Schmidt Quotes

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Mr. Powell raised an eyebrow. 'I'm a librarian,' he said. 'I always know what I'm talking about.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.
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Eric Schmidt
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Books can ignite fires in your mind, because they carry ideas for kindling, and art for matches.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy)
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Vengeance is sweet. Vengeance taken when the vengee isn't sure who the venger is, is sweeter still.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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Whatever it means to be a friend, taking a black eye for someone has to be in it.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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You know how teachers are. If they get you to take out a book they love too, they're yours for life.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Orbiting Jupiter)
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If Romeo had never met Juliet, maybe they both would have still been alive, but what they would have been alive for is the question Shakespeare wants us to answer.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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She came over and looked at the picture. Then she took my hand. You know what that feels like? Like what the astronauts will feel when they step onto the moon for the very first time.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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You know, when someone has been crying, something gets left in the air. It's not something you can see or smell, or feel. Or draw. But it's there.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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It's not the solution, Mr. Canton. It's the path to the solution that's fascinating.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Orbiting Jupiter)
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A mind set in its ways is wasted. Don't do it.
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Eric Schmidt
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A decent human being is ashamed at being somebody's boss!
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Arno Schmidt (Scenes from the Life of a Faun: A Short Novel)
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When gods die, they die hard. It's not like they fade away, or grow old, or fall asleep. They die in fire and pain, and when they come out of you, they leave your guts burned. It hurts more than anything you can talk about. And maybe worst of all is, you're not sure if there will ever be another god to fill their place. Or if you'd ever want another god to fill their place. You don't want the fire to go out inside you twice.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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It means, Doug Swieteck, that in this class, you are not your brother.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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OKAY. So I was going to the library every Saturday. So what? So what? It's not like I was reading books or anything.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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Kurt, could you please serve this invoice upon the Prussian Pickle, the Major General von Trotha forΒ  the disrupting the legitimate working of F..H. Schmidt Engineering Services?
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Michael G. Kramer (His Forefathers and Mick)
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Nur die phantasielosen flΓΌchten sich in die RealitΓ€t.
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Arno Schmidt
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Joseph just listened. It was like he was dragging every word about Jupiter into himself so he could remember it and treasure it in his heart.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Orbiting Jupiter)
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Sometimes it's like that. You know something good is coming, and even though it's not even close yet, still, just knowing it's coming is enough to make you snort and nicker. Sort of." -Jack
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Gary D. Schmidt (Orbiting Jupiter)
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So you want to tell me what a sixth grader was doing in the eighth-grade side of the locker room, in a eighth-grade fight?" he said. "Winning," I said.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Orbiting Jupiter)
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You know, there are good reasons to learn how to read. Poetry isn't one of them. I mean, so what if two roads go two ways in a wood? So what? Who cares if it made all that big a difference? What difference? And why should I have to guess what the difference is? Isn't that what he's supposed to say? Why can't poets just say what they want to say and then shut up?
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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I knelt down, and Jupiter put out both her hands and pulled my ears. β€œJackie,” said Jupiter. β€œThat’s right,” I said. β€œJackie.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Orbiting Jupiter)
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The light made the snowballs look yellow. Or at least I hoped that was the cause.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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Innovative people do not need to be told to do it, they need to be allowed to do it.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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And she glowed with light like the brightest planet in the darkest sky.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Orbiting Jupiter)
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If you focus on your competition, you will never deliver anything truly innovative.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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Van wat een kind leest, onthoudt het maar een deel. Maar dat onthoudt hij ook zo goed, dat het zijn verdere leven met hem meereist, in zijn hart en in zijn bloed, het wordt een stuk van hemzelf.
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Annie M.G. Schmidt
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Think of the sound you make when you let go after holding your breath for a very, very long time. Think of the gladdest sound you know: the sound of dawn on the first day of spring break, the sound of a bottle of Coke opening, the sound of a crowd cheering in your ears because you're coming down to the last part of a race--and you're ahead. Think of the sound of water over stones in a cold stream, and the sound of wind through green trees on a late May afternoon in Central Park. Think of the sound of a bus coming into the station carrying someone you love. Then put all those together.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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Β« Around and around, and the sharp stars watched. And the low moon. And Jupiter over the mountains. Β»
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Gary D. Schmidt (Orbiting Jupiter)
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The many pro-surveillance advocates I have debated since Snowden blew the whistle have been quick to echo Eric Schmidt’s view that privacy is for people who have something to hide. But none of them would willingly give me the passwords to their email accounts, or allow video cameras in their homes.
