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And You Can Quote Me: A Top Ten List

This week’s top ten list (as hosted by The Broke and The Bookish) is whatever I feel like making a top ten list about. I haven’t compiled quotes I enjoy in quite a while (November 5th, 2012 to be exact), so that is what I am doing today.


In no particular order:

10. “Perhaps only people who are capable of real togetherness have that look of being alone in the universe. The others have a certain stickiness, they stick to the mass.” Lady Chatterly’s Lover / D.H. Lawrence

9. “You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style.” Lolita / Vladimir Nabokov

8. “For men and women are not only themselves; they are also the region in which they are born, the city apartment or farm in which they learnt to walk, the games they played as children, the old wives tales they overheard, the food they ate, the schools they attended, the sports they followed, the poets they read, and the God they believed in. It is all these things that have made them what they are, and these are the things that you can’t come to know by hearsay…” The Razor’s Edge / W. Somerset Maugham

7. “It’s weird to feel like you miss someone you’re not even sure you know.” Infinite Jest / David Foster Wallace

6. “’My God,’ he gasped, ‘you’re fun to kiss.’” Tender is the Night / F. Scott Fitzgerald

5. “The American upper middle-class citizen is a composite of negatives. He is largely delineated by what he is not.” Junky / William S. Borroughs

4. “I am going to tell you a secret. Everything is about wanting. Everything. Things happen because of people wanting. Watch closely, and you’ll see what I mean.” Ghostwritten / David Mitchell

3. “We were not a hugging people. In terms of emotional comfort it was our belief that no amount of physical contact could match the healing powers of a well-made cocktail.” Naked / David Sedaris

2. “Every man loves a hot girl with a history of making mistakes,” …“Because it’s always possible she’ll make one with you.” NOS4A2 / Joe Hill

1. “If I want to feel as if I’m being sucked down a fathomless gloomy tunnel for hours and hours then I have a complete set of Schopenhauer at home.” The Teleportation Accident / Ned Bauman

Bonus: “Have you got any soul?” a woman asks the next afternoon. That depends, I feel like saying; some days yes, some days no. A few days ago I was right out; now I’ve got loads, too much, more than I can handle. I wish I could spread it a bit more evenly, I want to tell her, get a better balance, but I can’t seem to get it sorted. I can see she wouldn’t be interested in my internal stock control problems though, so I simply point to where I keep the soul I have, right by the exit, just next to the blues.” High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

Does anyone else find it odd that 4 of my 10 quotes came from writers named David? Entirely accidental…


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