Nov 22, 2010

Call for Comments - Quotable Quotes

This past weekend I spent a few hours at New York's Museum of Modern Art and left with the creative part of my brain both inspired and intimidated. Now, I'm not looking to place anything there but I may be able to put together a cool piece or two for the rather bare library.

So I'm looking for a few shortish quotes from seminal SFF works. I threw together the list below earlier today. I don't know what I will end up using but any and all suggests are welcome. Even I end up using a quote you suggest, there may even be a free book in there for you.

"I've watched through his eyes, I've listened through his ears, and I tell you he's the one." - Ender's Game

"The enemy's gate is down" - Ender's Game

"The man in black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed' - The Gunslinger

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." - The Hobbit

"The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel." - Neuromancer

"Reality is the part that refuses to go away when I stop believing in it" -Philip K. Dick

"One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them" - The Fellowship of the Ring

"Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die" - The Fellowship of the Ring

"What is history but a fable agreed upon?" - Napoleon

Bonus Points [and by bonus points I mean I will send you a free book] if you have a copy of The Yiddish Policeman's Union and can pull a specific quote. Something about the minute hand snapping off moments of eternity. I can't really do it justice, so any help would be appreciated. I also may need to pull some Norman Partridge off the shelf. Solid stuff there.

Any thoughts?


  1. Not sure if this is seminal, but it is one of my all time favorite quotes:

    "It's better to do a thing than to live with the fear of it." Logan Ninefingers (from Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie)

  2. From the Yiddish Policeman's Union: The clock on the hospital wall hummed to itself, got antsy, kept snapping off pieces of the night with its minute hand.

    Liked this one too: Now he looks shrunken, depleted, the king in the story reduced by the curse of eternal life to a cricket in the ashes of the hearth.

  3. @Seak - Forgot about Abercrombie, good stuff there.

    @Marty - That's it. The second quote is a good one too. Chabon's writing makes the creative part of my soul depressed with jealousy. If you want to email me, I'll see if I have something to send you.

  4. You are welcome to take a look at my Friday Quotes Page and see if there is anything there you like. For a while I was posting my favorite SFF quotes each week but I just haven't found any good ones in a while.

  5. FYI, Google Books has The Yiddish Policeman's Union up online. Heck, I'd recommend checking Google Books if you're looking for quotes but can't remember all the words.

    Some of my favorites are:

    "Can a magician kill a man by magic?" Lord Welllington asked Strange. Strange frowned. He seemed to dislike the question. "I suppose a magician might," he admitted, "but a gentleman never could." Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke

    "That's what war is. A lot of folk getting killed that don't deserve it." Last Argument of Kings, Joe Abercrombie

    "No one enjoys an elbow in the face while they sleep." Before They Are Hanged, Joe Abercrombie

    Nice list you've got there.

  6. A quick one before I head to work. Might drop by after and offer a few more.

    "Tremble and despair, for I am Power!" Magician, Raymond E. Feist


  7. "I am limited, finite, and fixed. I am in terror of the infinity before me, having come through the one behind bringing no knowledge I can take on. I commend myself up to what is greater than I, and try to be good. That is wrestling with what I have been given. Do I rage at what I have not? (Is infinity some illusion generated by the way in which time is perceived?). I try to end this pride and rage and commend myself to what is there, instead of illusion. But the veil is the juncture of the perceived and the perception. And what in life can rip that? Is the only prayer, then, to live steadily and dully, doing and doubting what the mind demands? I am limited, finite, and fixed. I rage for reasons, cry for pity. Do with me what way you will"
    Samuel R. Delany - Dhalgren

  8. "Fear is the mind-killer." Dune, Frank Herbert


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