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Got a two-fer for you here:
"I know and I have much to tell you."
-- Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, Doom of the Dragon
"And -in can also function as an intensifier, as in cases such as inflammable, which can mean "not capable of being set on fire" and also "very much capable of being set on fire".
--Bad English, Ammon Shea
The Levellers had already wielded this doctrine of revolutionary democracy, not only against the Monarchy and the Established Church, but also against the conservative Presbyterian Long Parliament and Cromwell's military dictatorship.
--George Novack, Empiricism and Its Evolution--A Marxist View
Mirabeau indeed said that the colonists slept on the edge of Vesuvius, but for centuries the same thing had been said and the slaves had never done anything.
--C.L.R. James, The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution
I also liked this sentence, from page 78"
The rich are only defeated when they are running for their lives.
His hand rested far too lightly on my shoulder to be steering me, exactly.
-- Spider Robinson (after R.A.H.), Variable Star
According to medieval comparative anatomists, the unenviable link between "perfect" humans and "imperfect" nonhuman primates was filled by the "pygmies" of Africa.
-- Jeffrey H. Schwartz, Sudden Origins: Fossils, Genes, and the Emergence of Species
Definitely not the 5th sentence on page 55, but it showed up on my screen and I have to share it somewhere:
She had a poise that said she had killed before. No problem, thought Locke as he moved backwards, so have I, and that's when he tripped over the body of the man he just stabbed.
Scott Lynch, Red Seas Under Red Skies
"The mind is a gourmet; let us furnish it with savory and delicate dishes, suited to its taste; it will eat all the more for sensuality's having whetted the appetite."
--Hippolyte Taine, as quoted in Edmund Wilson's To the Finland Station: A Study in the Writing and Acting of History
He [Gilgamesh] returns empty-handed to Erech, and here the epic probably ended.
--S.H. Hooke, Middle Eastern Mythology
It happened to the post-ideological Jimmy Carter in his bid for reelection, it happened to the budget-balancing Walter Mondale; it happened to the technocratic centrist Michael Dukakis--each one of them magically transformed on the day of their defeat into an instructional film on why Democrats needed to embrace post-ideological, budget-balancing, technocratic centrism.
--Thomas Frank, Listen, Liberal; Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?
He pointed one limb at the fireplace, where immense tree trunks, cut into logs as big about as Ganelon's chest, were piled on andirons of glittering brass shaped like three-headed Flions.
--Lin Carter, The Warrior of World's End
For over a century, the Republic had pursued a peaceful policy towards other Novarian nations.
--L. Sprague de Camp, The Fallible Fiend
In terms of world history--in terms even of European exapansion as manifested down to the middle years of the nineteenth century--it was a situation that was entirely new, the product not of slow and continuous development, but of forces released suddenly and with revolutionary effects within the life span of one short generation.
--Geoffrey Barraclough, An Introduction to Contemporary History
"Always worth going out of your way for a good man, though."
--Fred Saberhagen & Roger Zelazny, Coils
Unfortunately Wanderer could not be left to look after herself on that point of sailing, and day and night, week after week, for three tiring weeks, we had to steer watch and watch, and that left little time for anything except essentials.
--Eric C. Hiscock, Around the World in Wanderer III
This form of heresy was joined in by the dream visions of the mystic sects, such as the Scourging Friars, the Lollards, etc., which in times of suppression continued revolutionary tradition.
--Frederick Engels, The Peasant War in Germany
The SFs and the Lollards each get their own footnote, that between them take up two pages.
"Of those mourners who gathered at his internment in 1154, none had more to lament Roger's passing than one of his closest confidants, Abu Abdallah Muhammad ibn Muhammad ibn Abdallah ibn Idris Al-Sharif Al-Idrisi, more commonly known as Al-Sharif Al-Idrisi."
Jerry Brotton, A History of the World in 12 Maps
Boy, is that name a mouthful. Though I suspect there's some family tree stuff going on in there, too...
These stories--they are called Sheffield stories--are told principally by the older people, the life-long residents, and evangelically, as though to overcome and smother suspicion in the listener.
