"I am invited to dinner with the Czar and Bernadotte," said Hornblower to Bush; he handed over the letter, and Bush looked at it wisely with his head on one side as if he could read French. — Commodore Hornblower, C.S. Forester
Who needs gravity?
"It’s a lovely morning, sir," said Brown.
“God damned your eyes,” said Hornblower. — Commodore Hornblower, C.S. Forester
In Bush’s stern philosophy mankind - naval mankind at least - was born to sorrow and difficulty and danger, and any variation from such a state of affairs must be viewed with suspicion and not enjoyed too much lest it should have to be paid for at compound interest. — Flying Colours, C.S. Forester
'I am not afraid myself, of course; but I should not like to alarm the men…and I am afraid we may have got into the underworld, somehow: I cannot account for it otherwise.'
'-I beg your pardon?' Laurence said. —
Tongues of Serpents, Naomi Novik
In which Laurence is informed he may literally be in hell;
And says, “I beg your pardon?”
(Source: coogitrooper, via fadingchildhoodmemories)
Johnny Cash won Grammy Awards for the first two American Recordings albums, but was completely ignored by Nashville, the CMAs and the radio industry. Rick Rubin & JC decided to give the establishment a one-finger salute and ran this full-page ad in Billboard magazine on March 25, 1998.