Middle School Quotes

Quotes tagged as "middle-school" Showing 1-30 of 37
Kate DiCamillo
“Perhaps what matters when all is said and done is not who puts us down but who picks us up.”
Kate DiCamillo, Louisiana's Way Home

Criss Jami
“It is a healthy approach not to expect persons to turn out precisely how you would have wished.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Samantha Abeel
“In seventh grade, false feelings and false faces are the rule.”
Samantha Abeel, My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir

Anne Ursu
“The halls were empty. Charlotte had missed the first bell and would be late, again. Her homeroom teacher would ask her for an excuse and she would say, 'Overwhelming feeling of dread.' That was going to go over nicely.”
Anne Ursu, The Siren Song

James Preller
“Middle School," Griffin repeated. "Where did they come up with that, anyway? We're in the middle of what, exactly? too old for elementary school, but not big enough for high school. So they shove us here. Look around. There's not an interesting person in sight, just a bunch of clones who want to be like everyone else.”
James Preller, Bystander

P.J. O'Rourke
“I have been told by the third grade teacher that my daughter Poppet is reading at middle school level. Yet if I leave Poppet a note in block letters telling her to feed the dogs I will come home to find the dogs have been ... given a swim in the above-ground pool, dressed in tutus, provided with hair weaves. What I will not find is that the dogs have been fed. 'I thought you wanted me to free the dogs,' says Poppet whose school district is not spending quite what D.C.'s is, thanks to voter rejection of the last school bond referendum.”
P.J. O'Rourke

Anne Ursu
“This morning, as Charlotte approached the brick facade of Hartnett, she found herself overcome with a great sense of dread. It hit her with a strange and sudden force, and she had an overwhelming urge to turn back, get into bed and not go out for about three weeks. She stopped in her tracks. The feeling itself was alarming to Charlotte - was she sensing something? Something dangerous? And was it something supernatural or just middle school? Sometimes it was hard to tell the difference.”
Anne Ursu, The Siren Song

Allyson Kennedy
“But the more we all stuck together, the more outside layers fell off, revealing that we all have insecurities, fears, and dreams. And that's perfectly normal. That's how God made us.”
Allyson Kennedy, Speak Your Mind

Cat Clarke
“I couldn't blame him for not believing me because it wasn't exactly true. The truth is that you /do/ care. Of course you do. And it hurts to hear people say those things about you. But the hurt changes, over time. At first, it's sharp and hot, like a fiery dagger stabbing you in the heart, but when you've heard the same insults over and over and over, the pain changes. It becomes a dull, throbbing ache -- like a toothache. A sort of background pain that you can ignore for a few minutes at a time, except when you're lying in bed at night, trying to sleep. That's when it really gets to you.”
Cat Clarke, The Pants Project

Cat Clarke
“I didn't just wake up one morning and think, "I'm a boy!" It sort of crept up on me and tapped me on the shoulder a few times before I started to pay attention I began to think that the word "girl" didn't quite fit me. It was like a shoe that was too small -- it pinched me.”
Cat Clarke, The Pants Project

Svetlana Chmakova
“True. The school admin decided that a girls clothes were more important than her education.”
Svetlana Chmakova, Brave

M.E. Castle
“It is called middle school and it’s the most fiendish, torturous, and horrible place ever conceived in the darkest corner of man’s mind.”
M.E. Castle, Popular Clone

Alan Silberberg
“When you don't have something anymore, you learn to live without it." That's what my dad told me that first night after he found me sleeping inside a closet underneath a pile of my mom's clothes. All the different smells of her were still there and the memories were alive even if she wasn't.
I looked up into his face and wondered why would I ever want to learn to live without her? That felt like she really would be gone forever, and I wanted to limp on the broken piece of me so I could feel her there all the time.”
Alan Silberberg

Becky Albertalli
“Middle school is like this endless horror show. Well, maybe not endless, because it ended, but it really burns into your psyche. I don't care who you are.”
Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Kelli Russell Agodon
“For everyone who never smiled in school
photos, for all who’ve wandered city streets

not knowing the where they were
or feeling alone, I’ve packed kindness.”
Kelli Russell Agodon, Hourglass Museum

James Patterson
“life is supposed to have ups and downs. But for me, it's been more like ups and downs... and downs... and downs.”
James Patterson, Save Rafe!

