Bad News Quotes

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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

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

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

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

Douglas Adams
“Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws. The Hingefreel people of Arkintoofle Minor did try to build spaceships that were powered by bad news but they didn't work particularly well and were so extremely unwelcome whenever they arrived anywhere that there wasn't really any point in being there.”
Douglas Adams

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

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

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

David McCullough
“When bad news is riding high and despair in fashion, when loud mouths and corruption seem to own center stage, when some keep crying that the country is going to the dogs, remember it’s always been going to the dogs in the eyes of some, and that 90 percent, or more, of the people are good people, generous-hearted, law-abiding, good citizens who get to work on time, do a good job, love their country, pay their taxes, care about their neighbors, care about their children’s education, and believe, rightly, as you do, in the ideals upon which our way of life is founded.”
David McCullough, The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For

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 Shelley, Transformation

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

Rick Riordan
“That set my ears buzzing. Why did Annabeth sound like she'd been crying?"
"You okay, cuz?"
She paused for a long time. "I will be. We... we got some bad news when we got out here.”
Rick Riordan, Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead

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

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

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

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

Rick Riordan
“I Have Bad News and - No, Actually I Just Have Bad News”
Rick Riordan, Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead

“Bad news is bad news because it drops your willingness to carry on.”
Meir Ezra

Krysten Ritter
“My phone’s dead, and I have to find the microwave to read the time: 8:12. Only bad news comes this early.”
Krysten Ritter, Bonfire

Stewart Stafford
“Don't let the bearers of bad news become the pallbearers of your happiness.”
Stewart Stafford

Michelle Obama
“Although my father was raised in the church, he wouldn't have prayed to God to spare him. He wouldn't have looked for alternative treatments or a guru or some faulty gene to blame. In my family, we have a long-standing habit of blocking out bad news, of trying to forget about it almost the moment it arrives.”
Michelle Obama, Becoming

Angie Thomas
“Done up. The good news? A lot rhymes with “done up.” The bad news? A lot rhymes with “done up.”
Angie Thomas, On the Come Up

Catherine Aird
“Really,’ she exclaimed, stumping into the kitchen and plonking herself down on the nearest chair, ‘this place is getting worse than Nightmare Abbey. Whatever next?’

A grammatical purist might have wondered why Miss Bentley hadn't said ‘whoever’ rather than ‘whatever’ but the former headteacher belonged to the Superintendent Leeyes school of taking bad news as a personal affront rather than as an occasion for sympathy for the victim.”
Catherine Aird, Stiff News

Ray   Smith
“Robert Frost wrote about “two roads diverg[ing] in a wood” and taking “the one less traveled.” But, in Molly’s case, both roads continued on to equally devastating destinations, even if the specifics were different. Which of the two paths would you choose if one went off a cliff and the other into quicksand?”
Ray Smith, The Magnolia That Bloomed Unseen

A.D. Aliwat
“Usually conversations that begin with ‘we need to talk’ are bad news.”
A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

A.D. Aliwat
“When you break the news of death, you become Death, and there’s always a sickle somewhere.”
A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

Robert Pinget
“When you're expecting bad news you have to be prepared for it a long time ahead so that when the telegram comes you can already pronounce the syllables in your mouth before opening it.”
Robert Pinget

Wisława Szymborska
“I know how to handle misfortune,
how to take bad news,
I can minimize injustice,
lighten up God's absence,
or pick the widow's veil that suits your face.”
Wisława Szymborska, View with a Grain of Sand: Selected Poems

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