Tuesday’s Book Quote

It was my rule to post a quote per week, and I broke it! My deepest and sincerest apologies. Two extra will be posted this week in order to catch up. Read more

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That’ll Preach!

Did I really expect to find a quote from Tom Sawyer? Maybe I did. And I had another one underlined, but this one struck me more than the other. Maybe I’ll post the second quote later this week, but I want you to take a look at this for a quick second. Read more

Quotes and Detectives

Along with Sherlock and Hercule Poirot, Father Brown is one of my favorite detectives. His tactics in crime solving are a bit different than his counterparts. He views the crime scene in a more spiritual, emotional way. In the criminal, he does not necessarily see the act but sees the human. And in that human, he sees himself. It is primarily by looking inside his own sinful tendencies that he is able to predict the acts of others. Father Brown’s goal is not necessarily to send the offender to jail but to bring about a confession and a repentance.

Because he seems so gentle and compassionate, there’s one quirk of his that I find humorous. He can be surprisingly outspoken! His words can be called audacious and even brash, but they’re always mixed with great wisdom. While reading, his quotes tend to slap you in the face (but in a good way… sorta…awe inspiring) They often cause me to sit back and think…and I truly enjoy anything which has the power to do that!

 ” I don’t see a pin to choose between your scientific superstition and the other magical superstition. They both seem to end in turning people into paralytics, who can’t move their own legs or arms or save their own souls. The rhyme said it was the Doom of the Darnaways to be killed, and the scientific textbooks says it is the Doom of the Darnaways to kill themselves. Both ways they seem to be slaves.” – “Doom of the Darnaways” – C.K. Chesterton

A bit of background to the story: Every seventh heir of the Darnaways had a habit of murdering their wives and then killing themselves. Common superstition thought of it as a curse while science called it hereditary. This is why Father Brown got so miffed. Instead, he chooses to believe that each person has their own will and is not bound to what either curse or scientific theory states about them. He believes that you always have a choice in the way you act.

Doesn’t this just make you sit back and ponder a little? What do you think of his opinion?

You can find this short story either in

The Best of Father Brown

or

The Incredulity of Father Brown

 

A Quote Purely For The Humor Of It

This quote is specifically dedicated to my Canuck bestie, Kat. In a few words, our friendship could be described as a sarcastic sisterhood. Though we are separated by many miles, whenever we are able to visit, it’s as if no time has passed. We pick up where we left off. All seems so natural. No, we are not biological sisters, but sometimes, a friendship can be a thicker bond than blood. We also have that sort of relationship where you can’t get away with one word without being teased! Yes, our relationship thrives on sarcasm! Without it, I think both of our souls would dry up and waste away. So, in accordance with our silly conversation we had a few nights ago, I dedicate this quote to her. (it’s from her favorite book…said sarcastically)

” It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

 I love this quote purely for the humor of it! Like my best friend and I, it entirely consists of sarcasm.

 I think that’s why I’m drawn to Pride and Prejudice so much. I love the colorful characters *cough* Mr.& Mrs. Bennet *cough*, but why do I love them? It’s because each one represents the humor in us all. We are all silly in our own crazy way, and Pride and Prejudice helps us realize that. It gives us a chance to laugh at ourselves. Even the more serious types like Mr. Darcy have a humorous side to them. He might not intend to be funny, but he still enriches the story by his quirks.We giggle at his romantic awkwardness, but who here isn’t romantically challenged in some way? We laugh or groan at Mr. Collins, but who here hasn’t acted just as stupidly at least once in our life?

 If you are also a fan of this book, what do you love about it?

Weekly Quote

 

” All around us are people, of all classes, of all nationalities, of all ages. For three days these people, these strangers to one another, are brought together. They sleep and eat under one roof, they cannot get away from each other. At the end of three days they part, they go their several ways, never perhaps to see each other again.” – Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

My imagination has always had a tendency to romanticize train rides. As I close my eyes and dream, I am transported inside the cabin of a vintage locomotive. The year is 1950. A host of strangers are traveling beside me. The person sitting to my opposite left is a blond haired woman where she is filling her time dreamily staring out the window. Beside her is a man. Maybe her husband? Or is he just another stranger known to no one else but himself? Sitting beside me is a young mother entertaining her small child by bouncing him on her knee. Who are these people? What are their stories? Where have these souls been and what secrets do they hold? This is what my imagination pictures.

Ms. Christie obviously had the same inclinations. She perfectly sums up the reasoning behind my own fascinations. Only in a vintage train can so many individuals from all over the world come together, share a roof for a small time, and then depart only to be strewn across the world again. Christie saw the possibilities. Hence, her masterpiece Murder on the Orient Express was born. It does not disappoint!

A Tradition And A Quote

   I would love to give a shout out to a fellow book drunkard of my acquaintance. Not to long back she gave a challenge to share with each other a favorite quote from either a past or present read book. This is my quote for the week:

 ” You mistake me my dear, I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have hear you mention them with consideration these twenty years at least. ” – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

 I’m afraid if you were expecting something profound, you were sorely mistaken. If we cannot see humor wherever we walk, what sort of life is it we live? (This was my poor attempt at being profound if the above quote somehow disappointed)

  There always seems to be cases with either one book or another where one character, no matter how amazing he or she may be, is always overshadowed by the main characters. I find this relatively true of Mr. Bennett who made the above statement. Does no one realize how amazing he is? He’s the glue that holds the family together. His care is so evident. One way I see his love is in his listening to his wife’s chitter-chatter. She may be all full of nonsense, but he takes time to love her and take concern in some of her antics. (grant it, to a certain extent. He does draw his lines) Mr. Bennett also wants better for his girls. He wishes them to grow up to be sensible with a mind of their own. I think, in short, he has such a great attitude and loving character, that even though the family can be a bit crazy, he makes them feel secure. They know they are safe and loved. To me, he is the perfect model for a fantastic father.