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Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State)
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The world is Trouble...and Grace. That is all there is.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Trouble)
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You can't just skip the boring parts." "Of course I can skip the boring parts." "How do you know they're boring if you don't read them?" "I can tell." "Then you can't say you've read the whole play." "I think I can live a happy life, Meryl Lee, even if I don't read the boring parts of The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark." "Who knows?" she said. "Maybe you can't.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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There's no pleasure in getting to be an old coot unless you have some fun along the way.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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The world turns and the world spins, the tide runs in and the tide runs out, and there is nothing in the world more beautiful and more wonderful in all its evolved forms than two souls who look at each other straight on. And there is nothing more woeful and soul-saddening than when they are parted...everything in the world rejoices in the touch, and everything in the world laments in the losing.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy)
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Mrs. Daugherty was keeping my bowl of cream of wheat hot, and she had a special treat with it, she said. It was bananas. In the whole story of the world, bananas have never once been a special treat.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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Did you find yourself?" "What?" said my sister. "Did you find yourself?" "She found me," I said.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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Wie Annie Schmidt altijd als lief en aardig heeft ervaren, zal zijn mening grondig moeten herzien.
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Annejet van der Zijl (Anna: het leven van Annie M.G. Schmidt)
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You see, for me [art]'s not one of life's ornaments, rococo relaxation to be greeted affably after a day of hard work; I'm inverted on this : for me it's my very breath, the one thing necessary, and all else is excretion and a latrine.
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Arno Schmidt (Nobodaddy's Children: Scenes from the Life of a Faun, Brand's Heath, Dark Mirrors)
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A comedy isn't about being funny," said Mrs. Baker. "We talked about this before." "A comedy is about character who dare to know that they may choose a happy ending after all. That's how I know." "Suppose you can't see it?" "That's the daring part," said Mrs. Baker.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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Maybe this happens to you every day, but I think it was the first time I could hardly wait to show something that I'd done to someone who would care besides my mother. You know how that feels?
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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Reader, I kissed her. A quiet walk we had, she and I.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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Google dress code was: "You must wear something".
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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I know most people have given up on a happy ending. But I can’t. I have to hope.
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Jenelle Leanne Schmidt (Five Enchanted Roses)
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We were both chumps. But you know what? It's not so bad when you're chumps together.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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You can tell all you need to know about someone from the way cows are around him.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Orbiting Jupiter)
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Maybe the first time that you know you really care about something is when you think about it not being there,and when you know-you really know-that the emptinessis as much as inside you as outside you.For it falls out,that what we have we prize not to the worth whiles we enjoy it;but being lacked and lost,why,then we rack the value,then we find the virtue that possesion would not show us while it was ours.That's when I knew for the first time that I really did love my sister.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” And that’s when I started crying. Crying like a kindergarten kid in front of everyone. Crying because Joseph wasn’t just my friend. I had his back. And he had mine. That’s what greater love is.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Orbiting Jupiter)
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How come when you're feeling good like this, something always happens to wreck it all? How come?
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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I almost cried. But I didn't, because if you're in seventh grade and you cry while wearing a blue floral cape and yellow tights with white feathers on the butt, you just have to curl up and die somewhere in a dark alley.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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Maybe loneliness is an acquired taste, or maybe it's like plunging your hand in ice water--it hurts like hell in the beginning, and then you go numb.
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Tiffany Schmidt (Bright Before Sunrise)
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You've got to pick your battles, Pen, but then fight to the death for the ones that matter.
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Tiffany Schmidt (Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family, #1))
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Learn everything you can - everything. And then use all that you have learned to grow up too be a wise and good man.
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Gary D. Schmidt
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Why can't poets just say what they want to say and then shut up?
