Understanding basketball through literary quotes. Or something like that.
Maintained by Evan Dunlap of the Orlando Magic blog Orlando Pinstriped Post.
Inspired by Slaugherhouse 90210, which does the same thing, only with television.
His life was made an agony by the number of fine scalpels that he felt to be incessantly engaged in dissecting his dignity.
- Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit
In honor of the Sixers’ retiring Allen Iverson’s jersey on Saturday, here’s one of our all-time favorite posts.
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It hits you more insistently. A restlessness. A virus of discontent.
- Lorrie Moore, “How”
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He spoke—they obeyed: strength always has an influence of its own.
- Ivan Turgenev, “The Singers,” from A Sportsman’s Sketches
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"Can’t repeat the past?" he cried incredulously. "Why of course you can"
- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
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"Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful."
- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus
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If he had any inclination toward appearing majestic or graceful, he kept it to himself.
- Sloane Crosley, “An Abbreviated Catalog of Tongues,” from How Did You Get This Number
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We like each other and are happy when we meet, but we have gone our own ways.
- Roger Ebert, Life Itself: A Memoir
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“Hell, there was no way to get away from that brute! All you could do was keep moving and hope he wouldn’t get hold of you.”
- Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ‘72
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The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.
- Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die
I want you to be weary with me
of all that is already well done,
of all that ages us.
Of all that lies in wait
to wear out other people.
Let us be weary of what kills
and of what doesn’t want to die.
Pablo Neruda, “A certain weariness”
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