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The Gigantic Quotes Twitter Project
11/07/2009, 8:34 am
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THE GIGANTIC QUOTES TWITTER PROJECT

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Gigantic is proud to unveil our newest online delight: “The Gigantic Quotes Twitter Project.”

Every few days we will be twittering “gigantic quotes” — lines of beauty, power, and mystery in which the word “gigantic” is used.

Please check back here for the complete archive of quotes.

May 23, 2010

The important thing, after all, is the ability to go on hoping, even in one’s final moments.  And we would certainly be given a gigantic tomb, at least the size of pyramids!” – Kobo Abe, The Ark Sakura

May 17, 2010

. . . And the drama

of bloodroot–teeny flowers falling apart,

gigantic leaf growing all summer–gods everywhere

with different ideas . .

– Mary Ruefle, “Helium”

April 25, 2010

I was trying to get him to calm down upstairs at Marea Alta, with those gigantic oysters–so delicious, they made you want to go straight to the beach. – Horacio Castellanos Moya, The She-Devil in the Mirror

April 22, 2010

Now that the entire outside of that ancient architectural masterpiece, the Time-Warner Building, is being used as a video billboard for web-based broadcasts, it would of course be possible to have gigantic outdoor pornographic broadcasts, wherein the relevant parts of the bodies of the actors and actresses would be so gargantuan and so realistic in their high-definition rendering that it would be difficult not to swoon over them. – Rick Moody, “Notes on Redevelopment”

April 13, 2010

The gigantic sky radiant as water ran over the earth and around it.  The old moon in the west and planets of morning streamed their light.  She wondered if she would ever know . . . the constellations . . . The birds all slept. – Eudora Welty, Delta Wedding

April 9, 2010

This is going to be the smallest baby ever,” John had told Olivia.  “You’re going to be a huge grandmother.  Gigantic.  The biggest grandmother ever.” – Sherman Alexie, Indian Killer

April 6, 2010

He watched without comment a woman in high heels running back and forth across a stage carrying eggs in a teaspoon while a gigantic clock ticked. – Marilynne Robinson, Home

March 29, 2010

There was his beetle-browed determination to see her come; there was the impossible beauty and sureness of his fat, white, propitious life.  His collections and his deep leather sofas, his gigantic chrome showerhead.  Which had mattered more at first, the thumbs and lips and conscientious sex or the gear? – Michael Cunningham, Specimen Days

March 23, 2010

The other market, the big one, is comparatively gigantic, and always very crowded and amusing, but not dream-like, not deep golden green, even in its generous summer shade. – M.F.K. Fisher, As They Were

March 15, 2010

Those who had seen him would not say what it was about but they looked shaken and gradually we who had not yet been in came to realize this was not just another case of beating, they were not holding their bottoms or taking friends apart to show their wounds, this time it must be gigantic, it could not be less than expulsion. – Henry Green, Pack my Bag:  A Self-Portrait

March 8, 2010

They never have a picture of the children so I do not know if the girls still wear those gigantic red bows and the ravaged looks on the every other Sunday when parents can come to visit “unless otherwise notified”–as we were notified the first six weeks. – Tillie Olsen, “I Stand Here Ironing”

March 1, 2010

So far Puttermesser had lasted through two elections, seeing the powerful become powerless and the formerly powerless inflate themselves overnight, like gigantic winds, to suck out the victory of the short run. – Cynthia Ozick, “Puttermesser:  Her Work History, Her Ancestry, Her Afterlife”

February 12, 2010

The jukebox once famous for hundreds of freeway exits up and down the coast for its gigantic country-and-western collection, including half a dozen covers of “So Lonesome I Could Cry,” was reformatted to light classical and New Age music that gently peeped at the edges of audibility, slowing, lulling this roomful of choppers and choker setters who now all looked like models in Father’s Day ads. – Thomas Pynchon, Vineland

February 5, 2010

One by one the mind of Doctor Reefy had made the thoughts.  Out of many of them he formed a truth that arose gigantic in his mind.  The truth clouded the world.  It became terrible and then faded away and the little thoughts began again. – Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio

January 31, 2010

Short storms make the best rainbows —

twenty minutes of inky wet, and then,

on the rinsed atmosphere’s curved edge,

struck by the re-emergent sun

in impermanent and glorious coinage,

mint-fresh from infra-violet to ultra-red,

gigantic, ethereal, rooted in the sea

seen through it, dying a bell-buoy green, . . .

