Quotations and Principles
of the Last Thursday Book Club
collected works inspired by
selection of the month
Who are these proud men
who populate our nation's second finest Book Club? They are not
to describe in today's bland use of language. Perhaps they were
captured best in the words of the late Jean de La Bruyère
(1645-96), French writer, moralist, when he wrote Characters, "Of
Personal Merit," aph. 22 (1688):
"From time to
there appear on the face of the earth men of rare and consummate
who dazzle us by their virtue, and whose outstanding qualities shed a
stupendous light. Like those extraordinary stars of whose
origins we are ignorant, and of whose fate, once they have vanished, we
know even less,
such men have neither forebears nor descendants: they are
whole of their race."
LTBC Quote of the Month:
Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day;
teach a person to use the Internet and
they won't bother you for weeks.
with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.
Life is sexually
Health is merely
the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
Some people are like
a Slinky...not really good for anything,
but you still
can't help but smile when you see one tumble down the stairs.
nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in
Indecision may or may not be my problem. - Jimmy Buffett
"A point of information
for those with time on their hands: if you were to read 135 books a
day, every day, for a year, you wouldn't finish all the books published
annually in the United States. Now add to this figure, which is
upward of 50,000, the 100 or so literary magazines; the scholarly,
political and scientific journals (there are 142 devoted to sociology
alone), as well as the glossy magazines, of which bigger and shinier
versions are now spawning, and
you'll appreciate the amount of lucubration that
its way into print."
Krystal, "On Writing: Let There Be Less," New York
Times, March 26, 1989
a lucky man. I carry the world within me. You see, Salim,
this world beggars are the only people who can be choosers.
else has his side chosen for him. I can choose.
- V. S. Naipaul, A Bend in the River,
pg 155 of 277
Your manuscript is both good and
the part that is good is not original
the part that is original is not good.
- Samuel Johnson
men follow desire and come to emptiness.
Kiping, Kim, pg 84
embrace the theology of Frisbeetarianism:
the belief that when you die,
your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck there.
Start each day off with a smile, and get it over with.
- W. C.
is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment.
man's whole life is a succession of moment after moment.
one fully understands the present moment,
will be nothing else to do, and nothing left to pursue.
- The Book
of the Samurai
except for the wind sharpening itself
the corner of the building, the gnawing sea.
- E. Annie Proulx,
The Shipping News, page 41
"My life has been the poem I would have writ
I could not both live and utter it ."
David Thoreau, 1849
"An author should be in among the
crowd, kicking their shins or cheering them on to some mischief or
merriment.... Whoever reads me will be in the thick of the scrimmage,
and if he doesn't like it -- if he wants a safe seat in the audience --
let him read somebody else." --DH Lawrence to Carlo Linati,
22 Jan. 1925
That for which the literate world has
Listing: All Books Read by the Last Thursday Book Club
(ordered from Best to Worst, we read 'em all)
Year's Movie Selection based on a book previously selected by the
All the Pretty Horses
Why you can't trust a movie to get it right: "Die-hard fans of the Cormac McCarthy
not be too happy with director Billy Bob Thorton when he says, "I
apologized to [Cormac McCarthy] in advance. I just said, 'Look, we're
going to screw up your book.' … He's totally fine with that and
understands that he's given it up to Hollywood." Thorton
originally cut the running time down from 240 to 135 minutes, but Reel.com reports
that the final cut may be as short as 113 minutes.
Previous Best Quotes:
of the LTBC web site:
"The whole work compil'd and Methodically digested, as
well as for the Entertainment of the Curious as the Information of the
Ignorant, and for the Benefit of young Students, Artificers, Tradesmen
- from the title page of Nathaniel Bailey's dictionary c.
"If I have deeper vision, it is because I stand on
the shoulders of midgets..."
- LTBC member Ron B.
"Like the vast bulk of people, the captives would pass
from the earth without hardly making any mark more lasting than plowing
a furrow. You could bury them and knife their names onto an oak
plank and stand it up
in the dirt, and not one thing - not their acts of meanness or kindness
cowardice or courage, not their fears or hopes, not the features of
their faces - would be remembered even as long as it would take the
gouged characters in the plank to weather away." - Charles
Frazier, Cold Mountain, page 177.
"If you really want to hurt your parents, and you don't
have nerve enough to be a homosexual, the least you can do is go into
arts." - Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake
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