Quotes About Bad News

Quotes tagged as "bad-news" (showing 1-30 of 41)
Lemony Snicket
“It is much, much worse to receive bad news through the written word than by somebody simply telling you, and I’m sure you understand why. When somebody simply tells you bad news, you hear it once, and that’s the end of it. But when bad news is written down, whether in a letter or a newspaper or on your arm in felt tip pen, each time you read it, you feel as if you are receiving the bad news again and again.”
Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid

Sophocles
“No one loves the messenger who brings bad news.”
Sophocles, Antigone

Winston S. Churchill
“The British nation is unique in this respect: they are the only people who like to be told how bad things are, who like to be told the worst.”
Winston S. Churchill

Tamora Pierce
“Her free hand was clenched in a fist. I held still, waiting for her to say something, to tell me she should have never left me here, where her friends might look to me for help.
Finally she looked at me. Her eyes were hard, but she'd let no tears fall. "This is where we blame those who are responsible, Cooper, she told me, her voice very soft. "The colemongers, and the bought Dogs at Tradesmen's kennel. We'll leave an offering for him with the Black God when all this is done, and we'll occupy ourselves with tearing these colemongers apart. all right? We put grief aside for now.”
Tamora Pierce, Bloodhound

Charles Yu
“This is what I say: I've got good news and bad news.

The good news is, you don't have to worry, you can't change the past.

The bad news is, you don't have to worry, no matter how hard you try, you can't change the past.

The universe just doesn't put up with that. We aren't important enough. No one is. Even in our own lives. We're not strong enough, willful enough, skilled enough in chronodiegetic manipulation to be able to just accidentally change the entire course of anything, even ourselves.”
Charles Yu, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

Roshani Chokshi
“In my experience , big words ornament bad news.”
Roshani Chokshi, The Star-Touched Queen

“The bad news is nothing lasts forever,
The good news is nothing lasts forever.”
J. Cole

Criss Jami
“Speaking a painful truth should be done only in love - like wielding a sword with no hilt - it should pain oneself in direct proportion to the amount of force exerted.”
Criss Jami, Healology

William Shakespeare
“I would forget it fain,
But oh, it presses to my memory,
Like damnèd guilty deeds to sinners' minds.”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Success and failure can both make you lose appetite and concentration, don't let it bother or over-excite you, just think them away as a mere thing that had just happened, and get along with your life.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Richard Llewellyn
“Bad news has good legs.”
Richard Llewellyn, How Green Was My Valley

Emma Abdullah
“Being the bearer of bad news is a terrible thing; sometimes you don't know if you'll have the words, the delicacy,the strength. You think of the person on the other side: how you're about to bring their world crashing down with a single phone call and deep inside them they'll hate you because their sorrow will just be searching for someone to blame. Then what do you say? That you're sorry? Sorry for what? They'll hate you even more because they'll know you're not sorry like they are. They'll know you haven't been destroyed like they have.”
Emma Abdullah, The Blue Box

Joanna  Cannon
“It's strange how the worst day of your life often starts just like any other. You might even complain very quietly to yourself about its ordinariness. You might with for something more interesting to happen, something to back of your routine, and just when you think you can't bear the monotony any longer, something comes along that shatters your life to such degree. you with with every cell in your body that your day hadn't become so unordinary.”
Joanna Cannon

Edward Bunker
“I need a kid like I need a bad heart. A pretty kid is a ticket to trouble... and I'm too old to ask for that. Shit, I haven't even booked Tommy the Face in two years. I'm turning into a jack-off idiot.”
Edward Bunker, The Animal Factory

Ben Elton
“When the phone rings at 2.15am in the morning it's unlikely to be heralding something pleasant. What chance is there of its being good news? None. Only someone bad would ring at such an hour. Or someone with bad news.”
Ben Elton, Blast from the Past

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
“What is there so fearful as the expectation of evil tidings delayed? ... Misery is a more welcome visitant when she comes in her darkest guise and wraps us in perpetual black, for then the heart no longer sickens with disappointed hope.

- The Evil Eye”
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Transformation

Rosamunde Pilcher
“She was always left feeling like a murderer. Because the messenger becomes the murderer. Until the fatal words are spoken, the loved one concerned is still alive, waking, sleeping, going about his business, making telephone calls, writing letters, going for walks, breathing, seeing. It was the telling that killed.”
Rosamunde Pilcher, Coming Home

Debasish Mridha
“Bad news is that you can control nothing but your thoughts. Good news is that with your thoughts you can control everything else.”
Debasish Mridha

George MacDonald
“You had better not open that door.”
George MacDonald, Phantastes

Richard Ford
“For writers - even sportswriters - bad news is always easier than good, since it is, after all, more familiar.”
Richard Ford, The Sportswriter

Haruki Murakami
“But in real life things don't go smoothly. At certain points in our lives, when we really need a clear-cut solution, the person who knocks at our door is, more likely than not, a messenger bearing bad news. It isn't always the case, but from experience I'd say the gloomy reports far outnumber the others. The messenger touches his hand to his cap and looks apologetic, but that does nothing to improve the contents of the message. It isn't the messenger's fault. No good to blame him, no good to grab him by the collar and shake him. The messenger is just conscientiously doing the job his boss assigned him. And this boss? That would be none other than our old friend Reality.”
Haruki Murakami

Elizabeth B. Knaus
“Things rarely go exactly as we expect, but in the long run, they work out well for those who love God. His plan is higher than ours.”
Elizabeth B. Knaus, 5 Miles Round Trip: For Exercise and Quiet Inspiration

Israelmore Ayivor
“The reality is that we will continue to hear negative information from many sources. It lies in our will to decide whether to discard them into the waste bin or record them into our brains!”
Israelmore Ayivor, Daily Drive 365

Stephen King
“Bad news should always come after lunch.. first thing in the morning everything left a bruise.”
Stephen King

Steve Maraboli
“The bad news is that yesterday sucked. The good news is that yesterday is gone. Today's a new day. Own it! Shape it! Live it!”
Steve Maraboli

Haruki Murakami
“But in real life things don't go so smoothly. At certain points in our lives, when we really need a clear-cut solution, the person who knocks at our door is, more likely than not, a messenger bearing bad news. It isn't always the case, but from experience I'd say the gloomy reports far outnumber the others. The messenger touches his hand to his cap and looks apologetic, but that does nothing to improve the contents of the message. It isn't the messenger's fault. No good to blame him, no good to grab him by the collar and shake him. The messenger is just conscientiously doing the job his boss assigned him. And this boss? That would be none other than our old friend Reality.”
Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

John Green
“The end occurred mostly in her whispers and his silence - because he couldn't whisper and they didn't want to wake Colin's parents. They succeeded in staying quiet, in part because it felt like the air had been shocked out of him. Paradoxically, he felt as if his getting dumped was the only thing happening on the entire dark and silent planet, and also as if it weren't happening at all. He felt himself drifting away from the one-sided whispered conversation, wondering if maybe everything big and heartbreaking and incomprehensible is a paradox.”
John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

Katherine McIntyre
“A chill swept through the air, the sort of graveyard kiss promising bad news to follow.”
Katherine McIntyre, Rising for Autumn

Donald G. Firesmith
“Nothing seems to tempt fate more than mentioning the possibility of something bad happening.”
Donald G. Firesmith, Demons on the Dalton

Grace Draven
“There’s more.”

“Of course there is,” Brishen said flatly. It had started badly; it turned worse and hinted at becoming ruinous.”
Grace Draven, Eidolon

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