A Quote from: Three Men In A Boat

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Context:  One of the main character’s friends is cooking scrambled eggs on a boat and constantly burning himself on the frying pan, leading him to dance around the boat and blow on his fingers while swearing profusely.





We did not know what scrambled eggs were, and we fancied that it must be some Red Indian or Sandwich Islands sort of dish that required dances and incantations for its proper cooking.

~ Page 121


If you don’t find that uproariously funny, this book probably isn’t for you.


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A Quote from The Burning White


But given time, horror fades, and repetition makes what was unthinkable now normal; the monstrous is made manageable. For mankind adapts to every horror.

This can’t have happened.

This happened but not often.

This happened often, but this happens no longer.

This happens still but not often.

This happens often, but this is what must happen. This is what someone must do.

This is what I must do.

This is what I will do.

I am doing this.

I have done that, and it is what you must do in your turn.

“O my God,” Karris said, “please, please, save us.”

And the words were that commander’s grief, as he held a dead child in his arms, at finding out the massacre hadn’t been committed by some mortal foe but by his own men.

`Chapter 37


Man, just when I’m sailing along, Weeks writes something that stops me dead in my tracks! I like that about his writing.


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A Quote from “The Last of the Plainsmen”

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…to realize that the best of life lies in the daily needs of existence, and to battle for them!

~ Zane Grey in “The Last of the Plainsmen”


I kind of feel like I’m cheating with 2 Quote posts this month, but while Jeeves made me laugh, this just made me sit up at attention and exclaim “You tell’em Grey!”





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Quote from “Very Good, Jeeves”

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“There is no time, sir, at which ties do not matter.”

~Jeeves to Bertie Wooster






Jeeves, that Sartorial Master, that Captain of Clothes,  that Guardian of the Avante Guarde, that Professional Appareller, that Vizier of Vestments and that King of Accoutrement, is never wrong.

This book is going along swimmingly!


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Quote from “The Ministry of Healing”

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But selfishness and the indulgence of appetite have brought sin and misery, from excess on the one hand and from want on the other.

~The Ministry of Healing, page 28




That quote is very apropos at the moment. I recently had a doctors visit and when I had my weigh in, found I was overweight. I’ve joined Weight Watchers to lose weight and that program has me watching what I eat even more closely than I have to with my diabetes.  Going grocery shopping has been eye opening as we (Mrs B is supporting me in this endeavor) realize just how much of the food we usually eat is for taste and/or pleasure alone. Excess and indulgence indeed. It is good to be reminded that as a Christian every single aspect of our lives must be under Christ’s control. We are not to be gluttons, or ascetics.


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A Catechism of Quantum Cosmology – A Quote from “The Devil’s Delusion”


“The argument that Hawking has offered may be conveyed by question-and-answer, as in the Catholic catechism.   A Catechism of Quantum Cosmology

Q: From what did our universe evolve?
A: Our universe evolved from a much smaller, much emptier mini-universe. You may think of it as an egg.

Q: What was the smaller, emptier universe like?
A: It was a four-dimensional sphere with nothing much inside it. You may think of that as weird.

Q: How can a sphere have four dimensions?
A: A sphere may have four dimensions if it has one more dimension than a three-dimensional sphere. You may think of that as obvious.

Q: Does the smaller, emptier universe have a name?
A: The smaller, emptier universe is called a de Sitter universe. You may think of that as about time someone paid attention to de Sitter.

Q: Is there anything else I should know about the smaller, emptier universe?
A: Yes. It represents a solution to Einstein’s field equations. You may think of that as a good thing.

Q: Where was that smaller, emptier universe or egg?
A: It was in the place where space as we know it did not exist. You may think of it as a sac.

Q: When was it there?
A: It was there at the time when time as we know it did not exist. You may think of it as a mystery.

Q: Where did the egg come from?
A: The egg did not actually come from anywhere. You may think of this as astonishing.

Q: If the egg did not come from anywhere, how did it get there?
A: The egg got there because the wave function of the universe said it was probable. You may think of this as a done deal.

Q: How did our universe evolve from the egg?
A: It evolved by inflating itself up from its sac to become the universe in which we now find ourselves. You may think of that as just one of those things.

This catechism, I should add, is not a parody of quantum cosmology. It is quantum cosmology.”  ~ David Berlinski, page 89 of The Devil’s Delusion


While the tone is definitely biting, Berlinski simply shows that those great high priests of Scyenze like Hawking, Dawkins, Harris, etc, must make greater leaps of faith than ANY person of religious persuasion of any kind.


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Quote from “Death Wish”

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Your guts said one thing, your head said another, and your guts usually won; ….

…..the head made it crystal clear it wasn’t enough to let blind rage sweep over you…

….lunatic rage was no match for a gun. The only match for a gun was a gun of your own.

`Death Wish, page 84



Goodness, I’m loving this book. I’m already looking forward to writing a review of it. Wish I could find an edition that wasn’t a “movie” version with Charles Bronson’s face on it. I guess even the 70’s had to endure the scourge of “movie success” and books. But at least they had cool music…


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A Quote from the novel “Light”

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Her answering cry could barely contain the force of all her grief and self-disgust and unvoiced rage.

– Page 73, Light by M. John Harrison


Yeah, we’ll see if this pans out for me or not.  So far it’s been nothing but disjointed story fragments filled with selfish characters who are filled with emotions like the quote. Not a promising start, for sure.


Heretics of Dune Quote

You don’t write for success.  That takes part of your attention away from the writing. If you’re really doing it, that’s all you’re doing; writing.

There’s an unwritten compact between you and the reader. If someone enters a bookstore and sets down hard earned money [energy] for your book, you owe that person some entertainment and as much more as you can give.

An Introduction to Heretics of Dune, Frank Herbert


To bad more writers today don’t take that advice!