Snappy Lines from Great Literature

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by welsummerchicks, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. welsummerchicks

    welsummerchicks Songster

    Jul 26, 2010
    Got any snappy lines from great literature?

    Ok, I realize this one will probably fall flat on its rear, but we are reading 'Crime and Punishment' by Dostoevski, and, yes, I realize most people don't consider it a terribly funny book, but at one point, a magazine editor hears the murderer making a stink out in the receptionist's room and he comes out and says,

    'What's all the rumpus? Is someone giving birth to an idea?'

    YES it's ok if you heard it in a movie or saw it in a comic book! But it must be 'great literature', the classics, ya know.
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2011
  2. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

    Mar 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I don't have any specific quotes, but I really like a lot of the lines from the Sherlock Holmes series. Some of those lines are terribly hilarious and witty.

    I'm not sure how many consider Douglas Adams' works to be great literature, but I certainly do! Almost anything from any of his books can make me laugh out loud. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was a brilliant book, with so many wonderful quotes!
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2011
  3. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    I used to insult people who made me mad with Shakespeare. [​IMG]

    I have forgotten them all now, though.
  4. welsummerchicks

    welsummerchicks Songster

    Jul 26, 2010
    LOL! I'm a Shakespeare and a Sherlock fan. Both from reading and from drooling over arrogant and perfect Jeremy Brett, there will never be another Sherlock for me than Jeremy Brett.
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2011
  5. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    I read a lot, but mostly authors that fall somewhere between Barbara Delinsky and Solzhenitsyn... Therefore, I do not have great quotes, nor vapid ones.

    Good thread.
  6. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    Okay, here's mine;

    "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
  7. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

    Apr 19, 2009
    Fall Creek Falls TN
    I don't know the exact lines, but I was quite shocked on a re-read of Kerouac's On The Road. At one point the main characters are driving in a car with sweaters wrapped around thier heads and the one guys screams out the window "We're arabs going to blow up New York!" [​IMG] Keep in mind this book was written decades ago and the situation was meant to be funny.

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