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Favorite quote in a fantasy novel?

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Initial post: Dec 5, 2011, 3:41:20 PM PST
Sometimes, one sentence in an author's work stands out as particularly memorable. It could be a sage piece of advice from mentor to protege, an awesome example of the hero giving the villain a verbal beatdown, or just something profound. I'm not looking for paragraphs of prose or self-promotion, just a sentence or two.

My favorite:

"Great heart will not be denied."
-Theoden, "Lord of the Rings"

What is your favorite quote?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2011, 3:45:09 PM PST
"What have I got in my pocket?"

Posted on Dec 5, 2011, 3:49:51 PM PST
"Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying 'End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH', the paint wouldn't even have time to dry."
¯ Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time

That's just one - Pratchett books are full of my favorite quotes. :)

Posted on Dec 5, 2011, 4:01:34 PM PST
Catalpagirl says:
"I'd storm heaven for you, if I knew where it was."
― Lois McMaster Bujold, The Curse of Chalion

Posted on Dec 5, 2011, 4:26:10 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 5, 2011, 4:29:24 PM PST
The hands moved like sleepy cats. Moved like cats stretching languorously on the sun-warmed flagstone. The hands were companies of ferrets - ten slender, voracious, serpentine hunters, so frightened perhaps, or so hungry, or so curious, that they slipped sinuously and silently into the shadowed, welcoming thicket, into the clefts and burrows of subterranean moss gardens. They were like eels dreaming in their lightless, submarine lairs. Like dark morays guarding their sluggish, perfumed fountains; sounding that immeasurable pelagic zone like the great whales, like plummeting dolphins, the secretive kraken. Like the contemplative oyster folded around its pearl of great price - a pearl like a coy, pink nymph curled on its sea washed rock. Like the nymph in the protective gleaming arms of the somnolent octopus, the octopus silent, pensive, idle, restless, slow.

-Bradamant: The Iron Tempest, Ron Miller, pg. 40

"In that instant he learned what jealousy was. He wanted to know the name of every man she had ever even looked at, whether they had touched her- and most especially where to find these men so he could kill them." pg. 113

- Dragon Prince, Melanie Rawn

"If your enemy comes to speak bearing a sword, open your door to him and speak, but keep your own sword at hand. If he comes to you empty-handed, greet him the same way. But if he comes to you bearing gifts, stand on your walls and cast stones down on him."
- pg. 291, The Dragonbone Chair, Tad Williams

The Primary Edict-
"It means only one thing, and everything: cut. Once committed to fight, cut. Everything else is secondary. Cut. That is your duty, your purpose, your hunger. There is no rule more important, no commitment that overrides that one. Cut. The lines are a portrayal of the dance. Cut from the void, not from bewilderment. Cut the enemy as quickly and directly as possible. Cut with Certainty. Cut decisively, resolutely. Cut into his strength. Flow through the gaps in his guard. Cut him. Cut him down utterly. Don't allow him a breath. Crush him. Cut him without mercy to the depths of his spirit. It is the balance of life: death. It is the dance with death."
-Richard Rahl, Terry Goodkind's Temple of the Winds

Sorry to include so many. I couldn't decide.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011, 6:34:55 PM PST
"I am glad you are here with me," said Frodo. "Here at the end of all things, Sam."

~JRR Tolkien, The Return of the King

Chokes me up every time I read it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2011, 6:38:19 PM PST
I love that one!

From the movie, Return of the King, I also love:

Pippin: Is there any hope, Gandalf, for Frodo and Sam?
Gandalf: There never was much hope. Just a fool's hope.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011, 6:53:06 PM PST
Professor Tolkien was certainly a quotable man.

On the subject of Terry Pratchett, I would add "Give a man a fire and he's warm for the day, but set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life."

Posted on Dec 5, 2011, 6:57:08 PM PST
I love the Gandalf quote you mention--I always thought Pippin made an interesting foil for Gandalf, and the movies play it up well. So many good quotes from that series. A bit off topic, but Michael Whelan did an absolutely gorgeous painting of that moment on Mount Doom when Frodo and Sam are waiting for the end and Gandalf and the eagles are off in the distance.

Someone stole my copy of The Last Unicorn, or I'd have a quote from that one :(

Another one I love is from Laini Taylor's Lips Touch Three Times:
"You will stay silent, won't you, little thing? Until you are old enough to understand the curse, your voice will be as a bird in a cage."

Posted on Dec 5, 2011, 7:19:31 PM PST
I think this line from Jack Vance soundly answers every discussion on metaphysics that I've ever encountered.

"Notice this rent in my garment; I am at a loss to explain its presence! I am even more puzzled by the existence of the universe."

Tales of the Dying Earth

Posted on Dec 5, 2011, 8:10:42 PM PST
I highlight a lot on my Kindle while reading. At least in some books. And I admit that most of what I highlight is because it's quirky or just plain makes me laugh (mostly in urban fantasy), not because it's profound.

