So, for this challenge, hosted by 1330V, you have to grab one of your favorite books and list one of your favorite quotations.
Here's a secret. My favorite books is As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. I think it's really funny. I fully blame Mr. Edwards for that. He taught it as funny. Later teachers and professors have taught it as tragic, but really, it's hysterically funny in a midnight-dark comedy sort of way.
Plus, it has some beautiful writing in it.
"It takes two people to make you, and one people to die. That's how the world is going to end." p.39
"In a strange room you must empty yourself for sleep. And before you are emptied for sleep, what are you. And when you are emptied for sleep, you are not. And when you are filled with sleep, you never were... How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home." p.80-81
"My mother is a fish." p.84 (That has to be one of the funniest and at the same time, most tragic sentences in American literature, even though it's neither without the context. But it's the entire chapter, and that once sentence fills the page in its loneliness and finality as one little boy tries to make sense of the death of his mother.)
"He had a word, too. Love, he called it. But I had been used to words for a long time. I knew that that word was like the others; just a shape to fill a lack; that when the right time came, you wouldn't need a word for that anymore than for pride or fear...
Anse. Why Anse. Why are you Anse. I would think about his name until after a while I could see the word as a shape, a vessel, and I would watch him liquefy and flow into it like cold molasses flowing out of the darkness into the vessel, until the jar stood full and motionless: a significant shape profoundly without like like an empty door frame; and then I would find that I had forgotten the name of the jar." 172-73
And now, a joke via Prof. Hewitt:
Why did Addie cross the river?
To get Anse out of her pants!