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    Registered User Desolation's Avatar
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    "Instead of taking her home I went back to the hotel with her old sweetheart.'

    - Henry Miller, The Rosy Crucifixion Part 1: Sexus.

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    Mais son évanouissement lui avait fait tant de bien qu'il craignit de laisser échapper cette sensation de légèreté.

    --Le docteur Jivago
    But his fainting spell had done him so much good that he feared to lose this feeling of lightness.

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    'Not alone,' said Amelia; 'you know, Rebecca, I shall always be your friend, and love you as a sister - indeed I will.'
    Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray.
    Ignore it.

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    He belongs to the class which German writers...have denominated 'Polymaths'.

    The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
    "Remember, we are all in this alone." - Lilly Tomlin

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    Great idea, Mathson. I'll bite:

    "After that, perhaps even for a whole year, he did not visit the cemetary."

    "The Broyhers Karamazov" - Dostoevsky
    "Mongo only pawn in game of life" - Mongo

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    Technically, the closest to me is The Primal Screamer by Nick Blinko (weird book).

    "A beautiful memory was retrieved: once, he stuck out his tongue and saw tiny, brightly colored people dancing in a circle upon it."
    "Personal note: When I was a little kid my mother told me not to stare into the sun. So once when I was six, I did. At first the brightness was overwhelming, but I had seen that before. I kept looking, forcing myself not to blink, and then the brightness began to dissolve. My pupils shrunk to pinholes and everything came into focus and for a moment I understood. The doctors didn't know if my eyes would ever heal."

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    Five or six birches in small clumps raised their skimpy, small-leaved tops here and there.

    -Dead Souls, Gogol

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    "He will only use a sword on this occasion, since wresting singlehanded with a dragon is far too hopeless even for the chivalric spirit."

    -The Tolkien Reader, Tolkien
    National Bundt Pan Day is November 15th

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    Yes, yes,

    Ok, Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte (Penguin Classics edition)

    "For a moment I considered it absurd that I should need such a weapon to gain admittance into my own residence."

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    "Apparently, a whole day had gone by"

    The New York Trilogy - Paul Auster
    L'enfer, cest les autres

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    Fan to Willie Nelson: "I bet you don't remember me."

    Alphabet Juice, Roy Blount Jr

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    Under the Sea
    "Perhaps they drank nothing either."

    The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka.

    For some reason, this book of Kafka I have always ends up on the table I'm sitting at.
    "Etiquette is etiquette. He kills his mother but he can't wear grey trousers."
    -James Joyce

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    He would say, "That takes nothing from the poor."

    Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

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    Oh this looks like so much fun!

    "'Then they know about you here and will certainly remember you.'"

    The Idiot by Dostoyevsky

    "It has been maintained secondly that the concept of 'Being' is indefinable."

    Being and Time by Heidigger

    (and now since I'm bored, I shall indulge)

    "'The bed is open; the tooth-brush hangs on the wall, / Put your shoes at the door, sleep, prepare for life.'"

    Rhapsody on a Windy Night by T.S. Eliot

    "He writes because for him it is a luxury which becomes more agreeable and more evident, the fewer there are who buy and read what he writes."

    Fear and Trembling by Kierkegaard

    "Go gentle Marcus, to thy nephew Lucius; / Thou shalt inquire him out among the Goths."

    Titus Andronicus by Shakespeare

    "-There was a battle sir."

    Ulysses by James Joyce

    "Ich kann nur von ihnen sprechen, sie aussprechen kann ich nicht."

    Tractus Logico-Philosophicus by Wittgenstein
    The Moments of Dominion
    That happen on the Soul
    And leave it with a Discontent
    Too exquisite — to tell —
    -Emily Dickinson

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    In truth, the book most fitting of the OP's description is Calvino's 'The Complete Cosmicomics' but the relevant sentence is far too long. Thus:

    'Do you think you're angry that he's getting all the attention and the new toys?'

    'Mother's Milk' - Edward St Aubyn

    I can assure you, the Calvino was better. But 'Mother's Milk' is a fine book nonetheless.

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