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Quotes About Circus

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E.E. Cummings
“Damn everything but the circus!. . .The average 'painter' 'sculptor' 'poet' 'composer' 'playwright' is a person who cannot leap through a hoop from the back of a galloping horse, make people laugh with a clown's mouth, orchestrate twenty lions.”
E.E. Cummings

Jarod Kintz
“I run like I walk—only slower. And I make love like a one-man circus show.”
Jarod Kintz, Love quotes for the ages. Specifically ages 18-81.

Eoin Colfer
“What's this?" he inquired, none too pleasantly. "A circus?"
"No, Julius. It's the end of the circus."
"I see. And these are the clowns?"
Foaly's head poked through the doorway.
"Pardon me for interrupting your extended circus metaphor, but what the hell is that?”
Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl

Erin Morgenstern
“Something about the circus stirs their souls, and they ache for it when it is absent.”
Erin Morgenstern

Laura Lam
“The circus collects the outsiders like a flame tempts moths.”
Laura Lam, Pantomime

“Next to a circus there ain't nothing that packs up and tears out any quicker than the Christmas spirit”
Kin Hubbard

Laura Lam
“The circus had been unlike anything I could ever imagine and I could not walk away. I wanted to be a part of the magic, create it and wield it with such skill that it looked effortless. I wanted to fly.”
Laura Lam, Pantomime

Angie Sage
“Don't go to the circus.”
Angie Sage, Flyte

Christopher Hawke
“Life is a great big beautiful three-ring circus. There are those on the floor making their lives among the heads of lions and hoops of fire, and those in the stands, complacent and wowed, their mouths stuffed with popcorn.

I know less now than ever about life, but I do know its size. Life is enormous. Much grander than what we’ve taken for ourselves, so far.

When the show is over and the tent is packed, the elephants, lions and dancing poodles are caged and mounted on trucks to caravan to the next town. The clown’s makeup has worn, and his bright, red smile has been washed down a sink. All that is left is another performance, another tent and set of lights. We rest in the knowledge: the show must go on.

Somewhere, behind our stage curtain, a still, small voice asks why we haven’t yet taken up juggling. My seminars were like this. Only, instead of flipping shiny, black bowling balls or roaring chainsaws through the air, I juggled concepts.

The world is intrinsically tied together. All things march through time at different intervals but move ahead in one fashion or another.

Though we may never understand it, we are all part of something much larger than ourselves—something anchoring us to the spot we have mentally chosen. We sniff out the rules, through spiritual quests and the sciences. And with every new discovery, we grow more confused.

Our inability to connect what seems illogical to unite and to defy logic in our understanding keeps us from enlightenment. The artists and insane tiptoe around such insights, but lack the compassion to hand-feed these concepts to a blind world.

The interconnectedness of all things is not simply a pet phrase. It is a big “T” truth that the wise spend their lives attempting to grasp.”
Christopher Hawke, Unnatural Truth

“The circus is a jealous wench. Indeed that is an understatement. She is a ravening hag who sucks your vitality as a vampire drinks blood – who kills the brightest stars in her crown and will allow no private life for those who serve her; wrecking their homes, ruining their bodies, and destroying the happiness of their loved ones by her insatiable demands. She is all of these things, and yet, I love her as I love nothing else on earth.”
Henry Ringling North, The Circus Kings: Our Ringling Family Story
tags: circus

“At cocktail parties, I played the part of a successful businessman's wife to perfection. I smiled, I made polite chit-chat, and I dressed the part. Denial and rationalization were two of my most effective tools in working my way through our social obligations. I believed that playing the roles of wife and mother were the least I could do to help support Tom's career.
During the day, I was a puzzle with innumerable pieces. One piece made my family a nourishing breakfast. Another piece ferried the kids to school and to soccer practice. A third piece managed to trip to the grocery store. There was also a piece that wanted to sleep for eighteen hours a day and the piece that woke up shaking from yet another nightmare. And there was the piece that attended business functions and actually fooled people into thinking I might have something constructive to offer.
I was a circus performer traversing the tightwire, and I could fall off into a vortex devoid of reality at any moment. There was, and had been for a very long time, an intense sense of despair. A self-deprecating voice inside told me I had no chance of getting better. I lived in an emotional black hole.
p20-21, talking about dissociative identity disorder (formerly multiple personality disorder).”
Suzie Burke, Wholeness: My Healing Journey from Ritual Abuse

Jarod Kintz
“My shirt is mustard yellow, to hide my ketchup stains. But as clever as that is, I can’t hide my love for you. It stands out like an erection in a circus tent.”
Jarod Kintz, Love quotes for the ages. Specifically ages 18-81.

