What is your favorite line from a book?

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123 Replies to “What is your favorite line from a book?”

  1. This is from a scene where a women at a check out counter said they don’t sell that crap, meaning Zig Zag papers. Customer comment: “So give me a box of condoms, extra large, extra strong.” It cracked me. From the book, The Crazy School by Cornelia Read

  2. Shayne Silvers, when describing a super-strong yet teeny woman beating on a were-wolf in a bar brawl (Nate Temple series): “Stiletto-saurus Rex”

  3. My favorite OPENING line from a book (to narrow things down) is:

    It was around the hub of the evening on the planet of Porlumma when Captain Pausert, commercial traveller from the Republic of Nickeldepain, met the first of the witches of Karres.

  4. You can’t pick out the pieces you like and leave the rest.
    Being part of the Whole thing, that’s the Blessing.
    From Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

  5. “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain”, from The Wizard of Oz. I like it because it points out the manipulation of our ideas by those who like keeping themselves in power.

  6. There is a joy in patience that quick gratification doesn’t offer. – Konowa Swift Dragon in Ashes of a Black Frost by Chris Evans (Iron Elves Trilogy #3)

  7. My favorite line from a book is from one I last read in high school. I will get around to reading it again as Poe is one of my favorite writers. It’s from. The Murder On The Rue Morgue.

    One of the detectives asks Holmes, “But how was he killed when all the exits are locked from the inside?”

  8. “I love you Sebastian” from the book Wildcat by NJ Salupo i.e. to get why it’s my favorite, you’ll definitely have to read it!

  9. From J. J. Ward’s 1st book in his series MI7 titled The Kramski Case: “Presumably the idea is that standing by while someone else commits an atrocity is morally better than committing that atrocity yourself.”

  10. “The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning.”
    ― C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle

  11. “Sacrifice everything.” BJT Anne Bishop
    “Once committed to fight, cut. Everything else is secondary. Cut. That is your duty, your purpose, your hunger. There is no rule more important, no commitment that overrides that one. Cut. -Terry Goodkind

  12. From Tombstone …. Doc Holliday saying, “You can call me Huckleberry.” I just love that. I even call my son in California and make him say that to me cause he sounds just like the Doc. 😀

  13. There was no warning, not even a knock. The door flew open, and he forgot his present aches and pains in anticipation of what lay in store. The figure that stood in the door was not that of an enemy. It was worse. It was his mother.
    Elizabeth Peters, The Ape Who Guards the Balance

  14. “What I do know is that if we are born again, I will meet you in another life, and if there is a river, you will wait on the shores for me to come to you, so that we can cross together.”
    ― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Princess

  15. “If the great war horses who carried kings into battle had mated with panthers and then made huge, lithe, graceful panther-horses and those panther-horses had died and then been reborn as cars, then this car was surely their final life before achieving Buddhahood.” This line is Hard Rock Arrangement by Ava Lore.

  16. From Alistair MacLean’s Where Eagles Dare:

    Flying in a Lancaster bomber on secret mission to drop parachuting spies into WWII Germany the pilot reassures his co-pilot about finding their target:

    “Dicey? I don’t see why? It’s as big as a mountain. In fact, it IS a mountain. We can’t miss it, my dear boy”

  17. “Swimming kept me from drowning.” Its from this new book called phantom limbs and I just dont know. I read it and it just clicked with me in so many ways.

  18. Magic is just technology we don’t understand yet. From Bernie & the Lost Girl: The Universe Builders

  19. Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. It seemed to me I stood by the iron gate leading to the drive, and for I a while I could not enter for the way was barred to me. There was a padlock and a chain upon the gate. I called in my dream to the lodge-keeper, and had no answer, and peering closer through the rusted spokes of the gate I saw that I the lodge was uninhabited. from REBECCA

  20. “Music is a total constant. That’s why we have such a strong visceral connection to it, you know? Because a song can take you back instantly to a moment, or a place, or even a person. No matter what else has changed in your or the world, that one song says the same, just like that moment.” – Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

  21. “Sometimes, Dolores, sometimes you have to be a high-riding bitch to survive. Sometimes, being a bitch is all a woman has to hang onto.”
    ― Stephen King, Dolores Claiborne

    Second favorite:
    Anita Blake’s coffee cup in The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton:
    “It’s a dirty job and I get to do it.”

