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What are your favorite lines of literature?
« on: December 22, 2014, 12:26:52 PM »
While reading or watching a movie (movies begin as written script!), have you ever just stopped and realized how great some line was? As children we've all recited our favorite lines from TV shows, movies and even video games. Hilarious one-liners, witty retorts, dastardly catch-lines from our favorite heroes and heroines. But eventually we grew up and....well I don't think we grew out of that old habit. Not all of us. We still fascinate over neat and clever lines, words that resound within us. Maybe it's a famous quote from a famous figure passed on. Maybe a hilariously brainless retort made accidentally by an unwitting stock comedy figure. Or maybe it's the accompanying spoken poetry to some elaborate visual imagery, which would be meaningless without knowing the whole.

What's a line you love?
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What are your favorite lines of literature?
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Re: What are your favorite lines of literature?
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2014, 12:52:24 PM »
Lately I've been fascinated by the concept and use of time in language. It's a neat little thing that sends you back and forth and puts you everywhere and nowhere simultaneously, sequentially, and without order all at the same time or in none at all. With the glut of films and shows delving into the exploration of time, we see these confusing ones liners put to use more and more. It's especially easy when the protagonist has traveled to the past and their yesterday becomes tomorrow.

"Man, are you hungry? I haven't eaten since later this afternoon." -Primer (2004)

I've been writing some junk essays exploring further complexities...buuut of course I can't remember the really crazy stuff right now.

What surprised me the most about all this, though, is how complicated some of the lines we quickly chatter without thought really are. You don't think about it, but sometimes in regular conversation we travel back and forth through time in dizzying regularity. It's amazing. Even just the basic structure of a traditional story. In a present continuum, you're referring a passed-present continuum, which features many future-passed-presents and passed-passed-presents, and sometimes even future-present-future-passed-present-passed-presents;

("And then he thought, "One day I'll have to go back to where this all started"")

I might not have gotten all the time references correct, but I'm sure you can see what I mean. And we parse (perceive and understand) this all almost instantly without thought. There is such rich potential in time. <3
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Re: What are your favorite lines of literature?
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2014, 03:36:33 PM »
There are many good lines in literature but what always comes to my mind is always the last words of God to Adam from Madách's The Tragedy of Man:"Mondottam ember: Küzdj, és bízva bízzál!" roughly meaning "I have told you, Man: strive on, and trust!"
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Re: What are your favorite lines of literature?
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2014, 07:47:08 PM »
That line feels like the ending of one story and the beginning of another, and hints at a benevolent entity, a simultaneous actor and observer, a presence from the sidelines.

What thoughts and feelings does it incite in you? Where does the power of it strike you from?
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Re: What are your favorite lines of literature?
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2014, 11:07:42 AM »
That line feels like the ending of one story and the beginning of another, and hints at a benevolent entity, a simultaneous actor and observer, a presence from the sidelines.

What thoughts and feelings does it incite in you? Where does the power of it strike you from?

Well.. We fight with countless pains and torments and we can only hope that it gets better eventually but we HAVE TO hope no matter how bad it is.

I recommend reading the whole play.
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Re: What are your favorite lines of literature?
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2014, 03:11:23 PM »
Would awesome lines from a video game count? They do have scripts as well.
"You don't wheedle the god of the Dragons, even if he is your father."

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Re: What are your favorite lines of literature?
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2014, 04:53:31 PM »
Of course! Where would video games be without the writers who fill them with story? Despite sprite and pixel and 8bit depth, we played through with excitement and quickened breath.
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Re: What are your favorite lines of literature?
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2015, 09:00:15 PM »
If games count then I have two from Fallout
"It's said war - war never changes. Men do, through the roads they walk."
"Democracy is not negotiable."
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Re: What are your favorite lines of literature?
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2015, 05:26:53 AM »
I think I'll post them as I come across them again. One that's been rattling around in my head today was from one of the Lemony Snickets books. It goes something like this, "There is nothing wrong with not being able to play the violin, but if you can't, then don't." I think it applies well to many other aspects of life as well.

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Re: What are your favorite lines of literature?
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2015, 08:19:22 AM »
My friend, your desire,
Is the bringer of life, the gift of the goddess.
Even if the morrow is barren of promises,
Nothing shall forestall my return.

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Re: What are your favorite lines of literature?
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2015, 08:21:32 AM »
There is only a 5% chance that you are Kira. It is small, but is is still 5%.
Hm. Well, whatever, can I have some of that cake?
That would raise your Kira percentage somewhat.
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Re: What are your favorite lines of literature?
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2015, 06:19:18 PM »
"You can't turn the absence of information into a conclusion."

"You can't tell an irrational person they're being irrational."

Both to Jack Ryan, "The Sum of all Fears"  by Tom Clancy

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Re: What are your favorite lines of literature?
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2015, 12:21:58 PM »
lol and everyone always says pedantism is so terrible. Sometimes it's the smallest of differences that make for the cleverest of remarks.

One of my favorites is...
"..it's turtles all the way down!"
A better explanation than I could ever give: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turtles_all_the_way_down
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Re: What are your favorite lines of literature?
« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2015, 01:09:20 PM »
I am familiar with the turtles all the way down.
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Re: What are your favorite lines of literature?
« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2015, 06:49:57 PM »
"To your planet, welcome"
"I think that's my line, stranger."
"Oh, forgive. I here am new. But  you are known, being McCoy from Enterprise."
"You have me at a disadvantage, sir."
"My name not important. You seek I. Message received. Available ship stands by."
"How much and how soon?"
"How soon is now. How much is, where?"
"Somewhere in the Mutara Sector."
"Oh, Mutara Sector restricted. Take permits many; money more."
"There aren't going to be any damned permits! How can you get a permit to do a damned illegal thing? Look, price you name, money I got."
"Destination you name, money I name, otherwise bargain, no."
"Alright, dammit! Genesis! The name of the place we're going is Genesis!"
"GENESIS?!"
"Yes, Genesis! How can you be deaf with ears like that?"
"Genesis allowed is not! is planet forbidden!"
Yes, we are going to fight back. But not here, not now, not in the Colonies. Not even in this star system. Let the word go forth to every man, woman and child who survived this holocaust. Tell them to set sail at once in every assorted vehicle that will carry them.

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Re: What are your favorite lines of literature?
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