Sunday, September 03, 2006

A Collection of Quotes
from Sage's Recent Readings

I borrowed this idea from Kevin in Texas... Since I often make notes of my reading, it seemed an easy way to make a post. I'll try posting quotes every week or so and see what kind of response I get from ya'll.


It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Treasure is uncovered by the force of flowing water and it is buried by the same currents.
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

[E]very blessing ignored becomes a curse.
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

The desert is a capricious lady, and sometimes she drives men crazy.
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Nobody but the laundry man will know how scared I was.
Police officer in Albany GA during the civil rights struggle, as quoted in Taylor Branch, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-1963

Now and then a fellow gets to thinking about it. Not often, though. Which is a good thing. For the Lord aimed for him to do and not to spend too much time thinking. For the Lord aimed for him to do and not to spend too much time thinking, because his brain it’s like a piece of machinery; it wont stand a whole lot of racking. It’s best when it all runs along the same, doing the day’s work and not no one part used more than needful.
William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

Over the years I’ve developed a dubious idea of what it might be like to be on the other end of all that begging, groveling, and petty bargaining. Having a faint intuition of why God may have put up the “Gone Fishin’” sign, I’ve gotten off my knees and whittled my daily petition down to a more sensible and honest, “Thank you God, I know I’m a fool.”
-Poe Ballantine, “God’s Day,” The Sun (September 2006)

Anglers are creatures of perpetual hope, and I can only hope that the one whose bait presentation will, at last, be I.
-William J. Vande Kopple, The Catch: Families, Fishing, and Faith

As Robert Traver has written, pursuing trout is a wonderful experience since they ‘will not live, indeed, cannot live, except where beauty dwells.
-William J. Vande Kopple, The Catch: Families, Fishing, and Faith

16 comments:

  1. I especially enjoy quotes from books that I will probably never read...and when it is prefaced with a "ya'll". It's not "darlin'" but it's close.

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  2. These are all good quotes, Sage. I love the one from Poe Ballantine. Are you referring to "The Sun Magazine" or a book titled The Sun?

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  3. What a brilliant idea. If this post is an example, we should all lemming this idea. Simply magnificent quotes all around. Once again, what a great idea Sage. I think I'll "borrow" this from you in the near future.

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  4. Hello, Michele sent me to your good ideas. Reading notes quotes seem like a good way to post. Easy to read tidbits and a convenient way to go over what you found valuable.

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  5. and why wouldn't you read some of these books, Murf? I especially recommend Coelho and will probably post a review in the next week or so

    Kenju (aka Knick Knack Lady), the Sun is a magazine, I should have put the info in the quote. I think it's published next door to you, in Chapel Hill.

    V, I was unable to post at your site today--that blankley, blank Beta version you have--I will try again later and hopefully Blogger will get it fixed.

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  6. Do I sense a spot filling up for the tagging with the food meme?

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  7. Do I sense a spot filling up for the tagging with the food meme?

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  8. I answered your plumbing question in comments.

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  9. Love quotes! Sometimes it is so much easier to say something spectacular using the wit of another. Great way to get my students really thinking too.

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  10. Here's a good one but I don't know who said it: What you resist persists.

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  11. hmmmm lovely idea! i love paul coelho.

    i was thinking of posting some quotes myself recently from the last book i read.. birds without wings by louis de bernierres.

    fabulous. thanks :)

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  12. Boy, are there some poingnant truths here!

    Great post, and I could comment on each one, I'll just say... Good Job!

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  13. Pearl N, I'm thinking about your food meme... 5 things you have to eat before you die--that sounds a lot like deciding on your last meal.

    The Other Pearl, impressive answer. You did a lot of research into how much water Canadian toilets save and/or waste. I was being a cynic-in the line of Dave Barry who always jokes about going to canada to buy a toilet--with my comments.

    Kontan, you just have to be careful using the wit of others, making sure you give credit less you receive no credit! I'm sure you've had that with some of your students.

    Keda, this is the third Coelho book I've read. I'm beginning to like him, I like each book more than the one before.

    Malinda, thanks for stopping by and come back. Reno is a favorite city of mine (and I don't even gamble, but I love that country, especially up around the Black Rock Desert). I see you too have a story on Steve Irwin's demise.

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  14. Can you really see me reading The Catch: Families, Fishing and Faith? :-)

    I think I want to do something similar but with song lyrics.

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  15. For some reason, the quote "[E]very blessing ignored becomes a curse." from Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist caught my eye. Something to ponder.

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  16. I am tearing up and laughing out loud over the quote by Poe Ballantine! That is incredibly funny! I love it!!!! My husband came to check to make sure I am OK.... Whew.

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