I’ve decided to list some intriguing quotes I have found during my reading from the year 2015. I am a quote junkie and am always on the hunt for inspiration for my own musings. Check out my little commentary followed by the gems I have found:
The Mosaic of Shadows
by Tom Harper
This was a Byzantine historical fiction novel, the first in a series. A great book for one who likes the Middle Ages, stories of the Crusades, and even mysteries.
“Buying allies can be an expensive habit. Allegiance bought with gold is like meat in the sun: it festers quickly.”
“Truly, night smooths the fractures of the world.”
“What did your enquiries reveal?” “That a man who values knowledge will pay for it.”
“When you save a man’s life, I thought, you buy it with a small piece of your own.”
by Michio Kaku
Michio Kaku is a professor of theoretical physics. I got this book shortly after seeing the film Interstellar, as I was curious about multiple dimensions and string theory. It gets into heavy science and math later on, but he does “bottom line” thoughts and theories for those who are not of the initiated.
“More than half the gross national product of the earth, representing the accumulated wealth of our planet, depends in some way on the electromagnetic force.”
“Only a thief can catch a thief.”
by Bram Stoker
I’ve always been fascinated by Dracula, but I had never read the novel. Last Halloween season, I decided to do so after picking up the latest edition (complete with a cool leather book cover) and delved into one of the greatest supernatural tales of our time.
“They say that people who are near death die generally at the change to dawn or at the turn of the tide.”
“All men are mad in some way or the other, and inasmuch as you deal discreetly with your madmen, so deal with God’s madmen too, the rest of the world.”
“A brave man’s blood is the best thing on this earth when a woman is in trouble.”
“A grip of the hand, the tightening of an arm over the shoulder, a sob in unison, are expressions of sympathy dear to a man’s heart.”
“I have tried to keep an open mind, and it is not the ordinary things of life that could close it, but the strange things, the extraordinary things, the that make one doubt if they be mad or sane.”
“Is it possible that love is all subjective, or all objective?”
The Gates of Rome
by Conn Iggulden
I randomly picked up the entire Emperor series by Conn Iggulden when my work was giving away all physical copies of their books one day. I could not have made a better choice. The Gates of Rome is the first in the series which follows Julius Caesar’s rise to power.
“Savages and the beasts of the field break, but we go on.”
“A man did not climb trees and throw himself through muddy rivers. Boyish pursuits were to be put behind him.”
“Remember thou art mortal.”
“There are so many memories wrapped up in a hand. I mean, those fingers have held women and patted children.”
“I understand this truth. Few things are worth more than dreams or wives, pleasures of the flesh or even children. Some things are, though, and that knowledge is what makes us men.”
by James Elroy
This is a novel I had recorded at work. It deals with a character in the middle of a conspiracy dealing with the JFK assassination. It was witty and raunchy, but had a lot to say about everything and everyone of the time. One such quote stood out to me than what you will find on Goodreads.
“Any fact can be bent to fit one’s thesis.”
I have ready plenty of other books during this year, but these were the ones that inspired me the most. Let’s see what I can find in 2016 and beyond!