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Book Quotes We Use a Lot

March 25, 2009 @ 8:31 am | Filed under:

“I have no more run in me.” That’s Good, That’s Bad by Joan M. Lexau, illustrated by Aliki

“Koala Lou, I DO love you!”Koala Lou by Mem Fox

“Bub.”—from the book of the same title by Natalie Babbit

“Never tease a weasel, not even once or twice…”

“Pish, posh, said Heironymus Bosch.”—quote and title by Nancy Willard. Also:

“‘Forever and ever, my nibble, my nosh,
Till death do us part,’ said Heironymus Bosch.”

—and readers of Scott’s blog will recognize his sometimes-tagline taken from the same much-loved book:

“Let the crickets rejoice and the mantises pray.”

Here’s some for you to guess:


“Though she be but little, she is fierce.” (A play, not a book. With our Rilla in the house, we use this one all the time.)

“The real baby doesn’t like that.”

“George Washington’s hogs, on the other hand, were a genteel and amiable sort.”

“When the bear arrived, of course, there weren’t enough macaroons to go around.”

“Where else does an old turtle crossing the road make all the difference in the world?”

This one is one of Alice’s new favorites, with good reason: “She went boneless.”

“Call in Mr. Pye!”

“Tut, tut, it looks like rain.” (A gimme.)

“We’re meant to be invisible.” (That one’s really hard. I’ll be shocked if anyone gets it. It’d be easier to guess if you could hear it spoken out loud.)

The day before my daughters’ tenth birthdays, I always sing:

“Ohhhh, (child’s name) is ten tomorrow
and then all of us are ten!
We will all be ten tomorrow,
we will all be ladies then.”

I wrote Scott at work to ask him, because I was blanking, what book our oft-used line “Of course, he was not mistaken” came from. He reminded me it’s not from a book at all. It’s from Harvey. Of course.

I’ll add more as I think of them!