I'm removing one quotation here because the others are SO strong and I think that this one, while excusable in context, weakens the whole thing because it's really sentimental and not really pithy (which all the others are - and I could have quoted virtually all of them, at least half a century after I first read them). The one I'm removing is:
* A lot of things were lucky," said Daddy, and suddenly, while they were walking along, brought his hand down on John's shoulder and gave it a bit of a squeeze. "You'll be a seaman yet, my son." And John, for one dreadful moment, felt that something was going wrong with his eyes. A sort of wetness, and hotness... Partly salt... Pleased though he was, he found himself biting his lower lip pretty hard, and looking the other way.
* We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea (Chapter 23), 1937
I'm very happy for a discussion and a reinstatement if I'm overruled.188.8.131.52 21:36, 21 September 2011 (UTC)