  22. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Acheron – Sherrilyn Kenyon. Now stalking you all 3 places.

  23. From Lorelei James’ Caged in her Mastered series, two men talking about what men have feared for eternity: emotion:

    “You plan to load me up with chocolate and tampons after I share my feelings with you?”

  24. Here’s my current favorite quote:
    “Nothing spoils idle pleasure like too much awareness”
    From Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Dart.

  25. ‘They float,’ it growled, ‘they float, Georgie, and when you’re down here with me, you’ll float, too–’


  26. “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” Acheron from the Dark-Hunter universe by Sherrilyn Kenyon


    “Don’t panic.” Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

  27. “Doubt keeps arrogance in check but too much doubt keeps you from doing what needs to be done.” From Iownan to Alex in Adventurers Wanted series Slathbog’s Gold

  28. “Trouble rather the tiger in his lair than the sage amongst his books. For to you kingdoms and armies are things mighty and enduring, but to him they are but toys of the moment, to be overturned by the flicking of a finger.”
    ~~ Tactics of Mistake by Gordon R. Dickson

  29. “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”
    ~~ I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon by Phillip K. Dick

  30. “Do you challenge me Luuken?” His voice is deadly soft. “If so let us record your death.”

    That is from M.K. Eidem’s Grim. I have a moment of giggles every time I read that part. (I read this book a lot!) I absolutely adore his phrasing. (I hear it in my head with Darth Vader’s voice.) Luuken is eventually killed, but you’ll have to read the book to see if Grim kills him.

  31. My all-time favorite book (read when I was 12 !) at the very end Rhett Butler says: “Frankly dear, I don’t give a damn!” But, was that only in the movie version?!?
    Scarlet’s last words “I can’t think about this now, after all, there’s always tomorrow!” (Hope I didn’t paraphrase.)

  32. “It’s the world’s smallest violin, playing ‘My Heart Pumps Purple Piss for You’.”

    ― Stephen King, Wizard and Glass

    I love this quote from Eddie Dean, .. I also use it lol.

  33. I’ve always loved the opening lines of Little Women. “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug. “It’s so dreadful to be poor!” sighed Meg, looking down at her old dress. “I don’t think it’s fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things, and other girls nothing at all,” added little Amy, with an injured sniff. “We’ve got Father and Mother, and each other,” said Beth contentedly from her corner. The four young faces on which the firelight shone brightened at the cheerful words, but darkened again as Jo said sadly, “We haven’t got Father, and shall not have him for a long time.” She didn’t say perhaps never, but each silently added it, thinking of Father far away, where the fighting was.

  34. “Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light” said by Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series. I find it’s comforting when I’m having a rough time or when this world seems too scary.

  35. My favourite line is a repeated line in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series – “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.” It has stuck with me as good everyday advice – I even pass that one on to friends and family.

  36. “The third time I died was early on a Monday morning, a week after Labor Day ” from Melissa F. Olson’s Boundary Crossed

  37. From Dr. Seuss’s, “Oh, the Places, You’ll Go”, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

  38. 47 Things by Lilliana Anderson

    There would be a total of forty-seven things that sucked me into Tyler’s life then forced me away. Forty-seven things that ruined me forever. Forty-seven was never going to be enough.

  39. “I am Bennett Ashby. And I am not the savior.”

    From The Dead World by Stephanie Erickson. That line gives me the chills every time I read it.

  40. My favorite line from a book is also my favorite first line from a book: “The sky over the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.” (Neuromancer, William Gibson

  41. Octavia’s War by Tracy Cooper-Posey

    “You told me to befuddled him. I’m befuddling.”

    Ángel had told Octavia to distract the man shooting at them. She decides to remove her top.

  42. We all have three families: those we are born to; those who are born to us; and those we welcome into our hearts.

  43. The chances of finding out what’s really going on in the universe are so remote, the only thing to do is hang the sense of it and keep yourself occupied.
    Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

  44. “Like most families, sometimes we’re a strange, occasionally we’re dysfunctional, but in the end, we’re always there for each other. We love you all.”
    written by Robert Thornhill

  45. “A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”

    Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless

  46. There’s no such thing as a normal life. Some lives are just more interesting than others, and we shouldn’t judge people for being boring.
    Discount Armageddon-Seanan McGuire

  47. Maybe the baby from jack and Lucy will end the war between the reapers and the keepers. “Keepers Peace Jennifer Malone Wright

  48. “We accept the love we think we deserve.” from Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I love it so much, I had it tattooed on my arm!

