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Do you underline, highlight, or in some way mark your favorite lines?

yes - easier to find them later
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5%
yes - I usually mark books when I read so marking favorite lines is just part of the deal
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4%
no - writing in a book is desecrating a book
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62%
no - I don't usually find passages that I find worth marking
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2%
sometimes - only if it's really good
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13%
otter
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14%
 
Total votes: 510

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Caudebac » Tue Jun 09, 2009 6:49 am UTC

This sort of just...stuck with me, I guess, as I was reading.

"Just remember that the things you put into your head are there forever, he said. You might want to think about that.
You forget some things, dont you?
Yes. You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget."

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby jetstorm36GR » Tue Jun 09, 2009 7:56 am UTC

"Is there any crime you haven't committed, Master Platime?"
"Barratry, I think, Your Majesty. Of course, I'm not sure what it means, so I can't be entirely positive."
"It's when a ship captain wrecks his ship in order to steal the cargo."
"No, I've never done that. Also, I've never had carnal knowledge of an animal, I've never practised witchcraft, and I've never committed treason."
"What kept you untainted by treason?"
"Lack of opportunity, probably."

Little bit of paraphrasing, but fairly accurate. David Eddings, the Sapphire Rose. There's a funny little bit just before where he mentions his list of crimes, which gets amusing. He goes on about murder and extortion, and then adds on the side about pillaging a couple of monasteries...
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby philsov » Mon Sep 14, 2009 5:16 pm UTC

Kurt Vonnegut, in Cat's Cradle wrote:
The Last Rites of the Bokononism
(Each line is said once by the person giving the rites and then repeated by the dying person.)

God made mud.
God got lonesome.
So God said to some of the mud, "Sit up!"
"See all I've made," said God, "the hills, the sea, the sky, the stars."
And I was some of the mud that got to sit up and look around.
Lucky me, lucky mud.
I, mud, sat up and saw what a nice job God had done.
Nice going, God.
Nobody but you could have done it, God! I certainly couldn't have.
I feel very unimportant compared to You.
The only way I can feel the least bit important is to think of all the mud that didn't even get to sit up and look around.
I got so much, and most mud got so little.
Thank you for the honor!
Now mud lies down again and goes to sleep.
What memories for mud to have!
What interesting other kinds of sitting-up mud I met!
I loved everything I saw!
Good night.
I will go to heaven now.
I can hardly wait...
To find out for certain what my wampeter was...
And who was in my karass...
And all the good things our karass did for you.
Amen.
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Fin Archangel » Tue Sep 15, 2009 7:44 am UTC

The major problem — one of the major problems, for there are several — one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them.
To summarize: it is a well known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. To summarize the summary of the summary: people are a problem.
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby mypsychoticself » Thu Sep 17, 2009 3:18 pm UTC

This thread needs more Oscar Wilde.

From Dorian Gray:
"It is only the intellectually lost that ever argue."

"He has certainly not been paying me complements. Perhaps that is the reason that I don't believe anything he has told me."

"The only difference between a caprice and a lifelong passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer."

"The past could always be annihilated. Regret, denial, or forgetfulness could do that. But the future was inevitable."

From The Importance of Being Earnest:
"To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness."
I knew that we had suffered each as other,
And could have grasped your hand and cried, "My brother!"

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Raptor Jesus » Sun Sep 20, 2009 9:49 pm UTC

I normally don't find many quotes, but as I reread Brisingr I just kinda folded the corner on a few pages with lines I liked. Here's a few

Brisingr wrote:How am I supposed to know which religion is the true religion? he wondered. Just because someone follows a certain faith does not necessarily mean it is the right path. . . . Perhaps no one religion contains all of the truth of the world. Perhaps every religion contains fragments of the truth and it is our responsibility to identify those fragments and piece them together. Or perhaps the elves are right and there are no gods. But how can I know for sure?


Brisingr wrote:... the only immortality we can count on is that which we win through our deeds. Fame or infamy, either one is preferable to being forgotten when you have passed from this realm.


