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Ernest Hemingway, "The Green Hills of Africa"

"All I wanted to do now was to get back to Africa. We had not left it, yet, but when I would wake in the night I would lie, listening, homesick for it already."

Theodore Roosevelt, "African Game Trails"

"I speak of Africa and golden joys; the joy of wandering through lonely lands; the joy of hunting the mighty and terrible lords of the wilderness, the cunning, the wary and the grim."

Yes, I'm a bit preoccupied these days, summer is on the way and I have no where to go this year (and no money to go with)...  :(

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"I wanted so much to step over and pick them up. Several times I tried to move my feet, but they seemed to be nailed to the floor. I knew the pups were mine, all mine, yet I couldn't move. My heart started aching like a drunk grasshopper. I tried to swallow and couldn't. My Adam's apple wouldn't work. One pup started my way. I held my breath. On he came until I felt a scratchy little foot on mine. The other pup followed. A warm puppy tongue caressed my sore foot. I heard the stationmaster say, 'They already know you.' I knelt down and gathered them in my arms. I buried my face between their wiggling bodies and cried."

- Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows

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If called by a panther

don't anther

Candy is dandy

but liker is quicker

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PartridgeCartridge

"It puts the lotion on its skin... It puts the lotion on its skin or it gets the hose again"

-Some batshit crazy serial killer.

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"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read"

Graucho Marx

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Home is the hunter

home from the hill

home is the hunter

home from the kill

(this may only be close)

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If you can keep your head,

When all about you are losing theirs

And blaming it on you, ...

Kipling.

Blagojevich ruined that one for me.   Nevermore.

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[Look, darlin', it's Johnny Ringo. Deadliest pistoleer since Wild Bill, they say. What do you think, darlin', should I hate him? ]

Doc Holiday Tombstone

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Like many Southerners, I was ruined for church by early exposure to preachers.

Howell Raines

I like that one. I'm not so sure God approves of religion.

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Like many Southerners, I was ruined for church by early exposure to preachers.

Howell Raines

I like that one. I'm not so sure God approves of religion.

I should say that I a life-long church-goer...and I still love that line.

By the way, most of the rest of the book was NOT good literature.

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PaFlyfisher
I think the best sentence ever written in any book can be found in the Bible.

Jesus wept.

Succinct, poignant and perfect.

At the death of Lazarus, correct? That is a good one.

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