Rat Quotes

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Cassandra Clare
“Where's Simon?" Clary interrupted.

Isabelle wobbled. "He's a rat," she said darkly.

Did he do something to you?" Alec was full of brotherly concern. "Did he touch you? If he tried anything-"

No, Alec," Isabelle said irritably. "Not like that. He's a rat."

She's drunk," said Jace, beginning to turn away in disgust.

I'm not," Isabelle said indignantly. "Well, maybe a little, but that's not the point. The point is, Simon drank one of those blue drinks- I told him not to, but he didn't listen- and he turned into a rat.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

J.K. Rowling
“If you made a better rat than a human, it’s not much to boast about, Peter.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Rick Riordan
“Hermes gazed up at the stars. "My dear young cousin, if there's one thing I've learned over the eons, it's that you can't give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it. It doesn't matter if they hate you, or embarrass you, or simply don't appreciate your genius for inventing the Internet-"
"You invented the Internet?"
It was my idea, Martha said.
Rats are delicious, George said.
"It was my idea!" Hermes said. "I mean the Internet, not the rats.”
Rick Riordan, The Sea of Monsters

Haruki Murakami
“Time really is one big continuous cloth, no? We habitually cut out pieces of time to fit us, so we tend to fool ourselves into thinking that time is our size, but it really goes on and on.”
Haruki Murakami, A Wild Sheep Chase

“THE UNFORGIVEN


Tell me if you've ever had to deal with these kinds of people:

The kind who take and don't give.
The kind to whom you give and give,
And they keep asking.
The kind to whom you give and give and they say you gave nothing.
The kind whom have never offered anything,
But act like they're the ones providing
EVERYTHING.

The kind you give and give,
But take more than you can give.
And when they have already taken everything,
They get mad at you when you say you have
Nothing more to give.

The unforgiving,
The misgiving,
Wastefully living -
And selfishly driven.
The rat that never gives back,
Yet is so quick to attack -
Because they think the word
TAKING
Seriously means
GIVING.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Cornelia Funke
“I'm perfectly happy to know the world at secondhand. It's a lot safer.”
Cornelia Funke

Đorđe Balašević
“Kad rat pravi zurku, redosled gostiju uvek je isti...
Prvo dodu Popovi...
Pa Topovi...
Pa Lopovi...”
Đorđe Balašević, Jedan od onih života
tags: rat, war

Donna Cooner
“I loved you when you were three hundred and two pounds, and I love you now."
-Rat”
Donna Cooner, Skinny

Scott Westerfeld
“A rat called Possible New Strain was sitting under a spaghetti strainer held down with a pile of journalism textbooks, saying rude things in rat-speak.”
Scott Westerfeld, Peeps

“I will not join the rat race because I'm not a rat. And I will not blindly follow a specific faith because I'm not a bat. The only race I'll take part in is for humans being humane. It's called the human race, and sadly it's got the least participants.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Haruki Murakami
“From his shoulder on down, the Rat felt the supple weight of her body. An odd sensation, that weight. This being that could love a man, bear children, grow old, and die; to think one whole existence was in this weight.”
Haruki Murakami, Pinball, 1973
tags: rat, weight

George R.R. Martin
“The rat squealed as he bit into it, squirming wildly in his hands, frantic to escape.”
George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons
tags: rat, reek

“If the solution to a problem creates another problem, then it is better to call it a ‘Circular Problem’! Say, the pied piper of Hamelin has freed the city from the rats, but he has caused serious water pollution by leaving the rats into the river where they have died, rotten and mixed up with the water! Apparently, the problem of the city is solved but water gets polluted and another problem arises. So, it is a ‘Circular Problem’!”
Md. Ziaul Haque

Jay Hosking
“You'll always find what you bring with you.”
Jay Hosking, Three Years with the Rat
tags: box, rat

“হ্যামিলনের বাঁশিওয়ালা শহরটাকে ইঁদুরমুক্ত করেছে ঠিকই, কিন্তু ইঁদুরগুলোকে নদীতে ফেলে মারাত্মক পানি দূষণ ঘটিয়েছে কারণ সেগুলো পানিতে মরে, পচে একাকার হয়ে গিয়েছে!”
Md. Ziaul Haque

“Indeed, the pied piper of Hamelin has freed the city from the rats, but he has caused serious water pollution by leaving the rats into the river where they have died, rotten and mixed up with the water!”
Md. Ziaul Haque

