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Полки с книгами в Четамской бюиблиотеке, Манчестер, Великобритания

Arthur Conan Doyle “A Study In Scarlet”

  • It is not easy to express the inexpressible.

Alexander Alan Milne “Winnie-the-Pooh”

  • It rained and it rained and it rained… One morning Owl came flying over the water to say “How do you do?: to his friend Christopher Robin.
    “I say, Owl,“ said Christopher Robin, “ isn’t this fun? I'm on an island!”
    “The atmospheric conditions have been very unfavourable lately”, said Owl.
    “The what?”
    “It has been raining”, explained Owl.
    “Yes,” said Christopher Robin. “It has.”
    “The flood-level has reached an unprecedented height.”
    “The who?”
    “There’s a lot of water about”, explained Owl.
    “Yes,” said Christopher Robin. “There is.”

Robert Asprin “Another Fine Myth”

  • “What’s a wombat?” I asked, then immediately wished I hadn’t. The mental image that sprang into my mind was so horrifying I was sure I didn’t want details.
  • “Kid, have you got anything in this dump to drink?” he asked finally.

    “I’ll get you some water.”

    “I said something to drink, not something to wash in!”

  • “…it looks like we’re stuck with each other. The setup isn’t ideal, but it’s what we’ve got. Time to bite the bullet and play the cards we’re dealt. You do know what cards are, don’t you?”

    “Of course,” I said, slightly wounded.


    “What’s a bullet?”

  • “It’s just that I’venever known a magician who used weapons other than his powers.”

    “Really? How many magicians have you known?”

    “One,” I admitted.

  • It’s said if you make a deal with a Deveel, you’d be wise to count your fingers afterward... then your arms and legs, then your relatives...

J.D. Salinger “The catcher in the rye”

  • This fall I think you’re riding for — it’s a special kind of fall, a horrible kind. The man falling isn’t permitted to feel or hear hinself hit bottom. He just keeps falling and falling. The whole arragement’s designed for men who, at some time or other in their lives, were looking for something their own environment couldn’t supply them with. Or they thought their own environment couldn’t supply them with. So they gave up looking. They gave it up before they ever really even got started.
  • Take cars... Take most people, they’re crazy about cars. They worry if they get a little scratch on them, and they’re always talking about how many miles they get to a gallon, and if they get a brand-new car already they start thinking about trading it in for one thar’s even newer.

Depech Mode “Songs of Faith & Devotion”

  • Now I’m not looking for absolution
    Forgiveness for the things I do
    But before you come to any conclusions
    Try walking in my shoes

W. Somerset Maugham “The Moon and Sixpence"

  • When people say they do not care what others think of them, for the most part they deceive themselves. Generally they mean only that they will do as they choose, in the confidence that no one will know their vagaries; and at the utmost only that they are willing to act contrary to the opinion of the majority because they are supported by the approval of their neighbours. It is not difficult to be unconventional in the eyes of the world when your unconventionality is but the convention of your set.
  • As lovers, the deference between men and women is that women can love all day long, but men only at times.

W. Somerset Maugham “The Theatre”

  • “Diet!” she thought. “Then I was sixty I shall let myself go. I shall eat all the bread and butter I like. I’ll have hot rolls for breakfast, I’ll have potatoes for lunch and potatoes for dinner. And beer. God, how I like beer. Pea soup and tomato soup; treacle pudding and cherry tart. Cream? cream? cream. And so help me God, I’ll never eat spinach again as long as I live.”

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