– John Updike, “Rainbow”

January 25, 2010

They moved on to the public baths where they descended one by one into the waters, each more pale than the one before and all tattooed, branded, sutured, the great puckered scars inaugurated God knows where by what barbarous surgeons across chests and abdomens like the tracks of gigantic millipedes, some deformed, fingers missing, eyes, their foreheads and arms stamped with letters and numbers as if they were articles requiring inventory. – Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian

January 21, 2010

As I lifted my gaze to ever more distant points, to even steeper heights, there arose before me gigantic blocks of buildings that formed a heavy design, one not yet shown on any maps. – Clarice Lispector, The Passion According to G.H.

January 13, 2010

France was bored and so was Marguerite.  Her hatred of General de Gaulle had not diminished.  She tried to drown her disenchantment in alcohol.  The world was a gigantic swamp ruled by the betrayal of the revolutionary ideal. – Laure Adler, Marguerite Dura:  a life

January 9, 2010

Felt and heard the tip of the tongue, the edge of the tongue, the flat of the tongue, the softness inside the lips, the resilience of the lips firmly compressed, the gusts of unsmiling breath, the passionate suction of the popping that was sensation as well as sound, the nick of a white tooth, the tip of her nose, the side of her cheek, the feeling of her head on its side with the mouth gripping me, carrying me as a dog carries a sacred stick, until I felt that last moment of Ursula’s wet concentration–tender, vibrant, brokenly rhythmical–and then felt myself disgorging, disengaging, sinking, curling slowly into a gigantic ball like some enormous happy animal armed with quills. – John Hawkes, Death, Sleep and the Traveler

January 5, 2010

You can read Hugo’s description of the church bells of Paris as if standing somewhere on high on a special day . . . the tutti of the bells, as he calls it, rising from every part of the city, swelling, soaring, nothing richer, more dazzling, more triumphant than this furnace of music.  Against the storms of life, which Europeans know as well as anyone, there is this gigantic keel.” – James Salter, There and Then:  the travel writing of James Salter

January 3, 2010

Emie went the last forty-five miles by Greyhound, riding through the night coolness of low delta fields, past dark vineyards, orchards and walnut groves, isolated lights of farm houses, irrigation ditches full of moonlit water, then on the outskirts a gigantic technicolor face speaking silently on the screen of a drive-in movie. – Leonard Garder, Fat City

December 27, 2009

“. . . a gigantic

octagonal gazebo with no one

lounging in it the place I thought

best to reflect before opting out

for the empty swings just uphill–“

-Timothy Liu, “My Last Night on Nova Scotia”

December 22, 2009

The gigantic gorilla interior

Of the wheels move, they appall me–

The terrible brains

Of Krupp, black muzzles

Revolving, the sound

Punching out Absence!  Like cannon.

– Sylvia Plath, “Getting There”

December 17, 2009

Sometimes I think we were the victims of a gigantic hoax by our elders, that there was an elaborate conspiracy to conceal from us the one simple fact that the only important, certainly the best thing in life, is ordinary sexual love. – Walker Percy, Lancelot

December 13, 2009

On the unbreathing sides of hills

they play, a specklike girl and boy,

alone, but near a specklike house.

The Sun’s suspended eye

blinks casually, and then they wade

gigantic waves of light and shade.

A dancing yellow spot, a pup,

attends them.  Clouds are piling up; . . . “

– Elizabeth Bishop, “Squatter’s Children”

December 10, 2009

Occasionally there would be a noxious, unassessable dish which explained all too well what you found and smelt behind the teak-stained door of les waters, where gigantic feet in knobbed porcelain awaited you, followed by a gigantic flush which drenched your turn-ups. – Julian Barnes, Prelude to Something to Declare

December 5, 2009

It was punctuated by hoots of laughter–very much the kind of laughter I would recognize now as accompanying a woman’s confession of gigantic folly or some tale of perfidy (male perfidy?) beyond belief.  -Alice Munro, “The Ticket”

December 1, 2009

One of the first of these advertisements, itself one of the first domestically produced cartoons, is still lodged in my mind:  Into the mouth of a gigantic hand-drawn meat grinder walk various cows, all wearing beatific expressions, so happy are they at the prospect of serving humanity as they parachute down from the sky. – Orhan Pamuk, “Frankfurter”

