A collection of book quotes which I have read the past few years...
"I believe that the decline in good sex in America is coincident with the decline in drive-in movie theaters from state to state." - Sam, to Shadow, in Neil Gaiman's American Gods
"A so disastrous intention, does not dignify (?) ..." - The Purloined Letter, by Edgar Allan Poe
"I want to tell the truth, I just don't want to get caught at it!" - William Shakespeare, in Equivocation
"Loretta did say one thing. She said somethin to the effect that it wasn't my fault and I said it was. And I had thought about that too. I told her that if you got a bad enough dog in your yard people will stay out of it. And they didn't." - Ed Tom Bell, in Cormac Mccarthy's No Country for Old Men.
"Power. What do we mean? The ability to determine another man's luck." - David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas
"Does death always make you so verbose?" / "What do you mean 'always'?" - David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas
"If I had known it was harmless I would have killed it myself." - Philip K. Dick's A Scanner Darkly
"You think that time is a single thread. It is a weaving, a tapestry that extends forever in all directions. You will trace a color forward, what color I cannot know." - Gene Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun
"I always say, if you must mount the gallows, give a jest to the crowd, a coin to the hangman, and make the drop with a smile on your lips." - Birgitte, in Robert Jordan's The Fires of Heaven of The Wheel of Time
"Some people will always need help. It doesn't mean they aren't worth helping." - Meera Reed to Osha in G.R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire
"The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled." Plutarch
"And what went wrong when other alchemists tried to make gold and were unable to do so?"
"They were looking only for gold."
--Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be." -Vonnegut
Locations and Destinations
New York City
10,000 Acre Woods
I'm not as smart as I think I am. I have read an alarming amount of books in my lifetime. I have written a play that was performed on stage. I once ran 500 miles in one summer. The only thing I enjoy more than crafting a story is sharing it. I am never in more doubt than when I create something that is very good. I use obscure quotes to compensate for weak social skills. I am addicted to winning. I wrote my first story in kindergarden; I also illustrated it. Being told I tore my achilles tendon was the third most painful moment in my life--tearing it was somewhat lower. I am shy. I was not on a plane until I was 21. I have been a scientist since I was 10. In a decade of competitive running I earned one individual gold medal; I keep this on a desk at my parents' home--it was not for a varsity event. I was on top of Mt. Washington once and it was the highest I had ever been. I have never completed a crossword puzzle in a newspaper. I secretly want to write a play that winds up off-Broadway. I think anything can be done, if you try. I am dangerous to myself and others in a bookstore. I do not understand females. I am the luckiest poker player you will ever lose to on a consistent basis. I like the color blue. I enjoy learning something new every day. I don't enjoy being taught. I held a xc course record at Vernon highschool for approximately eight days. I cause the most trouble when I'm being quiet. I've never punched somebody and really meant it. I speak in rhyme and scrawl poetry when drunk. I was disillusioned by the education process once in fourth grade, and again six days into 9th. I believe evolution is a theory, incomplete with inexplicable gaps. I believe intelligent design has no more right to be taught in a science class than the parable of Adam and Eve does. On weekends I will leave the shade open so that after the sun wakes me I can roll over and go back to sleep. I sleep better... I enjoy being outdoors. Being barefoot is severely underrated. "If you need a bookmark, the book isn't worth your while." I need a girl who will know the crossword answer before me, but be nice enough to let me figure it out first. I think chess is the most classical board game; also the most savage. I could sit in front of a fire on a cold night and watch the coals for hours. I once whittled a whale out of soap for a merit badge. I know how to juggle. Max and Dakota were my favorite pets. I will use subtlety, but hardly ever recognize it in return. If I like you I will tell you a story anytime you ask for one.
It's so easy to claim art and beauty in equations.
Why contest the science to our art?
