We look before and after,
And pine for what is not:
Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is fraught;
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought. - Percy Bysshe Shelley, To a Skylark
He had a face like a collapsed lung. ~ Raymond Chandler, The Long Good-Bye
Clean of living things. ~ Robin McKinley, Sunshine
One part of me wanted to puke quietly, but thoroughly, in a far corner of the room. ~ Richard Kadrey, Sandman Slim
Out of the context of their killer stories (or poem, in the one case), these might not mean much to you. To me, they were unexpected, clever, or simply and perfectly suited to the moment. The impudent hatchlings that climbed into my ear, subtle as a song, and then just never left.
But I've saved the best for last. Here, dear readers is my favorite knuckle-cracking, one-sided grin of a line:
And now I'm going to tell you something really cool. ~ Attributed to Stephen Brust (A storyteller's creed)
So tell me, dahlings, what are your favorites?