Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley
The primroses were over. Watership Down
“Quiet as it’s kept,” from Toni Morrison’s Bluest Eye.
I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills….
It was a dark and stormy night.
He was dead. However, his nose throbbed painfully, which he thought odd in the circumstances.” Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
Where’s Papa going with that axe?” said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.” – E B White, Charlotte’s Web
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.”
All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” – Anna Karenina
When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.” The Outsiders
“In the great green room there was a telephone and a red balloon and a picture of— a cow jumping over the moon.”–Margaret Wise Brown
“The first place I can well remember was a large pleasant meadow with a pond of clear water in it. Some shady trees leaned over it, and rushes and water-lilies grew at the deep end.” Black Beauty
It was love at first sight. The first time Yossarian saw the chaplain he fell madly in love with him.” – Catch 22
“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” — 1984, George Orwell
This is the story of what a Woman’s patience can endure, and what a Man’s resolution can achieve.
The woman in white by Wilkie Collins
In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” Great Gadsby
“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense.” Harry Potter and the Sorcerers stone.
“In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing” A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean
If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. —J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
I’ve watched through his eyes, I’ve listened through his ears, and I tell you he’s the one.”