Reading Quotes

Topics: Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart, Kurt Vonnegut Pages: 5 (1093 words) Published: April 13, 2013
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Train spotting- Irvine Welsh
• “felt strange telling the truth”
• “nervous silence at this strange moronic comment”
• “They looked at him as if they hadn’t done anything illegal in their lives” • “amazing…how things like sex and Hibs were nothing to him when he was on smack, suddenly became all important” • “He felt his skeleton and central nervous system briefly rip out of his skin” • “mother superior, sick boy, Rents”

Still I Rise – Maya Angelou
• “You may trod me in the very dirt”
• “Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells”
• “Did you want to see me broken?”
• “Weakened by my soulful cries”
• “Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines”
• “like air I’ll rise”
• “Does it come as a surprise”
• “I’m a black ocean leaping and wide”
• “I’m the dream and the hope of a slave”

Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou
• “the fellows stand or fall down on their knees”
• “the fire in my eyes”
• “the joy in my feet”
• “my inner mystery”
• “I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman that’s me”

Things fall apart – Chinua Achebe
• “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world” • “Among the Igbo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.” • “He had already chosen the title of the book, after much thought: The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger.” • “But he says that our customs are bad; and our own brothers who have taken up his religion also say that our customs are bad.” • “Okonkwo ruled his house with a heavy hand”

• “his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and of weakness” • “he still remembered how he had suffered”

Oranges are not the only fruit – Jeanette Winterson
• “she had never heard of mixed feelings”
• “I had been brought in to join her in a tag match against the rest of the world” • “I loved the wrong sort of people”
• “should have been a women that one”
• “this was clearly not true”
• “I love you almost as much as I love the Lord”
• “Pillars hold things up, and salt keeps things clean, but it's a poor exchange for losing your self.” • “And so it was on a particular day, some times later, she followed a star until it came to settle above an orphanage, and in that place was a crib, and in that crib was a child”

Top Girls – Caryl Churchill
• “Well it’s a step”
• “Anyone can do anything if they’ve got what it takes” • “I belonged to him”
• “I cannot and will not live the life of a lady”
• “I spit when I see a Rolls Royce, scratch it with my ring” • “Packer in Tesco more like”

Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller
• “exhaustion is apparent”
• “I’d a been in charge of new york”
• “Chevrolet…is the greatest car ever built”
• “people don’t seem to take to me”
• “they know me up and down New England”
• “cause there’s one thing boys I have friends”
• “a dream rising out of reality”
• “boxed us in here”
• “when I was seventeen I walked into the jungle and when I was twenty one I walked out. And by God I was rich”.

Slaughterhouse 5 – Kurt Vonnegut
• “why don’t you write an anti glacier book instead” • “made him bob up and down”
• “dazed wanderer”
• “so it goes”
• “unstuck in time”
• “Billy is spastic in time, has no control over where he is going nex, and the trips aren’t necessarily fun” • “And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep.” • “Billy was guided by dread and the lack of dread. Dread told him when to stop. Lack of it told him when to move again.” • “Only on Earth is there any talk of free will.”

• “So Billy experiences death for a while. It is simply violet light and a hum. There isn't anybody else there. Not even Billy Pilgrim is there.”

Mother Courage- Brecht
• “If I didn’t complain it would be like admitting I’d done something wrong” • “he’s not like a dog, you don’t have to keep him tied up” •...
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