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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So you just went in and told him to give you two Cokes and he gave them to you?" "No, I didn't just go in and tell him to give me two Cokes. I asked for a Coke for me and a Coke for the skinny thug sitting on the library steps.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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As Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, says: β€œIn the old world, you devoted 30 percent of your time to building a great service and 70 percent of your time to shouting about it. In the new world, that inverts.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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Maybe the Snowy Heron is going to come off pretty badly when the planes come together. Maybe. But he's still proud and beautiful. His head is high, and he's got this sharp beak that's facing out to the world. He's okay for now.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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Lizzie Bright Griffin, do you ever wish the world would just go ahead and swallow you whole?" "Sometimes I do," she said, and then smiled. "but sometimes I figure I should just go ahead and swallow it.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy)
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When you find something that's whole, you do what you can to keep it that way. And when you fins something that isn't, then maybe it's not a bad idea to try to make it whole again. Maybe.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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Make sure you would work for yourself.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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Find your passion and run with it. Anything is possible.
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Kendall Schmidt
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Toads, beetles, bats.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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...and she ran out of the diesel combustion and right to me and we held each other and we were not empty at all. "Holling," she said. "I was so afraid I wouldn't find you." "I was standing right here, Heather." I said. "I'll always be standing right here.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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Find a way to say yes to things. Say yes to invitations to a new country, say yes to meet new friends, say yes to learn something new. Yes is how you get your first job, and your next job, and your spouse, and even your kids. Even if it's a bit edgy, a bit out of your comfort zone, saying yes means that you will do something new, meet someone new, and make a difference. Yes lets you stand out in a crowd, be the optimist, see the glass full, be the one everyone comes to. Yes is what keeps us all young.
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Eric Schmidt
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Christmas is the season for miracles, you know. Sometimes they come big and loud, I guessβ€”but I’ve never seen one of those. I think probably most miracles are a lot smaller, and sort of still, and so quiet, you could miss them.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Orbiting Jupiter)
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In English, we were still on the Introduction to Poetry Unit, and I'm not lying, if I ever meet Percy Bysshe Shelley walking down the streets of Marysville, I'm going to punch him right in the face.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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You know how that feels?
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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We were just about the last ones to leave. Reverend Ballou took Joseph’s hand to shake it, and Joseph said, β€œHow much of that story is true?” Reverend Ballou considered this. β€œI think it all has to be true, or none of it,” he said. β€œThe angels?” said Joseph. β€œReally?” β€œWhy not?” said Reverend Ballou. β€œBecause bad things happen,” said Joseph. β€œIf there were angels, then bad things wouldn’t happen.” β€œMaybe angels aren’t always meant to stop bad things.” β€œSo what good are they?” β€œTo be with us when bad things happen.” Joseph looked at him. β€œThen where the hell were they?” he said. I thought Reverend Ballou was going to start bawling.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Orbiting Jupiter)
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And it really doesn't matter if we're under our desks with our hands over our heads or not, does it? No, said Mrs. Baker. It doesn't really matter. So, why are we practicing? She thought for a minute. Because it gives comfort, she said. People like to think that if they're prepared then nothing bad can really happen. And perhaps we practice because we feel as if there's nothing else we can do because sometimes it feels as if life is governed by the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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If I give you a penny, then you’re a penny richer and I’m a penny poorer, but if I give you an idea, then you will have a new idea but I’ll have it too.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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Nice is for people we forget.
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Tiffany Schmidt (Bright Before Sunrise)
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By the way, in case you weren't paying attention or something, did you catch what Mr. Powell called me? "Young artist." I bet you missed that.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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It's what we think of ourselves that matter
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Kendall Schmidt
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To innovate, you must learn to fail well. Learn from your mistakes:
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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You don't have to say ridiculous things twice, Holling. Once is more than enough.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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Freiheit und Frechheit : ein Buchstabe Unterschied.
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Arno Schmidt (Brand's Haide)
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If a girl thinks she isn't beautiful, I'm here to prove her wrong.
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Kendall Schmidt
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Kid's, Life's too short to be organized. Follow your dreams first, then organize later.
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Kendall Schmidt
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Okay, so maybe sometimes the real world is smiles and miracles.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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When a girl holds a rose up to you, you run better, let me tell you.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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Ein Rezensent kommt mir manchmal vor wie der Mann, der eine Wolke beobachtet und ihr übelnimmt, daß sie nicht die Gestalt des Kamels angenommen hat, das er jeden Tag im Spiegel sieht.
