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surprise Quotes

44 of the best book quotes about surprise
  1. #1
    “No one she knew had seen a can of peaches in years. She looked at the other one. It was just as amazing- ‘Creamed Corn,’ it said.”
  2. #2
    “My breathing suddenly went still. I looked at Jamie, then up to the ceiling and around the room, doing my best to keep my composure, then back to Jamie again. She smiled at me and I smiled at her and all I could do was wonder how I’d ever fallen in love with a girl like Jamie Sullivan.”
  3. #3
    ″‘Doon!’ cried Lina. ‘More lights!’ She pointed at the sky. He looked up and saw them—hundreds and hundreds of tiny flecks of light, strewn like spilled salt across the blackness. ‘Oh!’ he whispered. There was nothing else to say. The beauty of these lights made his breath stop in his throat.”
  4. #4
    “You’d be surprised how many people violate this simple principle every day of their lives and try to fit square pegs into round holes, ignoring the clear reality that Things Are As They Are.”
  5. #5
    ″‘This must be a simply enormous wardrobe!’ thought Lucy, going still further in and pushing the soft folds of the coats aside to make room for her. Then she noticed that there was something crunching under her feet. ‘I wonder is that more moth balls?’ she thought, stooping down to feel it with her hands. But instead of feeling the hard, smooth wood of the floor of the wardrobe, she felt something soft and powdery and extremely cold. ‘This is very queer,’ she said, and went on a step or two further.”
  6. #6
    “O, welcome, father.
    Father, I charge thee, by thy reverence
    Here to unfold (though lately we intended
    To keep in darkness what occasion now
    Reveals before ‘tis ripe) what thou dost know
    Hath newly passed between this youth and me.”
  7. #7
    “One face, one voice, one habit, and two persons!”
  8. #8
    “If it be thus to dream, still let me sleep”
  9. #9
    “The air at Base Camp seemed thick and rich and voluptuously saturated with oxygen compared to the brutally thin atmosphere of the camps above.”
  10. #10
    “It took me by surprise how much I wanted to be kissed by him, to realize that I’d thought about it so often that I’d memorized the exact shape of his lips, that I’d imagined running my finger down the cleft of his chin.”
  11. #11
    “Without warning, the statue squirmed and bit the side of his thumb. Yelling in surprise, Seth dropped the figurine and the flashlight onto the carpeted floor.”
  1. #12
    “Sir,” she said, “you are no gentleman!”
    “An apt observation,” he answered airily. “And, you, Miss, are no lady.”
  2. #13
    “Do you take it I would astonish?
    Does the daylight astonish? does the early red start twittering through the woods?
    Do I astonish more than they?”
  3. #14
    “Peter Quint — you devil!”
  4. #15
    Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.
    author
    Jane Austen
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    Emma
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  5. #16
    “Without warning, Hugo wrapped his arms around Isabelle’s neck and gave her a big hug. He could tell she was surprised.”
  6. #17
    “‘Died? He’s not dead...’ Hugo said out loud.
    ‘Who isn’t dead?’ said Etienne, who had been reading over Hugo’s shoulder.
    ‘Georges Méliès.‘”
  7. #18
    ″[Ammu] was surprised at the extent of her daughter’s physical ease with him. Surprised that her child seemed to have a sub-world that excluded her entirely.”
  8. #19
    “I recognize the desire to surprise your own life. ‘You must change your life,’ as the poet Rilke said.”
  9. #20
    I couldn’t believe it. Among other things, the Herdmans were famous for never sitting still and never paying attention to anyone—teachers, parents (their own or anybody else’s), the truant officer, the police—yet here they were, eyes glued on my mother and taking in every word. ‘What’s that?’ they would yell whenever they didn’t understand the language, and when Mother read about there being no room at the inn, Imogene’s jaw dropped and she sat up in her seat. ‘My God!’ she said. ‘Not even for Jesus?’”