Brisingr wrote:Their greatest comfort was a simple one: they were no longer alone. To know that you were with one who cared for you, and who understood every fiber of your being, and who would not abandon you in even the most desperate of circumstances, that was the most precious relationship a person could have...
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Chuff » Tue Sep 22, 2009 4:50 am UTC

"Do not meddle in the affairs of Wizards. They are subtle and quick to anger."
-The Lord of the Rings.

I use that god damn quote for everything. If chemistry is confusing me I just replace wizards with electrons and just do what I'm told.
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby SkaBassist » Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:12 am UTC

I could quote Vonnegut up and down, but it seems you all have done my work for me.

Herman Hesse's The Glass Bead Game wrote:"There is truth, my boy. But the doctrine you desire, absolute, perfect dogma that alone provides wisdom, does not exist. Nor should you long for a perfect doctrine, my friend. Rather, you should long for the perfection of yourself. The deity is within you, not in ideas and books. Truth is lived, not taught."


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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby CombustibleLemons » Sun Sep 27, 2009 6:22 pm UTC

Harry Turtledove in Settling Accounts wrote:Fighting a nuclear war is like fighting a duel with flamethrowers from 5 paces away.
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby spupy » Tue Sep 29, 2009 12:23 am UTC

It's a bit late so I can only think of this one, but it deserves my 1st spot:

"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."

From Stephen King's The Gunslinger
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and the last one - The Dark Tower.
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Minerva » Wed Sep 30, 2009 1:19 pm UTC

Does only fiction/novels count?

Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Sir_Elderberry » Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:49 pm UTC

Just because he deserves credit, I'll mention that that's Carl Sagan.
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Minerva » Thu Oct 01, 2009 1:12 pm UTC

I knew someone out there would correctly identify the source, so I thought I'd just let them do so :)
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby maninblack » Sat Oct 24, 2009 5:02 am UTC

My favorite literary quote is already on here at least twice, but alas I shall post it again anyway.

"The man in black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed" ~King

The other is from the Hobbit.

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." ~Tolkien
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Favorite quotes from a book.

Postby stacymcmahon » Mon Nov 09, 2009 12:58 am UTC

"But then they danced down the street like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I've been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!" Jack Kerouac from On the Road

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby rnbguru » Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:59 am UTC

Basically, I could quote EVERY page of perks of being a wallflower for this discussion. However, I'll try my best to just pull out a few.

"And I thought that all those little kids are going to grow up someday. And all of those little kids are going to do the things that we do. And they will all kiss someone someday. But for now, sledding is enough. I think it would be great if sledding were always enough, but it isn’t."

"I just said, “I’m sorry.”
And I really was sorry. And I know that she believed me. But when that didn’t make any difference, and there was nothing but a bad silence on the phone, I really knew it was too late."

"I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won’t tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn’t change the fact that they were upset. And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn’t really change the fact that you have what you have."

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Eric Blair » Sat Nov 14, 2009 6:29 am UTC

As effective a first line for a novel as you'll find anywhere:

"We were about to give up and call it a night when somebody dropped the girl off the bridge."

--John D. MacDonald, Darker Than Amber (1966)

Given the option to read on, it's next to impossible to simply stop reading at the end of that sentence. Other well-known first lines that I'm also fond of are much easier to walk away from. Here's a collection for comparison: http://www.pantagraph.com/news/article_a125216a-649f-5414-88b5-76a688ea3b6a.html

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby stacymcmahon » Sat Nov 14, 2009 11:35 pm UTC

rnbguru wrote:Basically, I could quote EVERY page of perks of being a wallflower for this discussion. However, I'll try my best to just pull out a few.

"And I thought that all those little kids are going to grow up someday. And all of those little kids are going to do the things that we do. And they will all kiss someone someday. But for now, sledding is enough. I think it would be great if sledding were always enough, but it isn’t."

