Quotes About Circus

Quotes tagged as "circus" (showing 1-30 of 56)
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

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

“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

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

“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

“The internet has become a carefully controlled and heavily monitored illusion. It has turned into both a circus and battleground. Popularity is rigged and can be bought. Censorship is in full effect. Popular opinion is fabricated, and the perception of a viewpoint's popularity is typically orchestrated and manipulated by legions of paid trolls. If you want to know the truth about somebody's true popularity and influence, look to the streets. If you want to know if a person is really guilty or innocent, study the facts yourself. Never judge anybody based on what you see or read on the internet. Information can easily be manipulated by the push of a few buttons.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“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

“To write competently is to do a few magic tricks for friends and family; to write well is to run away and join the circus.”
Toby Litt, The Guardian

“In a world full of lions and tigers entertaining the masses, have you ever seen a wolf performing in a circus?”
Akilnathan Logeswaran

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

“My circus train pulls through the night
Full of lions and trapeze artists
I'm done with elephants and clowns
I want to run away and join the office”
Mike Doughty

Rebecca McNutt
“Newspapers take peoples’ tragedies and force the world to experience all of it.”
Rebecca McNutt, Listen is Silent, or The Usurer

Cecil Day-Lewis
“See this abdicated beast, once king
Of them all, nibble his claws:
Not anger enough left—no, nor despair—
To break his teeth on the bars.”
Cecil Day-Lewis, The Complete Poems of C. Day Lewis

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

Amanda Bouchet
“His tongue swirls against my skin, and I gasp. His voice rough with passion, he rasps, "You're living fire. I burn.”
Amanda Bouchet, A Promise of Fire

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

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

Walter Moers
“Nothing is what one thinks it is. Cloth is stone and circus is an art. There are no certainties.”
Walter Moers

“If you don't want to be a gawker, you've gotta join the circus.”
patrick califa

Rebecca McNutt
“Alecto… what do you think would happen if people found out about you? Your abilities, your life, Mearth’s super 8 films, those powers of yours… how would they react?”

“I don’t know,” said Alecto, “but ordinary people like a show, especially when it’s a disturbing one. They enjoy seeing misery… probably because it allows them to pretend that they themselves are not so miserable, too. Also, they would probably find out about you, how you know about Personifications, how you saw the films… they would put us in cages and throw peanuts at us, I guess.”

“All joking aside, Alecto.…”

“Who is joking, Mandy Valems?”
Rebecca McNutt, Mandy and Alecto: The Collected Smog City Book Series

“You no like this Gloddman show, you go somewhere else.”
Charles G. Finney, The Circus of Dr. Lao

“Whatsa mattah allee time talkee talk bear business? Me no savvee bear business. You no like this Gloddam show, you go somewhere else.”
Charles G. Finney, The Circus of Dr. Lao

Helen Laycock
“He really just wanted to blurt out, ‘My Grandma’s dead’, but he knew that when it came to it, the words would stick like pebbles in his throat.”
Helen Laycock, Glass Dreams

Jaime Allison Parker
“A ten-year-old Amanda wandering around the sights and sounds of a carnival. Trying to take it all in as such an event was much larger than the backroads of isolated territory from whence she grew up. She could not imagine this many people assembled in one place. It was made more disturbing by the fact none of them seemed familiar. Short for her age, she wandered unnoticed among the crowds and began to feel the first stirrings of fear. The loud talk, the screaming children, the long lines of procession, along with the myriads of odors created a miasma that she wanted to flee. The laughter and the faux expressions of joy on the faces of people, took on the maroon tones of a nightmare. She could imagine underneath the laughter, were horrid screams about to erupt.”
Jaime Allison Parker, River at the World's Dawn

Jaime Allison Parker
“The man standing in the booth placing the tickets into her hands for the fun-house loomed largely in front of her with arms comprised of iron muscle. She remembered the gray cataract that covered over one of his eyes and the terrified feeling it gave her. She had been too young to understand the malady. To her; his eye looked as though it belonged to a creature from the sea. A frightening creature composed of reptilian and fish like attributes, which would pull unsuspecting prey underneath the darkest oceans. The smile on his face, with the crooked teeth, the cigar, contrasting with the bald head and unshaven face increased her sense of panic.”
Jaime Allison Parker, River at the World's Dawn

“Circus can't just be beautiful. It has to be weird. It has to be frightening.”
Elizabeth Schulte Martin, Everything You Came to See

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