Here's one serious one though:

City of Ghosts (3) (Stacia Kane)
- Highlight Loc. 248-49

What was the point? You let people into your life and you ended up getting hurt. Or hurting them. Either way, the road to pain was paved with other people.

But this is more typical of the kinds of book quotations I highlight:

Frostbitten (Kelley Armstrong)
- Highlight Loc. 3032-33 |

"The Tlahuelpuchi curse is inherited and the cursed being shifts into a bestial form, often resembling a bird, such as a vulture or that overlooked horror movie possibility-the dreaded were-turkey."

Posted on Dec 6, 2011, 6:58:06 AM PST
There are a lot of great ones, but here's one I'm especially fond of: "Never run from anything immortal. It attracts their attention."

Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2011, 8:15:49 AM PST
GUEST!! says:
"I can believe things that are true and I can believe things that aren't true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they're true or not. I can believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and Marilyn Monroe and the Beatles and Elvis and Mister Ed. Listen - I believe that people are perfectible, that knowledge is infinite, that the world is run by secret banking cartels and is visited by aliens on a regular basis, nice ones that look like wrinkledy lemurs and bad ones who mutilate cattle and want our water and our women. I believe that the future sucks and I believe that the future rocks and I believe that one day White Buffalo Woman is going to come back and kick everyone's ---. I believe that all men are just overgrown boys with deep problems communicating and that the decline in good sex in America is coincident with the decline in drive-in movie theaters from state to state. I believe that all politicians are unprincipled crooks and I still believe that they are better than the alternative. I believe that California is going to sink into the sea when the big one comes, while Florida is going to dissolve into madness and alligators and toxic waste. I believe that antibacterial soap is destroying our resistance to dirt and disease so that one day we'll all be wiped out by the common cold like the Martians in War of the Worlds. I believe that the greatest poets of the last century were Edith Sitwell and Don Marquis, that jade is dried dragon sperm, and that thousands of years ago in a former life I was a one-armed Siberian shaman. I believe that mankind's destiny lies in the stars. I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid, that it's aerodynamically impossible for a bumblebee to fly, that light is a wave and a particle, that there's a cat in a box somewhere who's alive and dead at the same time (although if they don't ever open the box to feed it it'll eventually just be two different kinds of dead), and that there are stars in the universe billions of years older than the universe itself. I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn't even know that I'm alive. I believe in an empty and godless universe of causal chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck. I believe that anyone who says that sex is overrated just hasn't done it properly. I believe that anyone who claims to know what's going on will lie about the little things too. I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies. I believe in a woman's right to choose, a baby's right to live, that while all human life is sacred there's nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system. I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you're alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it."

Samantha - American Gods

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2011, 8:54:28 AM PST
Magic isn't so much as something you learn, you see, as something you discover within yourself.
SAGARIA (Samzing's quote).

Posted on Dec 6, 2011, 10:30:13 AM PST
Thank you, Richard! The Last Unicorn has some great quotes . . .

Posted on Dec 7, 2011, 2:03:58 AM PST
I can never remember it properly, but Bilbo's leaving speech about half of you etc. Each time I hear it, I have to think hard and see if it can be broken down and made sense of. I think it can, if memory serves.

Posted on Dec 7, 2011, 5:37:02 AM PST
SaunterWedge says:
"Jasper Dumas is dead...imprisoned by Librans ages ago in an unlaid chicken's egg. I fed the hen to the alligators myself. Slow digestion in a cold-blooded belly was always said to be his fate."
-Melchyor `Wyrmbane' Slayd (Wind of Chains, p. 193)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2011, 8:22:43 AM PST
"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2011, 9:59:20 AM PST
Your favorite quote is from a self-published Createspace book that was released less than a month ago?

I smell spam.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2011, 10:01:10 AM PST
Oh, I like that one! It's an insult, but it's a clever insult.

How about, from Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone:

Hagrid: "You're a wizard, Harry. And a thumpin' good one too, I'll wager, once yer trained up a bit." [this may not be quite perfect, since I don't have the book in front of me, so I'm working off memory.]

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2011, 10:11:13 AM PST
GUEST!! says:
It's pretty close. I read the book like two weeks ago.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2011, 10:22:28 AM PST
Who's spamming? Who is insulting whom here? I can't follow any of that, sorry, but thanks, Sara Jo, yes, that's it. If, Christine, you do mean the Bilbo quote, then I'd be very surprised if LOTR is on Createspace. J

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2011, 10:28:08 AM PST
GUEST!! says:
The spam is from "SaunterWedge." The Bilbo quote is an insult (and a darn fine one, too).

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2011, 11:16:52 AM PST
JM -- if you click on/hover over that link on the upper right of the post (where it says "an earlier post") it will tell which post the post you are reading is replying to. I apologize for the awful grammar of that sentence, but I can't figure out a way to make it any better and have it still make sense. :)

So, the Spam post was in response to the SaunterWedge post. That book is on Createspace.

Does that assist?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2011, 1:16:25 PM PST
I know the original context is a cleverly hidden insult, I thought someone was twisting it to have a pop at someone on here! I'm off back to bed! J
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