Quotes and such

This is just a quirky collection of quotes that I add to my day planner (yes, I am old school like that) whenever I come across something during my readings that leaves an impression on me. Most of the time, it’s just something that made me giggle. But sometimes, yes sometimes, it’s something that made me really think. 


People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross [mentioned in The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown]

He decided in favor of life out of sheer spite and sheer malice. [The Perfume] – Patrick Süskind

In April 1944 the Opel rattles into the white city full of empty windows. “Vienna”, says Volkheimer, and Neumann Two fulminates about Hapsburg palaces and Wiener schnitzel and girls whose vulvas taste like apple strudel. [All The Light We Cannot See] – Anthony Doerr

There are four simple ways for the observant to tell Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar apart: first, Mr. Vandemar is two and a half heads taller than Mr. Croup; second, Mr. Croup has eyes of faded china blue, while Mr. Vandemar’s eyes are brown; third, while Mr. Vandemar fashioned the rings he wears on his right hand out of the skulls of four ravens, Mr. Croup has no obvious jewelery; fourth, Mr. Croup likes words, while Mr. Vandemar is always hungry. Also, they look nothing at all alike. [Neverwhere] – Neil Gaiman

Sitting high above the city, Father Time realized that knowing something and understanding it were not the same thing. [The Time Keeper] – Mitch Albom

You saved my life, she tried to tell him. Not forever, not for good. Probably just temporary. But you saved my life, and now I’m yours. The me that’s me right now is yours. Always. [Eleanor & Park] – Rainbow Rowell

“When you’re unsure of yourself” …. ” When you start pulling back into doubt and small living, she’s the one inside saying, ‘Get up from there and live like the glorious girl you are.’ She’s the power inside you, you understand?” [The Secret Life of Bees] – Sue Monk Kidd

It is such a secret place, the land of tears. [The Little Prince] – Antoine de Saint Exupéry

… slow and drunk is no match for fast and scared shitless. [Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children] – Ransom Riggs

For thus hath the Lord said unto me, “Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.” [Go Set a Watchman] – Harper Lee

From a distance he has the appearance of a walking cucumber that has gone deliquescent in the middle. [After Alice] – Gregory Maquire