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

-Ruskin Bond. 

This hit at an entirely different level. 

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It does. 😇

Some amazing lines being shared here. I'm gonna revisit this thread again and again whenever I need a spark of joy and inspiration.

In addition to all the absolutely beautiful quotes out here, I’d like to share some lines that have genuinely made me laugh out loud. All of them are from one of my favourite authors ->Douglas Adams

 1) There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. 
There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

2) In the beginning the Universe was created. 
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

3)“You know," said Arthur, "it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young."
"Why, what did she tell you?"
"I don't know, I didn't listen.”

4) I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by. 

5) A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.

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जीवन एक दीर्घ पश्चाताप के सिवा और क्या है! पछतावे की एक-दो बात थी! 

रूदन में कितना उल्लास, कितनी शांति, कितना बल है। जो कभी एकांत में बैठकर, किसी की स्मृति में, किसी के वियोग में, सिसक- सिसक और बिलखबिलख नहीं रोया, वह जीवन के ऐसे सुख से वंचित है, जिस पर सैकड़ों हंसियां न्योछावर हैं। उस मीठी वेदना का आनंद उन्हीं से पूछो, जिन्होंने यह सौभाग्य प्राप्त किया है। हंसी के बाद मन खिकै हो जाता है, आत्मा क्षुब्धा हो जाती है, मानो हम थक गए हों, पराभूत हो गए हों। रूदन के पश्चात एक नवीन स्फूर्ति, एक नवीन जीवन, एक नवीन उत्साह का अनुभव होता है।

गबन - प्रेमचंद

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Some of my favorite quotes from the bookBindra, Abhinav; Rohit Brijnath.A Shot At History : My Obsessive Journey to Olympic Gold

  1. Unlike many sports, here perfection is not elusive, it is, in fact, a requirement.
  2. I have to make my life difficult, break it down into minute detail and master each part.
  3. Only sport can do this to you, strip you naked in an instant in public, step on your dreams, make four years of practice incidental.
  4. In our world, even hitting the bullseye isn’t enough. We have to hit a particular part of the bullseye, we have to exist on the very edge of perfection.
  5. You have to stretch yourself to the limit and leave very little to chance. Only then does reward arrive.
  6. Let me explain. My trigger is sensitive, it takes just 30 grams of pressure to set it off. Almost to the point where, if a platoon of arguing bees sat on it, it will fire. But I have enough control in my finger to pull it back 20 grams and then hold it, hold it, hold it, and then exert a little more to fire, as gently as a butterfly’s breath. It’s cool.
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-Ruskin Bond 

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I have like hundreds of favourite quotes. Here’s one:

“It was only a smile, nothing more. It didn't make everything all right. It didn't make ANYTHING all right. Only a smile. A tiny thing. A leaf in the woods, shaking in the wake of a startled bird's flight. But I'll take it. With open arms. Because when spring comes, it melts the snow one flake at a time, and maybe I just witnessed the first flake melting.” 

- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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Sean Maguire: You don't have the faintest idea what you're talking about. It's all right. You've never been out of Boston. 
So if I asked you about art, you'd probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo, you know a lot about him. Life's work, political aspirations, him and the Pope, sexual orientation, the whole works, right? But I'll bet you can't tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You've never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling. Seen that. If I ask you about women, you'd probably give me a syllabus about your personal favorites. You may have even been laid a few times. But you can't tell me what it feels like to wake up next to a woman and feel truly happy. You're a tough kid. And I'd ask you about war, you'd probably throw Shakespeare at me, right? "Once more into the breach, dear friends." But you've never been near one. You've never held your best friend's head in your lap, and watch him gasp his last breath looking to you for help. I'd ask you about love, you'd probably quote me a sonnet. But you've never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone that could level you with her eyes, feeling like God put an angel on Earth just for you. Who could rescue you from the depths of Hell. And you wouldn't know what it's like to be her angel, to have that love for her, be there forever, through anything, through cancer. And you wouldn't know about sleeping sittin' up in the hospital room for two months, holding her hand, because the doctors could see in your eyes that the terms "visiting hours" don't apply to you. "You don't know about real loss, 'cause that only occurs when you've loved something more than you love yourself. And I doubt you've ever dared to love anybody that much."

Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon & Ben Affleck
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Scary lines !! I won't name the credentials. I leave it for people to guess. It's an easy guess, I believe!! :blush:


Scary lines !! I won't name the credentials. I leave it for people to guess. It's an easy guess, I believe!! :blush:


@sjerngal Absolutely!!

"Sapiens- A Brief History of Humankind" by Yuval Noah Harari


"A rich man's body is like a premium cotton pillow, white and soft and blank. Ours(poor people) are different. My father’s spine was a knotted rope, the kind that women use in villages to pull water from wells; the clavicle curved around his neck in high relief, like dog’s collar;cuts and nicks and scars,like little whip marks on his flesh, ran down his chest and waist, reaching down below his hipbones into his buttocks. The story of a poor man’s life is written on his body, in a sharp pen."   -The White Tiger

- India Since Independence

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1. A TALE OF TWO CITIES by Charles Dickens.

" If you hear in my voice, I don't know that it is so, but I hope it is, if you hear in my voice any resemblance to a voice that once was sweet music in your ears, weep for it, weep for it! If you touch, in touching my hair, anything that recalls a beloved head that lay on your breast when you were young and free, weep for it, weep for it! If, when I hint to you of a Home that is before us, where I will be true to you with all my duty and with all my faithful service, I bring back the remembrance of a Home long desolate, while your poor heart pinned away, weep for it, weep for it!"

2. WINGS OF FIRE by A.P.J Abdul Kalam( childhood read but these lines are etched in my head).

   "For all your days prepare                

    And meet them ever alike

     When you are the anvil, bear

     When you are the hammer, strike"

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"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. :)

Hey, this is one of my favourites as well. Just loved the multiple layers in which the story unfolds.

Btw how is Love in times of cholera? I have it's copy but I am procationating too much.


From DARK HORSE by Nilotpal Mrinal 

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From TWELFTH FAIL by Anurag Pathak. 

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"In the first 30 years of your life, you make your habits. For the last 30 years of your life, your habits make you."

From STEVE JOBS by Walter Isaacson 

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