The Quote of the Moment Archive

 

 

Quote of the Moment, September 1, 2004 to February 1, 2005.

Or, again imagining the hero in prison, the next thing you know, a seemingly innocuous ferret comes sniffing around at night, discovers the hero, wiggles through your clutches, and runs for help. No cause for alarm, you say to yourself, this unobtrusive creature cannot even talk! But you forget that this loyal companion is masterful at emoting and gesturing. Soon the ground shakes with the approach of avenging hooves. The lesson? Stop that ferret.

How to Be a Villain, by Neil Zawacki.
Chronicle Books, 2003

Quote of the Moment, May 1, 2003 to September 2004.

Beans don't care when they're planted, so long as you cover them with deep earth and leave them be.

The Midwife's Tale, by Gretchen Moran Laskas.
The Dial Press, 2003.

Quote of the Moment, January 13, 2003 to May 1, 2003

We are all actors in a play of our own design, an elaborate, unspoken scheme in which we pretend to be terribly discomfited but actually have a whale of a time.

"Snowed Under by Lurid Visions of Stormy Doom," by Marc Fisher.
The Washington Post. March 6, 2001.

Quote of the Moment, September 5, 2002 to January 13, 2003

Best not to let one's life be ruled by ferrets, after all.

Aphrodite's Kiss, by Julie Kenner.
Dorchester Publishing, 2001.

Quote of the Moment, May 2, 2002 to September 5, 2002

Hey Klaus! We're going to Mars in a rowboat!! Beat that one, buddy!

Girl Genius, Volume 5, by Phil and Kaja Foglio.
Studio Foglio, 2001.

Quote of the Moment, June 24, 2000 to May 2, 2002

An amusement at flatulence does not preclude a taste for haiku, and vice versa.

"A Writer's Challenge," by Marilyn Singer.
2000 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market, Writer's Digest Books, 2000.

Quote of the Moment, February 4, 2000 to June 24, 2000

It takes brains to understand a smart remark, but none to be offended by it.

B.C. Johnny Hart.
newspapers everywhere, January 27, 1999.

Quote of the Moment, August 8, 1999 to February 4, 2000

As a result, the common toilet is not generally considered a reliable navigational instrument, and many explorers prefer a compass.

"Whirling Worlds, Ice Cream Headaches and More."
The Washington Post. April 14, 1999.

Quote of the Moment, May 30, 1999 to August 8, 1999

 Just who is Godot? And why do we wait for him?

Zippy the Pinhead. Bill Griffith.
newspapers everywhere, January 29, 1999.

Quote of the Moment, January 18, 1999 to May 30, 1999

When someone loves us very much, she goes on loving us always, and a little thing like death is not likely to get in the way.

Voyage of the Basset. James C. Christensen.
The Greenwich Workshop, Inc. 1996.

Quote of the Moment, September 3, 1998 to January 18, 1999

We are made of the stuff of stars, given our lives by a living world, given our selves by time.

Six Moon Dance. Sheri S. Tepper.
Avon. 1998.

Quote of the Moment, March 9, 1998 to September 3, 1998

Standing tall and mighty above the ordinary must be a grand thing, though surely troublesome when going through low doorways.

The Firelings. Carol Kendall.
Atheneum. 1981.

Quote of the Moment, December 1, 1997 to March 9, 1998

The wages of sin is death but so is the salary of virtue, and at least the evil get to go home early on Fridays.

Witches Abroad. Terry Pratchett.
Victor Gollancz. 1991.

 Quote of the Moment, October 25, 1997 to December 1, 1997

At two in the morning, the wind came back for more leaves.

The Halloween Tree. Ray Bradbury.
Alfred A Knopf. 1972.

Quote of the Moment, July 29, 1997 to October 25, 1997

Pigs enjoy eating, and they also enjoy lying around most of the day thinking about eating again.

Babe the Gallant Pig. Dick King-Smith.
Crown. 1985.

Quote of the Moment, May 27, 1997 to July 29, 1997

But it is just as urgent never to let go of the capacity to dream. To weave the illusions that help us all make it through this dark, dark night.

Brightness Reef. David Brin.
Bantam Books. 1995.

Quote of the Moment, March 22, 1997 to May 27, 1997

When I get a little money, I buy books; and, if any is left, I buy food and clothes.

Erasmus.

Quote of the Moment, January 19, 1997 to March 22, 1997

This is the reason for being, the interconnectedness of stuff.

"Stuffed," by Walter Nicklin.
The Washington Post Magazine, December 15, 1996.

Quote of the Moment, December 10, 1996 to January 19, 1997

Some carry jars of a special marmalade, veined like orange marble, and so tangy that it will permanently pucker your mouth. (The only way to unpucker yourself is to kiss a dog on the lips. It is so irresistible that many are known to drag their dogs to the table at dessert time so that they may gobble as much marmalade as they like, pecking the dog on the lips with a kiss between each mouthful, until the jar is empty and they are stuffed and round, and the dog is quite cross.)

Lorien Lost. Michael King.
A Wyatt Book for St. Martin's Press. 1996

Quote of the Moment, October 31, 1996 to December 10, 1996

Such times are rare, such times are fleeting, but always bright when caught, measured, hung, and later regarded in times of adversity, there in the kinder halls of memory, against the flapping of the flames. (Note this exerpt is also available as a .wav file).

A Night in the Lonesome October . Roger Zelazny.
William Morrow Co. 1993.
Roger Zelazny reading the same quote.
audio file ©1993 Sunset Productions, Inc.

 

 

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