“একটি সমস্যার সমাধান যদি আরেকটি সমস্যার সৃষ্টি করে, তখন তাকে ‘ঘূর্ণায়মান সমস্যা’ বলে ডাকাই শ্রেয়! যেমন, হ্যামেলিনের বাঁশিওয়ালা শহরটাকে ইঁদুরমুক্ত করেছে ঠিকই, কিন্তু ইঁদুরগুলোকে নদীতে ফেলে মারাত্মক পানি দূষণ ঘটিয়েছে কারণ সেগুলো পানিতে মরে, পচে একাকার হয়ে গিয়েছে! দৃশ্যত শহরের সমস্যা মিটেছে কিন্তু পানি দূষিত হয়ে আরেকটি সমস্যার সৃষ্টি হয়েছে। তাই এটি একটি ‘ঘূর্ণায়মান সমস্যা’!”
Md. Ziaul Haque

“Прави разлог рату? Има их дубоких и компликованих. То за нас, Србију, не важи. Ми се боримо збиља за слободу, и да останемо верни себи. То је, изгледа ми, сасвим лако. Много би ми било теже да сам ма која друга нација која се, можда, бори због пијаца и акција. Зато ћу сасвим лако погинути, ако то затреба, не сматрајући да ми је ма ко "подвалио", не бојећи се будућег историчара и његовог суда. Али међу нама има нас који су се дали у дубоке разлоге и образложења. " Економски разлози" увек су ми изгледали ништавни кад ствар дође до пресудна обрта. Тада се гине. - А "економија" важи само за - живот. Чим настане област смрти, економија бежи, згранута, не разумевајући ништа.
Економија бежи, ми не бежимо. (Станислав Винавер, Скопски ђачки батаљон 1914: Батаљон 1300 каплара)”
Nikola Marinković, Daj nam Bože municije

Vincent Okay Nwachukwu
“The way some people seek title is baffling. They are willing to feed their own to the lion to achieve it. Even those who cannot kill a rat want to answer, the Lion Slayer 1 of world people.”
Vincent Okay Nwachukwu, Weighty 'n' Worthy African Proverbs - Volume 1

Vincent Okay Nwachukwu
“It takes a confident and competent rat to compete in a rat race and win.”
Vincent Okay Nwachukwu, Weighty 'n' Worthy African Proverbs - Volume 1

“(...) tko će ostati ako se svi odreknemo sebe i pobjegnemo u svoj strah? Kome ostaviti grad? Tko će mi ga čuvati dok mene ne bude, dok se budem tražio po smetlištima ljudskih duša, dok budem onako sam bez sebe glavinjao, ranjav i umoran, u vrućici, dok moje oči budu rasle pred osobnim porazom?
Tko će čuvati moj grad, moje prijatelje, tko će Vukovar iznijeti iz mraka?
Nema leđa jačih od mojih i vaših, i zato, ako vam nije teško, ako je u vama ostalo još mladenačkog šaputanja, pridružite se.”
Siniša Glavašević, Priče iz Vukovara

Goran Tribuson
“Rat koji smo, igrajući se Legije stranaca, bili poveli protiv roditelja, mi smo zapravo dobili, jer ratovi protiv starije generacije uvijek se dobivaju. Međutim, kao i svi, nakon pobjede preuzeli smo ideologiju poraženih, koja je naš trijumf odmah obezvrijedila i učinila ga jalovim i apsurdnim. Tako ćemo ubrzo i mi sami ostati na vjetrometini, izloženi ratnom napadu onih mlađih koji će za nama doći.”
Goran Tribuson, Legija stranaca

Steven Magee
“I am the inadvertent laboratory rat of professional astronomy.”
Steven Magee

“Nikad neću zaboraviti teški miris baruta na tom prelijepom proljetnom danu i taj kontrast između prelijepog vremena, prirode i proljeća s jedne strane, i ratnog užasa s druge strane. Koliko nam tako lijepih dana duguju!
Elma Tataragic”
Nihad M. Kresevljakovic, 2. Maj 1992. Bio je lijep i sunčan dan

“2. maja sam naučila da je strah nešto što osjetiš negdje s prednje strane butina, pa se počne kretati naviše, dok ti ne dođe do pluća, pa malo teže dišeš. A i ruke ti se malo tresu i poprime neku ljubičastu boju. Ali svašta možeš kad moraš.
Amira Sadikovic”
Nihad M. Kresevljakovic, 2. Maj 1992. Bio je lijep i sunčan dan

