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E.L. Konigsburg Quotes

E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Finish. The difference between being a writer and being a person of talent is the discipline it takes to apply the seat of your pants to the seat of your chair and finish. Don’t talk about doing it. Do it. Finish.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Indecisiveness wears a person out.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Five minutes of planning are worth fifteen minutes of just looking.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “True simplicity is elegant.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place, but there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “It often takes more courage to be a passenger than a driver.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Before you can be anything, you have to be yourself. That’s the hardest thing to find.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Often the search proves more profitable than the goal.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Talk was like the vitamins of our friendship: Large daily doses kept it healthy.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Some days you must learn a great deal. But you should also have days when you allow what is already in you to swell up and touch everything. If you never let that happen, then you just accumulate facts, and they begin to rattle around inside of you.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “How can you know what is missing if you’ve never met it? You must know of something’s existence before you can notice its absence.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “When you hug someone, you learn something else about them. An important something else.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “By the time they get to 6th grade honor roll students won’t risk making a mistake, and sometimes to be successful, you have to risk making mistakes.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Sometimes silence is a habit that hurts?”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Biding one’s time is a very different thing from patience.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Secrets are the kind of adventure she needs. Secrets are safe, and they do much to make you different. On the inside where it counts.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Sometimes we even have to risk making fools of ourselves.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Going to school- picking an apple Getting an education- eating it.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Lying in bed just before going to sleep is the worst time for organized thinking; it is the best time for free thinking. Ideas drift like clouds in an undecided breeze, taking first this direction and then that.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “I’ve been the oldest child since before you were born.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Silence does for thinking what a suspension bridge does for space – it makes connections.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “There’s something nice and safe about having money.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “How dare he fall in love with his own wife! -Salai.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “They are saying that if life has a structure, a staff, a sensible scaffold, we hang our nonsense on it. And they are saying that broken parts add color and music to the staff of life.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Whenever someone makes out a guest list, the people not on it become officially uninvited, and that makes them the enemies of the invited. Guest lists are just a way of choosing sides.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Because way down deep they know that civilized people have to preserve rare birds.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Some people spend all their time on a vacation taking pictures so that when they get home they can show their friends evidence that they had a good time. They don’t pause to let the vacation enter inside of them and take that home.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “But happiness is not always loud and bright and crowded. Happiness ripens like a watermelon, sweet and rosy on the inside with only a thin top layer altogether free of small black pits. And, like a watermelon, the whole thing can be covered with a plain dark rind.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Every job in the world has some built-in boredom. No man can stay excited about something every minute he is doing it. Routine is as necessary to life as water is to beer; it is the base that holds the flavors and spices together.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Kids want acceptance from their peers, but in two different, opposing ways: They want to be like everyone else and they want to be different from everyone else. So the question is: How do you reconcile these opposing longings?”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “I am convinced that not only do children need children’s books to fine-tune their brains, but our civilization needs them if we are not going to unplug ourselves from our collective past.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Jamie liked perspiration, a little bit of dirt, and complications.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “A nasty letter or a sarcastic one can make you righteously angry, but what can you do about a polite letter of rejection? Nothing, really, except cry.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Mrs. Olinski was the first teacher Epiphany ever had who taught from a wheelchair.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Something made me pull sounds out of my silence...”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “I waited for her to catch up, and when I did, she slowed down, and I missed seeing the light in her hair. I never told Nadia how much I liked seeing the halo the sunlight made of her hair. Sometimes silence is a habit that hurts.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Flattery is as important a machine as the lever, isn’t it, Saxonberg? Give it a proper place to rest, and it can move the world.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “There were times in school when a person had to do things fast, cheap, and without character.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Can you know excellence if you’ve never seen it? Can you know good if you have seen only bad?”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “I believe in courtesy. It is the way we avoid hurting people’s feelings. She thought that maybe, just maybe, western civilization was in decline because people did not take time to take tea at four o’clock.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “I keep telling you that often the search proves more profitable than the goal.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Every now and then, a person must do something simply because he wants to, because it seems to him worth doing. And that does not make it worthless or a waste of time.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Inside me there was a lot of best friendship that no one but Ginger was using.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “It is sometimes necessary to use unnecessary words like thank you and please just to make life prettier.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Angel” became part of Claudia’s story about finding herself, about how the greatest adventure lies not in running away but in looking inside, and the greatest discovery is not in finding out who made a statue but in finding out what makes you.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “I don’t think there is any feeling I like more than the one that someone is glad to see me. – Connor Kane.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Good explanations are like bathing suits, darling; they are meant to reveal everything by covering only what is necessary.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Friendship depends on interlocking time, place, and state of mind.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “I chose a brunette, a redhead, a blond, and a kid with hair as black as print on paper.”
E.L. Konigsburg Quote: “Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away. That is, running away in the heat of anger with a knapsack on her pack. She didn’t like discomfort; even picnics were untidy and inconvenient: all those insects and the sun melting the icing on the cupcakes. Therefore, she decided that her leaving home would not be just running from somewhere but would be running to somewhere.”
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