify as many of the lines as you can, and for every line you identify, you get to post a different cool line of a fantasy or SF novel of your choice for other people to identify.

2. If someone has incorrectly identified a line, you can correct their misidentification and post a line, but their line can also still be identified by others.

3. Do not identify lines that have already been identified.

4. If your line has not been guessed in a reasonable period of time—twenty-four hours, say—you can identify it yourself and post another.

To make it easiest, posts should be of the format:

She asked for a pregnant calendar.
Invader. C.J. Cherryh

This is the worst story I know about hocuses.

Well, either that or discussion of the books. Discussion is always good.

119 comments
james loyd
1. gaijin
The enemy's gate is down.
Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card

How wicked, oh my brothers, innocent milk must always seem to me now.
james loyd
2. gaijin
Deep they delved us, high they builded us, fair they wrought us, but they are gone.
The Fellowship of the Ring
J.R.R. Tolkien

Peace through superior firepower.
Leigh Butler
3. leighdb
The one thing you can’t give for your heart’s desire is your heart.
Memory, Lois McMaster Bujold

No biblical hell could ever be worse than a state of perpetual inconsequence.
Richard U. Campbell
4. Richard U. Campbell
Fear is the little death, fear is the mindkiller.
Dune
, Frank Herbert

It is a pain in the ass waiting around for someone to try to kill you.
Abdel Masdoua
5. TheDarkOne
"Fear is the little death, fear is the mind killer."

Dune novels, Muad'Dib


We are not defined by what we die for, but by what we live for.



EDIT:

Damn! One minute too late!
Kate Nepveu
6. katenepveu
Saddest story of all the long tales told.

Kay, Fionavar Tapestry

Hexapedia is the key insight.

Vinge, A Fire Upon the Deep

New:

a) On a shelf over the experiment table was the inevitable skull, which the wizard put there to remind him of death, though it usually reminded him that he needed to go to the dentist.

b) But when a girl gives a boy a dead squid--that has to mean something.
Jon Evans
7. rezendi
11) Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

12) Zelazny, Lord of Light.

New ones:

R1. "Christ," he said, "what an imagination I've got."

R2. Tension, apprehension and dissension have begun.
Richard U. Campbell
8. Katy C.
"No biblical hell could ever be worse than a state of perpetual inconsequence." - Dangerous Beauty

New:

Everybody has a secret world inside of them.
Richard U. Campbell
9. RobMRobM
11 should be Heilein, Time Enough for Love, correct?

How about "Violence is the last refuge of the incompent."
Lena Vogelmann
10. kalafudra
You haven’t seen untidiness until you’ve seen a room where the gravity has failed twice in different directions.
Only Forward.
Michael Marshall Smith.

I saw her chewing gum, when I was thirteen, and I fell for her like a suicide from a bridge.
Blake Engholm
11. UncrownedKing
"Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent."
Isaac Asimov, Salvor Hardin in "Foundation"

New:
"I will hate the man you choose because he isn't me, and love him if he makes you smile."
Richard U. Campbell
12. RobMRobM
@11 - Lan from Jordan, Eye of the World. Back at you Uncrowned.
Richard U. Campbell
13. joten
from rezendi's:


R1. "Christ," he said, "what an imagination I've got."

John Brunner, Stand on Zanzibar

R2. Tension, apprehension and dissension have begun.

Alfred Bester, The Demolished Man

new ones:

"No matter how subtle the wizard, a knife between the shoulder blades will seriously cramp his style."

"The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't."
Richard U. Campbell
14. Will "scifantasy" Frank
"No matter how subtle the wizard, a knife between the shoulder blades will seriously cramp his style."
Jhereg, Steven Brust.

Pulling together is the aim of despotism and tyranny. Free men pull in all kinds of directions. It's the only way to make progress.

"The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't."
The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams.