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Arno Schmidt
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He who would speak of unknown authors, buried beneath the rubble of centuries, inevitably lays himself open, at least to begin with, to the suspicion of being a crotchety sort with very queer tastes.
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Arno Schmidt (Radio Dialogs I (Green Integer))
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You need to have confidence in your people, and enough self-confidence to let them identify a better way.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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A southwest blow on ye and blister you all o'er!' 'The red plague rid you!' 'Toads, beetles, bats, light on you!' 'As wicked dew as e'er my mother brushed with raven's feather from unwholesome fen drop on you.' 'Strange stuff' 'Thou jesting monkey thou' 'Apes with foreheads villainous low' 'Pied ninny' 'Blind mole...' -The Caliban Curses
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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Sometimes--and I know it doesn't last for anything more than a second--sometimes there can be perfect understanding between two people who can't stand each other. He smiled, and I smiled, and we put the Timex watches on, and we watched the seconds flit by.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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He's wrong--high school isn't a pyramid with all the power clustered in a chosen few at the top--it's more of a movie theater with twenty-two screens showing simultaneously. The love story in theater three doesn't care what happens on the football field in theater twelve. Actors and audiences overlap on the screen in the hallways, but there's a place for everyone.
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Tiffany Schmidt (Bright Before Sunrise)
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I love the sound of a brand-new bottle of coke when you pry the lid off and it starts to fizz. Whenever I hear that sound, I think of roses, and of sitting together with someone you care about and of Romeo and Juliet waking up somewhere and saying to each other, weren't we jerks? And then having all that be over. That's what I think of when I hear the sound of a brand-new bottle of Coke being opened
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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I wonder why Holling had the fastest time," said Danny after the announcements - a whole lot louder than he had to. "Could it be because he was running away from two rats who were trying to eat him?" "That might have a little to do with it," I said.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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I handed the test in five minutes before the end of the day. Mrs. Baker took it calmly, then reached into her bottom drawer for an enormous red pen with a wide felt tip. "Stand here and we'll see how you've done," she said, which is sort of like a dentist handing you a mirror and saying, "Sit here and watch while I drill a hole in your tooth.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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Love is not a thing you can pick up and throw into the gutter and pick up again as the fancy takes you. I am a person, very unfortunately for you, with a quite peculiar dread of thrusting myself or my affections on any one, of in any way outstaying my welcome. The man I would love would be the man I could trust to love me for ever. I do not trust you. I did outstay my welcome once. I did get thrown into the gutter, and came near drowning in that sordid place.
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Elizabeth von Arnim (Fraulein Schmidt and Mr Anstruther)
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On Saturday mornings during deliveries, I'd practice picking out new words in Jane Eyre, sounding out the ones that needed sounding outβ€”and I'm not lying, there were plenty. "'A new servitude! There is something in that,' I soliloquized." I mean, who talks like that? Do you know how long it takes to sound out a word like soliloquized? And even after you do, you have no idea what the stupid word means except that it probably just means "said," which is what stupid Charlotte BrontΓ« should have said in the first place. When I delivered Mrs. Mason's groceries, she saw that I had Jane Eyre stuck under my arm. "Oh," she said, "that was my favorite novel in school." "It was?" I soliloquized.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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Do you ever wonder what it's like to be so angry that you...And then something happens, and after that, everyone figures that's what you're like, and that's what you're always going to be, and so you just decide to be it? But the whole time you're thinking, Am I going to be like him? Or am I already like him? And then you get angrier, because maybe you are, and you want... He stopped. He wiped at his eyes. I'm not lying. My brother wiped at his eyes.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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Over time I’ve learned, surprisingly, that it’s tremendously hard to get teams to be super ambitious. It turns out most people haven’t been educated in this kind of moonshot thinking. They tend to assume that things are impossible, rather than starting from real-world physics and figuring out what’s actually possible. It’s why we’ve put so much energy into hiring independent thinkers at Google, and setting big goals. Because if you hire the right people and have big enough dreams, you’ll usually get there. And even if you fail, you’ll probably learn something important. It’s also true that many companies get comfortable doing what they have always done, with a few incremental changes. This kind of incrementalism leads to irrelevance over time, especially in technology, because change tends to be revolutionary not evolutionary. So you need to force yourself to place big bets on the future.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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When 1:45 came, half the class left, and Danny Hupfer whispered, "If she gives you a cream puff after we leave, I'm going to kill you" - which was not something that someone headed off to prepare for his bar mitzvah should be thinking. When 1:55 came and the other half of the class left, Meryl Lee whispered, "If she gives you one after we leave, I'm going to do Number 408 to you." I didn't remember what Number 408 was, but it was probably pretty close to what Danny Hupfer had promised. Even Mai Thi looked at me with narrowed eyes and said, "I know your home." Which sounded pretty ominous.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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-when he thinks of the starry-eyed puerility and narcissism of these fantasies now, a rough decade later, Schmidt experiences a kind of full-framed internal wince, that type of embarrassment-before-self that makes our most mortifying memories objects of fascination and repulsion at once, though in Terry Schmidt's case a certain amount of introspection and psychotherapy had enabled him to understand that his professional fantasies were not in the main all that unique, that a large percentage I bright young men and women locate the impetus behind their career choice in the belief that they are fundamentally different from the common run of man, unique and in certain crucial ways superior, more as it were central, meaningful--what else could explain the fact that they can and will make a difference in their chosen field simply by the fact that thy themselves have been at the exact center of all they've experienced for the whole 20 years of their conscious lives?
