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Nothing could keep me from you. Nothing in life or Death...

Jonathan Stroud in Lockwood & Co. - 3: The Hollow Boy
 
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It was one of those moments when a great Don't Care wave hits you, and you float off on it, head back, looking at the sky.

Jonathan Stroud in Lockwood & Co. - 1: The Screaming Staircase
 
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At Lockwood & Co., George was famous for not being able to throw or catch with any accuracy. Back in the kitchen at Portland Row, even the casual passing out of fruit or bags of chips became an exercise fraught with danger.

Jonathan Stroud in Lockwood & Co. - 4: The Creeping Shadow
 
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It was higher and shriller than Holly's, so we knew that it was Kipps.

Jonathan Stroud in Lockwood & Co. - 5: The Empty Grave
 
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I had a chance at him now. Things were a bit more even. He knew my name, I knew his. He had six years' experience, I had five thousand and ten. That was the kind of odds that you could do something with.

Jonathan Stroud in Bartimaeus Sequence - 1: The Amulet of Samarkand
 
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This was classic Lockwood. Friendly, considerate, empathetic. My personal impulse would have been to slap the girl soundly around the face and boot her moaning backside out into the night. Which is why he's the leader, and I'm not. Also why I have no female friends.

Jonathan Stroud in Lockwood & Co. - 2: The Whispering Skull
 
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What, are you queuing now? Just how British are you people? Don't just stand in line! Kill somebody!

Jonathan Stroud in Lockwood & Co. - 4: The Creeping Shadow
 
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Well, when you're being held at gunpoint by a geriatric madman in a metal skirt, you've kind of hit rock bottom anyway. It can't really get much worse.

Jonathan Stroud in Lockwood & Co. - 1: The Screaming Staircase
 
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Let's have the baddish one first,' George said. 'I prefer my misery to come at me in stages, so I can acclimatize on the way.

Jonathan Stroud in Lockwood & Co. - 5: The Empty Grave
 
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Watch where you leave your victims! I stubbed my toe on that.

Jonathan Stroud in Bartimaeus Sequence - 1: The Amulet of Samarkand
 
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"I wanted to wake you straightaway, but I knew I had to wait several hours to ensure you were safely recovered."
"What! How long has it been?"
"Five minutes. I got bored."

Jonathan Stroud in Bartimaeus Sequence - 2: The Golem's Eye
 
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A warm feeling filled me. It was made of tea and biscuits and sudden gratitude.

Jonathan Stroud in Lockwood & Co. - 4: The Creeping Shadow
 
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George had his faraway look, the one that made him look like a constipated owl.

Jonathan Stroud in Lockwood & Co. - 3: The Hollow Boy
 
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Who says I'm dying? Did you see the amount of sheer effort it took me to escape the land of the dead? I'm not going back in now!

Jonathan Stroud in Lockwood & Co. - 5: The Empty Grave
 
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Ignoring the whispers of the skull, which kept suggesting different, unlikely kitchen utensils that could be used for murder, I sketched out a map of the room.

Jonathan Stroud in Lockwood & Co. - 3: The Hollow Boy
 
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Ah, two firm friends, reunited at last! There should be sweet violin music playing for us, but I'll settle for the screams of the dying.

Jonathan Stroud in Lockwood & Co. - 4: The Creeping Shadow
 
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Death is fugitive; even when you're watching for it, the actual instant somehow slips between your fingers. You don't get that sudden drop of the head you see in movies. Instead you simply sit there, waiting for something to happen, and all at once you realize you've missed it.

Jonathan Stroud in Lockwood & Co. - 2: The Whispering Skull
 
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If she'd repeatedly fallen over while crossing soft ground, you could have sewn a crop of beans in the chin-holes she left behind.

Jonathan Stroud in Lockwood & Co. - 2: The Whispering Skull
 
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It's a commonly known fact that while cats can't stand ghosts, spiders love them.

Jonathan Stroud in Lockwood & Co. - 1: The Screaming Staircase
 
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More ghosts have been created in bedrooms than anywhere else.

GhostsJonathan Stroud in Lockwood & Co. - 4: The Creeping Shadow
 
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She was so radiant, it was like the other-light was already on her.

Jonathan Stroud in Lockwood & Co. - 1: The Screaming Staircase
 
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It's a curious thing with George. With his glasses off, his eyes looked small and weak - blinky and a bit baffled, like an unintelligent sheep that's taken a wrong turn. But when he put them on again, they went all sharp and steely, more like the eyes of an eagle that eats dumb sheep for breakfast.

GlassesJonathan Stroud in Lockwood & Co. - 1: The Screaming Staircase
 
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Okay, maybe I'd been a little ratty, but there's something about rotting corpses leaping at my face that puts me a bit on edge.

Jonathan Stroud in Lockwood & Co. - 2: The Whispering Skull
 
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"Is mindless violence your solution to everything?" The ghost considered. "Pretty much, yeah."

