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    I've got another one:

    'Sanitation and housing was terrible, in many British slums, up to and including the mid-twentieth century.'

    from the introduction of The Victorians, A N Wilson

    And that concludes my collection.
    One has to laugh before being happy, because otherwise one risks to die before having laughed.

    "Je crains [...] que l'âme ne se vide à ces passe-temps vains, et que le fin du fin ne soit la fin des fins." (Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac, Acte III, Scène VII)

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    Nice idea for a thread!

    'Adeline Armand had had a portrait of herself propped up in what must have been the study.' - Foreign Fruit by Jojo Moyes
    I sang of leaves, of leaves of gold, and leaves of gold there grew.

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    Some of the younger children who had escaped the plague were wandering disconsolately in the abbot's garden, and Li Kao pointed to a small boy.

    Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart

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    He held out his copybook.

    From Ulysses, James Joyce, Gabler Edition, Vintage Books

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    'Good people, that is.'

    From an old Penguin edition of Brecht's Parables for the Theatre: The Good Woman of Setzuan and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

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    "But I knew them, I must have known them, I had only to find them again and I would sweep, with the clipped wings of necessity, to my mother."

    Molloy by Samuel Beckett.

    By the way, I'm past section one of this book.
    "Etiquette is etiquette. He kills his mother but he can't wear grey trousers."
    -James Joyce

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    In turn, she disowned them.
    - John Irving Last Night in Twisted River

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    "Those who are much admired are, it is held, taken by the Sidhe [faerie], who can use ungoverned feeling for their own ends, so that a father, as an old herb doctor told me once, may give his child into their hands, or a husband his wife." The Celtic Twilight by W.B. Yeats

    This is a very interesting collection of Irish folklore that Yeats wrote.

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    Story-telling so much of it, which is what men do naturally.

    Alan Bennett - The History Boys
    What are regrets? Just lessons we haven't learned yet - Beth Orton

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    "He never eats dumplings, he don't - he eats nothing but steaks, and likes 'em rare."

    -Moby Dick by Herman Melville

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    'I don't mean he has said so in so many words to me but it is in his mind; am not a mind-reader but I am sure it is there, Your Excellency...'

    Chinua Achebe - Anthills of the Savanna
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    An apostrophe (‘) marks the place where the vowel is elided.

    Greek Grammar; Herbert Weir Smyth


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    haha Madame X

    I have moved on from Dumas now... So I can have another go, can't I? I like this game .

    'I struggled to get away, and yet did it but faintly neither, and he held me fast, and stll kissed me, till he was almost out of breath, and then, sitting down, saysi, 'Dear Betty, I am in love with you.'

    Moll Flanders, Daniel Defoe

    Still she 'tried' to get away... Shame she didn't, shame on you Moll, you should be a decent girl .

    Oh my God, no wonder that the book was deemed indecent and banned by the pope! I like it . Very indecent .

    I'd like to see the film about it. The actress said she had a great time, lying in the bed all the time and falling asleep between scenes...
    One has to laugh before being happy, because otherwise one risks to die before having laughed.

    "Je crains [...] que l'âme ne se vide à ces passe-temps vains, et que le fin du fin ne soit la fin des fins." (Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac, Acte III, Scène VII)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiki1982 View Post
    haha Madame X

    I have moved on from Dumas now... So I can have another go, can't I? I like this game .

    'I struggled to get away, and yet did it but faintly neither, and he held me fast, and stll kissed me, till he was almost out of breath, and then, sitting down, saysi, 'Dear Betty, I am in love with you.'

    Moll Flanders, Daniel Defoe

    Still she 'tried' to get away... Shame she didn't, shame on you Moll, you should be a decent girl .

    Oh my God, no wonder that the book was deemed indecent and banned by the pope! I like it . Very indecent .

    I'd like to see the film about it. The actress said she had a great time, lying in the bed all the time and falling asleep between scenes...
    That's got to be one of the best yet. Excellent sentence! I should read more Defoe: how about his biography of Dick Turpin?
    What are regrets? Just lessons we haven't learned yet - Beth Orton

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    My mother stomped off ahead, muttering, 'you're making a rod for your own bleeding backs,' as she attempted to light a cigarette in the stiff june gale.

    Adrian Mole - the prostate years

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