First Multi-C!hinged w/u
Cream of the Cool Debut
2012.01.09 Serjeant's Muse discovers the ascorbic archive and vanity searching
A crow shook down on me
I think it meant something
2002.05.31 at 01:51 futurebird says re ice cream: Fucking amazing!
2002.08.09 at 20:07 Kidas says re Lemon Law: Yesss! I *like* this one a *lot* Good info, *nice* writing and a sense of humour. Cool!
2002.12.21 at 18:08 Noung says re Peer Gynt: Carry on like this, and you'll do very well here.
2002.12.21 at 23:01 koreykruse says re C!: Very nice writeup.
2002.12.22 at 02:35 izubachi says this was a nice whimsical treatment of what could've been a boring factual node, this was nauseatingly informative, this was disturbing, and this was fantastic.
2002.12.28 at 16:12 machfive says Dimensional analysis: Fascinating and enlightening essay. The Code of Oleron: Excellent. pretty girls: hahahahhah. This is awesome. This is the stuff goodness is made of.
2003.01.16 at 16:40 alisdair says re cliffdiving lessons: Great softlinking. I like your writing style.
2003.09.21 at 14:29 arcanamundi says re Prosenoder's Cup 2003: This is really fabulous!
2004.08.16 at 20:48 Wntrmute says re Sanctified - this is an incredible writeup!
Messages on Wed, 10th Nov 2004. 01:38 JohnnyGoodyear m/sg EDITORS ONLY: Course the ideas is that everyone apart from Serjeant's Muse who's the only decent writer on this site will eventually be an editor and we'll make our money off-a what the Sarge writes. Keep it under yer ego.
2005.01.12 at 02:34 etouffee says re Mad Girl's Love Song- to quote "and her world was unthreading itself at both ends".. love that... so much more gentle than unraveling... very nice job
2005.01.12 at 12:44 Princess Therion says re Pulp Fiction: Nice!! :-)
2005.01.12 at 17:56 Eidolos says Fantastic work on Pulp Fiction!
2005.01.14 at 08:03 themanwho says re Without Limits: wow!
2005.01.19 at 00:00 wordnerd says re Wonderful Night: I absolutely adore the Fitzgerald style of this piece. Kudos.
2005.01.28 at 07:15 LeoDV says re I'm Afraid of Americans: Excellent.
2005.03.12 at 08:05 Wiccanpiper says re Dimensional analysis: This is really excellent.
2005.04.19 at 09:16 BlueDragon says re Achilles' tendon: Excellent wu, nice blend of humour and fact - eminently readable!
2005.04.29 at 12:58 LSK says re Scar Tissue: - Cool wu! Will bookmark this one!
2005.05.20 at 15:37 Lometa says re The Unknown Masterpiece: Excellent and facinating!
2005.05.24 at 21:26 IWhoSawTheFace says re Achilles' tendon: You're a great writer. Don't know why I've never noticed this before. My apologies for belatedly discovering your talent.
2005.06.01 at 15:42 themanwho says re Scar Tissue: very very nice!
2005.06.01 at 20:13 Junkill says re Don't come back, don't call. Think of another way.: This is frightfully clever! I'm highly impressed!!
2005.11.08 at 04:51 Palpz says re Haunted: You do have a wonderful flair for metaphors, ie the underwater thing. Use them more often please.
2005.12.27 at 16:32 IWhoSawTheFace says re Wheatfield with crows: This is incredibly beautiful. Thank you for this gift.
2006.10.03 at 14:14 Bitriot says re October 3, 2006: Jesus. Well, if you hadn't told me this was fiction, I would be sending my condolences. It's beautifully written, and yes, scary as all hell.
2006.10.03 at 15:42 Lometa says re October 3, 2006: Very powerful fiction :)
2006.10.03 at 19:32 bewilderbeast says re It's a very good everyman horror story.
2007.01.14 at 14:22 IWhoSawTheFace says re five: Beautiful. Sad.
