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Jason Boyett’s Favorite Sentences

February 4, 2011

Stanley Fish, author of How to Write a Sentence recently posted his top five sentences of all time at Slate.  Jason Boyett gets in on the act posting his top five sentences and the books they come from:

Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan: “Now he had not run far from his own door, but his wife and children perceiving it, began crying after him to return, but the man put his fingers in his ears, and ran on, crying, Life! Life! eternal life.”

The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion by Ford Maddox Ford: “And I shall go on talking in a low voice while the sea sounds in the distance and overhead the great black flood of wind polishes the bright stars.”

A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean: “I am haunted by waters.”

The River Why by David James Duncan: “And I knew that the line of light led not to a realm but to a Being, and that the light and the hook were his, and that they were made of love alone.”

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien: Bilbo’s Travelling song, “”The Road goes ever on and on, Down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, And I must follow, if I can…

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