-- River Notes: The Dance of Herons, Barry Holstun Lopez
This evening Smedley is busy testing a prototype for a new sex site, Arctic Love.
-- The Boost, Stephen Baker
At first it was but a murmur, a rumble, but by the time he had finished speaking, while the assassins were untying my ankles in order to lead me to the scene of my murder, I heard, as plainly as ever I heard anything in my life, the clinking of horseshoes and the jingling of bridle chains, with the clank of sabres against stirrup-irons.
--Arthur Conan Doyle, "How the Brigadier Held the King", in The Complete Brigadier Gerard
His skin was the colour of fire, and yet it seemed natural; my own skin was blotchy and dull by comparison.
--The Invisible Library, Genevieve Cogman
"Well, since the soul is only harmoniousness of the body's behaviour, and since, in spite of this little dispute, we are agreed that the co-ordination of activity is the chief need of the planet today, and since in respect of our differences of temperament this lady has judged in favour of America, and moreover since, if there is any virtue in our Asiatic way of life, it will not succumb to a little propaganda, but rather will be strengthened by opposition--since all these matters are so, I accept your terms."
--Last and First Men, Olaf Stapledon
|Vo Giap, Ambassador of Bachuan|
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An army of nearly 200,000 Chinese laborers had been sent to Europe during the war.
--Harold R. Isaacs, The Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution
I am reading a copy online; had a xeroxed copy a couple decades ago but it's long gone. Went to Facebook to see if any of my commie friends could provide me with the fifth sentence, etc.
Paizonians trolled me.
Here is Comrade Samnell's offering:
"We were about fifty miles out from Shanghai when Mao dropped some bad acid and started ranting about how people could make steel in their back yards."
And another, from Kruelaid, I believe his Paizonian handle is:
"His followers prostrated themselves, gibbering among themselves and nodding."
They each received an invitation to the Fun-Timey Reeducation Through Labor Supercenter.
Moreover, since Russia was a multinational state, the social democrats also had to compete with left nationalist parties like the Ukrainian Radical Democratic Party and the Polish Socialist Party, and similar parties in the Baltic region and Transcaucasus.
--Joseph Seymour, Lenin and the Vanguard Party
Definitely not the 5th sentence on page 55, but it showed up on my screen and I have to share it somewhere:Quote:She had a poise that said she had killed before. No problem, thought Locke as he moved backwards, so have I, and that's when he tripped over the body of the man he just stabbed.Scott Lynch, Red Seas Under Red Skies
Asked Mr. Comrade, who's reading this, if he had run across this sentence yet and he went on for about thirty minutes straight dropping spoilers.
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Mr. Comrade likes to talk about what he's reading. It usually works out pretty well. There's only so many books I can read in a lifetime, so sometimes I hand him stuff I don't think I will get to, and he gives me a full report. Other times, I wish he'd shut up.
But, yeah, I'm convinced that I have to read Lynch.
Readerbreeder wrote:Surprised to be the first to be reading a gaming book at the moment...I am not. Most people don't read RPG books in multiple sittings. I may sit down with a book on occasion, but when I put it away I am no longer "reading" it. On the other hand, I have a stack of books by my bed that I am "reading". So the book I looked at last and plan to pick up next is the book I count as "reading" when one of these pops up. Which tends to either be a novel or a history book. Or philosophy.
When I acquire a new RPG book, I'll usually read it cover to cover (often with some jumping around, esp. if there are cross-references), but I'm also aware that I'm probably in a minority there. I also try to have at least one non-RPG book that I'm reading at the same time, so I don't burn out on game mechanics-laden prose.
At the moment, that's currently the new edition of Blue Rose, which is hefty but thankfully heavy on the fluff, too (thought this bit from page 55 is in the middle of a rules example): "While it's not enough to use the Resources at Hand exploration stunt, it is sufficient to use The Right Tools, which allows Pell to have or improvise appropriate tools for a task."
The non-RPG book I'm currently reading is Da Vinci for Dummies. From page 55: "In his notebooks, he expressed his dietary preferences, which included cereals, fruits, mushrooms, pasta, and minestrone."