Former Lines 2013

These quotes have been featured on the main page.  Whenever I retire a quote in favor of something new, I will post it here with the date it was retired.

Collected Quotes

1.1.2013.  My pipe is out, my glass is dry;
My fire is almost ashes too;
But once again, before you go,
And I prepare to meet the New:
Old Year! a parting word that’s true,
For we’ve been comrades, you and I —
I thank God for each day of you;
There! bless you now! Old Year, good-bye!

–Robert W. Service, “The Passing of the Year”


Of sea-captains young or old, and the mates, and of all intrepid sailors,
Of the few, very choice, taciturn, whom fate can never surprise nor
death dismay.
Pick’d sparingly without noise by thee old ocean, chosen by thee,
Thou sea that pickest and cullest the race in time, and unitest nations,
Suckled by thee, old husky nurse, embodying thee,
Indomitable, untamed as thee.

–Walt Whitman, “Song for All Seas, All Ships”

1.25.2013.  Still it is probable that Bilbo, her only son, although he looked and behaved exactly like a second edition of his solid and comfortable father, got something a bit queer in his make-up from the Took side, something that only waited for a chance to come out.  –J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

2.8.2013.  For two weeks, after a hard battle with the sea and its monsters, after fighting savages and piratical enemies, the beautiful steamer, the Swallow, had plowed through sun-tipped waves, favored by gentle breezes, homeward-bound.  –Roy Rockwood, Dave Fearless and the Cave of Mystery

8.15.2013.  Then was the king wonderly wroth. And then the king sent him plain word again, and bade him be ready and stuff him and garnish him, for within forty days he would fetch him out of the biggest castle that he hath.  –Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d’Arthur


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