Christopher Paul Curtis quotes

  • The big steel wheels creaked a couple times, then started moving.
    -- Christopher Paul Curtis

    #Couple #Moving #Steel

  • Every encounter with a woman must be viewed as a negotiation, ... the difference being instead of coaxing them off rooftops, you're coaxing them into romance. And remember, the negotiator is always in control.
    -- Christopher Paul Curtis

    #Differences #Romance #Encounters

  • There's a thin, blurry line between humor and tragedy.
    -- Christopher Paul Curtis

    #Tragedy #Lines #Blurry

  • But don't ever call her ex-boyfriends by his name.
    -- Christopher Paul Curtis

    #Ex Boyfriend #Names #Exes

  • . . . people use tricks to get you to think the way they do or take away something you have that they want. One way they do that is to interrupt your normal way of thinking and take you by the hand and guide you down the path they want you to take. Father says they make you take a teeny-weeny step in their direction, and then they start to nudge you a little further down the path and before you know it, you're running full speed with them in a direction that you probably wouldn't have gone alone.
    -- Christopher Paul Curtis

    #Running #Father #Thinking

  • Just like when there's a time that a smart person knows enough is enough, there's a time when you know you've got to fight.
    -- Christopher Paul Curtis

    #Smart #Fighting #Enough

  • There comes a time when you're losing a fight that it just doesn't make sense to keep on fighting. It's not that you're being a quitter, it's just that you've got the sense to know when enough is enough.
    -- Christopher Paul Curtis

    #Fighting #Losing #Enough

  • There's one good thing about getting in trouble: It seems like you do it in steps. It seems like you don't just end up in trouble but that you kind of ease yourself into it. It also seems like the worse the trouble is that you get into, the more steps it takes to get there. Sort of like you're getting a bunch of little warnings on the way; sort of like if you really wanted to you could turn around.
    -- Christopher Paul Curtis

    #Life #Warning #Ease

  • A bud is a flower-to-be. A flower in waiting. Waiting for just the right warmth and care to open up. It's a little fist of love waiting to unfold and be seen by the world. And that's you.
    -- Christopher Paul Curtis

    #Flower #Waiting #Bud

  • Things aren't ever what they seem to be when you first look at them. What's important is that you keep your mind wide open and try to understand what's going on from a lot of different angles.
    -- Christopher Paul Curtis

    #Mind #Important #Trying

  • No sir, I don't know why, but my eyes don't cry no more.
    -- Christopher Paul Curtis

    #Eye #Cry

  • Byron says he won't go there. He give Kenny and Joey a story about "Wool Pooh," the supposed evil twin of Winnie-the-Pooh. They believe him, but Kenny still wants to go.
    -- Christopher Paul Curtis

    #Believe #Evil #Giving

  • Having a little pee in your pants had to be better than being dinner for some redneck.
    -- Christopher Paul Curtis

    #Redneck #Littles #Dinner

  • Wow. Who would want a fish for a pet when they could have a turtle?!
    -- Christopher Paul Curtis

    #Turtles #Pet #Want

  • Rules and Things Number 63: Never, Ever Say Something Bad About Someone You Don't Know--Especially When You're Around a Bunch of Strangers. You Never Can Tell Who Might Be Kin to That Person or Who Might Be a Lip-Flapping, Big-Mouth Spy.
    -- Christopher Paul Curtis

    #Numbers #Spy #Mouths

  • ...that was Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things to Have a Funner LIfe and Make a Better Liar Out of Yourself Number 83...If a Adult Tells You Not to Worry, and You Weren't Worried Before, You Better Hurry Up and Start 'Cause You're Already Running Late.
    -- Christopher Paul Curtis

    #Life #Running #Liars

  • As soon as I got into the library I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. I got a whiff of the leather on all the old books, a smell that got real strong if you picked one of them up and stuck your nose real close to it when you turned the pages. Then there was the the smell of the cloth that covered the brand-new books, books that made a splitting sound when you opened them. Then I could sniff the the paper, that soft, powdery, drowsy smell that comes off the page in little puffs when you're reading something or looking at some pictures, kind of hypnotizing smell.
    -- Christopher Paul Curtis

    #Strong #Real #Book