Whenever I get stuck or need inspiration to keep writing (or to write better), I think of lines from books that were so powerful they stayed with me for years after reading them.
Here are five of my favorites - paraphrased! Let's see how horribly I butcher them...
"I probably shouldn't have given the guy who pumped my stomach my phone number, but who cares? My life is over anyway." - Carrie Fisher, Postcards From the Edge
"The world breaks everyone and afterwards some are stronger in the broken places." - Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
"I suppose at one time in my life I might have had any number of stories, but now there is no other. This is the only story I will ever be able to tell." - Donna Tartt, The Secret History
"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done. It is a far, far better sleep I go to, than I have ever known." - Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (I first heard this line in an episode of Cheers. Frasier was trying to trick the other barflies into listening to classics. Years later I discovered the real context of the line.)
"There's a tree that grows in Brooklyn...No matter where its seed falls, it makes a tree that struggles to reach the sky...It would be considered beautiful except there are too many of it." - Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Anyone else memorized (or un-memorized, as I may have done) lines from your favorite books?