Jonathan Stroud in Lockwood & Co. - 3: The Hollow Boy
 
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Because people who couldn't imagine themselves capable of evil were at a major disadvantage in dealing with people who didn't need to imagine, because they already were.

William Gibson in The Peripheral - Book
 
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Conspiracy theory's got to be simple. Sense doesn't come into it. People are more scared of how complicated shit actually is than they ever are about whatever's supposed to be behind the conspiracy.

Conspiracy TheoriesWilliam Gibson in The Peripheral - Book
 
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A few stray bits of Lego edged fitfully about among lower strata, like bright rectilinear beetles.

William Gibson in The Peripheral - Book
 
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Elves are wonderful. They provoke wonder.
Elves are marvellous. They cause marvels.
Elves are fantastic. They create fantasies.
Elves are glamorous. They project glamour.
Elves are enchanting. They weave enchantment.
Elves are terrific. They beget terror.
The thing about words is that meanings can twist just like a snake, and if you want to find snakes look for them behind words that have changed their meaning.
No one ever said elves are nice.
Elves are bad.

ElvesTerry Pratchett in Discworld - Lords and Ladies
 
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My old grandmother always used to say, Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.

WinterGeorge R. R. Martin in A Song of Ice and Fire - A Feast for Crows
 
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He fell in October 1918, on a day that was so quiet and still on the whole front, that the army report confined itself to the single sentence: All quiet on the Western Front.

Erich Maria Remarque in All Quiet on the Western Front
 
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A word of command has made these silent figures our enemies; a word of command might transform them into our friends.

WarErich Maria Remarque in All Quiet on the Western Front
 
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This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war.

World War IErich Maria Remarque in All Quiet on the Western Front
 
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We march up, moody or good-tempered soldiers - we reach the zone where the front begins and become on the instant human animals.

Erich Maria Remarque in All Quiet on the Western Front
 
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It is too dangerous for me to put these things into words. I am afraid they might then become gigantic and I be no longer able to master them.

Erich Maria Remarque in All Quiet on the Western Front
 
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It is very queer that the unhappiness of the world is often brought on by short people. They are so much more energetic and uncompromising than the big fellows.

Erich Maria Remarque in All Quiet on the Western Front
 
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We are forlorn like children, and experienced like old men, we are crude and sorrowful and superficial - I believe we are lost.

Erich Maria Remarque in All Quiet on the Western Front
 
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We have so much to say, and we shall never say it.

Erich Maria Remarque in All Quiet on the Western Front
 
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Our knowledge of life is limited to death.

Erich Maria Remarque in All Quiet on the Western Front
 
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We were all at once terribly alone; and alone we must see it through.

Erich Maria Remarque in All Quiet on the Western Front
 
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Bombardment, barrage, curtain-fire, mines, gas, tanks, machine-guns, hand-grenades - words, words, but they hold the horror of the world.

World War IErich Maria Remarque in All Quiet on the Western Front
 
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It is just as much a matter of chance that I am still alive as that I might have been hit.

Erich Maria Remarque in All Quiet on the Western Front
 
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The things men did or felt they had to do.

Erich Maria Remarque in All Quiet on the Western Front
 
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Why do they never tell us that you are poor devils like us, that your mothers are just as anxious as ours, and that we have the same fear of death, and the same dying and the same agony - Forgive me, comrade; how could you be my enemy?

Erich Maria Remarque in All Quiet on the Western Front
 
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Katczinsky says it is all to do with education - it softens the brain.

Erich Maria Remarque in All Quiet on the Western Front
 
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We are not youth any longer. We don't want to take the world by storm. We are fleeing. We fly from ourselves. From our life. We were eighteen and had begun to love life and the world; and we had to shoot it to pieces. The first bomb, the first explosion, burst in our hearts. We are cut off from activity, from striving, from progress. We believe in such things no longer, we believe in the war.

World War IErich Maria Remarque in All Quiet on the Western Front
 
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They are more to me than life, these voices, they are more than motherliness and more than fear; they are the strongest, most comforting thing there is anywhere: they are the voices of my comrades.

Erich Maria Remarque in All Quiet on the Western Front
 
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One cannot know it in advance. The heart decides this. If my heart talked to me, I would not care what nation that girl belongs to. The Great Spirit created all men equal. Those who match would find each other sooner or later.

Karl May in Winnetou - Part 1: Through the Desert
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The dead are dead, and talking won't bring them back to life.

Otfried Preußler in Krabat
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"It's no use fretting for what you can't get," croaked the raven. "Does being angry make any difference? Be sensible! What can you do about it?"

AngerOtfried Preußler in Krabat
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Kasperl and Seppel soon discover that even the best-laid plans can be foiled, especially when Hotzenplotz enlists the help of his wicked magician friend Petrosilius Zackleman, a gluttonous villain with a weakness for fried potatoes.

Otfried Preußler in The Robber Hotzenplotz
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