Do you have a favorite line from a book? Something literary and insightful, or so hilarious you snortle (that's a combination of snorting and chortling) every time you read it? I have favorite movie lines, and at least once a week I catch myself on Facebook posting a line or two of lyrics that struck me from whatever song was playing, but I realized I don't have any favorite book lines. Or even excerpts.
I'm always so envious of authors who find that exact phrase from Shakespeare or the Bible or some other piece of literature to start off a chapter. I read Shakespeare and honestly just get lost in the jumble of words, yet others can pluck out that one line that will perfectly define Part 2 of their novel. (I'm looking at you, Nora Roberts!)
So what's your favorite line(s)?
Though I don't have one from literature, I did memorize the first stanza of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Kubla Khan while in high school, and that imagery of emerald grass, clear water, and black caves has always stuck with me. As did the sibilance of Edgar Allan Poe's silken, sad, and uncertain violet draperies. Plus, I've always looked for ways to use the verb "wrought" in conversation without referencing pretty iron balconies.