- Christopher Moore,Bloodsucking Fiends
Someone asked me the other day, “Out of everything you’ve written, what part was your favorite?” I could have chosen a particular scene or quip or character. But without hesitating, I answered with this.
“Who we are is determined by the actions we take, the words we choose to say, the people we love. And for some that love brings hope. For others, courage. And for some, the luckiest of individuals, that love brings with it a knowledge of contentment, an understanding of strength, and the reward of uncovering exactly who you are.”
So in the vein of tradition, and the idea that perhaps you have favorite of your own and cling to words of literary giants of the past and present like I do, here are a few more lines I wish I’d written.
“We cross our bridges as we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and the presumption that once our eyes watered.”
—Tom Stoppard, Rosencratz and Guildenstern Are Dead
“And if you were a spirit, and time did not bind you, and patience and love were all you knew, then there you would wait for someone to return, and the story to unfold.”
- Mark Helprin, In Sunlight and In Shadow
(Quite possibly, at least in my opinion, the most expressive writer of our time.)
“She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.”
—J. D. Salinger, “A Girl I Knew”
“I love you,' Buttercup said. 'I know this must come as something of a surprise to you, since all I've ever done is scorn you and degrade you and taunt you, but I have loved you for several hours now, and every second, more.
─William Goldman, The Princess Bride
“Blessed are the meek, for to them we shall say "attaboy".”
─Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal
“But this road doesn't go anywhere,” I told him.
“That doesn't matter.”
“What does?” I asked, after a little while.
“Just that we're on it, dude,” he said.”
― Bret Easton Ellis, Less Than Zero
“A bird in the hand was worth two in the bush, he told her, to which she retorted that a proverb was the last refuge of the mentally destitute.”
― W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil
“Ah, but you're the insidious type--Jane Eyre with of touch of Becky Sharp. A thoroughly dangerous girl.”
― Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle
“There are moments in your life when you see yourself through someone else’s eyes, when your only hope of believing you’re capable of doing something is because someone else believes it for you.”
― Marc Acito, How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater
“I did the searching and remembering, she did the disappearing and the forgetting.”
― Ann Brashares, My Name is Memory
God pity them both! and pity us all,
Who vainly the dreams of youth recall;
For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: "It might have been!"
─John Greenleaf Whittier, “Maud Muller”