"I just said, “I’m sorry.”
And I really was sorry. And I know that she believed me. But when that didn’t make any difference, and there was nothing but a bad silence on the phone, I really knew it was too late."

"I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won’t tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn’t change the fact that they were upset. And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn’t really change the fact that you have what you have."



I love this last quote.

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby rnbguru » Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:33 pm UTC

Eric Blair wrote:As effective a first line for a novel as you'll find anywhere:

"We were about to give up and call it a night when somebody dropped the girl off the bridge."

--John D. MacDonald, Darker Than Amber (1966)

Given the option to read on, it's next to impossible to simply stop reading at the end of that sentence. Other well-known first lines that I'm also fond of are much easier to walk away from. Here's a collection for comparison: http://www.pantagraph.com/news/article_a125216a-649f-5414-88b5-76a688ea3b6a.html



Great quote and great list there. However, I don't see what's so great about "Call me Ishmael" as a first line.

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Torvaun » Wed Nov 18, 2009 7:38 pm UTC

rnbguru wrote:Great quote and great list there. However, I don't see what's so great about "Call me Ishmael" as a first line.

"Call me Ishmael" marks about as far as most people can stand Herman Melville.
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby rnbguru » Mon Nov 23, 2009 1:11 am UTC

Haha such a great response. So true

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Avanium » Tue Nov 24, 2009 8:56 am UTC

"They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions," said Atticus, "but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby ssbookyu123 » Wed Dec 02, 2009 12:13 pm UTC

Love getting old cookbooks theres notes all over them some of them technacal, some that look oke newspeak gibbersh and others that are very helpful. My favorite note was " Do not make again will explode" written on a sauce splattered page

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Platinu Kismet » Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:43 pm UTC

I either type up the quote and what book it's in or I take a photo of the page and circle the quote digitally and then save that pic where I can read it one day when I'm bored. Either way I go I toss the result on my computer in a quotes folder.

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby thicknavyrain » Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:46 pm UTC

tsevenhuysen wrote:Arguably the most important line in The Watchmen graphic novel:

Dr. Manhattan to Ozymandias wrote:Nothing ends, Adrian. Nothing ever ends.


Yes

rat4000 wrote:My all-time favourite one is from "Sandman" - so it's technically not from a book, but from a graphical novel... I guess it still counts, though.

Hob Gadling: I'm not ready to die. Not now. Maybe not ever.

It is, of course, far better if one has actually read the books/comics/things made of AWESOME up to that point.


Triple yes, considering I love sandman, love the quote and have an uncurable and intense fear of death. I totally forgot about that one for some reason, thanks for reminding me.
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby lukS » Fri Jan 01, 2010 9:00 am UTC

Anyone who cannot cope with mathematics is not fully human. At best he is a tolerable subhuman who has learned to wear shoes, bathe and not make messes in the house. -- Robert Heinlein, Time Enough For Love

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby lemurdoom » Sat Jan 02, 2010 8:48 pm UTC

One of the only lines I can quote from a book:

"You're turning into a penguin. Stop it"- Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby bright roar » Sun Jan 03, 2010 11:01 pm UTC

Once this little bad boy stole the key of the pantry, and slipped in there and helped himself to some jam, and filled up the vessel with tar, so that his mother would never know the difference; but all at once a terrible feeling didn't come over him, and something didn't seem to whisper to him, "Is it right to disobey my mother? Isn't it sinful to do this? Where do bad little boys go who gobble up their good kind mother's jam?" and then he didn't kneel down all alone and promise never to be wicked any more, and rise up with a light, happy heart, and go and tell his mother all about it, and beg her forgiveness, and be blessed by her with tears of pride and thankfulness in her eyes.

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby JGefell » Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:24 pm UTC

tl;dr
Ender's Shadow:
Know. Think. Chose. Do.

Enders Game:
The enemy's gate is down.
Run fast, make them chase you.

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby 3.14mp » Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:29 am UTC

But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.
- Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

I'd like to quote this entire book, but this part especially.(end of chapter 17 for anyone who might be curious.)

