Category Archives: Quips & Quotes

Quips & Quotes: Quoting The Book Thief (Or Death, Take Your Pick)

I have to tell you, The Book Thief is one of my favorite books. It’s one of the few books that has ever made me cry into my pillow. It is so emotional, so well written, so unique. It is also narrated by Death. Seriously. I mean it. And he can be pretty… well, there is no way to describe Death. So I might as well just give you some of his best quotes.

“They say that war is Death’s best friend, but I must offer a different point of view on that one. To me, war is like the new boss who expects the impossible. He stands over your shoulder repeating one thing, incessantly: “Get it done, get it done.” So you work harder. You get the job done. The boss, however, does not thank you. He asks for more.”

“I’ve seen so many young men who think they are running at other young men. They’re not. They’re running at me.”

“Whoever named Himmel Street certainly had a healthy sense of irony. Not that it was a living hell. It wasn’t. But it sure as hell wasn’t heaven, either.”

“There was no one to really argue with, but Mama managed it expertly every chance she had. She could argue with the entire world in that kitchen, and almost every evening, she did.”

“In the spiteful stakes, I should also say that Frau Holtzapfel was thorough with her spitting, too. She never neglected to spuck on the door of number thirty-three and say, “Schweine!” each time she walked past. One thing I’ve noticed about the Germans: They seem very fond of pigs.”

 This is just a few of many. Which quote is your favorite?


Quips & Quotes: Reading With Lemony Snicket

Mysterious, gloomy, funny… I have always liked Lemony Snicket. He makes me laugh even when talking about the most unfortunate of things. Here some of my favorite quotes from him involving reading.

“A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.”

“There are those who say that sitting at home reading is the equivalent of travel, because the experiences described in the book are more or less the same as the experiences one might have on voyages, and there are those who say that there is no substitute for venturing out into the world. My own opinion is that it is best to travel extensively but to read the entire time, hardly glancing up to look out of the window of the airplane, train, or hired camel.”

“There are those who say that life is like a book, with chapters for each event in your life and a limited number of pages on which you can spend your time. But I prefer to think that a book is like a life, particularly a good one, which is well to worth staying up all night to finish.”

“Reading is one form of escape. Running for your life is another.”

“All the secrets of the world are contained in books. Read at your own risk.”

“It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read.”

Trust me, there are a lot more I didn’t have room to cram in here. What is your favorite Lemony Snicket quote?