quotes from books

For the Love of Quotes: A Series of Unfortunate Events – Part 2

Hello, wooorld! I’m here again to share another set of quotes from Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events! This post features quotes from The Miserable Mill to The Vile Village! You can check out the previous set (The Bad Beginning to The Wide Windowhere.

With Snicket’s way of writing, this series is actually filled with memorable quotes and witty passages I had a hard time selecting just a few.

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– THE MISERABLE MILL –

The Miserable Mill

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“It is much, much worse to receive bad news through the written word than by somebody simply telling you, and I’m sure you understand why. When somebody simply tells you bad news, you hear it once, and that’s the end of it. But when bad news is written down, whether in a letter or a newspaper or on your arm in felt tip pen, each time you read it, you feel as if you are receiving the news again and again.”

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“Optimist” is a word which here refers to a person, such as Phil, who thinks hopeful and pleasant thoughts about nearly everything. For instance, if an optimist had his left arm chewed off by an alligator, he might say, in a pleasant and hopeful voice, “Well, this isn’t too bad. I don’t have my left arm anymore, but at least nobody will ever ask me whether I am right-handed or left-handed,” but most of us would say something more along the lines of “Aaaaah! My arm! My arm!”

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“I’m sure you have heard it said that appearance does not matter so much, and that it is what’s on the inside that counts. This is, of course, utter nonsense, because if it were true then people who were good on the inside would never have to comb their hair or take a bath, and the whole world would smell even worse than it already does. Appearance matters a great deal, because you can often tell a lot about people by looking at how they present themselves.”

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Quote of the Week

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“So many times, I had chosen not to be with her. Too busy. Too tired. Don’t feel like dealing with it. Church? No thanks. Dinner? Sorry. Come down to visit? Can’t do it, maybe next week. You count the hours you could have spent with your mother. It’s a lifetime in itself.”

Mitch Albom, For One More Day

Friday 56 + Book Beginnings: Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted at Freda’s Voice. The rules:

• Grab a book, any book.
• Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
• Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
• Post it.
• Add the url of your post in the Linky back at her blog.


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Book Beginnings on Friday hosted by Gilon at the Rose City Reader.

Here I’m going to feature the first line or sentence of a book. Because it’s fun to judge books by their opening words and according to Lemony Snicket, “a book’s first sentence can often tell you want sort of story your book contains.”

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