For a change, Lady Luck seemed to be smiling on me. Then again, maybe the fickle wench was just lulling me into a false sense of security while she reached for a rock.
Elio García
15. Egarcia
How wicked, oh my brothers, innocent milk must always seem to me now.
A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess


Those are brave men. Let's go kill them.
Blake Engholm
16. UncrownedKing
It's only after you've lost everything that you're free to do anything.
Richard U. Campbell
17. Richard U. Campbell
@5-TheDarkOne:

The sad part is that Dune was my second pick...I was ninja'd on Memory by leighdb.
Leigh Butler
18. leighdb
KatyC @8:

Wow, I totally didn't think anyone would get that one!

kate nepveu:

I swear I know the second one, but I can't get it, argh.
Leigh Butler
19. leighdb
Oh, and:

This is the worst story I know about hocuses.
Melusine, Sarah Monette

I have become the monster you were intended to be.
Kate Nepveu
20. katenepveu
Leigh, I admit I deliberately went fairly obscure with both of them. I think they're gettable, though.
Julian Yap
21. julianyap
That was when the fit hit the Shan.
Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny

"It may even be too late, but shall we walk together a while, you and I?"
Richard U. Campbell
22. hardcore
It looks like all the starting quotes have been accounted for, but here's one to throw out there:

"Magic is the first and last religion of the world."
Richard U. Campbell
23. Julia Walter
"Let overwrite, let override."

Candle by Jon Barnes

"Every time we fix something that's broken, whether it's a car engine or a broken heart, that's an act of magic.

And what makes it magic is that we can choose to create or help, just like we can choose to harm."
Richard U. Campbell
24. Liddle-oldman
I have become the monster you were intended to be.

Isn't that Dark City, Mr Book to Rufus Sewall?

You see, I had this spacesuit.
Leigh Butler
25. leighdb
Liddle-oldman @ 24:

Yes, but it's Mr. Hand, not Mr. Book.
Richard U. Campbell
26. Steven Rogers
I eat, therefore I am.
Richard U. Campbell
27. Chris Eagle
Those are brave men. Let's go kill them.
A Clash of Kings. George R R Martin

That we are capable only of being what we are remains our unforgivable sin.
Kate Nepveu
28. katenepveu
Everybody has a secret world inside of them.

Gaiman, Sandman . . . Rose Walker.

New quote (*cough* per the rules *cough*):

What is life, but an improvisation to the music?
Richard U. Campbell
29. Dan Blum
You see, I had this spacesuit.
Heinlein, Have Spacesuit, Will Travel

What is life, but an improvisation to the music?
John M. Ford, The Dragon Waiting

(What's so rule-bending about the latter?)

I will have to postpone the two new ones until tonight, I think, unless my memory starts working better.
Kate Nepveu
30. katenepveu
I was being snippy and noting that people were posting new quotes without having first identified an existing one.

Not that it's any of my business and really, the impulse to be oblique about it should've been a hint that it was best avoided.
Torie Atkinson
31. Torie
@ 19

Let's stick to books, per the rules. Quotable lines from movies is a whole other game. :)
Richard U. Campbell
32. Dan Blum
Gotcha.

I managed to think of two new quotes after all, although I can't promise there are not minor errors:

"You are all alone in the middle of the ocean and your lights are going out."

"Anyone can buy sex. Good lord, it's the cheapest thing in the universe, next to human life."
Jay Shifflette
33. jaybird
@27
That we are capable only of being what we are remains our unforgivable sin', Severian observes at the opening and closure of The Claw of the Conciliator,"

New quote will come later
Brian Kaul
34. bkaul
It's only after you've lost everything that you're free to do anything.
Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk

"The telephone bell was ringing wildly, but without result, since there was no-one in the room but the corpse."
Richard U. Campbell
35. legionseagle
@34
"The telephone bell was ringing wildly, but without result, since there was no-one in the room but the corpse."

Charles Williams, The Place of the Lion

New quote to follow.
Richard U. Campbell
36. legionseagle
OK:

"Sorry," he said. "But it is funny, isn't it? All these years. All these years a secret. Greatest discovery in centuries. Too big a secret. Say nothing to anybody. Too dangerous. And now this! A beauty treatment...It is funny, isn't it? Don't you think it's funny?"
Richard U. Campbell
37. bellman
36 is from Trouble with Lichen by John Wyndham.

"I must not have fun. Fun is the time-killer. Fun is for children, customers and the help. I will forget fun. I will take a pass on it. And while it is going, I will turn a blind eye towards it. When fun is gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain - I, and my will to win. Damn, I'm good."
Stanislav Zuzic
38. winterstark
@4:
It is a pain in the ass waiting around for someone to try to kill you.

