Presents Quotes

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J.D. Salinger
“Almost every time somebody gives me a present, it ends up making me sad.”
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Rachel Caine
“Silver nitrate and water in a super soaker," he told her. "My own invention. Ought to be good at twenty feet, kind of like wasp spray."
Oh. "You get me the nicest things."
"Anybody can get jewelry. Posers”
Rachel Caine, Fade Out

Alysha Speer
“Sleep did not honor me with it’s presence.”
Alysha Speer, Sharden

J.K. Rowling
“Professor Dumbledore. Can I ask you something?"

"Obviously, you've just done so," Dumbledore smiled. "You may ask me one more thing, however."

"What do you see when you look in the mirror?"

"I? I see myself holding a pair of thick, woolen socks." Harry stared.

"One can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books."

It was only when he was back in bed that it struck Harry that Dumbledore might not have been quite truthful. But then, he thought, as he shoved Scabbers off his pillow, it had been quite a personal question.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

“You have no idea about presents or what they mean. The last
present you gave me was a stick.”
“You wanted a weapon.”
“It was a stick.”
“It had a bow on it.”
“It was a stick.”
“I thought you liked the stick. You laughed.”
Derek Landy, Kingdom of the Wicked

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
“When confronted with a birthday in a week I will remember that a book can be a really good present, too.”
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much

Johann Hari
“I got my dad a great father's Day present. He called to say: 'Ach. Zis present is so good I now think it vas almost vorth having children.”
Johann Hari

“I got nervous at bulls and eagles,
Trying to figure what shape Zeus might take for sex
When it could be your turn next. But now I don't care any longer,
I've come to my senses, your profile leaves me cold.
Why am I different? you ask. I'll tell you. Because you keep nagging
For presents
. That's what turns me off.”
Ovid, The Erotic Poems

Anthony Liccione
“It's the giving that makes one stronger, but sometimes the taking can make one weaker, if even vulnerable or blinding.”
Anthony Liccione

Cambria Hebert
“Try them on," I said.
Rimmel pushed the covers back and pulled her bare legs out to pull on the boots. She got one on and tied and then pushed her foot down in the other.
Her forehead wrinkled. "There's something in there," she said and quickly pulled it back off.
"What is it?"
"I'm not putting my hand in there!" she squealed. "It might be a bug."
"A bug?" I was amused. "How would a bug get in there?"
She screwed up her face and stuck out her tongue. "Who knows? Bugs are creepy like that."
I chuckled and shoved my hand down into the boot. She watched like she was expecting something to eat my hand off. I pulled out the square white box and held it out. "I think it might be for you," I said and winked.”
Cambria Hebert, #Hater

Lailah Gifty Akita
“We all have something to give, in different gracious forms.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Kamand Kojouri
“How hard it was for me
to find you the perfect gift.
I had looked everywhere
and considered every idea
until I had an epiphany
and felt as wise as the magi.
For my gift would be simple.
For my gift would be honest.
How hard it was for me
to wrap myself neatly
and feign sobriety.
how easy it was for you
to pull the ribbon and uncover me.
Exposing my fears.
Exposing my desires.
How hard it was for me
to gift myself to you.
how easy it was for you
to make me undone.”
Kamand Kojouri

Margareta Magnusson
“A Christmas without a book for a present is a disappointment.”
Margareta Magnusson, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter

James C. Dobson
“Dr. Richard Selzer is a surgeon and a favorite author of mine. He writes the most beautiful and compassionate descriptions of his patients and the human dramas they confront. In his book Letters to a Young Doctor, he said that most young people seem to be protected for a time by an imaginary membrane that shields them from horror. They walk in it every day but are hardly aware of its presence. As the immune system protects the human body from the unseen threat of harmful bacteria, so this mythical membrane guards them from life-threatening situations. Not every young person has this protection, of course, because children do die of cancer, congenital heart problems, and other disorders. But most of them are shielded—and don’t realize it. Then, as years roll by, one day it happens. Without warning, the membrane tears, and horror seeps into a person’s life or into the life of a loved one. It is at this moment that an unexpected theological crisis presents itself.”
James C. Dobson, Life on the Edge: The Next Generation's Guide to a Meaningful Future