November 28, 2009

He gave one the feeling that after swimming the length of the pool a half dozen times he would have earned the right to drink its contents; I imagined he had, like my Uncle Max, a colossal thirst and a gigantic bladder. – Philip Roth, “Goodbye, Columbus”

November 24, 2009

In that single gigantic instant I saw millions of acts both delightful and awful; not one of them amazed me more than the fact that all of them occupied the same point in space, without overlapping or transparency. – Jorge Borges, “The Aleph”

November 20, 2009

Sylvie did not want to lose me.  She did not want me to grow gigantic and multiple, so that I seemed to fill the whole house, and she did not wish me to turn subtle and miscible, so that I could pass through the membranes that separate dream and dream. – Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping

November 17, 2009

When he finally fell asleep he dreamed he was standing in a box with a crowd of hot dog-banana.  It was not clear which they were, hot dogs or bananas:  although yellow they were also tubes of gristle and intestine.  They were ungainly and had gigantic feet.  They smelled like barbecue and were hemming him in, jostling like so many broad-shouldered businessmen in an elevator. – Lydia Millet, Oh Pure and Radiant Heart

November 14, 2009

In this most horrendous of states

you have only a choice

between black pigs and red pigs

an unbearable stench from the Royal Palace

and Ballhaus Square and Parliament

spreads over this completely disgusting and

decrepit country

(shouts)

This tiny state is a gigantic dunghill

– Thomas Berhnard, Heldenplatz

November 11, 2009

. . . In the next room,

His nightmares, grafted to the palace wall –

Dark cyclones, hosting, breaking; Saturn

Jewelled in the blood of his own children,

Gigantic Chaos turning his brute hips

Over the world…

– Seamus Heaney, “Singing School”

November 6, 2009

It is going to be a kind of gigantic mechanical computer, slow, simple and ingenious, marking the hour, the day, the year, the century, the millenium, and the precession of the equinoxes, with a huge orrery to keep track of the immense ticking of the six naked-eye planets on their great orbital mainspring. – Michael Chabon, “The Omega Glory”

October 31, 2009

Only Professor Avenarius strolled happily along, feeling like the director of a gigantic orgy. -Milan Kundera, Immortality

October 27, 2009

Mortimer sat across the room watching the gigantic Japanese television while Betsy read. – Barry Hannah, Yonder Stands Your Orphan

October 24, 2009

The trip got off to an auspicious start, when, through a crazy mix-up at the rental car office, we ended up getting (for the same price as a Ford Escort) a gigantic, full loaded white Lincoln Town Car!! – John Porcellino, King-Cat Comics, No. 52

October 20, 2009

In Frankfurt, when you get off the train, what is the first thing you see, in gigantic letters of fire?  A single word:  HIER.  Gin. – Samuel Beckett, Mercier and Camier

October 16, 2009

Their droppings sometimes turn to manure, feeding the roots of gigantic baobabs, mangoes, and guavas.  The trees sometimes pulse forth with chlorophyll, expanding uncontrollably from the weaver’s excrements. – Tijan M. Sallah, “Weaverdom”

October 13, 2009

In combat boots and a double layer of sweats he seemed gigantic. – Thom Jones, “Rocket Man”


October 6, 2009

My wife has gone completely silent now, staring up at a gigantic billboard of nearly naked brown twins coyly concealing their perfect breasts behind icy bottles of Corona. – Sam Shepard, “Land of the Living”


October 2, 2009

As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. – Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis


September 29, 2009

All things are glooming now.  The moon glides up in the north; the rocks cast gigantic shadows. The moon is full; it looks like a glowing island, like a round riddle of brass that I pass by and wonder at. – Knut Hamsun, Pan

September 26, 2009

At the same time, a single, traumatically abrupt panel appeared to depict Scraps, the subordinate, piebald feral dog with the sore, being attacked in the industrial tunnel by swarms of what were either small tailless rats or gigantic, atomically mutated cockroaches as Cuffie, nearby, stands frozen with his paws over his eyes in instinctual shock and terror, until the tougher, more experienced and dominant feral rottweiler mix saves Cuffie’s life . . . -David Foster Wallace, “The Soul Is Not a Smithy”

September 22, 2009

And the drawings were of pretty girls, circa the 1970s, about the same age, wearing their mod skirts and their flared pants and their tie-dyed tops that looked like a gigantic burst blood vessel in an eye, and their oh-so demure pearls and their class rings from their football-playing boyfriends, and of course their silver and gold and wooden and filigree and enamel crosses. – Ann Beattie, The Doctor’s House

September 20, 2009

Always, “These gigantic inconceivables.”

