'If I can't be a hero I'll try to behave like one.'
— Edith Nesbit. The Magic City
Once again what everyone calls paranoia I call preparation.
— Reigh, Lost in Oz
"So tell me, are you going to struggle, or will you go peaceably to meet your doom?"
— Lyman Frank Baum.The Lost Princess of Oz
"I‘m a h’exceedingly rich merchant banker of Lithuanian h’extraction, wot’s got a wife, two kids, and an aging old mum to support,” the Toad confessed, tipping his hat over his eyes and sticking his thumbs into his waistcoat.
“I don’t believe a word of it,” said Penelope.
“Neither do I,” said Parrot. “A merchant banker, indeed. A Toad like you couldn’t add two and two together.”
“You don’t ‘ave to, if you’re a banker,” the Toad assured him. “ ’Onest, you don’t ‘ave to know mathematics and things. It’s just looking after people’s money for ‘em and telling them they can’t ‘ave it when they want it."
— Gerard Durrell. The Talking Parcel
Don't talk to me about gold plates – if you can see what the plate is made of the portions are too small.
— Nanny Ogg (Terry Pratchett. Nanny Ogg's Cookbook)
As Agatha Swanburne once said, “A conscience is like a treasure map. You must follow it to the very end, if you wish to profit from it!”
— Maryrose Wood. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book VI: The Long-Lost Home
“Last come the Twins, who cannot be described because we should be sure to be describing the wrong one.”
— J.M. Barrie. Peter Pan (Peter and Wendy)
Cast one little spell that freezes the town, and suddenly you're the bad guy.
— Mama P., Just Add Magic
"Listen, my friend. Since the day I met Eve, I have met and known millions and millions of women. Women have sent me millions of men, and I have heard their stories. Millions of women have come to me of their own accord, and I have heard their stories… " he paused a moment, and added, "and I have never believed one of them. I have studied women intensively, I have studied them derisively, and I have studied them seriously. But Tydvil, believe me, I know I am no nearer to an understanding of them than when I began.“
— Erle Cox. The Missing Angel
We dwarves have a saying: “Be bold. But if things look grim, run away and be bold another day instead.”
— Final Fantasy IV.
'I should like to save the Shire, if I could – though there have been times when I thought the inhabitants too stupid and dull for words, and have felt that an earthquake or an invasion of dragons might be good for them.'
— J.R.R. Tolkien. The Fellowship of the Ring
“I will be frank, Lord Ashton. My estate in Plinkst is troubled. My crops do not grow. My serfs are unhappy.”
Beowulf, who had guessed that serfs were something like a cross between a servant and a peasant, asked, “Why are they unhappy?”
“Because they are serfs,” the captain said. “Is that not reason enough?”
— Maryrose Wood. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book V: The Unmapped Sea
"It seems to me they must be more cowardly than you are if they allow you to scare them so easily."
"They really are," said the Lion, "but that doesn't make me any braver."
— Lyman Frank Baum.The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
What did you expect? "Welcome, sonny?" "Make yourself at home?" "Marry my daughter?" You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know... morons.
— Jim, Blazing Saddles
"But I'm a prisoner. I'm locked in, so that I can't get out," she pleaded.
"That's all right," said the Scarecrow. "You might be worse off, little Dorothy. Just consider the matter. You can't get drowned, or be run over by a Wheeler, or fall out of an apple-tree. Some folks would think they were lucky to be up there."
— L. Frank Baum. Ozma of Oz
Although St. Valentine's Day is only observed in a very few places in
the United Kingdom, and tends towards a speedy disappearance, it is a
custom which, for this reason, is specially worth notice...
— T. Sharper Knowlson. The Origins of Popular Superstitions and Customs, 1910
Ere entering upon the subject of Fossil Whales, I present my credentials as a geologist, by stating that in my miscellaneous time I have been a stone-mason, and also a great digger of ditches, canals and wells, wine-vaults, cellars, and cisterns of all sorts.
— Herman Melville. Moby-dick
'I can't help being alarmed,' said Lucy, slipping her free hand into Mr. Noah's, 'but I won't cry or be silly. Oh, I do wish Philip was here.'
'Most unreasonable of girl children,' said Mr. Noah; 'we are in danger and you wish him to be here to share it?'
— Edith Nesbit. The Magic City
The blues isn't about feelin' better. It's about makin' other people feel worse and makin' a few bucks while you're at it.
— Bleeding Gums Murphy, The Simpsons: Moaning Lisa
As these two officials took their places, Dorothy asked:
"Why is the colander the High Priest?"
"He's the holiest thing we have in the kingdom," replied King Kleaver.
"Except me," said a sieve. "I'm the whole thing when it comes to holes."
"What we need," remarked the King, rebukingly, "is a wireless sieve. I must speak to Marconi about it. These old-fashioned sieves talk too much."
— L.Frank Baum. The Emerald City of Oz
"Things just happen. What the hell."
* Terry Pratchett. Hogfather
Welcome to my world. For the longest time I couldn’t think of right name for this place, so I left it without one. Amongst things you can find here are attempts of science fiction and fantasy stories, my collection of gods, bogeymen and monsters and also articles about things that had me interested, be it for a while or for years. (There is more of this, sadly not in English but in Czech, on www.fext.cz)
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