Exercise: Five Random Quotes from Books

It’s as easy as it sounds… go to your bookshelf and pick five books (easy, don’t over think it).

List them.

List five quotes. Whatever your eye goes towards.


(below by anonymous submitter J1)

Book 1. Wuthering Heights by Emily bronte
Book 2 Nightwood by Djuna Barnes.
Book 3 TheSeven Story Mountain by Thomas Merton
Book 4 The Fall by Albert Camus
Book 5. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

I,weak wretch, after maintaining till dusk a struggle with low spirits and solitude, was finally compelled to strike my colours

He began waving his hands saying, “Oh please, please!” and suddenly had the notion that he was doing something that wasn’t laughing at all but something much worse, though he kept saying to himself “I am laughing, really laughing, nothing else whatsoever!”

That afternoon we took the peculiar, antiquated train out of Mautauban into the country, we felt something like the 3 Maji after leaving Herod and Jerusalem when they caught sight once again of their star.

I was not on the floor of the courtroom, but somewhere in the flies like those gods that are brought down by machinery from time to time to transfigure the action and give it its meaning. After all, living aloft is still the only way of being seen and hailed by the largest number.

I woke with the sadness of her last cautious advice still resting on my mind, and within three minutes of waking her voice on the telephone dispelled it.



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