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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 it a quote from a book, a movie, or a song.

  • Nov 1 2013: Shakespeare's Macbeth

    “To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
    To the last syllable of recorded time;
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
    And then is heard no more. It is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.”
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    Nov 1 2013: I really enjoyed The Shadow of the Wind - it had several passages that were thought provoking - two are as follows:

    “One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. By the time the mind is able to comprehend what has happened, the wounds of the heart are already too deep.”
    ― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

    “Making money isn't hard in itself... What's hard is to earn it doing something worth devoting one's life to.”
    ― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
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    Nov 3 2013: "All of us are traveling in the dreams. We all are travelers in the highway of life. Homeless, in the house of love. The combatants, in the war of grief. Lost, we are looking for. Misunderstood, we understand. Unloved, we love. Insecure, we are hoping. And we're all the same. And we're all different."

    Zarko Lausevic "The year passes by, day never"
  • 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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    Lejan .

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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.
  • Nov 4 2013: "If any of ye lack wisdom, ask God" For some reason when I read that, nothing else in the book mattered, and nothing else made any sense..
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    Nov 3 2013: And I would like to mention also,one of mine favorite moments from one book. Actually, it's whole chapter, so I can't quote it, but I'll retell it. Also, it was based on true events.

    WWI, the chapter talks about opponent armies, that was in the parallel bunkers, one close to another. They were there for weeks, without any attack.

    Easter comes- big holiday for both of the armies. On the day of the holiday,the soldiers were watching each other from the bunkers,and at the one moment,from both of the bunkers, every single soldier were went out,wished happy holiday to the opponent, exchanged food and cigarettes,and go back to the their bunker.

    It was very touching moment, described very picturesquely .
    • Nov 5 2013: Jelena,

      Did not know about this incident in WWII but knew about Christmas during WWI (actual event) Here is a movie about it "Joyeux Noel" made in 2005.
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        Nov 5 2013: Wayne,

        It's story about WWI. Serbian trilogy book had been written by Stanslav Jakovljevic, Serbian solder, and participant of Salonika front.
  • Nov 3 2013: hi dear Christian Zaragoza:)Yes,I do it of sentence impressed me a lot once I read Jiddu Krishnamurti's book:when love appears,all fear,worrying ,anxiety disappeared.
  • Nov 3 2013: hi dear Christian Zaragoza:)Yes,I do it of sentence impressed me a lot once I read Jiddu Krishnamurti's book:when love appears,all fear,worrying ,anxiety disappeared.