My favorite quote comes from my favorite book and it's not because of the specific words of the quote, but because of the enormity of their meaning. This was the best twist ending of all time in my mind. I am speaking of Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.
"Real. Not a game. Ender's mind was too tired to cope with it all. They weren't just points of light in the air, they were real ships that he had fought with and real ships he had destroyed. And a real world that he had blasted into oblivion."
This one scene determines the entire rest of Ender Wiggin's life. He spends the rest of his days trying to make good for all the destruction and death he caused in that one moment without even knowing it. The entire Ender series is a huge inspiration for my own writing. Orson mixes science with spirituality, morality, concepts of family and community, racism and bigotry. All of this, he does through characters that you care about and run the gamut of emotions with.
The question from the title of this blog comes from http://www.practiceofmadness.com/. You can read more favorite quotes at: http://wordsinsync.blogspot.com/2011/01/what-is-your-favourite-quote-from-novel_04.html, http://www.stuffcatslikes.blogspot.com/2010/09/theodore-puertoriquezs-favorite-novel.html, http://criticalape.wordpress.com, http://www.carolaskan.com/2010/08/favorite-quote-from-a-novel/, http://dwilsonprice.wordpress.com/, http://drdlpenwell.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/god-tree-climbing-and-infinite-surprise/ andhttp://life4mebyme.blogspot.com/2010/08/what-are-your-favorite-all-time-quotes.html.