Roger Zelazny, Trumps of Doom, Book Six of the Amber Chronicles



Gods die. And when they truly die they are unmourned and unremembered. Ideas are more difficult to kill than people, but they can be killed, in the end.
Brian Kaul
39. bkaul
legionseagle@35: Right author, but wrong book. It's the opening line of War in Heaven by Charles Williams.
David Goldfarb
40. David_Goldfarb
"You are all alone in the middle of the ocean and your lights are going out."

Passage, by Connie Willis.

"I must not have fun. Fun is the time-killer. Fun is for children, customers and the help. I will forget fun. I will take a pass on it. And while it is going, I will turn a blind eye towards it. When fun is gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain - I, and my will to win. Damn, I'm good."

Doon, by the Harvard Lampoon.

"But he didn't want girls. He wanted postage stamps."

"Human means like me."
T C
41. Freelancer
#23

The Mystery of Grace - Charles de Lint

"There is no magic."
Kate Nepveu
42. katenepveu
"Human means like me."

Kagan, _Hellspark_

New:

"Once upon a time, when men and women hurled through the air on metal wings, when they wore webbed feet and walked on the bottom of the sea, learning the speech of whales and the songs of the dolphins, when pearly-fleshed and jewelled apparitions of Texan herdsmen and houris shimmered in the dusk on Nicaraguan hillsides, when folk in Norway and Tasmania in dead of winter could dream of fresh strawberries, dates, guavas and passion fruits and find them spread next morning on their tables, there was a woman who was largely irrelevant, and therefore happy."
Richard U. Campbell
43. Katy C.
@38 "Gods die. And when they truly die they are unmourned and unremembered. Ideas are more difficult to kill than people, but they can be killed, in the end."

I'm pretty sure this is American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I'll post a new quote in a minute.
Richard U. Campbell
44. aleistra
On a shelf over the experiment table was the inevitable skull, which the wizard put there to remind him of death, though it usually reminded him that he needed to go to the dentist.

I can't believe nobody's gotten this one yet, but it's from A Face in the Frost.

(I know the one from #42, too, but can only think of one new quote, so I won't claim that one.)

New:

"...a sad city, the saddest of cities, a city so ruinously sad that it had forgotten its name."
Richard U. Campbell
45. Chris Eagle
...a sad city, the saddest of cities, a city so ruinously sad that it had forgotten its name.

Haroun and the Sea of Stories. Salman Rushdie

He wonders why hell is so cold at this time of year.
T C
46. Freelancer
#44

Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salmon Rushdie

"And I only am escaped alone to tell thee."
Richard U. Campbell
47. Thom Jeffries
"And I only am escaped alone to tell thee."
Book of Job


"The harder the world, the fiercer the honour."
Richard U. Campbell
48. Tony Zbaraschuk
"And I only am escaped alone to tell thee."

Ishamael. Moby Dick. Herman Melville.

"Fair was she, and fatal as fair,
And cursed who gave her ear --
Now men are few, and wolves are more,
And winter drawing near."
Richard U. Campbell
49. Ross Smith
David Goldfarb @40: "But he didn't want girls. He wanted postage stamps."

Cordwainer Smith, Norstrilia

Chris Eagle @45: "He wonders why hell is so cold at this time of year."

Charles Stross, A Colder War

My turn...

"For each of us it is the same: worlds close or open as we go."

"Scientists to the last —- what had they done that we would not have done in their place?"
Richard U. Campbell
50. joten
@41:
"There is no magic." Raymond Feist, Prince of the Blood (Though it probably appears elsewhere as well)

here goes:
"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity; and it was not meant that we should voyage far."
Richard U. Campbell
51. Chris Eagle
The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity; and it was not meant that we should voyage far.

The Call of Cthulhu. H.P. Lovecraft

I am rather of the opinion that in England a gentleman’s dreams are his own private concern. I fancy there is a law to that effect and, if there is not, why, Parliament should certainly be made to pass one immediately!
T C
52. Freelancer
RE: 46,

47 got it right, 48 took the White Whale "bait".

Melville is quoting, not writing an original line.
David Goldfarb
53. David_Goldfarb
Aleistra@44: Actually I did know that one but while I was scanning the thread back and forth to see if anyone had gotten the ones I was going to answer it fell out of my head.
Morgan MacLeod
54. morgan_dhu
@22
Magic is the first and last religion of the world.
Imajica, Clive Barker

@49
Scientists to the last —- what had they done that we would not have done in their place?
At the Mountains of Madness, H. P. Lovecraft


Will post new lines tomorrow.
Richard U. Campbell
55. Katy C.
finally posting a new quote:

"Time is a drug. Too much of it kills you."
Richard U. Campbell
56. Andrew Robinson
"There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch." and it's acronym TANSTAAFL are frequent bot mots of Louis Wu, protagonist of 'Ringworld' and it's sequels.

