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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: I made the mistake of reading All Quiet on the Western Front while I was still in the military.
    Its depressing enough a book as a civilian. As a soldier, everything from the mundane intolerabilities of military life to the atrocities committed during war all ring too close to home.

    A powerful experience, albeit not a pleasant one. There were plenty of individual lines I could quote, but honestly, its a bit heavy for this type of discussion.

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