Always, “What will have been done to me?”

And so we don our mental armor,

flex, thrill, pay the strict attention we always knew we should.

A violent alertness, the muscularity of risk,

though still the secret inward cry:  What else, what more?

-C.K. Williams, “Risk”


September 16, 2009

Gigantic screws turning everywhere, gears with teeth like file cabinets.  They’ve got catwalks and little crawlways through the works for the mechanics, but nobody goes down there unless they know what they’re doing. – Tobias Wolff, “The Night in Question”

September 13, 2009

And there, adjusting his glasses and thumbing through a card index, Sam began to write out a list of companies that seemed to fit the picture:  a great copper and brass manufacturer, a great public utility, a gigantic firm that made all kinds of paper bags. – Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road

September 10, 2009

Gigantic, imperiously reeking of sweat and beer, with beefy voices and senseless speeches, with faecal matter replacing the human brain, they provoke a tremor of ignoble fear. – Vladimir Nabokov, “The Leonardo”


September 1, 2009

Tomorrow Pearl was going to make every effort to relegate the gigantic physical world to its proper position. – Joy Williams, The Changeling

August 29, 2009

In our broad sweep, the city looks like a single gigantic creature–or more like a single collective entity created by many intertwining organisms. – Haruki Murakami, After Dark

August 19, 2009

I ran through a gigantic kiln, which has since recurred in nightmares:  I am flying up into the hot ceiling and can’t wake up. – Maxine Hong Kingston, The Fifth Book of Peace


August 16, 2009

The life out of which she spoke was even heavier than her body.  It was as if a gigantic, living Miss Lonelyhearts letter in the shape of a paper weight had been placed on his brain. – Nathanael West, Miss Lonelyhearts

August 14, 2009

After all what is one’s own language but a gigantic cacophonous cliché? – Anne Carson, “Variations on the Right to Remain Silent”

August 7, 2009

Let’s take a walk, you

and I in spite of the

weather if it rains hard

on our toes

we’ll stroll like poodles

and be washed down a

gigantic scenic gutter

that will be

exciting! . . .

– Frank O’Hara, “Poem”


August 4, 2009

But it’s really God–playing music in his favorite cathedral in heaven–shattering stained glass–playing a gigantic organ–thundering on the keys–perfect harmony–perfect joy. – Joan Didion, “Where the Kissing Never Stops”

July 31, 2009

Think of Mecca.  I’ve never been there, of course, but I’ve seen photographs of the place and of those who make pilgrimages there:  they’ve struck me in their extreme beauty.  There is an enormous structure, the Kaaba, a great black cube.The pilgrims run around it, thousands of people running in a circle around a gigantic black cube.  It’s fantastic. – Don DeLillo, “An Interview With Don DeLillo”


July 27, 2009

Carol was madly in love with Cal, an Inner Hornerite who resembled a gigantic belt buckle with a blue dot affixed to it, if a gigantic belt buckle with a blue dot affixed to it had been stapled to a tuna fish can. – George Saunders, The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil

July 24, 2009

Rayber heard his own heart, magnified by the hearing aid, suddenly begin to pound like the works of a gigantic machine in his chest. – Flannery O’Connor, The Violent Bear It Away

July 20, 2009

While he in was there, throughout the night certain other Cheyenne would go and beat upon the outside of the tepee cover.  What went on here concerned the preparation for a gigantic antelope surround.  If when them other men pounded on the lodge skin any quantity of antelope hair fell off the cover, the hunt would be successful. – Thomas Berger, Little Big Man

July 17, 2009

Savitsky, the commander of the Sixth Division, rose when he saw me, and I was taken aback by the beauty of his gigantic body . . . His long legs looked like two girls wedged to their shoulders in riding boots. – Isaac Babel, “My First Goose”

July 14, 2009

And so now Raymond Carver and I are sitting side-by-side on a gigantic sofa, with enough room between us for an entire class of schoolchildren. – Hansmaarten Tromp, “Any Good Writer Uses His Imagination to Convince the Reader”


July 11, 2009

Famous movie stars rode bicycles beside a river, laughing out of their gigantic, lovely mouths. – Denis Johnson, “Emergency”

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