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David Foster Wallace (Oblivion: Stories)
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I saw my town as if I had just arrived. It was as if I was waking up. You see houses and buildings every day, and you walk by them on your way to something else, and you hardly see. You hardly notice they're even there, mostly because there's something else going on right in front of your face, But when the town itself becomes the thing that is going on right in front of your face, it all changes, and you're not just looking at a house, but at what's happened in that house before you were born.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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I think something must happen to you when you get into eight grade. Like the Doug Swieteck's Brother Gene switches on and you become a jerk. Which may have been Hamlet, Prince of Denmark's problem, who, besides having a name that makes him sound like a breakfast special at Sunnyside Morning Restaurant--something between a ham slice and a three-egg omelet--didn't have the smarts to figure out that when someone takes the trouble to come back from beyond the grave to tell you that he's been murdered, it's probably behooveful to pay attention--which is the adjectival form.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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When an important writer recommends a work to you -- whether by openly naming the title; or by shy=covert use of it (which perhaps is the greater praise) then go right ahead and follow his [sic!, etc] momentous hint ! A man with expertise and taste has done trusty spade-work for you : {pre=reading} and winnowing 1000 volumes of antiquated chaff for you. Not to make grateful use of such a hint would mean my thoughtless=arrogant shoving aside all the precious, irreplaceable hours that a venerable predecessor spent reading for me.
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Arno Schmidt (Radio Dialogs II (Green Integer))
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The steeper the climb, the more incentive to reach the top. Even in the midst of the darkness, there is always a shard of light if we will but search for it hard enough and believe in it strongly enough. A name portrays the nature of its wearer. The meaning of a name, however, portrays the trueness of its wearer in depths that very few ever come to comprehend. May God bless you and keep you and give you peace in all that you do, and may we rest assured of this: that though we travel far apart and in many different directions and for long periods of time, we will meet again, if not in this lifetime, then in eternity, and there we will never have to say β€˜good-bye’ again. Courage is not found in lacking fear, courage is found in not allowing your fear to rule you. Courage is really just facing fear. Do not put too much stock in the stars my boy, they are fickle and distant and do not affect the lives of men by very great a margin.
