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Have you ever had an emotional response to a sentence in a book that surprised you?

During some downtime at work I decided to read Moby Dick again. In the chapter "A Bosom Friend" in which Ishmael and Queequeg learn to enjoy each other's companionship, a line had me a little choked up. The good, happy to be alive kind of choked up.

"I'll try a pagan friend, thought I, since Christian kindness has proved but hollow courtesy."

In the context of Moby Dick it isn't all that impressive or evocative. But for some reason it knocked my socks off with its simplicity. Please share a similar experience...be it a quote from a book, a movie, or a song.


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    Nov 1 2013: LOTR - The fellowship of the ring

    Frodo: It's a pity Bilbo didn't kill him (Gollum) when he had the chance.

    Gandalf: Pity? It was pity that stayed Bilbo's hand. Many that die deserve life, and some that live deserve death. Can you give it to them, Frodo? Do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. Even the very wise cannot see all ends.

    It was the insight kind of choked up.

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