With over a year’s worth of the Quote of the Week category, I thought I’d celebrate by picking my five favorites from 11/1/10-11/5/11.
In no particular order:
1. Haruki Murakami, After the Quake:
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I want to write stories that are different from the ones I’ve written so far, Junpei thought: I want to write about people who dream and wait for the night to end, who long for the light so they can hold the ones they love. But right now I have to stay here and keep watch over this woman and this girl. I will never let anyone– not anyone– try and put them in that crazy box– not even if the sky should fall or the earth crack open with a roar.
2. Robert Penn Warren, All the King’s Men:
Her hair was flying with distinct life and her face was chalk-white with the pock marks making it look like riddled plaster, like, say, a plaster-of-Paris mask of Medusa which some kid has been using as a target for a BB gun.
3. Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory:
He remembered a dream he had of a big grassy arena lined with the statues of saints – but the saints were alive, they turned their eyes this way and that, waiting for something. He waited, too, with an awful expectancy. Bearded Peters and Pauls, with Bibles pressed to their breasts, watched some entrance behind his back he couldn’t see – it had the menace of a beast. Then a marimba began to play, tinkly and repetitive, a firework exploded, and Christ danced into the arena – danced and postured with a bleeding painted face, up and down, grimacing like a prostitute, smiling and suggestive. He woke with the sense of complete despair that a man might feel finding the only money he possessed was counterfeit.
4. Voltaire, Candide:
“In short, my dear miss, I have a great deal of knowledge and experience in the world, therefore take my advice: divert yourself, and prevail upon each passenger to tell his story, and if there is one of them all that has not cursed his existence many times, and said to himself over and over again that he was the most wretched of mortals, I give you leave to throw me headfirst into the sea.”
5. John Vaillant, The Tiger:
“He was angry,” recalled Yuri Pionka, “and his intention was to have a meeting with that tiger.”