And now this:

Ignorance is natural. Stupidity takes commitment.
- -
57. heresiarch
"11) There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch"
-Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and about half his other books too.

*quote along momentarily*
- -
58. heresiarch
Quote: "Best not to speculate, really. You can't second-guess ineffability, I always say."
Torie Atkinson
59. Torie
@ 58

"Best not to speculate, really. You can't second-guess ineffability, I always say."
Good Omens, Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett


"They had met in Baikonur twenty years before, and once lived together on Novy Mir for several months; over the years they had become like sisters, in that they were not much alike, and did not often get along, and yet were intimate."
Richard U. Campbell
60. JoeNotCharles
#8 from the original post ("Octopedia is the key insight") is ABOUT A Deepness in the Sky - does that count?

(I though the source was "somebody on rec.arts.sf.written", but I don't think that would be valid for the challenge, so it must have appeared in an actual book at some point... right?)
Richard U. Campbell
61. gagecreedlives
@55

"Time is a drug. Too much of it kills you."

If im not mistaken that would be Terry Pratchett, Small Gods?

How about

"That wasn't any act of God. That was an act of pure human fuckery."
Richard U. Campbell
62. Ruadhan
"Fair was she, and fatal as fair,
And cursed who gave her ear --
Now men are few, and wolves are more,
And winter drawing near."

Gate of Ivrel, CJ Cherryh


I was not uncalled.
David Goldfarb
63. David_Goldfarb
Andrew Robinson@56: You're thinking of "tanj", which stands for "There Ain't No Justice".
David Goldfarb
64. David_Goldfarb
While I'm making corrections, I want to note that it's hexapodia that's the key insight, and most likely octopodia as well.
Richard U. Campbell
65. Chris Eagle
They had met in Baikonur twenty years before, and once lived together on Novy Mir for several months; over the years they had become like sisters, in that they were not much alike, and did not often get along, and yet were intimate.

Red Mars. Kim Stanley Robinson

(this one's sorta cheating, but it is in a book)

nobody can explain a dragon
Stanislav Zuzic
66. winterstark
"That wasn't any act of God. That was an act of pure human fuckery."
Stephen King, The Stand


New one:
I did two things on my seventy-fifth birthday. I visited my wife's grave. Then I joined the army.
Richard U. Campbell
67. Chris Eagle
I did two things on my seventy-fifth birthday. I visited my wife's grave. Then I joined the army.

Old Man's War. John Scalzi

New quote to follow.
Richard U. Campbell
69. Chris Eagle
@68: recognizing a quote is quick. It's thinking of 'em that takes time.

The line consists of an infinite number of points; the plane, of an infinite number of lines; the volume, of an infinite number of planes; the hypervolume, of an infinite number of volumes… No—this, more geometrico, is decidedly not the best way to begin my tale.
Amar Ramraj
70. aiel1219
@ 69 The Book of Sand- Jorge Borges

will post a quote in a bit...thinking
Amar Ramraj
71. aiel1219
I couldn't think of any cool Sci-fi/Fantasy stuff, so I hope this is allowed. New Quote:
"You are clever, O Samana," said the Illustrious One;"you know how to speak cleverly, my friend. Be on your guard against too much cleverness."
A. L.
72. Rymenhild
(I think this post didn't go through the first time; apologies if it's a repeat.)

I was not uncalled.
Patricia McKillip, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

What a lovely choice of quotation, Ruadhan. It gets at the core of Forgotten Beasts, in a really subtle way.

For my quotation:

In the beginning, before you were the spark in the dream of a lice-shagged goat and a lonely farmhand, there was nothing but sky.
Rick Rutherford
73. rutherfordr
"I am rather of the opinion that in England a gentleman’s dreams are his own private concern. I fancy there is a law to that effect and, if there is not, why, Parliament should certainly be made to pass one immediately!"