  49. Vizzini- He didn’t fall? Inconceivable

    Indigo Montoya- You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.

  50. “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
    I always thought that this was an apt description for the outlook of most of the world…

  51. The line from Cold Mountain by Ruby about the war; ” Every piece of this is man’s bullshit. They call this war a cloud over the land. But they made the weather and then they stand in the rain and say ‘Shit, it’s raining!'”

  52. Pete sat up, wild-eyed and glowering, the back of him covered with snow. ‘The f*ck are you laughing about? That as**ole almost got us killed! I’m gonna strangle the son of a bitch!’

    ‘Not her son but the bitch herself,’ Henry said. He was laughing harder than ever and thought it quite likely that Pete didn’t understand what he was saying – especially with the wind thrown in – but he didn’t care. Seldom had he felt so delicious.

    My favorite part is where Henry said ‘Not her son but the bitch herself’

    Dreamcatcher – Stephen King

  53. Reading all of these was great. They made me remember some favorite books like The Hobbit and the Dark Tower series. Okay, now I’m just wasting space. Sorry.

  54. What planet are you from? Obviously Planet Insanity was missing a local, long-term resident. Sherrilyn Kenyon, Infinity

  55. “Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shore of the Sea comes the end of our fellowship in Middle-earth. Go in peace! I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”

    The final words of Gandalf at the end of The Rings Trilogy, which started me on my lifelong love of epic fantasy.

  56. “Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s passin.” From To Kill a Mockingbird I just love Atticus and think this is such a bittersweet, but full of love moment.

  57. “Oh, mom, happiness isn’t something you get– it’s how you feel about things.”
    – A close paraphrase from Diana Wynne Jones’s _Fire and Hemlock_.

  58. A towel is just about the most massively useful thing any interstellar Hitchhiker can carry. Partly it has great practical value. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

  59. “Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.”

    — William Goldman, The Princess Bride

  60. “Pardon me, but would you be willing to adopt me for a moment? I’d be grateful.”

    Book Rhapsody by Elizabeth Haydon

    Those words started a beautiful friendship that grew into a trustworthy, faithful to the end family.

  61. I woke him up with a celebratory blowie, he ended up riding my chest with his balls on my chin, fucking my face…he shot his spunk all over my tits and he’s still wound up tighter than a nun in a whorehouse on a Sunday.

    Dirty little freaks by Jaden Wilkes

  62. “‘Does moping actually help humans feel better?’ We’ve been whispering since we saw the victims on the road. ‘I’m not moping’, I whisper back. ‘Of course you’re not. A girl like you, spending time with a warrior demigod like me. What’s to mope about. Leaving a wheelchair behind couldn’t possible show up on the radar compared to that’….’You’ve got to be kidding me.’ ‘I never kid about my warrior demigod status.’ ‘Oh. My. God….You are nothing but a bird with an attitude. Okay, so you have a few muscles, I’ll grant you that. But you know, a bird is nothing but a barely evolved lizard. That’s what you are.’ He chuckles. ‘Evolution’. He leans over as if telling me a sejret. ‘I’ll have you know that I’ve been this perfect since the beginning of time.’…’Oh please. Your giant head is getting too big for this forest. Pretty soon you’re going to get stuck trying to walk between two trees. And then, I’ll have to rescue you….Again’.”

    From Angelfall by Susan Ee

  63. “We’re going in“……..while crashing through a house that had been picked up by a tornado and dropped in the middle of the road in Twister.

    Also from Twister, “Who are these people”?

  64. Maybe the baby from Lucy and Jack can end the war between the Keepers and Reapers. From Jennifer Malone Whright

  65. “you were already more beautiful than anything I dared to dream. In our years apart, my imaginings did their best to improve on you perfection. At night, your face was forever behind my eyes. And now I see that that vision who kept me company in my loneliness was a hag compared to the beauty now before me.” –Westley

    Enough about my beauty.” Buttercup said. “Everybody always talks about how beautiful I am. I’ve got a mind, Westley. Talk about that.”
    ― William Goldman, The Princess Bride

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