Monday, March 14, 2022

Some quotes you cannot forget…‘God is Gone…..’

 Memorable Automobiles from The Past:


"When they told me the engine was missing, I thought it might need spark plugs!"  Said the confused mechanic, LOL ;-)

For today:

I have read literally hundreds of books since I started reading seriously when I was nearly 60. I started when on a mission to ‘retrieve’ a grandson. I figured I would be alone for months. Our daughter in Law Carol had taken our first Grandson across the USA, and I meant to retrieve him legally.

While shopping I passed a stack of books, this one was Clancy’s, “Executive Orders”, 2 inches thick, hardback, $20. I figured it would take me months to read it. I read it in a week and was hooked. The mission did take a good while, BUT I helped son Jack get custody. LONG story.

This is about books, lines or quotes by writers that stick with you. I have read 3 by Hemmingway. I have no idea if he was a believer or atheist, but he was a good writer.

In the book, “For Whom The Bell Tolls” I am sure I read the line I am writing about. I just found the book on line and scanned thru it  did not find the location. I could have easily missed it this time, but it was a conversation between one of the old French Resistant’s and a spy. He was telling the spy who had come to help dynamite a bridge, about his life. He told of seeing his family killed by the Nazi. His home burned and other friends killed.

The spy asked, “Do your pray?”

“No more,” the man said with his head lowered,Because God is gone, and I miss Him!”

I was so wrapped up in the book, reading the destruction and warped actions of the occupying Nazi Army, when I read that line, “God is gone, and I miss him!” I could mentally relate to the feelings he was expressing, in the writer's mind (I still get tears thinking or telling it).

I am not saying it was ‘spiritually’ inspired, but the writer did as he was supposed to do, he had me right there with those underground resistant’s I could feel the despair.

So that line has stuck with me for over 20 years. I am not sure one can feel it, unless they are at that point in the book. But it got me.

Has any writer hit you with a line you cannot forget?




PS: From the papers of kids in a Christian School:



Mevely317 said...

My word, that's a powerful line! Now I'm thinking part of my inability to focus on a book is the ambient noise -- you know, the TV ... Tom (*grin*). Maybe next time I'll put in some ear buds.
Anyway. The only lines that come to mind are:
"Don't cry for him, ma'am. Tears are for the living." (from Tears are for the Living by Margaret Banister) and,
"The story of your life never starts at the beginning; don't they teach you anything in school?" (from The One in a Million Boy by Monica Wood).

Neat topic! I'm going to be interested in hearing what others have to say.

betty said...

Interesting quote "God is gone and I miss him." I did not read that book so I'm unfamiliar with the story. Of course we know truly God is never gone :) I did read a paragraph from a book that really struck me and stuck with me. So much I took a picture of it from my phone since I was reading on my tablet. I plan to share it on my blog in a few weeks :)


Victor S E Moubarak said...

For the wrong reasons this line sticks in my mind from Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra.

Enobarbus said of Cleopatra: Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety.

Meaning she will always be beautiful and vivacious and fresh in outlook.

We were told by our Literature teacher to memorise some lines fort our exams and this one stuck in my head. I did not really know what it meant.

A few days later the History teacher was late at school. His dog had died that morning. To console him I said: Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale Her infinite variety.

He hit me on the head!

God bless.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

There have been many books and quotes, I cannot just name one that stuck, but many. You know I love quotes. I've been reading since an early age and have always loved it. Each book takes us into a different world we wouldn't have known about otherwise. God never leaves us, it is we who leave him. He is a constant in my life. Always there. Such tragedies in the world would make us think the opposite, but it's true He is always there. So glad you were able to pick up the habit of reading books and that you found your grandson too.

Lisa said...

I can’t recall any quotes from books. I am a terrible book reader as I get distracted to easy and have trouble understanding what I read. I have thought about finding some some books to listen too online using my earbuds while I work.

Off to work

Glenda said...

Favorite book "Gone With the Wind", favorite comment: Frankly My dear, I don't give a dam*"