You might need to know the characters to truly appreciate, but in Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard series, these quotes made me chuckle.
From The Lies of Locke Lamora:
“Bug,” Calo said, “Locke is like a brother to us, and our love for him has no bounds. But the four most fatal words in the Therin language are ‘Locke would appreciate it.'”
“Rivaled only by ‘Locke taught me a new trick,'” added Galdo.
And from Red Seas Under Red Skies:
“What? How dare I contemplate what you were going to do to me? You self-righteous strutting cock, I’ll–”
“What?” shouted Jean.
“I’ll throw myself at you, and you’ll beat the shit out of me,” said Locke. “And then you’ll feel awful! How about that, huh?”
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (via Contact):
It is not impossible that to some infinitely superior being the whole universe may be as one plain, the distance between planet and planet being only the pores in a grain of sand, and the spaces between system and system no greater than the intervals between one grain and the grain adjacent.
From Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand:
James: What are you after?
James: Don’t you have enough?
Francisco: In his lifetime, every one of my ancestors raised the production of d’Anconia Copper by about ten per cent. I intend to raise it by one hundred.
James: What for?
Francisco: When I die, I hope to go to heaven–whatever the hell that is–and I want to be able to afford the price of admission.
James: Virtue is the price of admission.
Francisco: That’s what I mean, James. So I want to be prepared to claim the greatest virtue of all–that I was a man who made money.
James: Any grafter can make money.
Francisco: James, you ought to discover some day that words have an exact meaning.