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I identify more than I suspect one should with Lieutenant Bush.

"Wholesalers, he notes, transport prostitutes as if they were grain or wine, while retailers acquire them as if they were bread or sauce."

-The Economy of Prostitution in the Roman World

(by Thomas McGinn, here loosely quoting Clement of Alexandria)

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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

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Heaped debris made the entrance to the vast left-hand building doubly easy, yet for a moment we hesitated before taking advantage of the long-wished chance.

--H.P. Lovecraft, "At the Mountains of Madness," At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror

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

In any fitting-out operation on a boat due recognition must always be given to Sod's Law.
--Mike Saunders, The Walkabouts

It came again, harder, to rustle dry leaves across the floor, to lift and plait the tattered ribbons of arrases against the wall.
--P.C. Hodgell, Seeker's Mask

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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

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Stupid Yrkoon; for all that he prided himself that he was a Melnibonéan, he lacked the Melnibonéan subtlety.

--Michael Moorcock, Elric of Melniboné

"The industry is down to its last few schools of octopi"

-- Lemony Snicket, "Who could that be at this hour?"

Each time a multiclass character achieves a new level, he either increases one of his current class levels by one or picks up a new class at 1st level.

-- Star Wars Roleplaying Game Saga Edition Core Rulebook

"Wheat had come to nearly monopolize the Midwest, but this crop was particularly vulnerable to the locusts."

-Locust: The Devastating Rise and Mysterious Fall of the Insect that Shaped the American Frontier. Jeffrey A Lockwood.

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He kept at it until he had found out who I was and what I did and as much of what I know as interested him.
--Robert A. Heinlein, Have Space Suit-Will Travel

"Of course you should call the police."
--Steven Brust, Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille

'Now I became zealous'

- The Secret Diary of Mata Hari by Anon

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Yet Roger's initial query regarding the Japanese honeybees was never addressed (the boy being far too polite to press it).

- A Slight Trick of the Mind, by Mitch Cullin

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A range of hills lay against the sky in the horizon, and soon the rows of palms which adorn Bombay came distinctly into view.

--Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days

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

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This king was standing in the middle of a crowd of shouting miners.

--Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad

"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

In the lead, Basset shifted aside to make way for a woman going the other way, leading a small boy-child by the hand, a market basket on her other hand.

--Margaret Frazer, A Play of Knaves

He had put down a shaft on a flat bench at the bend of the creek and he was down a ways and making a fair clean-up.
--Louis L'Amour, End of the Drive

There's some kind of framework with a bundle of shortjump gates behind the next door, ready to take us to our homes.
--Charles Stross, Glasshouse

Proof that it was strong enough to carry armour was the Panzer IV squatting on the bridge like a giant, grey toad.

-- Jack Didden and Maarten Swarts, Kampfgruppe Walter and Panzerbrigade 107

Because what those Shanghai students, and other students and workers I spoke to, said to me was "We think that is possible."

--Stephen Jolly, "Eyewitness in China," republished in Tiananmen 1989--Seven Weeks That Shook the World, a ChinaWorker.Info pamphlet

"There was something wrong about the air."

-- The Slow Regard of Silent Things, Patrick Rothfuss

"I suppose there is no one in this entire company who does not know the boy is Pwyll's son," said Teyrnon.

--The Mabinogi, translated and edited by Patrick K. Ford

(Tell me what you need, Pete)
--Ariel, Steven R. Boyette

"You'll outnumber them at least three to one"

--Bodyguard of Lightning, Stan Nicholls

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I must've misclikced. This isn't the thread I was expecting

"Show that A1 and A2 form a basis in W."

-Linear Algebra, 2nd edidtion.

Darn midterms.

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.

I've always had a hard time figuring out what the moral of a story is supposed to be, and she was bound to know: She'd been to college.

--Helen Oyeyemi, Boy, Snow, Bird

The light wind was from the East: the cold was intense.
-- Force 10 from Navarone, Alistair MacLean

If you found the right words, they seemed to think, you would have Eternal Truth.
--Quantum Psychology, Robert Anton Wilson

The Murmur of Erebus hovered on the edge of Alpharius's hearing as the primarch waited for the portal to open.

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--Blueberry: Collected Adventures 1

"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

The only warmth came from the sleeping animals.
--Crossroads of Twilight, Robert Jordan

"And what has all that to do with this journey?"
--The Family Tree, Sherri S. Tepper

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

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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.

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He had heard men cry so when his salvation and his nemesis, his great black battle-blade Stormbringer, drank their souls.

--Michael Moorcock, The Sailor on the Seas of Fate

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

"Why not?"

--Steven Brust, Jhereg

I thought I had already posted that, but I guess I didn't.

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The common theme was that even by the pluralistic standards of the USA, American Samoa was different, more foreign than familiar.
~ Doug Mack, The Not-Quite States of America

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"The canal would be given over to 'international' control, and Israel would be confirmed in much of its territorial gain."

-- Alex von Tunzelmann, Blood and Sand: Suez, Hungary, and Eisenhower's Campaign for Peace

Kajehase wrote:

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

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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I'd have just asked if you were ready for the good s#&~ and handed you the book(s).

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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.

deinol wrote:
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."

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