“If there's anything romcoms have taught us about spontaneous gifting, it's that the big expensive presents are often a sign of guilt. But not the small, sort of rubbish presents. It seems to me that a cheap bag of crisps says a whole lot more than a gold necklace. It says 'You occupy such a vast space in my mind, I think of you so constantly, that my day-to-day life throws up constant reminders of you.' That person is, subconsciously or not, considered in everything you do and everywhere you go. Even in somewhere as mundane as the supermarket snack aisle.”
Ali Pantony, Almost Adults

Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett

“Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.”
J.L.W. Brooks

Curtis Tyrone Jones
“Those we love tie our hearts in knots but we'll never stop giving them the ribbons of our presence.”
Curtis Tyrone Jones

James Hauenstein
“Remember, the best presents anyone can give, is being there for their loved ones.”
James Hauenstein

“Christmas used to be a good "idea" 'til somebody came up with the concept of giving wrapped up presents to each other... :-)”
oliver mally

Steven Magee
“Electricity should not be banned, it just needs much better government regulation and understanding by the medical profession of the full range of toxicity that it presents to the human.”
Steven Magee

Lailah Gifty Akita
“A book is sacred gift.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Katherine J. Walden
“Christmas has a deeper significance to followers of Jesus. It’s not all about the gifts underneath Christmas trees or the elaborate meals served in extravagantly decorated homes. Christmas is the season of Immanuel. We celebrate the good news that He is near, that He cares for us, and that He transforms lives. His presence was the greatest present God gave mankind. May we be present carriers of that presence!”
Katherine J. Walden, Dare to Call Him Friend

Vann Chow
“Unexpected gifts were better accepted when they were presented by total strangers, I had learnt.”
Vann Chow, Shanghai Fools

Sara Baume
“In the days approaching Christmas, she always reminds me of the previous year: 'Jane crocheted you an entire poncho, and all you gave her was a bone-shaped beach stone.”
Sara Baume, A Line Made by Walking

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“A gift ‘from’ the heart is far different than a gift ‘of’ the heart. For despite the size of the gift, if I have not given my heart I have given someone something that is in fact nothing.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Alain Bremond-Torrent
“.... chasing presents for the near future celebration, looking through what society has to offer and impose.”
Alain Bremond-Torrent, running is flying intermittently

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“Presents are made for the pleasure of the one who gives them, not for the merits of those who receive them," said my father. "Besides, it can't be returned. Open it,”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

“During the holiday season, in fact all year long, wrap yourself around another's presence, not presents.”
Christine E. Szymanski

Poppy Rhys
“Carefully, he twisted the clasp, securing it to my wrist before brushing his thumb across my knuckles.

“Do you like it?”

Did I like it?


I loved it.

Loved it so much I couldn’t utter a word. I could only stare at it, even if my vision swam and I’d suddenly suffered an allergic reaction that made my eyes leak.

I wasn’t crying.

I was simply expelling excess saltwater. From my eyes. Which some people might’ve thought were tears.

But they weren’t.

I. Was not. Crying.


“Yes,” I croaked, my voice sounding like a squeaky hinge. “It’s beautiful. I’m not crying.”

“I didn’t say you were.” I could hear the amusement in Kye’s voice, even if I couldn’t look away from the damn bracelet on my wrist.

“You were thinking it.”

“It does look like you’re crying.”

“I’m not. It’s water retention in reverse.”

Kye and my family chuckled before he said, “I don’t think it works that way.”

“It does,” I insisted, swallowing repeatedly and sniffling. “I’m sure of it.”

I’m a mess.

A complete and utter mess.”
Poppy Rhys, While You Were Creeping

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