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    Speaking in metaphors Charlie Horse's Avatar
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    Favorite lines you've written

    Current or in the past, what are your best lines? This is a little less restrictive than "your first 3 lines" or "last line you wrote today." Choose something from anywhere in anything you've ever written and take your best shot.

    Here's one I'm rather fond of to get this started.

    "With all due respect, sir, I don’t have the capacity for curiosity. If you wanted a curious robot you should have ponied up the extra credits and gotten the deluxe model.”

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    Here's one from my WIP:
    ‘Ah, someone who is not quite arrogant enough to think he has all the answers, but just pig headed enough to think he has all the right questions!’
    "If I can't manage intelligence I'll settle for low cunning ... "

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    How could the Elites not see that their arrogance wasn’t laying down any brickwork for an imminent canonization?
    I'll use that at some point Or a variant thereof.
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    Speaking in metaphors Charlie Horse's Avatar
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    Ran across another one.

    Ben was having second thoughts again. The idea of piloting any kind of vehicle that needed an eject button somehow didn’t seem right.

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    Another one from my WIP:
    ‘Typical of my luck,’ he thought. ‘Just when it looks like I might be getting a girlfriend, I find out that I’m part human, part mythical horse. Fabulous! Not exactly something to mention if I get to meet her mother and father.’
    "If I can't manage intelligence I'll settle for low cunning ... "

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    A thin line of sunlight knifed across the plush carpet then zigzagged up the face of the red mahogany armoire before fading into a poof of stray beams and floating dust.

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    lol, this is actually a pretty weird one, but amoung my friends it's the first thing we say when we think of the character:

    The three girls were cross-legged on the floor, a deck of cards and some chips laid out on the floor. Maufuki looked furtively over her cards at Lara. "You got any three's?"

    "Maufuki!!!" Both girls cried out; Aklana grabbed the "T-Virus" Manual and smacked her over the head with it. (Maufuki cried out 'ow' again, and said "That hurt worse than the 'Time Machine!!' ") "That is NOT how you play poker!!!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheadakota View Post
    "That was the beauty of familys, Dakota decided. You knew what it took to make them bleed, the magic was in choosing not too."

    I like this.
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    Well it might not bea line, but it is the funniest phrase I had made so far. It was on a patch "I 69 NY"

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    Ikarias 1--from an evil sorceress to an assassin named Aria whom she doesn't like much:

    "Feeling a little warm, assassin? Balefire does that, bastes you from the inside out. You have a few minutes left to enjoy your peaches and cream complexion. I'd tell you more but it would ruin the surprise. Let's just say you'll provide a good reading light for centuries."
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    Quote Originally Posted by KTC View Post
    “You f**king liar,” said Trig. “You don’t want to do anything. You run away from every Goddamned thing in your life but mediocrity, Billy."
    That's great.
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    Edit:

    Going to find a better one later.

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    I was slightly bored so I came up with a few. I highlighted my favorite line; it sticks out in my mind for reasons beyond it's own meaning, though.

    “You needn’t be the hero,” she said. “It isn’t your responsibility to save us all.”

    “What does it say?” he asked. “I can’t read.”
    “It says you are an ass reincarnated as a human being as a joke of the goddess,” Monat said smartly, wrenching her plaque from his hands.

    “That tunic makes your blue eyes look beautiful,” Claudia said meekly.
    “My eyes are gray,” Ceridwen said vaguely.

    “Every man has his beliefs,” answered Cobbler with a smile. “I can only believe one thing at a time.”

    “What if he wins?” she asked.
    “I will set you free,” Benitus said. He was on his feet, too, hollering too loudly.
    “And then what?”
    He stopped yelling for long enough to shrug. “I had not thought that far.”

    “That will be your epitaph, then? I’ll make sure it’s on your tombstone. ‘Buckets and buckets and buckets.’ ‘This is the final resting place of Calvinus, dead in the Great Fire of Rome, aged twenty-two years and still a virgin . . . ‘”

    She turned, leaned against the railing, her eyes half-lidded. “Why are you so bitter?”
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    These are fun!

    Here's one I enjoyed. Set up: Reply comes from a werewolf giving a cop crap for trying to protect his wife:

    “You keep your god damned hands off of my wife or so help me…”

    “What? There isn’t anything you can do. You’re nothing to me, not even a distraction. I could peel her like an orange while she screamed her lungs out and hold you under my boot the entire time.”

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    Nick was indestructible. I was pretty sure if the Earth was decimated by a nuclear holocaust, the only things that would survive would be cockroaches, Twinkies and Nick Murphy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrishD View Post
    Nick was indestructible. I was pretty sure if the Earth was decimated by a nuclear holocaust, the only things that would survive would be cockroaches, Twinkies and Nick Murphy.
    Trish, that's awesome.
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    Here is another funny one. I haven't put in my bad ass lines yet.

    “Well…f*ck. That is a lot to think about. One day, I am at a concert, the next I am in a world that has a dragon roaming around with a giant plan to reset a civilization’s ideology.”
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    Days passed, each one a replica if the one before it. The only variation was in the new girls admitted and others transferred to open sections. Faceless girls. Green and white checked shirts. Ticking skirts. Folded down socks lined up along the passage an arms length apart, disinguishable from each other only by size and strength and colour of language, which eventually painted us all in the same shade of muck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CutteRug View Post
    Trish, that's awesome.
    Thank you!
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