Messages on Sat, 24th Feb 2007 15:15 Halspal: Serjeant's Muse is about my favorite noder if you don't count a bunch of other noders, but I don't get that quest at all. Are you supposed to write about horses?
2007.03.06 at 04:37 kthejoker says re Prosenoder's Cup 2007: A good vignette, perhaps a bit too married to your title (can it be helped?) He's very richly drawn, but I felt like I was missing his angle. In every character there is one overriding virtue, and a corresponding vice. But 300 words is a bit tight for waxing philosophical : )
2007.06.20 at 18:40 artman2003 says re Pulp Fiction: Excellent writeup for an Excellent movie!
2010.10.02 at 22:39 Jet-Poop says re schism: Beautifully done - it was entirely excellent. :)
2011.12.09 at 15:15 gnarl says Panic Switch was a great read. nicely done all the way through.
Messages on Thu, 05th Jan 2012 05:48 IWhoSawTheFace: Serjeant's Muse is a marvelous writer. We're lucky to have him.
2012.01.06 at 03:02 Posmella says re Embouchure: Interesting. And nicely presented.
2012.01.07 at 23:30 moeyz says re Grimshaw and Novotny: wow, you're on a roll! nice job!
2012.01.09 at 04:54 jessicaj says re We do not possess imagination enough to sense what we are missing: You do some fun things here. Each reading I find something new.
2012.01.09 at 04:55 jessicaj says re Don't come back, don't call. Think of another way.: You have mad linking skills. It's like a story within a story. And "morose code" is so damn good.
2012.01.20 at 20:35 BookReader says re schism: "With these kisses, Samuel begins to cry." +++++
2012.01.21 at 13:26 Halspal says re Put: Great job on the put/call writeups, muse. Options stuff looks like a lot of fun but I haven't messed around with it in real life yet.
2012.01.31 at 07:22 BookReader says re The Detained: "They have their foreplay at cold corporate dinners, with fingertip kisses as they drift off to sleep." +++++++++ AWESOME LINE!
2012.01.31 at 07:22 BookReader says re The Detained: "What do you do for a nosebleed, I never remember. Lean my head forward or back?" Tragic. This pulls at my heart strings.
2012.03.14 at 16:45 BookReader says re Peacepreacher: Good first paragraph. "If there is nobody else around when you are walking through this type of snow it sounds as loud as a waterfall." +++++ I love this discription.
JohnnyGoodyear + IWhoSawTheFace + etouffee
olmanrvr + aneurin + bewilderbeast + Lometa + The Custodian + Pandeism Fish + mauler
I've been around here for a minute. See Everything2 Decaversary Interviews: Serjeant's Muse for details.
2005.05.21 at 02:50 olmanrvr says: you write so beautifully... sorry... it's the best word I can conjure to describe it...
2005.01.12 at 18:19 Princess Therion says :-) You have a very groovy homenode
2007.02.19 at 8:06 angela says also, I am totally a hottie, so it will work.
I hosted and organised Raz de Equites: An E2 Proseproduction in March of 2007. The winners of the contest were just1wheet, oakling, hapax, and LaggedyAnne.
rapid eye movement
What Color is Death?