The pain grew worse, and as he was lifted to his feet he knew the dinosaur had his head in its jaws, and the horror of that realization was followed by a final wish, that it would all be ended soon.

"More coffee?" Hammond asked politely.
- Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park

Granted, the "More coffee" bit is in the next chapter, but flipping from a dinosaur eating brains to gentlemen drinking coffee in the turn of a page always makes me laugh.

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby sanguine » Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:11 am UTC

I have tons and tons of favourite lines from books.

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
- Douglas Adams, Last Chance To See

(from the same book is a quote about how Kiwis fight to the death, something along the lines of "put two of them in a cage over night and on the next morning, one of them will be dead", that always struck me in some way.)
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby xemotaco » Sun Feb 07, 2010 11:02 pm UTC

I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together, in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.


-Looking For Alaska, John Green.

When reading, I can pick out plenty of great quotes, but this is the one that has always stayed with me.

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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Apteryx » Tue Feb 09, 2010 7:04 am UTC

World of Tiers series, P.J. Farmer.

( Small scene setter)
Our hero Kickaha and his faithful band of Amer-ind warriors are having a mounted running battle with a bunch of Centaurs. His brother-in-law Wicked Knife " kills his man* " in the battle but is un-horsed, instantly disarms the next Half-Horse warrior that tries to ride him down, grapples, swings up on its back and holds a knife to its throat, trying to force it to take them to freedom. He is lanced by another Centaur, but before he falls cuts his "mounts" throat.
Kickaha leans down in passing and finishes his brother-in-law off, to keep him from the torture/eating alive Half-Horses always offer captives.

Sitting upright from the coup-de-grace he says

"What a MAN, that Wicked Knife".



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Postby Apteryx » Tue Feb 09, 2010 7:23 am UTC

Decker wrote:
You don't fuck with Croup and Vandemar.

:D Amen brother.

In the book they were great, and I wouldn't have thought it possible for a director to better my mental image of them. Then I finally saw the BBC production. Clive Russell and Hywel Bennett were born to play the parts imho.
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby Ithinkabouttrees » Tue Feb 09, 2010 4:44 pm UTC

As godly awful and vile Twilight was, it had some lines that were funny as hell:

I can do this, I lied to myself feebly. No one was going to bite me.
Bella Swan, Twilight, Chapter 1, p.14

Or this gem:

Edward:”Besides,friends don’t let friends drive drunk.”
Bella:”Drunk?”
Edward:”You’re intoxicated by my very presence.”

Edward:”Are you still faint from the run? Or was it my kissing expertise?”

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Postby fjafjan » Wed Feb 10, 2010 12:44 am UTC

I was reading the Karl Sagan quote up above and missread it into


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Postby Sir_Elderberry » Wed Feb 10, 2010 3:03 am UTC

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Postby skellious » Wed Feb 10, 2010 4:25 pm UTC

SOME OF YOU PEOPLE, WRITE, IN BOOKS?!?!?!?!?!

GAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

... yer, I don't exactly like it when people do that....

... Studying Politics was not easy, our teacher LOVED writing in text books and forced us to while reading... I didnt take in much of the information because i was screaming silently inside my head. The book has ALREADY been written in, by the author, I don't need to add to it...

I eventually had to use a notebook to jot down page and line numbers so I could get some sleep at night...
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Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Postby hawkmp4 » Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:23 pm UTC

skellious wrote:SOME OF YOU PEOPLE, WRITE, IN BOOKS?!?!?!?!?!

GAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

... yer, I don't exactly like it when people do that....

... Studying Politics was not easy, our teacher LOVED writing in text books and forced us to while reading... I didnt take in much of the information because i was screaming silently inside my head. The book has ALREADY been written in, by the author, I don't need to add to it...

I eventually had to use a notebook to jot down page and line numbers so I could get some sleep at night...

This. I buy my textbooks used for university but it drives me insane to have marks in them. Notebooks are for notes. Books are for reading.
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