Posted in Books, Humour

Ten Of My Favourite Insults in Literature.

I cannot resist a good quip. There are quite a few insults from great historical characters and Tumblr posts that I love, but the ones that follow are solely from literature. Enjoy, and use with discretion.

  1. “If you’re looking for sympathy, you’ll find it between shit and syphilis in the dictionary.” -David Sedaris, Barrel Fever.
  2. “If you will forgive me for being personal — I do not like your face.” -Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.
  3. “I never saw anybody take so long to dress, and with such little result.” -Algernon Moncrieff in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.
  4. “And she’s got brains enough for two, which is the exact quantity the girl who marries you will need.” -Sally Nicholas in The Adventures of Sally by P.G. Wodehouse.
  5. “If your brains were dynamite there wouldn’t be enough to blow your hat off.” – Timequake, Kurt Vonnegut.
  6. “Shadwell alone, of all my sons, is he / Who stands confirm’d in full stupidity. /The rest to some faint meaning make pretence / But Shadwell never deviates into sense”- “Mac Flecknoe”, John Dryden.
  7. 9dbeb5d9-a05b-4684-9579-76b6764975d4-620x372-Coriolanus by William Shakespeare.
  8. “She is nuttier than squirrel poo.” -Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J K Rowling.
  9. “He would make a lovely corpse” -The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit, Charles Dickens.
  10. “The man is as useless as nipples on a breastplate.” -A Feast for Crows, George R. R. Martin.
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Twelve Favourite Quotes and Counting.

Many moons ago, I did a post listing a few of my favorite quotes from Shakespeare. I thought the time was ripe for listing a few of my all time favourite quotes from English literature.  This list is by no means exhaustive. It is also in no particular order.

  1. “Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.” – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  2. “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. “Nobody even imagines how well one can lie about the state of one’s own heart.” – Thirst for Love by Yukio Mishima
  4. “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” – East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  5. “She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.” -A Girl I Knew by J. D. Salinger.
  6. “We cross our bridges as we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and the presumption that once our eyes watered.” -Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard.
  7. “I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.” -The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.
  8. “It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.” –Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. 
  9. “The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.” –Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.
  10. “We accept the love we think we deserve.” –The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.
  11. “He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking.” –Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.
  12. “You and I, it’s as though we have been taught to kiss in heaven and sent down to earth together, to see if we know what we were taught.” –Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak.
  13. This one is an entire passage. I suppose I could have edited it to select just a sentence, but I didn’t want to.

    “Waste forces within him, and a desert all around, this man stood still on his way across a silent terrace, and saw for a moment, lying in the wilderness before him, a mirage of honourable ambition, self-denial, and perseverance. In the fair city of this vision, there were airy galleries from which the loves and graces looked upon him, gardens in which the fruits of life hung ripening, waters of Hope that sparkled in his sight. A moment, and it was gone. Climbing to a high chamber in a well of houses, he threw himself down in his clothes on a neglected bed, and its pillow was wet with wasted tears.

    Sadly, sadly, the sun rose; it rose upon no sadder sight than the man of good abilities and good emotions, incapable of their directed exercise, incapable of his own help and his own happiness, sensible of the blight on him, and resigning himself to let it eat him away.” A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Posted in Books, The things I like to do.

Stationery Shopping

I went stationery shopping the other day with my mother. I haven’t spent more than five minutes in a stationery shop since I left school, so I was a bit taken aback by just how much I missed it.

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We spent three hours in that giant two-storey store trying out different kinds of pens and rifling through hundreds of notebooks. We checked out the different kinds of paper: craft, wrapping, handmade, watercolor, sketching and what have you. We fiddled with umpteen kinds of pencils and graphites and charcoal. We debated over the best kinds of files and folders. We ogled over acrylics and crayons and quilling material. After going through photograph inks and USB drives and art markers, we moved to envelopes and index cards and rubber stamps.

By the time we came home, we were exhausted and exhilarated. We each had two large shopping bags with us, full of stuff we ‘really actually needed’. I now have more beautiful pens than I will ever use, although I’m sure I’ll go through the stacks of new notebooks and post-its quite quickly. I sometimes wish I had a hobby that needed me to buy some of the fascinating things in the shop, but I’m quite happy with buying everyday stationery if I get to gawk at the other things occasionally.

I had a lot of fun doing this, so I thought I might share my joy here. 🙂

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Comic Strip Saturday: Books and EBooks.

I love reading print books. I love smelling them. I love flipping the pages. I love how books that I’ve read a million times sort of lose their binding a little bit and flop open at my favourite pages.

I also love the compactness and versatility of eBooks. I travel a lot, and these make my travel time amazing.

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Happy Saturday!

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Comic Strip Saturday: Game of Thrones!

I’m in real, real GoT withdrawal.

I’ve rewatched all the seasons, watched all of Alt+Shift+X’s videos a thousand times, and read more fan theory articles than I can remember. And I want more.

I’ve decided not to finish reading the book series until I finish the show. I’ve read the first four books in ASOIAF, but I’m going to put a hold on reading the fifth one, because the show and the books are completely different by this point. I don’t want to confuse myself by mixing the both of them.

I just needed to find a comic strip that had something to do with GoT, because by God, I’m getting impatient. The next season doesn’t come out till next summer.

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Happy Saturday!

Posted in Books, India, Life

Queerness in ‘Indian Culture’. A fascinating topic. A fantastic read.

‘Vikruti evam Prakruti’ Vikruti evam Prakruti. This term in Sanskrit literally translates to ‘ What seems unnatural is also natural’. This is stated in the Rigveda, one of the four Vedas which form the basis of the Hindu Philosophy. Some believe this particular term supports the homosexual behavior of human beings and deems it as as natural […]

via Queer Quotient in Hindu Mythology — A Year of Reading India

I Had No Clue India Was Still In The 16th Century