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Questions about popular quotes from a work.

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What novel is this quote from?

I have been trying to figure out what this quote is from. It's almost definitely from a fantasy novel, but I've checked likely books that I'm familiar with (Tolkien, Sanderson) and I can't figure it ...
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In Empire Strikes Back, does anyone directly quote the Godfather?

In my mind I can remember Han Solo or Lando saying "he made us an offer we couldn't refuse" in reference to Darth Vader. Did I imagine it?
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Is it stated in Shadow or Mordor / War (outside the appendix) that Celebrimbor gave Sauron's One Ring it's own will

In the appendix of Shadow of Mordor for The One Ring it says “The One Ring was forged at Orodruin and perfected by his captive, the Elven lord Celebrimbor. Sauron invested much of his power into ...
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What is “DON'T PANIC” a reference to on the dashboard of Elon Musk's car?

SpaceX recently launched the Falcon Heavy into space while carrying Elon Musk's car to be sent into orbit around Mars. (News article reference) During the launch, footage was shown of a space suit ...
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Rocket Robin Hood Cosmic or Astral rich

In the voice over at the start of the cartoon series Rocket Robin Hood (last time I saw it was approx 1972!) The narrator says, I think, one of the following.. "He steals from the ASTRAL rich to give ...
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Can wizards throw around raw magical energy without any spell?

According to Toby's comment on this thread: There was some mention (in Order of the Phoenix, I believe) about them being able to throw around raw magical energy without it actually being "focused"...
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Is this quote from Robert Heinlein's writing? “I never learned from a man who agreed with me”

Can anyone provide a source for this quote, supposedly from Robert Heinlein or from one of his works? "I never learned from a man who agreed with me." Or similar wording. I don't recognize it, and I'...
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What fantasy movie is this quote from?

with one cherry you may pass to the world behind the glass I remember the girl moves into her grandmas house and she finds and old standing mirror. Behind the mirror stuck to it there are some ...
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Looking for quote about the absurdity of people driving cars

I remember reading a book where the Author described an aliens point of view of how absurd it was that people transported themselves around in metal boxes that were much bigger than what they needed. ...
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Who said “One person, one vote. I just happened to be the person voting”?

This quote is probably misquoted, but I remember this as a Blake's 7 quote from Servalan. However, I have also read elsewhere a similar quote from Terry Pratchett's Discworld. Is there a quote like ...
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Daneel or Giskard quote about functioning more efficiently, similar to happiness

For an article I'm writing, I'm looking for a quote from Asimov's Daneel or Giskard (I don't remember which one). In this quote, one of the robots explains that he can't feel happiness, but his ...
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Who said Rebels are not necessarily dead?

I remember hearing something a few months ago, in which a [perhaps] Disney executive said basically: Just because they were not in the Original Trilogy does not mean they're dead. This was in ...
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Which Harry Potter novel is the quote “Things are gonna get serious for you” from?

I read this quote from Harry Potter in the book or on the Internet, I don't remember. I think I read it 3-4 years ago. It was like Things are gonna get serious for you. This quote was a play on ...
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Is Schönweiser, the author of the quote on religion in “The Screwfly Solution”, a real person?

The Screwfly Solution is a short story by Raccoona Sheldon, in which men all over the world start killing women because they feel a religious voice is telling them it is the right thing to do. ...
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What is the source of the phrase “that's the thing about journeys, when you return, you are never the same”?

While watching The Lord of the Rings again, a phrase ringed in my head. It was something like... But that's the thing about journeys, when you return, you are never the same. (These might not be ...
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Does the quote “The spice must flow” appear in the original Dune series?

I just finished reading Chapterhouse: Dune, so I read the whole original series. I can't remember the quote "The spice must flow." that appears in the Lynch's Dune. Is it the books? If so, in which ...
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The Magicians Series - a passage about how hard and frustrating studying magic is

There is a passage in The Magicians Series about how hard and frustrating is studying magic. It describes the hard work Quentin puts in the learning magic and staying a lot in the library. I ...
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What did James Cameron mean by this quote?

James Cameron referred to Aliens as forty miles of bad road in the intro to the DVD Special Edition "What you're about to watch is the Special Edition of ALIENS. I actually preferred this ...
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Pratchett Quote about Research and Development

I'm looking for a quote by Terry Pratchett. I'm pretty sure that the patrician was speaking about Leonard of Quirm and giving funds to Research and Development. It was something along the lines of: ...
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What is the linguistic challenge Louise uses in the beginning of “Arrival”?

What I remember is, in the beginning of the movie, Louise gives the military guy a linguistic challenge to give to the translator he is going to see next, after the military guy says he will give the ...
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Who introduced the term “the Northern Thing” for fantasy works inspired by Germanic mythology?

The works particularly of Tolkien and some other writers like Robert Howard and Poul Anderson are sometimes described as being influenced by "that Northern Thing", meaning mythology and medieval tales ...
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Quote by Science Fiction writer: peace and prosperity are the exception, not the norm

There is a semi-famous quote by a science fiction writer that basically asserts that peace, prosperity, industry and maybe democracy are a fluke in history and poverty and violence is pretty much the ...
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Looking for a Discworld book a quote is from (and the full quote)

I've been thinking about a quote from one of the Discworld books which went something like (from memory and not in the tone of Terry): The thing about insurmountable mountains is that they are ...
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Terry Pratchett quote about what authors look like

I once read a funny quote from Terry Pratchett about authors (maybe fantasy authors specifically?) and their appearance, which I'm trying to find again. It was something like: Most authors look ...
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Help finding a passage from one of the Ender Wiggin books

