„My father had a dark glimmer in his eye as he moved behind her. “Old?” He spoke in a low voice as he began to rub her shoulders again. “Woman, I have a mind to prove you wrong.”
She smiled a wry smile. “Sir, I have a mind to let you.”“
— Patrick Rothfuss, libro Il nome del vento
Origine: The Name of the Wind (2007), Chapter 14, “The Name of the Wind” (p. 113)
— Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie
Origine: Tuesdays with Morrie
„"You look like a girl with a secret," Matt said. "I think it must be the smile."
She moved closer to him, which was very close, and lowered her voice. "Can you keep a secret?"
Matt smiled with one side of his mouth to show that he knew what was coming. She said it anyway. "So can I."“
— Larry Niven American writer 1938
Origine: A Gift From Earth (1968), Ch. 2 : The Sons Of Earth
„Asil has appointed himself my guardian?" asked Charles softly. Asil was overstepping himself.
"He was bored, he told me," said his father. He gave Charles a small smile. "I have given him a job so he doesn’t get bored again.“
— Patricia Briggs, libro Fair Game
Origine: Fair Game
„He saw a lawyer killing a viper
On a dunghill hard, by his own stable
And the devil smiled, for it put him in mind Of
Cain and his brother, Abel.“
— Samuel Taylor Coleridge English poet, literary critic and philosopher 1772 - 1834
"The Devils Thoughts" (c. 1834)
„I told her why we are here. I told you wouldn't hurt Jack."
I smiled. I couldn't help it. He was a 'jack in a box.“
— Laurell K. Hamilton, libro Nodo di sangue
Origine: Guilty Pleasures
„She glared at him. "Why are you forever asking hard questions?"
He smiled. "Sooner or later you'll have to be able to answer one."
Daja shoved him, grinning.“
— Tamora Pierce American writer of fantasy novels for children 1954
„She turned and looked at him. "Ducks?" she said again.
A smile tugged the edge of his mouth. "I hate ducks. Don't know why. I just always have.“
— Cassandra Clare, The City of Lost Souls
Origine: City of Lost Souls
„We need to be together."
"Why?" I asked softly. The word was carried away on the wind, but he heard.
"Because I want you."
I gave him a sad smile, wondering if we'd meet again in the land of the dead. "Wrong answer," I told him.
I let go“
— Richelle Mead, Blood Promise
Origine: Blood Promise
„But as he warmed and glowed, in his simple and eloquent language,
Quite forgetful of self, and full of the praise of his rival,
Archly the maiden smiled, and, with eyes over-running with laughter,
Said, in a tremulous voice, "Why don't you speak for yourself, John?"“
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Courtship of Miles Standish
Pt. III, The Lover's Errand.
The Courtship of Miles Standish (1858)
„Christmas crept into Pine Cove like a creeping Christmas thing: dragging garland, ribbon, and sleigh bells, oozing eggnog, reeking of pine, and threatening festive doom like a cold sore under the mistletoe.“
— Christopher Moore American writer of comic fantasy 1957
Origine: The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror
„You know," I told him,"if you don't know how to eat a cupcake, that's nothing to be ashamed of."
Now he did smile. "I know how to eat a cupcake."
"Sure you do."
"I do," he said. "I just don't want one of those."
"Yeah? Prove it.“
— Sarah Dessen, libro Along for the Ride
Origine: Along for the Ride
„He stopped, turned. He cupped his hands around his mouth. ''For you a thousand times over!'' he said. Then he smiled his Hassan smile and disappeared around the corner.“
— Khaled Hosseini, libro Il cacciatore di aquiloni
Origine: The Kite Runner
— Khushwant Singh Indian novelist and journalist 1915 - 2014
On being asked if he would like to be remembered as a historian, journalist, or fiction writer?
— Gabriel García Márquez, libro Cent'anni di solitudine
Variante: A person doesn't die when he should but when he can.
Origine: One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), p. 241, said by Colonel Aureliano Buendía