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke

New quote -- one of my favorites:

"Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away."
Richard U. Campbell
74. OtterB
@73 That's from Ozymandias, by Shelley. (Okay, I cheated, I looked up the author ... I knew the poem)

Your Father calls you to His Court. You need not pack; you go garbed in glory as you stand.
Laurel Lyon
75. laurellyon
@74: Paladin of Souls, Lois McMaster Bujold.
It is at the Colinette that the dogs of Sark can best be studied - supposing that anyone wished to study them - as they lounge in the white dust, or snap at flies, or molest one another or scratch thier ears with the claws of one of their back legs, their muzzles pointing at the sky, or while they lie in the warm dust meditating the vicissitudes of life, and how mean a fortune is theirs with never a bitch to woo, for none, by law, are allowed on the island.
Morgan MacLeod
76. morgan_dhu
Two new lines:


The Adversary is not creative, except in the sense that he always seeks evil and always does good.


What else do you do when you get a strange dream, but check it in the catalogue?
Morgan MacLeod
77. morgan_dhu
@65
nobody can explain a dragon
Foreword to Tales from Earthsea, Ursula Le Guin

@71
"You are clever, O Samana," said the Illustrious One; "you know how to speak cleverly, my friend. Be on your guard against too much cleverness."
Siddhartha, Herman Hesse

@72
In the beginning, before you were the spark in the dream of a lice-shagged goat and a lonely farmhand, there was nothing but sky.
The Orphan’s Tales: In The Night Garden, Catherynne Valente


And the lines to replace them:

The primate was staring intently into her face as it made the same gesture, the same sign, over and over again: rubbing its palm in a circular motion over its chest, then a fist-on-palm gesture. Its eyes never left hers.
Please help me. Please help me. Please…


If you find out anything about human sexual identity from infertility genetics, it’s that there is no straightforward match between variations in chromosomal sex and the behaviour of the individual.


One thing dying people usually know, if they have any sense left, is what they want; and that is so rare in the human condition that it commands a certain kind of respect.
Richard U. Campbell
78. sunjah
@76 "The Adversary is not creative, except in the sense that he always seeks evil and always does good."

A Case of Conscience, James Blish

New quote:

The star is the sun. The world is the earth. I am a man. Hello.
Kate Nepveu
79. katenepveu
Unidentified quotes:

But when a girl gives a boy a dead squid--that has to mean something.

"S. Morgenstern," _The Silent Gondoliers_

Once upon a time, when men and women hurled through the air on metal wings, when they wore webbed feet and walked on the bottom of the sea, learning the speech of whales and the songs of the dolphins, when pearly-fleshed and jewelled apparitions of Texan herdsmen and houris shimmered in the dusk on Nicaraguan hillsides, when folk in Norway and Tasmania in dead of winter could dream of fresh strawberries, dates, guavas and passion fruits and find them spread next morning on their tables, there was a woman who was largely irrelevant, and therefore happy.

A.S. Byatt, "The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye"

Replacements:

I) But of bliss and glad life there is little to be said, before it ends; as works fair and wonderful, while still they endure for eyes to see, are their own record, and only when they are in peril or broken for ever do they pass into song.

II) Even the weather isn't as we remember it clearly once being; never lately does there come a summer day such as we remember, never clouds as white as that, never grass as odorous or shade as deep and full of promise as we remember they can be, as once upon a time they were.
john massey
80. subwoofer
Little, Big- John Crowley. Been eons since I read that. Old School. Wife actually came up with it. GF.

Will ponder a post that is appropriate. Or maybe change the vibe....
Amar Ramraj
81. aiel1219
But of bliss and glad life there is little to be said, before it ends; as works fair and wonderful, while still they endure for eyes to see, are their own record, and only when they are in peril or broken for ever do they pass into song.
Lord of the Rings-J.R.R. Tolkien

Finally one that I didn't even have to think on... u guys are GOOD!!! will post new one in a bit....tryin to think of a tough one. :)
Amar Ramraj
82. aiel1219
New Quote:
"I'm sorry, darling. I didn't want to shock you. I thought I could speake to you because you're the one person who's impervious to any sort of shock. I shouldn't have. It's no use. I guess"

Well this is from my gf's fav book... n she's no sci-fi fan...so I hope it's atleast a bit of a challenge.
Richard U. Campbell
83. RobMRobM
Gentle request - if any quotes have not been identified, can the proponent claim victory and give us the answer? I believe that was the rule from the first time the game was played. I'm dying to know if I know any of these seemingly familiar posts. Just asking. Rob
Richard U. Campbell
84. Thom Jeffries
@47 for mine:

"The harder the world, the fiercer the honour."
Steven Erikson, Memories of Ice
Kate Nepveu
85. katenepveu
aiel1219, not *quite* on the quote! Care to reconsider?
Amar Ramraj
86. aiel1219
@85 katenepveu
Awww shucks.... kneejerk reaction there... thus the not thinking part... :(
I always do that Tolkein = LOTR :(
Its the Silmarillion right? I'm am 95% sure.. don't wanna cheat nby checkin the book.
Lena Vogelmann
87. kalafudra
@RobMRobM

I can give you the answer to mine (Reply #10), which wasn't solved (unless I just didn't see the answer in which case I'm sorry).

