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Stanley Fish’s favorite sentences:

 “Now he had not run far from his own door, but his wife and children perceiving it, began crying after him to return, but the man put his fingers in his ears, and ran on, crying, Life! Life! eternal life.”

– John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress

“Last week I saw a woman flayed, and you will hardly believe how  much it altered her appearance for the worse.” 

– Jonathan Swift, A Tale of  a Tub

“To such a tremulous wisp constantly re-forming itself on the stream, to a single sharp impression, with a sense in it, a relic more or less fleeting, of such moments gone by, what is real in our lives fines itself down.”

– Walter Pater, The Renaissance

“And I shall go on talking in a low voice while the sea sounds in the distance and overhead the great black flood of wind polishes the bright stars.”

-Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier

“When I first began writing I felt that writing should go on I still do feel that it should go on but when I first began writing I was completely possessed by the necessity that writing should go on and if writing should go on what had commas and semi-colons to do with it what had commas to do with it what had periods to do with it what had small letters and capitals to do with writing going on which was at the time the most profound need I had in connection with writing.”

– Gertrude Stein, Lectures in America

Plus one from me:

“One summer afternoon, Mrs Oedipa Maas came home from a Tupperware party whose hostess had put perhaps too much kirsch in the fondue to find that she, Oedipa, had been named executor, or she supposed executrix, of the estate of one Pierce Inverarity, a California real estate mogul who had once lost two million dollars in his spare time but still had assets numerous and tangled enough to make the job of sorting it out more than honorary.”

– Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49

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Written by rarface

January 26, 2011 at 12:59 pm

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    January 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm

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