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Jenelle Leanne Schmidt
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To begin with, there is an almost compulsive promiscuity associated with homosexual behavior. 75% of homosexual men have more than 100 sexual partners during their lifetime. More than half of these partners are strangers. Only 8% of homosexual men and 7% of homosexual women ever have relationships lasting more than three years. Nobody knows the reason for this strange, obsessive promiscuity. It may be that homosexuals are trying to satisfy a deep psychological need by sexual encounters, and it just is not fulfilling. Male homosexuals average over 20 partners a year. According to Dr. Schmidt, The number of homosexual men who experience anything like lifelong fidelity becomes, statistically speaking, almost meaningless. Promiscuity among homosexual men is not a mere stereotype, and it is not merely the majority experienceβ€”it is virtually the only experience. Lifelong faithfulness is almost non-existent in the homosexual experience. Associated with this compulsive promiscuity is widespread drug use by homosexuals to heighten their sexual experiences. Homosexuals in general are three times as likely to be problem drinkers as the general population. Studies show that 47% of male homosexuals have a history of alcohol abuse and 51% have a history of drug abuse. There is a direct correlation between the number of partners and the amount of drugs consumed. Moreover, according to Schmidt, β€œThere is overwhelming evidence that certain mental disorders occur with much higher frequency among homosexuals.” For example, 40% of homosexual men have a history of major depression. That compares with only 3% for men in general. Similarly 37% of female homosexuals have a history of depression. This leads in turn to heightened suicide rates. Homosexuals are three times as likely to contemplate suicide as the general population. In fact homosexual men have an attempted suicide rate six times that of heterosexual men, and homosexual women attempt suicide twice as often as heterosexual women. Nor are depression and suicide the only problems. Studies show that homosexuals are much more likely to be pedophiles than heterosexual men. Whatever the causes of these disorders, the fact remains that anyone contemplating a homosexual lifestyle should have no illusions about what he is getting into. Another well-kept secret is how physically dangerous homosexual behavior is.
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William Lane Craig
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The Heiligenstadt Testament" Oh! ye who think or declare me to be hostile, morose, and misanthropical, how unjust you are, and how little you know the secret cause of what appears thus to you! My heart and mind were ever from childhood prone to the most tender feelings of affection, and I was always disposed to accomplish something great. But you must remember that six years ago I was attacked by an incurable malady, aggravated by unskillful physicians, deluded from year to year, too, by the hope of relief, and at length forced to the conviction of a lasting affliction (the cure of which may go on for years, and perhaps after all prove impracticable). Born with a passionate and excitable temperament, keenly susceptible to the pleasures of society, I was yet obliged early in life to isolate myself, and to pass my existence in solitude. If I at any time resolved to surmount all this, oh! how cruelly was I again repelled by the experience, sadder than ever, of my defective hearing! β€” and yet I found it impossible to say to others: Speak louder; shout! for I am deaf! Alas! how could I proclaim the deficiency of a sense which ought to have been more perfect with me than with other men, β€” a sense which I once possessed in the highest perfection, to an extent, indeed, that few of my profession ever enjoyed! Alas, I cannot do this! Forgive me therefore when you see me withdraw from you with whom I would so gladly mingle. My misfortune is doubly severe from causing me to be misunderstood. No longer can I enjoy recreation in social intercourse, refined conversation, or mutual outpourings of thought. Completely isolated, I only enter society when compelled to do so. I must live like art exile. In company I am assailed by the most painful apprehensions, from the dread of being exposed to the risk of my condition being observed. It was the same during the last six months I spent in the country. My intelligent physician recommended me to spare my hearing as much as possible, which was quite in accordance with my present disposition, though sometimes, tempted by my natural inclination for society, I allowed myself to be beguiled into it. But what humiliation when any one beside me heard a flute in the far distance, while I heard nothing, or when others heard a shepherd singing, and I still heard nothing! Such things brought me to the verge of desperation, and well-nigh caused me to put an end to my life. Art! art alone deterred me. Ah! how could I possibly quit the world before bringing forth all that I felt it was my vocation to produce? And thus I spared this miserable life β€” so utterly miserable that any sudden change may reduce me at any moment from my best condition into the worst. It is decreed that I must now choose Patience for my guide! This I have done. I hope the resolve will not fail me, steadfastly to persevere till it may please the inexorable Fates to cut the thread of my life. Perhaps I may get better, perhaps not. I am prepared for either. Constrained to become a philosopher in my twenty-eighth year! This is no slight trial, and more severe on an artist than on any one else. God looks into my heart, He searches it, and knows that love for man and feelings of benevolence have their abode there! Oh! ye who may one day read this, think that you have done me injustice, and let any one similarly afflicted be consoled, by finding one like himself, who, in defiance of all the obstacles of Nature, has done all in his power to be included in the ranks of estimable artists and men. My brothers Carl and [Johann], as soon as I am no more, if Professor Schmidt be still alive, beg him in my name to describe my malady, and to add these pages to the analysis of my disease, that at least, so far as possible, the world may be reconciled to me after my death. I also hereby declare you both heirs of my small fortune (if so it may be called). Share it fairly, agree together and assist each other. You know that any
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Ludwig van Beethoven