Anthony Trendl
“Chucky, the once ever-gracious gray Persian cat, had sinned. He had broken the commandment of the house. All who lived within it must abide it. There was only one commandment: the Declaration of Solidarity, and that was this, 'Thou shalt live as if every life is your own.”
Anthony Trendl, Escape from Hicklebirkle Manor: A Bluster County Tale

“Alvin lifted his toes and pushed both heels firmly into the asphalt until his folding metal chair thudded familiarly against the brick wall behind him. It did so in the same manner as on myriad other occasions. A manner that had caused his mother to scold him more times than he cared to remember. She had stopped bothering to do so months earlier however. By then, he'd transferred more beige paint to the bricks behind him than remained on the crossbar at the top of its backrest.

At least that's what she told him soon before giving up. She would have likely been correct too, if not for the rain which so frequently showered the very same wall. In Alvin's keen mind, it was better this way. Once some unblemished new thing had lost its perfection he reasoned, it ceased posing a burden of concern ‒ particularly to observant mothers.”
Monte Souder (Rat Luck)

“When it is pleasant enough – or at minimum if remaining yet hopeful – one's unfolding fate might be received as effortlessly as a slice of freshly baked Dutch apple pie just prior to nibbling upon its point. If you did not know it, it is the one crowned with streusel – a crumbly topping of flour, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon – all offsetting an underlayer of relatively crisp, tart apple slices; rather than the simple pastry lid which lies atop a sweeter variety.

An encounter with a previously unthinkable misfortune is quite another matter.

Despite the inherent foresight that each of us possess regarding the inevitable calamities awaiting every passage along life's journey, the willingness to cherish a destiny in its totality across one’s lifetime not only necessitates the wisdom of reflection but even then, acquiring the foolishness to trust an incomprehensible unknown.

This may begin with the simple acknowledgment that rats are far better swimmers than nearly any child and a significantly higher number of the latter than you’d surely wish to recognize have suffered the very same misery which befell Hamelin’s rodents in the later sanitized adaptations of the reportedly based-upon-fact piper legend.”
Monte Souder (Rat Luck)

“Within its pages were row-upon-row of dark impressions; marked one-by-one by an array of blows arising from a basket of clustered steel typebars cast with embossed slugs upon their tips ‒ striking in sequential forward arcs, as if inhabited by a crew of nether-situated Lilliputians sitting side-by-side; wielding slender embossed hammers, forged character-by-character to smash against pigment-impregnated woven black ribbons; poised in turn overtop a seemingly endless succession of lily-white storyteller's leaves; each a direct byproduct of majestically beautiful, seasonally fragrant, faintly audible, partly edible, often climbable; utterly tangible trees ‒ its outer layer of fifteen pages having chronicled the antecedent evoked by this very beginning more than 400 billion harvested timber ago.

So then to be more succinct, Nate’s story began again with yet another scurrying rat…

In truth such recurrences aren't so terribly peculiar, though it may be altogether unsurprising if one were inclined to suppose otherwise. All things being equal, it would be no more and no less improbable than if each lad had been party to analogous cat encounters across this same interval of time. And ‒ as further happenstance would have it ‒ this is likewise, indeed one more similarly entwined detail connecting these distinct yet equally primal matters.

Conceding that all things are rarely equal, of course.

For instance it may be instructive to consider that rattus norvegicus tend toward predictable timidity while in striking contrast the felines in question were both tomcats ‒ often being prone to flouncing about in the manner of plumeless peacocks; if not pouncing onto the nearest familiar lap like typical felis catus.

Nevertheless ‒ particularly given its generation spanning interlude ‒ such dual coincidence might be more fittingly viewed as a long past due inevitability. This owing to a perpetual abundance within the local feline population; the billions upon billions of rats that are right now scurrying to and fro in more places on this planet than you have likely imagined to exist; as well as an innate magnetism drawing the former to the latter ‒ as earnestly as that of a type hammer chasing a blank page. Then at last, to acknowledge that myriad and unstated goings-on must precede each beginning of every story.”
Monte Souder (Rat Luck)

“His story began with a scurrying rat…”
Monte Souder (Rat Luck)

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