A Few of our Favorite Sentences, Part 2

Posted on: April 3, 2014

3de6a49007e7ed5199a3536a2eb990d9On Monday, we shared a list of great sentences as decided by The American Scholar, and we thought it might be fun to share a few of our favorite sentences (gathered from the Writing Center tutors and faculty and staff in the Writing Program and English Department).

Hillary likes this short but sweet sentence from As I Lay Dying: “My mother is a fish.”

Profesor Aimee Mepham is a fan of this sentence from Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried: “They laughed and held on tight, feeling the cold slap of wind and altitude, soaring, thinking It’s over, I’m gone!—they were naked, they were light and free—it was all lightness, bright and fast and buoyant, light as light, a helium buzz in the brain, a giddy bubbling in the lungs as they were taken up over the clouds and the war, beyond duty, beyond gravity and mortification and global entanglements—Sin loi!, they yelled.”

This sentence from Moby Dick is one of Rochelle’s favorites: “To the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee.”

Laura’s a fan of this sentence from John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley: “For how can one know color in perpetual green, and what good is warmth without cold to give it sweetness?”

Professor Ryan Shirey’s favorite sentence comes from Alexander Trocchi’s Young Adam: “There are times when what is to be said looks out of the past at you – looks like someone at a window and you in the street as you walk along.”

Nicole shared this sentence from Eiléan Ní Chuillean’s essay “Acts and Monuments of an Unelected Nation: The Cailleach Writes about the Renaissance:”  “Since I am Irish – indeed, since I am human – the world I live in has to include the past as well as liberation from the past.”

Do you have a favorite sentence? Share with us on our Facebook wall and we might share your sentence here!

And for more of our favorite sentences, check out Part 1.


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