color terms in language
to sleep, perchance to dream
I ran away from lucid dreams when I was younger
illusion becomes real in the final dream, lucidly
The complex significance of Dante's three dreams within Purgatory
2001: A Space Odyssey 21 Grams Batman Begins Big Fish Cheaters City of God Closer Contact Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Dark City The Departed The Edge Equilibrium Finding Forrester Finding Neverland The Fountain Garden State Hero The Importance of Being Earnest Inception The Incredibles Ink Kill Bill Lion King The Lord of the Rings The Matrix The Princess Bride The Prestige Primer Pulp Fiction The Royal Tenanbaums A Scanner Darkly Searching for Bobby Fischer Secretary The Shining Serenity Star Wars The United States of Leland Vanilla Sky The Village Waking Life
Walden Tumble Home Ender's Game Sandman Macbeth A Brave New World If on a Winter's Night a Traveler Only Revolutions The Tempest The Sun Also Rises The Illustrated Man The Dark Tower The Catcher in the Rye A Brief History of Time Fahrenheit 451 Speaker for the Dead The Vampire Chronicles The Universe in a Nutshell God's Debris Angel Dust Apocalypse Atlas Shrugged The Great Gatsby Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy The Black Hole War Choke The Sound and the Fury Go Ask Alice Longitude Fight Club The Rules of Attraction The Dog of the Marriage Survivor The Names American Gods The Fuck-Up House of Leaves Flowers for Algernon The Giver Heart of Darkness Cosmopolis Einstein's Dreams The Contortionist's Handbook The Art of War The Odyssey Andromeda Strain The Prince Dune Jurassic Park Dermaphoria Reasons to Live Prey Neverwhere
"If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the rest of his strength, and the greater his effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders--what would you tell him to do?"
"I...don't know. What...could he do? What would you tell him?"
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
"A wasp crawls along your arm, and you sit perfectly still, telling yourself that he won't sting you unless you flinch, unless you try to kill him. You hold your breath and hope he won't sting you and probably he doesn't want to. But that's not trust, is it? It's fear and fascination."
Will Christopher Baer, kiss me, judas
"you're the bomb diggity" -- my friend lydia
"I'll give up my bad habits as soon as equally satisfying good habits become available."
"I either want less corruption, or more chance to participate in it."
"Try to relax and enjoy the crisis."
"I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack at once."
"My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right."
"My sources are unreliable, but their information is fascinating."
"My play was a complete success. The audience was a failure."
"There has been an alarming increase in the number of things you know nothing about."
"Immortals are mortal,
living each other's death,
dying each other's life"
Attributed to Heraclitus
When a gazelle awakes on the plains of Africa, he knows he must outrun the fastest lion, or he will be killed and eaten. When a lion awakes on the plains of Africa, he knows he must outrun the slowest gazelle, or he will starve and die. Either way you look at it, when the sun comes up, you had better be running.
The Holzer Auto
Lack of charisma can be fatal.
Monomania is a prerequisite of success.
What can save you now that sex can't?
Protect me from what I want.
"I've always felt that long, slow distance produces long, slow runners." Sebastian Coe
The very fact that we have flame throwers means that somewhere a little while ago, someone was standing around thinking. "You see those people over there, I sure would like to light those people on fire. But I'm just not close enough to get the job done. If only I had something that would throw the flame on them." And it could have ended there but he happened to mention it to his friend. A friend that was good with tools, who came back some weeks later. "Hey! that sure was a good idea about the flamethrower" *flame thrower sound* And then the army. "Hello, we have some people we'd like to throw flame on. Give us 10,000. and paint them dark brown. Camoflague them, so that nobody can see the flamethrower."
Searching for Bobby Fischer
"Do you know what the word contempt means?
It's to think of others as beneath you. To
be unworthy of being in the same room as you.
You have to have contempt for your opponents.
You have to hate them."
"You're playing not to lose. You got to risk losing,
you've got to risk everything. You've got to go to
the edge of defeat, that's where you wanna be, boy."
There are some dogs which, when you meet them, remind you that, despite thousands of years of manmade evolution, every dog is still only two meals away from being a wolf.
~Neil Gaiman in Good Omens
"It's such a chick thing to think life should just go on forever."
Some people follow their dreams, others hunt them down and beat them mercilessly into submission. --Neil Kendall
"Education is that which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding." Ambrose Bierce
"Fire burns; water erodes. Say what you will about fire's speed and efficiency, but I've never seen anyone put out a river." --Greg Jensen
It's not the look of aggression, because aggression is personal. It's the look of a stray dog. Is it food? Is it a threat? The questions take a moment to answer, and if the answers are both no, the dog moves on.
