Queen of Sunset Town
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I righteously called myself the Queen of Sunset Town some years ago now, inspired by a song by one of the best living bands, Marillion. It's a nickname I've kept for myself and wanted it to appear on this website somewhere.
This page is dedicated to quotes that I liked or found inspiring
Also, see my page of Top Tens and Reviews for more of my taste in music/books etc
'watch a big wheel turning round, some go up, some go down; some go thirsty, some just drown, that's the law around here, said the king (queen) of sunset town'.
'If there's somebody out there, could they throw me down a line? just a little helping hand, just a little understanding, just some answers to the questions that surround me now... just a guiding light, to tell wrong from right, just some answers to the questions that I'm asking you... nothing here is ever what it seems,...would you just let me know I'm not standing alone, that I'm not just a voice in the crowd,... I'm scared to shout in case I draw attention from the powers that preside over our minds and our lives, when they find what I want is the deadliest weapon that is truth'.
'It's like jumping, it's like leaping, it's like walking on the ceiling, it's like floating, it's like flying through the air. It's like soaring, it's like gliding, it's a rocket ship you're riding, it's a feeling that can take you anywhere. So why they call it falling, why they call it falling, why they call it falling I don't know.'
'It's easy living in a bubble, no complication or trouble'
'And now I'm glad I didn't know the way it all would end, the way it all would go. Our lives are better left to chance. I could have missed the pain, but I'd have had to miss the dance.'
'i believe the sun should never set upon an argument, i believe we place our happiness in other people's hands, i believe that junk food tastes so good because it's bad for you, i believe your parents did the best job they knew how to do, i believe that beauty magazines promote low self esteem, i believe i'm loved when i'm completely by myself alone'.
'i believe in karma - what you give is what you get returned, i believe you can't appreciate real love till you've been burned, i believe the grass is no more greener on the other side, i believe you don't know what you've got until you say goodbye'.
'i believe you can't control or choose your sexuality, i believe that trust is more important than monogamy, i believe your most attractive features are your heart and soul, i believe that family is worth more than money or gold, i believe the struggle for financial freedom is unfair, i believe the only ones who disagree are millionaires'.
'i believe forgiveness is the key to your own happiness, i believe that wedded bliss negates the need to be undressed, i believe that God does not endorse TV evangelists, i believe in love surviving death until eternity'.
'This ain't comin' from no prophet, just an ordinary man. When I close my eyes I see the way this world shall be, when we all walk hand in hand. When the last child cries for a crust of bread, when the last man dies for just words that he said, when there's shelter over the poorest head, we shall be free. When the last thing we notice is the colour of skin and the first thing we look for is the beauty within, when the skies and oceans are clean again, we shall be free. When we're free to love anyone we choose, when this world's big enough for all different views, when we all can worship from our own kind of pew, then we shall be free'.
'I hope you never lose your sense of wonder, you get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger. May you never take one single breath for granted. God forbid love ever leave you empty handed. I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean. Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens. Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance, and when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.
I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance, never settle for the path of less resistance. Livin' might mean takin' chances but they're worth takin', lovin' might be a mistake but it's worth makin'. Don't let some hell bent heart leave you bitter. When you come close to sellin' out, reconsider. Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance and when you get the chance to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.
Time is a wheel in constant motion, always rolling us along. Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder where those years have gone.
I hope you dance.'
Buffy, Season 2, Passion
It lies in all of us, sleeping, waiting
and though unwanted, unbidden,
it will stir, open its jaws and howl.
It speaks to us, guides us,
Passion rules us all:
and we obey,
what other choice do we have?
Passion is the source of our finest moments:
the joy of love,
the clarity of hatred
and the ecstasy of grief.
It hurts sometimes more than we can bear.
If we could live without passion,
maybe we'd know some kind of peace;
but we would be hollow;
empty rooms, shuttered, damp.
Without Passion we'd be truly dead.