In one of the books in the Ender Wiggin series, a character is using a computer that is dynamically changing to accommodate his physical disabilities. The passage describes in some detail how the ...
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Only a poor knife cuts one way

A Science fiction book, possibly from Harrison's The Stainless Steel Rat series, includes a quote something like, "Only a poor knife cuts one way" or perhaps "'Tis a poor knife that cuts one way". ...
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Searching for a dialogue from one of the books from Belgariad or Mallorean

I don't have access to my books and have no PDF version of them, nor being able to find it using Google (seems I'm good at find anything with Google except from book quotes) I'm searching for a ...
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Searching for a quote from a Drizzt do' Urden book

I don't have access to my books and have no PDF version of them, nor being able to find it using Google (seems I'm good at find anything with Google except from book quotes) I'm searching for a quote ...
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Was Lupin's comment to Harry about fear affected by Franklin Roosevelt? If so, why did Rowling choose this?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, after Harry explained the boggart would change into a dementor for him, Lupin says, "That suggests that what you fear most of all, is fear itself. This is ...
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Identify an end of democracy quote, possibly by F. Herbert

I recall that there was a quote about downfall or ending of democracy, either through its own excesses or through overblown bureaucracy, or something similar. I suspect it's from one of F.Herbert's ...
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Is there a story behind the misquote, “Luke, I am your father”?

I've wondered for a long time how a misquote of the famous reveal in The Empire Strikes Back crystalized in pop culture history rather than Vader's actual line: No, I am your father. How did the ...
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Elvish transcription - Upon the Hearth the Fire is Red

Does anyone know if this transcription is correct? It's a portion of Upon the Hearth the Fire is Red. Home is behind, the world ahead, And there are many paths to tread Through shadows to the ...
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Where do we hear about the Crimson King's sigul being destroyed?

The two authoritative analyses of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series claim that the Crimson King was "tower-pent" - that is, trapped on a balcony outside the Tower itself - because he had removed a ...
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Is this a real quote from the Dark Tower series?

I found this line (attributed to Jake Chambers, and referring to the rest of his Ka-tet) in Bev Vincent's analysis The Road to the Dark Tower: Exploring Stephen King's Magnum Opus: “I love them, ...
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Quotation about the future of technology being paper

I've been looking for a quotation for some time now and it bugs me. A sci-fi author was asked what the information technology of the future would be and he described a tech with lots of benefits, e.g....
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Looking for a quote by Raistlin Majere

I am looking for a quote, possibly by Raistlin Majere of Dragonlance series. I saw it on a Chinese forum with Chinese text and I couldn't find the exact quote anywhere in the book. Quote in Chinese ...
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When does Jade say that just sub the speed of light is the fastest the ship can go?

When John and Jade were going through the Yellow Yard, John asks if they could go any faster to which Jade replies that the fastest the ship can go is just sub the speed of light. When does she say ...
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When is the not whole truth quote that Doc Scratch says?

In Homestuck, I recall at one point Doc Scratch telling Rose that humans were the ones that defined not telling everything is lying. Where was this quote?
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Do the androids need to kill their owners in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

I'm writing my BA thesis on Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. In the Polish translation of the book, there is an indication that an android needs to kill its owner to get from ...
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Looking for a specific Tolkien quote about the benefit of allowing suffering in the world

I remember reading something in Tolkien's writings that perfectly summarized his response to the Problem of Evil (in the context of his imagined world, anyway): if God (or Eru) is perfectly good, why ...
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Story ID from an in-text poem about dragons

I read this book, maybe 8 years ago or a bit more. It is fantasy, and humor, and I think part of it was set here and part in a low-tech magical world. I believe one of the characters was a math ...
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Trying to identify a story from a quote - “poke, poke - die, die”

I read this book quite a while ago, about 8-10 years. The book is fantasy based, set in a medieval-ish world (with magic). The protagonist is a man, goes on a journey, fights lots of bad guys. The ...
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Did Tolkien liken Aragorn to a wolf?

I seem to recall from somewhere that Tolkien likened Aragorn to a type of animal, I think a wolf, but I can't for the life of me remember where he may have said this. Did Tolkien actually make a ...
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What is the provenance of this Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets quote

In a couple of answers that have been posted on this site today (one, two) a quote has been used (to good effect, I hope the authors of these answers know I don't mean to slight their knowledge of ...
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What is this Norwegian shouting?

In this clip from the film The Thing (2011), Sander Halvorsen's speech is interrupted by a bearded guy (Lars?) who stands up and shouts something in Norwegian. I gather he says something to the effect ...
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Text and origin of the original “always be batman” quote

I found different forms of the quote on the internet and mostly without origin. Which one is the real batman quote? Remember to always be yourself. Unless you can be batman. Then always be batman. ...
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What does “My shoes are too tight” mean?

On Babylon 5, episode 7 ("War Prayer"), Londo Mollari says, "My shoes are too tight, and I've forgotten how to dance." The scene: LONDO: ...My shoes are too tight. VIR: ...Excuse me? ...
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Whose definition of “science fiction” is this?

Sometime in the last quarter of the 20th century (or just possibly in the very early 2000s) I read somewhere the following definition of science fiction (not word-for-word, I paraphrase): Science ...
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Fremen insult about wasting water

I vaguely recall an instance where a Fremen insults someone by indicating that they are so terrible it would be no loss if that person died and their body's water was not reclaimed. I've only read ...
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Which author commented that “we all got it wrong” about walking on the moon being televised?

I remember either watching or reading an interview or discussion with a very well known author, a LONG time ago, and one of the comments he made was something to the effect of: although sci-fi ...