Anyways:
I saw her chewing gum, when I was thirteen, and I fell for her like a suicide from a bridge.
Smoke and Mirrors
, story Troll Bridge, Neil Gaiman.
Richard U. Campbell
89. Dan Blum
No one seems interested in guessing

"Anyone can buy sex. Good lord, it's the cheapest thing in the universe, next to human life."

It's from Robert Sheckley's "Pilgrimage to Earth." C'mon, I can't be the only person who still reads Sheckley.

Replacement quote:

"It would be simplest," she said diffidently, "to answer your question by saying 'magic' just as you answered mine with 'quantum mechanics.'"
Richard U. Campbell
90. Deadra
"Pulling together is the aim of despotism and tyranny. Free men pull in all kinds of directions. It's the only way to make progress."
Lord Vetinari in Jingo, Terry Pratchett

New quote will follow as soon as I can think of one.
Morgan MacLeod
91. morgan_dhu
@56
Ignorance is natural. Stupidity takes commitment.
The Quote Book of Solomon Short, David Gerrold,
(compilation from War Against the Chtorr series, which books I do not have anymore, or I would find the exact book. I am aware that this may be considered at best a partial answer, but since no one else has ventured one…)

@89
"It would be simplest," she said diffidently, "to answer your question by saying 'magic' just as you answered mine with 'quantum mechanics.'"
Glory Road, Robert Heinlein



Replacement quotes to follow later this evening.
les kaye
92. hapax
@82 -- I am so embarrassed to admit I know this, but... THE FOUNTAINHEAD, by Ayn Rand?
Richard U. Campbell
93. Richard U. Campbell
Lost track of the thread, but:


"They called him that because that was his name."
Richard U. Campbell
94. Deadra
Here goes, at last:

"Be warned. This book has no literary value whatsoever."
Kate Nepveu
95. katenepveu
"Be warned. This book has no literary value whatsoever."

Barnes, _The Somnabulist_

New:

"I for one think that maybe it's time we said, wait a minute, let's have a serious look at this thing, decide what we have on our hands here, before we go throwing any more cats into it."
les kaye
96. hapax
Oh, as for a new quote, my daughter would never forgive me if I didn't submit:

"Our brother," he said, taking a draft, "is a very great artist."
Kate Nepveu
97. katenepveu
"Our brother," he said, taking a draft, "is a very great artist."

One of the Liaden books . . . _Agent of Change_, I will say.
Richard U. Campbell
98. JoeNotCharles
"I for one think that maybe it's time we said, wait a minute, let's have a serious look at this thing, decide what we have on our hands here, before we go throwing any more cats into it."

Is that one of the Dirk Gently books?
Richard U. Campbell
100. pronetolaughter
from @21: "It may even be too late, but shall we walk together a while, you and I?"

Guy Gavriel Kay, but I had to cheat for the title because it was killing me, Lions of Al-Rassan.
Morgan MacLeod
101. morgan_dhu
I guess it's time to post the sources for my lines.

@
76
What else do you do when you get a strange dream, but check it in the catalogue?
Unquenchable Fire, Rachel Pollack

@77
The primate was staring intently into her face as it made the same gesture, the same sign, over and over again: rubbing its palm in a circular motion over its chest, then a fist-on-palm gesture. Its eyes never left hers.
Please help me. Please help me. Please…
City of Pearl, Karen Traviss

@77
If you find out anything about human sexual identity from infertility genetics, it’s that there is no straightforward match between variations in chromosomal sex and the behaviour of the individual.
Life, Gwyneth Jones

@77
One thing dying people usually know, if they have any sense left, is what they want; and that is so rare in the human condition that it commands a certain kind of respect.
We Who Are About To…, Joanna Russ
Kate Nepveu
102. katenepveu
"I for one think that maybe it's time we said, wait a minute, let's have a serious look at this thing, decide what we have on our hands here, before we go throwing any more cats into it."

