Adrianne’s Quotable Quotes

Directions – Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.

Contrariwise, if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.  – Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass


It wasn’t only wickedness and scheming that made people unhappy, it was confusion and misunderstanding; above all, it was the failure to grasp the simple truth that other people are as real as you. – Ian McEwan, Atonement


“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr.Suess

“Maybe everybody in the whole damn world’s scared of each other.”  – John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men



“Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” — C.S. Lewis

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”  – Charlie Chaplin

“Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don’t always like.”  – Lemony Snicket


Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. – FDR

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”  – Elie Wiesel Night

“Just because something is traditional is no reason to do it, of course.” – Lemony Snicket The Blank Book – A Series of Unfortunate Events


Truth is eternal, knowledge is changeable. It is disastrous to confuse them. -Madeleine L’Engle, An Acceptable Time

“Perhaps it it our imperfections that make us so perfect for one another!” – Jane Austen Emma

“”Don’t you love Jesus?’ Well, I thought an’ I thought an’ finally I says, ‘No, I don’t know nobody name’ Jesus. I know a bunch of stories, but I only love people.””  – John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath


I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know? – Ernest Hemmingway


“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.” – Oscar Wilde


My affections and wishes have not changed, but one word from you will silence me forever. If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.” – Jane Austen


“It is one of the triumphs of the human that he can know a thing and still not believe it.” – John Steinbeck


“If you liked being a teenager, there’s something really wrong with you.”
— Stephen King


Get busy living or get busy dying” – Stephen King


“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde


“Everyone, at some point in their lives, wakes up in the middle of the night with the feeling that they are all alone in the world, and that nobody loves them now and that nobody will ever love them, and that they will never have a decent night’s sleep again and will spend their lives wandering blearily around a loveless landscape, hoping desperately that their circumstances will improve, but suspecting, in their heart of hearts, that they will remain unloved forever. The best thing to do in these circumstances is to wake somebody else up, so that they can feel this way, too.” – Lemony Snicket Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid


Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all. – Dwight D. Eisenhower


“Be Yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde


“There is no use trying”, said Alice; one can’t believe impossible things. I dare say you haven’t had much practice, said the Queen. When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland


“People aren’t either wicked or noble. They’re like chef’s salads, with good things and bad things chopped and mixed together in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict.” – Lemony Snicket The Grim Grotto – A Series of Unfortunate Events Book 11


Save your rejections so that later when you are famous you can show them to people and laugh. – Meg Cabot


Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” – John Steinbeck


“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know” – Ernest Hemmingway


‘When he gave us our air rifles, Atticus wouldn’t teach us to shoot.  Uncle Jack instructed us in the rudiments thereof; he said Atticus wasn’t interested in guns.  Atticus said to Jem, “I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you’ll go after birds.  Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it.  “You’re father’s right,” she said.  “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy.  They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us.  That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mocking bird.” ’ – Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


 . . . our pleasures in this world are always to be paid for . . .  – Northanger Abbey


Was everyone else really as alive as she was?…If the answer was yes, then the world, the social world, was unbearably complicated, with two billion voices, and everyone’s thoughts striving in equal importance and everyone’s claim on life as intense, and everyone thinking they were unique, when no one was. – Ian McEwan, Atonement


“If the reader prefers, this book may be regarded as fiction. But there is always the chance that such a book of fiction may throw some light on what has been written as fact.” – Ernest Hemmingway A Moveable Feast


“This is how the entire course of a life can be changed: by doing nothing.”
— Ian McEwan, On Chesil Beach

“When a condition or a problem becomes too great, humans have the protection of not thinking about it. But it goes inward and minces up with a lot of other things already there and what comes out is discontent and uneasiness, guilt and a compulsion to get something–anything–before it is all gone. “  – John Steinbeck The Winter of Our Discontent


Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime. – Ernest Hemmingway


“Taking one’s chances is like taking a bath, because sometimes you end up feeling comfortable and warm, and sometimes there is something terrible lurking around that you cannot see until it is too late and you can do nothing else but scream and cling to a plastic duck.” – Lemony Snicket

“People like you to be something, preferably what they are.” – John Steinbeck East of Eden

“I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”  – Marilyn Monroe

“If writers wrote as carelessly as some people talk, then adhasdh asdglaseuyt[bn[ pasdlgkhasdfasdf.” – Lemony Snicket Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid


“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”
-James Dean

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” – Lemony Snicket Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid

The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it. ” – Ernest Hemmingway


“Before I knowed it, I was sayin’ out loud, ‘The hell with it! There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do. It’s all part of the same thing.’ . . . . I says, ‘What’s this call, this sperit?’ An’ I says, ‘It’s love. I love people so much I’m fit to bust, sometimes.’ . . . . I figgered, ‘Why do we got to hang it on God or Jesus? Maybe,’ I figgered, ‘maybe it’s all men an’ all women we love; maybe that’s the Holy Sperit-the human sperit-the whole shebang. Maybe all men got one big soul ever’body’s a part of.’ Now I sat there thinkin’ it, an’ all of a suddent-I knew it. I knew it so deep down that it was true, and I still know it.” – John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath


“Sometimes we have to choose between what is right and what is easy.
–Albus Dumbledore” – J.K. Rowling Harry Potter


“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” – C.S. Lewis


Entertaining a notion, like entertaining a baby cousin or entertaining a pack of hyenas, is a dangerous thing to refuse to do. If you refuse to entertain a baby cousin, the baby cousin may get bored and entertain itself by wandering off and falling down a well. If you refuse to entertain a pack of hyenas, they may become restless and entertain themselves by devouring you. But if you refuse to entertain a notion – which is just a fancy way of saying that you refuse to think about a certain idea – you have to be much braver than someone who is merely facing some blood-thirsty animals, or some parents who are upset to find their little darling at the bottom of a well, because nobody knows what an idea will do when it goes off to entertain itself.” – Lemony Snicket Horseradish: Bitter Truth You Can’t Avoid


“Sometimes human places, create inhuman monsters.” – Stephen King The Shining


“Those unable to catalog the past are doomed to repeat it.” – Lemony Snicket The End – The Series Of Unfortunate Events Book 13

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
-Barack Obama


“It’s not that I don’t like people. It’s just that when I’m in the company of others – even my nearest and dearest – there always comes a moment when I’d rather be reading a book.”
— Maureen Corrigan (Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading: Finding and Losing Myself in Books)


“And the moral of that is: Be what you would seem to be, or if you’d like it put more simply: Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would

have appeared to them to be otherwise.” – The Dutchess


The story can resume – Robbie Turner


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