What is your favourite quote / para from a book you have read? - ForumIAS

What is your favourite quote / para from a book you have read?

This is for all the book lovers here. What is your favourite line/quote/paragraph from any book you have read. Can be fiction/non-fiction. 

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@nerdfighter Hank green the underappreciated and the funnier one. Might I say I liked his book better.


"Before reaching the final line, however, he had already understood that he would never leave that room, for it was foreseen that the city of mirrors (or mirages) would be wiped out by the wind and exiled from the memory of men at the precise moment when Aureliano Babilonia would finish deciphering the parchments, and that everything written on them was unrepeatable since time immemorial and forever more, because races condemned to one hundred years of solitude did not have a second opportunity on earth." –Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude 

This is my second shameless plug for my favourite fiction book. :)

I'm sorry, but I'm back with some other favourites of mine.

"...she sat staring at her reflection as if it were a face she might not see again and ought to memorise; then she could leave it behind, in the Fontaines de Médicis, and go in search of a new one." 

-Journey to Ithaca, Anita Desai

"The best books, he perceived, are those that tell you what you already know"

-1984, George Orwell

"....it was easier for him to bear other people's pain than his own"

-Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Màrquez

"It is curious how sometimes the memory of death lives on for so much longer than the memory of the life it purloined"

-The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

I will stop now; thank you for reminding of all the books I need to revisit. :)

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@Neyawn , can we post something which we have written ourselves? Though i'm not sure if that qualifies for this thread.

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@Neyawn , can we post something which we have written ourselves? Though i'm not sure if that qualifies for this thread.

Yes by all means!

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“I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” -Letters to a young poetbyRainer Maria Rilke

You have been told that, even like a chain, you are as weak as your weakest link.
This is but half the truth.
You are also as strong as your strongest link.
To measure you by your smallest deed is to reckon the power of the oceanby the frailty of its foam.
To judge you by your failures is to cast blame upon the seasons for their inconstancy.” -The Prophetby Kahlil Gibran

“If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other of our intelligences. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak; and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control! We are, to be sure, a miracle every way; but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out.” -Mansfield ParkbyJane Austen

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” -The Great Gatsbyby F Scott Fitzgerald 

Couldn’t choose one.

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wrote this years back after jee days. one of the initial attempts at writing. now when i look back, i feel i have lost touch with so many hobbies and interests. now trying to revive good old habits before i lose my essence completely.

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I guess I am suffering from poverty of knowledge !

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 - From JRD Tata' speech in Bombay, 1982 after he flew a single engine plane from Bombay to Karachi & back to celebrate 50 yrs of the first flight in India (1932) on the same route. He was 78 years old then.

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* People love to say, “Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime.” What they don’t say is, “And it would be nice if you gave him a fishing rod.” That’s the part of the analogy that’s missing.

Working with Andrew was the first time in my life I realized you need someone from the privileged world to come to you and say, “Okay, here’s what you need, and here’s how it works.” Talent alone would have gotten me nowhere without Andrew giving me the CD writer.

People say, “Oh, that’s a handout.”

No. I still have to work to profit by it. But I don’t stand a chance without it. -Born a crimeby Trevor Noah

* "Winners and losers have the same goals"-Atomic habits

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. -Anna Karenina

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@dalpha as said by Dinkar ji in his poem विजयी के सदृश जियो रे

उद्देश्य जन्म का नहीं कीर्ति या धन है

सुख नहीं धर्म भी नहीं तो दर्शन है

विज्ञान ज्ञान बल नहीं तो चिंतन है

जीवन का अंतिम ध्येय स्वयं जीवन है

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@nerdfighter 😅😅


"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."

~ Dune by Frank Herbert

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Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.- Carl Segan.

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@PapaFranku love your name, pink guy would be proud.


"Oh Celie, unbelief is a terrible thing. And so is the hurt we cause others unknowingly. "

- The color purple


"And when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful. "

-Ruskin Bond. 

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