Buffy, Season 3, Faith, Hope and Trick
Scott: "Hi. How are you? Think of this as my last ditch effort - I realise that one more is going to qualify as stalking."
Buffy, Season 3, Beauty and the Beasts
Willow: "this time it's not your boyfriend who's the cold blooded.....jelly donut?"
Angel, Season 5, Origin
Angel: "Bad things always happen here"
Spike: "Hate to break it to you mate but bad things always happen everywhere"
Angel, Season 5, Underneath
Lorne: "This thing coming after you - how bad on a scale of, say, 1 to Terminator?"
'Sometimes we get the words wrong. Believe me on this one and trust me, if you can. I'm doing my best to tell it true. It just gets real hard sometimes.'
Vurt, Jeff Noon
'Asking a kid to cope with being young is like telling a farmer that if he makes a good job of ploughing the field with his bare hands, you'll reward him by giving him a plough.'
Alexander at the World's End, Tom Holt
'Some lucky people have lives like a new colony, where the public buildings and houses and streets and markets and town walls are all laid out and completed before the first settler moves in. The rest of us are like old villages which grew up haphazard, strung out along a road or squashed in between two mountains.'
Alexander at the World's End, Tom Holt
'I like to consider myself apart from the whole earth. There is no dignity left. I would like to be able to float away with my books and music and my guitar. I do too much thinking for my own good. I compose poetry in my head, but it won't come out right on paper. It's depressing. I dream too much also. I have so many ambitions, and I am crushed when I realise how very few will ever be achieved. I want to be an author, a musician, a veterinarian, a researcher working with dolphins and other marine life, a friend of those I admire. I want to be someone who would die for her cause. I want to be creative. I want to be a starving artist. I want always to be travelling, never in one place for long. I want to be defending everyone's rights, especially animals and women. I want to be free, inspiring, compassionate. I want to be everything. I want to live under a night sky with someone I love intensely, and never have to move. To sit and gaze at the heavens with someone. I want never to be tied down or held back as I am now. Above all, I want to be free. I want it to be nighttime forever.
It's not even consistent. I want never to have to stay in one place and never to have to move. I want total freedom and total irresponsibility and total dedication. I want everything and nothing, all at the same time. I know it doesn't make any sense, but this isn't sense, this is desire.'
Virtual Mode, Piers Anthony
This isn't actually a book quote as such but I think the guy is an author so I'm putting it here anyway:
'By nature, we are the heirs and heiresses of a genetic lottery....one female egg in the fertile, wriggling human soup of millions of possibilities. There is nothing so unlikely as the flesh we happen to inhabit, and we are all mysterious beings within our own minds'
Bruce Sterling, commenting on Chaos
'The real troubles in this world tend to settle on the misalignment between men and women......but how we do love to brush these injustices aside....we accept, as a cosmic joke, the separate ways of men and women, their different levels of foolishness'.
The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields
'I want the fairytale'
This is going in the film section coz the film section is a little on minute side at the moment but it's actually a quote directly from the book:
'Some of these songs I have listened to around once a week, on average (three hundred times in the first month, every now and again thereafter), since I was (fourteen or) sixteen or nineteen... How can that not leave you bruised somewhere? How can that not turn you into the sort of person liable to break into little bits when your first love goes all wrong? What came first, the music or the misery? Did I listen to music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to music? Do all those records turn you into a melancholy person?
People worry about kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos; we are scared that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands - literally thousands - of songs about broken hearts and rejection and pain and misery and loss. The unhappiest people I know, romantically speaking, are the ones who like pop music the most; and I don't know whether pop music has caused this unhappiness, but I do know that they've been listening to the sad songs longer than they've been living the unhappy lives.'
Nick Hornby, High Fidelity
"Men are rats. They're fleas on rats. Worse than that, they're amoebas on fleas on rats" - Frenchie, Grease
(I'm not really a man hater, but you've got to admit it's a funny quote)
"Small chance of success; certain death, what are we waiting for?" - Gimli, LoTR:RotK