Id: Lethem, _As She Climbed Across the Table_

New:

I had an unfortunate experience when I was a young operative, you see; I was baptized in the blood of a martyr.
Torie Atkinson
103. Torie
@ 102

Oh darn! I know that absolutely has to be Kage Baker, and I know it must be one of the Mendoza Company books, but the only one I read was Garden of Iden and I don't _think_ it has that line so it must be one of the others I haven't read...

...am I right?

(Someone else can feel free to step in and claim this one, since I'm only halfway there.)
Richard U. Campbell
105. Viadd
8) Octopedia is the key insight.
Ken MacLeod, "Engines of Light" (I don't know which book).
(Probably nobody got it because it was about squids, who are decapods.)

The day war was declared, a rain of telephones fell clattering ot the cobblestones from the skies above Novy Petrograd.
David Goldfarb
106. David_Goldfarb
#105: Charles Stross, Singularity Sky.

You are trapped in that bright moment where you learned your doom.
Jo Walton
107. bluejo
105 Viadd, Well done!

106 You are trapped in that bright moment where you learned your doom

Dhalgren
Samuel R. Delany

"Luckily," he went on, "you have come to exactly the right place with your interesting problem, for there is no such word as 'impossible' in my dictionary. In fact," he added, brandishing the abused book, "everything between 'herring' and 'marmalade' seems to be missing."
Andrew Mason
108. AnotherAndrew
"Luckily," he went on, "you have come to exactly the right place with your interesting problem, for there is no such word as 'impossible' in my dictionary. In fact," he added, brandishing the abused book, "everything between 'herring' and 'marmalade' seems to be missing."

That is Dirk Gently. (Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams.)

New:
'You're noble enough. That's all we can ask for in this world.'
Richard U. Campbell
109. almuric
'You're noble enough. That's all we can ask for in this world.'
The Penultimate Peril - Lemony Snicket

New:
"You are not a martian, you are a man."
Dru O'Higgins
110. bellman
"You are not a martian, you are a man."
I'll take the obvious guess and say Stranger in a strange land by Heinlein.

"Yngvi is a louse!"
Richard U. Campbell
111. almuric
@110 bellman
You are correct, sir.

Yngvi is a louse!
The Incompleat Enchanter - L. Sprague DeCamp and Fletcher Pratt

It's been a long time since I first read that book. Man, I'm old.

Ok, lets go for something much more obscure:

"Those feats of deep cunning and brave flair—we're all aloted a few of them, and we get no more, no matter what our longing is. And you know, you're lucky if you even recognize when you're having your best moments. Half the time your soul is looking the other way when they come. And you never grow wise enough to know what they were until you have passed the hope of having more."

That one's from my quotes file. One of my favorite lines from a favorite book. Fairly obscure, I'd say, although it may well be googleable.
David Goldfarb
112. David_Goldfarb
bluejo@107: Right author, wrong book. Try again?
Richard U. Campbell
113. Rikka
and I call myself a fantasy fan? I need to quit rereading and start finding new stuff!

Love this thread, though sadly all the ones I knew got snapped up and we're into obscurity :(
Justin Adair
114. Hobbyns
#106: You are trapped in that bright moment where you learned your doom Fall of the Towers - Samuel R. Delaney


Will try again with a memorable line.
Liza .
115. aedifica
Rikka @ 113 - yes, that's exactly how I'm feeling!
Laurel Lyon
116. laurellyon
Well, I forgot all about this, but my quote was from Mr. Pye by Mervyn Peake.
Richard U. Campbell
117. TheFrigginFalcon
Not sci-fi, but oneof my all-time favorites:

The bolt had come clear of its moorings and the way out was clear -- if, that was to say, [Captain] Fleck and his friends weren't standing there patiently waiting to blow my head off as soon as it appeared above the level of the hatch. There was only one way to find that out -- it didn't appeal much but at least it was logical. I would stick my head out and see what happened to it.
John Armstrong
118. JohnnyYen
#47 - "And I only am escaped alone to tell thee."
- is Moby Dick, not the Book of Job, I believe
John Armstrong
119. JohnnyYen
Freelancer is right - "And I only am escaped alone to tell thee" is from Job. I never knew that - thanks

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