--Craig Clevenger in The Contortionists Handbook
"It's like doing chemistry with one arm tied behind your back." Michael Pierce on Government Regulations
"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." Abraham Lincoln
"You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think." -- Dorothy Parker
"...the illiteracy level of our children are appalling." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2004
"Give me a lever long enough, and I shall move the world." Archimedes
"It's better to live one year as a tiger, than 100 as sheep" -Madonna Ciccone
"The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." Mark Twain
"And yet we beat on, boats against the current, ceaselessly reaching back for the past." Nick Carroway, The Great Gatsby
"Nothing says 'Obey me' like a bloody head on a post." --Stewie in Family Guy
"Yes, yes... I rather like this 'god' fellow... A plague here... A pestilence there... omnipotence! I've got to get me some of that..." --Stewie from Family Guy
"There is no randomness, only patterns we don't recognize. There is no chaos, only patterns we can't understand." Chuck Palahniuk
"Your poems are of interest to mankind; your liver isnt. Drink till you write well and are sick. Bless your poems, and be damned to you." Fernando Pessoa
I'm talking about putting a brick through the other guy's windshield. I'm talking about taking it down and cutting it up.--Royal Tenanbaum
"If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate." Steven Wright
"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan
"Well what I don't get paid in cash I make up for in juice boxes." My sister on her babysitting gig
"Oh, hello Lisa. We were just discussing Vasco de Gama."
"I write everything down, except what's on my mind..." --Third Eye Blind
My Best Factuals
On Chess, Writing, and Excellence
- This place needs more actual content. Let's begin.
- Speed chess, confessions of a positional player
- How to write an "A" paper with minimal effort
- The most beautiful chess move ever played
- Mark Twain's Rules of Writing
- Trap. Dominate. Fuck.
- Chess Openings
Best of Everything
- pile of kittens
- Courting the Killer
- This Perfect World
- Requiem Aeternam
- I will kill you if I can
- Twins in the Doorway
- Dearest, I feel certain
- Why the willow weeps
- A message from sensei
- A beam from an angry star
- It's a jailbreak; we're free.
- The world breaks everyone
- O Freunde nicht diese Töne
- When all the stars go out at night
- Here in the brilliant sun we jostle
- For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.
- Is this the last four years or what?
- Don't touch me when I'm screaming
- Revalation of the Lamb in Four Parts
- The Serial Killer Jailbait Airline Lotto
- The swing and the death of an old man
- For a boat of white bone, and we three
- If you really mean it, set yourself on fire
- Even things as amazing as stars burn out
- Somewhere there's a god who wants me
- Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief
- Why the world is more beautiful with a creator
- Listen, boy. Everyone is their own kind of ninja.
- You sleep with someone for a couple of years, you get to know them by feel
- I will take one ticket please to whatever you have to say please keep talking
- Around nine pm my heart was breaking so I went to bed early to listen to it happen.
Lines I really, really liked
- The fire in the sky, the fire in your hand, the sad songs without bodies, surrounding us like ghosts
- I'm afraid, I thought, I'm too afraid to jump, I'm a coward, and at that moment I jumped
- Every time I fall, I fall a little bit harder, a little bit further, I fall right back onto you
- Let him hold out hope that someone or other might come. Then fuckin' kill him.
- I've never seen a glacier up close, but I've touched your hand. It felt so cold.
- We generate stories for you because you don't save the ones that are yours.
- Your last act as a free man should of course be to burn the scrap of paper
- You're all poets. Stop pretending you're not. Give me a new word to use
- the Egyptian word for "sculptor" means "he who keeps alive forever"
- I'm exhausted. Anyone with the balls to kill me can have all my stuff.
- Be your own fiction. After that, the story almost writes itself.
- Tell people they're beautiful and they will change the world
- We only get one chance at life, sweetness, this is mine
- A man who will not die for something is not fit to live
- You are a yawn that has cleared my ears.
- she wrote because it was necessary
- I lover her body, especially the lies