“For several thousand years man has been in contact with animals whose character and habits have been deformed by domestication. He has ended by believing that he understands them. All he means by this is that he is able to rely on certain reflex actions which he himself has implanted in them. He will flatter himself at times on the grasp of animal psychology which has brought him the love of the dog and the purr of the cat; and on the strength of such assumptions he approaches the beasts of the jungle. The old tag about nature being an open book is just not true. What nature offers on a first examination may appear to be simple but it is never as simple as it appears.”
Hans Brick, Jungle, Be Gentle

Sara Gruen
“I am further back, surrounded on all sides by wailing men, their faces shiny with tears. Uncle Al promised three dollars and a bottle of Canadian whiskey to the man who puts on the best show. You've never seen such grief-- even the dogs were howling.”
Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants

Chrystal Vaughan
“Sometimes life asks us to make more serious choices than whether or not to believe a fairy tale”
Chrystal Vaughan, Sideshow

Cole Alpaugh
“It was a year ago today your daughter went missing.’ Bagg had closed his eyes, feeling the death going on inside.”
Cole Alpaugh

Jarod Kintz
“America is a circus, and the politicians are the clowns.
”
Jarod Kintz, Whenever You're Gone, I'm Here For You

Cole Alpaugh
“And there was nothing quite like the surprise attack of a snarling black bear, even one missing all forty-two teeth, to urge someone back to work. Waking up with several hundred mud-encrusted, reeking pounds on top of you — your neck suffering a hickey of epic proportions — just pushed the limits on what was tolerable.”
Cole Alpaugh, The Bear in a Muddy Tutu

Jackie Trippier Holt
“Hector wished suddenly that leaving the circus was as easy as joining. He didn't fancy the ghost of Harvey Burfoot hunting him down and passing judgement on him. Troupe mythology varied on the details – some said he had the ability to stop your heart with just a stare, others that he strangled you with corporeal hands that grew stronger as he drained your life-force. Either way, the Law was that nobody left; to leave was death; and Hector
didn't hate himself that much yet.”
Jackie Trippier Holt, Freaks Like Us

Cole Alpaugh
“Taking a couple short backup swigs, Flint’s crippling headache started to release its grip, sort of the way he imagined an octopus would release an inedible bowling ball.”
Cole Alpaugh, The Bear in a Muddy Tutu

Jarod Kintz
“The Circus came to Jacksonville in 1993, and after two decades, the Jaguars are still in town. I just hope the Jaguars hire Tim Tebow, so that maybe the team can finally go to the Promised Land. It’d also be great if Tebow could lead the team to a Super Bowl.
”
Jarod Kintz, I am Jacksonville

“The building was crowded with men and women packing stuff into boxes and bags, leather stuff, nylon, canvas, and rubber stuff, with brass rings and silver chains, steel buckles and studded straps. Elephant stuff.”
Richard Schmitt
tags: circus

Cole Alpaugh
“Gracie leaned out the back, craning her neck as far as she could around the side, trying to catch the wind in her nose and flapping lips. She loved driving, and this car was much faster than the truck which hauled her cage. It was very green here, and the sun flashed and flickered behind the tall trees. There were a million smells along this road, both old and just born. She closed her eyes and huffed, pretending she was flying.”
Cole Alpaugh, The Bear in a Muddy Tutu

Norman Rockwell
“I unconsciously decided that, even if it wasn't an ideal world, it should be so and painted only the ideal aspects of it - pictures in which there are no drunken slatterns or self-centered mothers . . . only foxy grandpas who played baseball with kids and boys who fished from logs and got up circuses in the back yard.”
Norman Rockwell

Jackie Trippier Holt
“The second officer had turned fully to look down at Vincent's saws. “Those are for dissecting dwarves and children,” The Saw Man said, gravely.”
Jackie Trippier Holt, Freaks Like Us

Trebor Healey
“How many of these children would one day be queer? How many would be felled by the acronym? How many by something else? How many would forget the circus? How many would never see it at all? How many would join?”
Trebor Healey, A Horse Named Sorrow

Aglaja Veteranyi
“Copiii vorbesc despre circ ca despre grădina zoologică. Ochii încep să le strălucească şi chicotesc. Ei cred că toţi circarii sînt rude, se iubesc, dorm în acelaşi vagon şi mănîncă din aceeaşi farfurie. Și pe urmă trăieşti în mijlocul naturii şi ce frumos! Nu-şi pot închipui că repeţi tot timpul şi trebuie să ai grijă ca alţii să nu-ţi copieze numărul şi că s-ar putea să cazi seara de pe cupolă şi a doua zi să fii mort. Îşi închipuie că totul e o glumă. DACĂ MAMA CADE, NU MOARE ÎN GLUMĂ. Doar actorii mor în glumă.”
Aglaja Veteranyi, Warum das Kind in der Polenta kocht
tags: circus

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“Llevamos el circo en la sangre.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

Kirsty Logan
“Painted and smiling, I balance on my trapeze. Luka is poised ten metres away, his muscles shining under the lights. The wooden circles in his earlobes twitch as his jaw clenches, unclenches, clenches.”
Kirsty Logan, The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Circus is an absolute disgrace of the humanity! Real clowns are those who support and maintain the circuses! Honourable men want a simple thing: Along with freedom for men, freedom for Animals too!”
Mehmet Murat ildan
tags: circus

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