  10. #21
    “The ending is always a surprise.”
  11. #22
    “Walsh hugs me, taking me by surprise. ‘I don’t know how,’ she mutters, ‘but I hope you become queen one day. Imagine what you could do then? The Red queen.‘”
  1. #23
    “The edges of the drawings were yellowed and brittle, but they were all beautiful, and they were all by Georges Méliès.”
  2. #24
    “I was amazed that what I needed to survive could be carried on my back. And, most surprising of all, that I could carry it.”
  3. #25
    I am Abhorsen...” He looked at the baby again and added, almost with a note of surprise, “Father of Sabriel
  4. #26
    “Leave it to me: I’m always top banana in the shock department.”
  5. #27
    “I just don’t like my world disturbed without some warning.”
  6. #28
    “The attackers had used one of the oldest and most potent weapons of warfare: surprise.”
  7. #29
    “Stories are as unique as the people who tell them, and the best stories are in which the ending is a surprise.”
  8. #30
    ″‘If you were coming along here when it was half dark, you could easily think those piles of rock were giants. Look at that one, now! You could almost imagine that the lump on top was a head […] And the things sticking out on each side are quite like ears. They’d be horribly big, but then I daresay giants would have big ears, like elephants. And—o-o-o-h!‘”
  9. #31
    “But the wonderfullest trick of all was the coffin trick. We nailed him into a coffin and he got out of the coffin without removing one nail. . . . There is a trick that would come in handy for me—get me out of this two-by-four situation! . . . You know it don’t take much intelligence to get yourself into a nailed-up coffin, Laura. But who in hell ever got himself out of one without removing one nail?”
  10. #32
    “It was as if God had decided to put to the test every capacity for surprise and was keeping the inhabitants of Macondo in a permanent alternation between excitement and disappointment, doubt and revelation, to such an extreme that no one knew for certain where the limits of reality lay. ”
  11. #33
    “Best friends can also be full of surprises.”
  1. #34
    ″ ‘Well, what would you have me do instead, Gabriel? The more I give in to him, the more I want him.’ My confession appeared to surprise him, but not as much as it surprised me.”
  2. #35
    Tomorrow would be Christmas Day, and she had only $1.87 with which to buy Jim a present. She had been saving every penny she could for months, with this result. Twenty dollars a week doesn’t go far. Expenses had been greater than she had calculated. They always are. Only $1.87 to buy a present for Jim. Her Jim. Many a happy hour she had spent planning for something nice for him. Something fine and rare and sterling—something just a little bit near to being worthy of the honor of being owned by Jim.
  3. #36
    Jim stopped inside the door, as immovable as a setter at the scent of quail. His eyes were fixed upon Della, and there was an expression in them that she could not read, and it terrified her. It was not anger, nor surprise, nor disapproval, nor horror, nor any of the sentiments that she had been prepared for. He simply stared at her fixedly with that peculiar expression on his face.
  4. #37
    “When seasoned by the subtleties of accident, harmony, favor, wisdom, and inevitability, luck takes on the cast of serendipity. Serendipity happens when a well-trained mind looking for one things encounters something else: the unexpected.”
  5. #38
    “Really, though, what do I know about what another person is capable of? I still don’t have a clue what I’m capable of. I keep surprising even myself.”
  6. #39
    “One of the delights of the fair was never knowing who might turn up beside you.”
  7. #40
    “I noticed that my fear never changed, never delighted, never offered a surprise twist or an unexpected ending.”
  8. #41
    “As she reached for it she realized for the first time, and with a small shock, that she had learned enough from her father over the years to become a doctor herself.”
  9. #42
    “God is preparing you for greater things. He’s going to take you further than you thought possible, so don’t e surprised when He asks you to think better of yourself and act accordingly.”
  10. #43
    “One does not know love until it arrives, and it’s arrival will always surprise.”
  11. #44
    “If you make a deal with a fool, don’t be surprised when they act foolishly.”
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