Nicholas Nickleby, Charles Dickens

Book: Nicholas Nickleby
Author: Charles Dickens
Amazon Link: Nicholas Nickleby
Chp. / Pg. #: (N/A - reading the Kindle edition)

It was this melancholy state of things that the Company proposed to correct; firstly, by prohibiting, under heavy penalties, all private muffin trading of every description; secondly, by themselves supplying the public generally, and the poor at their own homes, with muffins of first quality at reduced prices. It was with this object that a bill had been introduced into Parliament by their patriotic chairman Sir Matthew Pupker; it was this bill that they had met to support; it was the supporters of this bill who would confer undying brightness and splendour upon England, under the name of the United Metropolitan Improved Hot Muffin and Crumpet Baking and Punctual Delivery Company; he would add, with a capital of Five Millions, in five hundred thousand shares of ten pounds each.
and how he yet hoped to see the day when crumpets should be toasted in her lowly cabins, and muffin bells should ring in her rich green valleys.

The Miser by Molière

Book: The Miser
Author: Molière
Link to Project Gutenberg:

Valère-- I say that I am, upon the whole, of your opinion, and that you cannot but be right; yet, perhaps, she is not altogether wrong; and …

Harpagon-- How so? Mr. Anselme is an excellent match; he is a nobleman, and a gentleman too; of simple habits, and extremely well off. He has no children left from his first marriage. Could she meet with anything more suitable?

Valère-- It is true. But she might say that you are going rather fast, and that she ought to have at least a little time to consider whether her inclination could reconcile itself to …

Harpagon-- It is an opportunity I must not allow to slip through my fingers. I find an advantage here which I should not find elsewhere, and he agrees to take her without dowry.

Valère-- Without dowry?

Harpagon-- Yes.

Valère-- Ah! I have nothing more to say. A more convincing reason could not be found; and she must yield to that.

Act I, scene 7

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Book: The Bourgeois Gentleman
Author: Molière
Link to a free ebook version of the play:

MONSIEUR JOURDAIN: There is nothing but prose or verse?

PHILOSOPHY MASTER: No, sir, everything that is not prose is verse, and everything that is not verse is prose.

MONSIEUR JOURDAIN: And when one speaks, what is that then?


MONSIEUR JOURDAIN: What! When I say, "Nicole, bring me my slippers, and give me my nightcap," that's prose?


MONSIEUR JOURDAIN: By my faith! For more than forty years I have been speaking prose without knowing anything about it, and I am much obliged to you for having taught me that.

Act II, scene 4

A Christmas Quote

Book : A Christmas Carol ( and here is the link to a free ebook version :

Author : Charles Dickens

Quote :

“There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say,” returned the nephew. “Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round—apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that—as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!”

Chapter : Marley's Ghost
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Book: Turn Coat
Author: Jim Butcher

The human mind isn’t a terribly logical or consistent place. Most people, given the choice to face a hideous or terrifying truth or to conveniently avoid it, choose convenience and peace of normality. That doesn’t make them strong or weak people, or good or bad people. It just makes them people.

“Maybe it’s better to look stupid but strong than it is to look smart but weak. I don’t know. I’m not sure I want to believe that the world stage bears that strong a resemblance to high school.” page 397

"You're in America now," I said. "Our idea of diplomacy is showing up with a gun in one hand and a sandwich in the other and asking which you'd prefer."
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Changes by Jim Butcher

Book: Changes
Author: Jim Butcher

"You don't explain to the janitorial staff how your company is part of a sinister organization with goals of global infiltration and control. You just tell them to clean the floor." - page 30

"Guys who get their name splashed all over history and folklore don't tend to be Boy Scout troop leaders" - Harry Dresden, page 40
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Sarton's Last Journal

Book: At Eighty-Two: A Journal
Author: May Sarton
Amazon Link: click

Quote 1:
He wants a few more poems for the book of new poems which they will publish next year, so I must try to invent, easier said than done. Poetry is a balky donkey.
Chp. /  Pg. #: pg. 25

Quote 2: For poems never come out of worry, only perhaps out of joy and pain. Life taking the poet by surprise.
Chp. /  Pg. #: pg. 27


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I find this com's idea really interesting but it seems it's gone inactive. So I'm posting now, hoping some of you who have pagepassage  on your watch list will be inspired to do the same. *hint, hint*

Book: Horizon, 4th novel in The Sharing Knife series
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold

Quote: "Lovely Tavia," Barr went on --bemoaned, actually-- "lovely, soft Tavia. Tavia, the fool girl, has sheep's eyes only for Remo. Remo lusts after Neeta. Neeta's besotted with Captain Dag Wolverine, who I'm not sure even still exists. Now, if only Fawn would yearn after me, the circle would be complete, but that's not going to happen, we established that." He vented a huge sigh. "So here I ride all alone at the tail of the pack train of love, eating dust."

Chp. 9/ Pg. #144: