Thursday, March 19, 2009

Name that book

Yesterday I got a part of a quote stuck in my head, and just found the rest of it. Then I looked through my now mostly defunct livejournal and found some other quotes from books I have read over the years. Made me want to re read a bunch of books. See if you can guess what books these quotes are from!

-"Everything today has been heavy and brown. Bring me a Unicorn to ride about the town." (Bring me a Unicorn, Anne Morrow Lindbergh)

-"I was having a wonderful time and the whole world opened up before me because I had no dreams." (On the Road, Jack Kerouac)

-"Never drink diet soda. It shows you have no nerve. Only drink real colas, caffeine-packed energy drinks, or vitamin water. Hate champagne, because that's what everyone expects you to love. Energy drinks are the best party drinks. You never get tired. You never have a hangover. And you can make fun of all the loaded people who think they're clever but are really acting stupid." (Paris Hilton, I forget the title)

-"We accept the love we think we deserve." (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chobsky)

-Everything everybody does is so—I don't know—not wrong, or even mean, or even stupid necessarily. But just so tiny and meaningless and—sad-making. And the worst part is, if you go bohemian or something crazy like that, you're conforming just as much as everybody else, only in a different way.” (Franny and Zooey, J.D. Salinger)

-"Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart." (Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami)

There are those whose own vulgar normality is so apparent and stultifying that they strive to escape it. They affect flamboyant behavior and claim originality according to the fashionable eccentricities of their time. They claim brains or talent or indifference to mores in desperate attempts to deny their own mediocrity. These are frequently artists and performers, adventurers and wide-life devotees. Then there are those who feel their own strangeness and are terrified by it. They struggle toward normalcy. They suffer to exactly that degree that they are unable to appear normal to others, or to convince themselves that their aberration does not exist. These are true freaks, who appear, almost always, conventional and dull." (Geek Love, Katherine Dunn)

-"Nobody believes the identites we've made for ourselves. I feel like everybody in the world is fake now - as though people had true cores once, but hucked them away and replaced them with something more attractive but also hollow." (Girlfriend in a Coma, Douglas Coupland)

-"I thought how strange it had never occurred to me before that I was only purely happy until I was nine years old." (The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath)

-"Hysteria is impossible without an audience. Panicking by yourself is the same as laughing alone in an empty room. You feel really silly." (Invisible Monsters, Chuck Palahniuk)

I wish I had documented more quotes that I have liked from books. Need to start doing that.

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