Kenny Porpora
“It’s not even 8:00 a.m., and I’ve already had my trombone stolen. I fucking hate seventh grade.”
Kenny Porpora, The Autumn Balloon

“Being a 13 year old girl is simply the worst experience you can have in life, including all cancers and bear attacks. It is a daily series of betrayal and base humiliations that you must figure out a way to look cute during”
Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark

“It was hard to help others if you hadn’t figured out how to help yourself.”
Elizabeth Atkinson

Allegra Goodman
“Orion was the one Emily knew well. He had been Emily's childhood friend when, for several summers, they attended CTY, the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins. At eleven, twelve, and thirteen, they took courses in physics and advanced geometry along with other children selected nationwide. Emily had studied Greek, and Orion took astronomy. Renaissance children, they lived in dorms with other earnest middle-schoolers blowing through problem sets, practicing violin, gathering several times a week for camp games designated by their counselors as "mandatory fun.”
Allegra Goodman, The Cookbook Collector

Wataru Watari
“Once you've seen something that's got nothing to do with you, you can't claim ignorance. But you're still powerless. So at the very least, you want to let yourself feel pity and leave it at that. Those emotions are beautiful and noble, but they're also a cruel and ugly excuse. It's nothing more than an extension of the deceitful youth ideology that I loathe so much.”
Wataru Watari, やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。4

“The thought of blood seeping uncontrollably from my body every month for the next 35 to 40 years sounded like the most unnatural thing in the world. It seemed only fair that I got a choice in all of this, or at the very least, a few more years to be a kid. I had just turned twelve less than a month ago.”
Elizabeth Atkinson

“They had argued a lot, but then suddenly they stopped fighting and began speaking calmly to each other, like they were strangers. That’s when I knew something was really wrong.
Mo eventually explained that she and my father were simply different peas meant to live in separate pods. You would think two adults could figure that out before they got married and had kids.”
Elizabeth Atkinson

M.L. Tarpley
“Search for the possibilities. Let her imagination go. She breathed in deep and focused.”
M.L. Tarpley, Maylie and the Maze

M.L. Tarpley
“Your imagination is truly the most powerful thing. And to write you must tap into it.”
M.L. Tarpley, Maylie and the Maze

M.L. Tarpley
“Is it real? Maylie blinked. It was still there. She snapped a photo.

High walls stood strong of golden stone with more lining the top edges like jagged teeth jutting into the sky. Slim towers rounded each corner. The castle was like something from a storybook perched on an island with water spreading out in a wide moat.

Maylie could imagine archers at the ready to defend the castle with bows drawn and arrow tips sticking out between the roof stones.”
M.L. Tarpley, Maylie and the Maze

M.L. Tarpley
“Rana immediately scribbled on her paper while Maylie felt the familiar freeze of her mind as she urged her imagination to take her far away.

But twenty minutes later, she longed for a black hole to appear under the table and devour her.”
M.L. Tarpley, Maylie and the Maze

Orli Zuravicky
“...the second we get outside I breathe in deeply and let out a sigh of relief. I try to calm myself down, to wipe Georgia from my mind. And quiet down MY mean girl voice. Afterlife is hard enough as it is without being my own worst enemy.”
Orli Zuravicky, Ghostcoming!

Gary D. Schmidt
“Make good decisions and remember who you are, young Master Jones.’ He put his bowler back on. ‘You think I’m going to forget who I am?’ I said.
‘You are entering middle school now,’ he said. ‘I think it quite likely.’ Then he opened his door, folded his umbrella, and got inside again.”
Gary D. Schmidt, Pay Attention, Carter Jones

Benjamin Conlon
“Children don't realize how bad things are. This is their norm. They don't realize how much of their childhood is being stolen by screens. They simply have no escape. It follows them home. It follows them everywhere. The phone is always on their minds. Texts are constant, often misinterpreted, hurtful, with no visual cues. They take the place of learning how to have genuine conversations.”
Benjamin Conlon

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