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Quotes about being an outsider?

What are some great quotes, poems, or literary excerpts about being an outsider, a constant traveler, or a countryless foreigner?
posted by omar.a on Jul 19, 2016 - 23 answers

Smart, witty "thoughts for the day"?

I am thinking about starting my morning radio show with a very brief "thought for the day," as I have about 20 seconds to fill each morning. Looking for both individual ideas, and sites. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Dec 23, 2015 - 8 answers

What Novel Is This Quote/Comparison From?

My Search-Fu is utterly failing me. Where did I read the line (paraphrased): "He was like a tennis player who mistakes his best game for his everyday game [or natural level or basic capability]". I want to say it was in a novel by a female author,: Lessing, Christie or Woolf maybe? I might be completely wrong. Fairly sure the narrator's voice was female. Can anyone help?
posted by comealongpole on Aug 30, 2015 - 1 answer

Help me identify my wedding reading!

This quote is all over the internet with conflicting attributions. Can you help me identify the original source? "You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving..." [more inside]
posted by purplevelvet on Aug 21, 2014 - 3 answers

O captain, fire of my loins!

What are some flattering address from classic literature? My two examples (and the extent of my list) are Walt Whitman's "O Captain! My captain!" and "...light of my life, fire of my loins!" from Lolita. Both are very fun things to call Mr. Grandysaur. BUT I WANT MORE. I'm looking for grandiose, recognizable, turns of phrase that I can use to address those that are worthy. The more ridiculous the better.
posted by Grandysaur on Nov 14, 2013 - 40 answers

Did F. Scott Fitzgerald every say "everyone's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness"?

F. Scott FitzgeraldFilter: "Everyone's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness." I've seen this quote attributed to F. Scott. Did he actually say it? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Nov 28, 2011 - 4 answers

I said I'd never and now I have

Do you know of any literary quotes on the theme of self-disgust and shame when authors or characters realise they have turned into that which they once despised? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Nov 23, 2011 - 10 answers

Baller Quote

There is a quote somewhere that says something to the effect of, "The man who loses one dollar at a time goes home hungry. The man who blows it all in a big way eats for free." Any idea where that's from? Driving me nuts. It might be Heinlein. It feels a little like Bueller.
posted by ictow on Jun 21, 2011 - 3 answers

Most well-known quotes from history

Most well-known quotes from speeches, literature or historical persons. [more inside]
posted by dealing away on Mar 10, 2010 - 25 answers

"The sunrise is a strip-tease between night and day." Tom Robbins quote?

"The sunrise is a strip-tease between night and day." Is this a Tom Robbins quote (or similar to one)? [more inside]
posted by prwnkle02 on Apr 27, 2009 - 3 answers

"Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum" or French existentialism?

MovieQuoteFilter: I'm trying to find the origin of a quote from Waking Life and I'm starting to think it's either misattributed or simply wrong. Help! [more inside]
posted by valkyryn on Jan 28, 2009 - 4 answers

Idenitfy quote about life beginning again

I am trying to identify a quote - it was something to the effect that "life begins anew in the Fall" or "life begins again in the Fall". I believe it may have been part of the epigraph or dedication of a novel, perhaps by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edith Wharton or possibly a British novelist. My english teacher explain that the quote referred to the social "season" that started up in the Fall when everyone returned to Town. [more inside]
posted by litchik on Jun 4, 2008 - 3 answers

"These far away places with strange sounding names," wrote X...

“These far away places with strange-sounding names…” Where is that phrase from?! I have reason to believe it was first written by a romantic poet (possibly Tennyson, Browning, or Arnold) but I can’t beat the answer out of Google. Thanks to Google, I know that the line is used in a Bing Crosby song. But that’s definitely not the source I’m looking for.
posted by chickletworks on Jan 21, 2007 - 7 answers

Favorite memorized literary quotations?

What are your favorite literary passages that you've memorized? [more inside]
posted by sixacross on Aug 1, 2006 - 113 answers

Find this Emerson quote for me!

I should be able to find this, but google isn't treating me well. There is this quote which I thought was by Emerson, but now I'm not sure... It goes something like "I will say one thing today and say the opposite thing tomorrow and defend it strongly." (Obviously I'm no quote expert, but that's the gist of it). Any help appreciated.
posted by pissfactory on Jan 13, 2005 - 6 answers

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