A Sentence from a Book

Image contains: Abbie, smiling.Thanks to Charles French for inspiring this. In his post, he quotes a couple of sentences from books that strike his fancy and asks readers to respond with quotes of their own.

One sentence that came immediately to mind after reading this post was from Charles Dickens Oliver Twist. “But now that he was enveloped in the old calico robes which had grown yellow in the same service, he was badged and ticketed, and fell into his place at once—a parish child—the orphan of a workhouse—the humble, half-starved drudge—to be cuffed and buffeted through the world—despised by all, and pitied by none.” When I read this classic as a teen-ager, I was horrified to learn that poor Oliver suffered a lot of abuse.

Nowadays, I apply the concept of being cuffed and buffeted through the world to how I feel children should be raised. I’ve never been a parent, so I’m going by the experiences I had as a child. Too often, today’s children are coddled and not shown enough discipline.

I’m not saying children should be fed three meals a day of gruel or beaten, but parents need to be more authoritative, and there’s nothing wrong with a few good hard swats on a child’s bottom. That’s the way I was raised, and I’m proud of it. If punishment is swift and sure, children will grow up to be responsible citizens, and down the road, we’ll have less crime and violence.

What about you? Is there a sentence from a book that stands out in your mind? Why? I hope you have plenty of good books to read in 2019.


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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of two novels,, two poetry collections, and a memoir with another novel on the way. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com.

One thought on “A Sentence from a Book”

  1. Reblogged this on Campbells World and commented:
    In this post Abbie talks about sentences that stand out for you in books you’ve read.
    For me it wasn’t a whole sentence but a phrase that I read in one of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series books that stood out for me.
    One of the Katet is remembering how an English Lit teacher described a book he’d once read, and how it made him feel.
    when I read that description it stood out for me because it described how I wanted people to remember things I’d written.
    The phrase?
    The Ecstasy of perfect recognition
    That to me is what I feel when I’ve read a book that will stay with me for a life-time.
    How about you? Do you have a sentence that stands out for you?
    Read Abbie’s post and when you reblog it or share it to your social media share that sentence and do be sure to let Abbie know of it too.

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