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Gary D. Schmidt

Geburtstag: 1957

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„Just swell.“ The Wednesday Wars

„Mr. Powell raised an eyebrow. 'I'm a librarian,' he said. 'I always know what I'm talking about.“ Okay for Now


„Books can ignite fires in your mind, because they carry ideas for kindling, and art for matches.“ Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

„Vengeance is sweet. Vengeance taken when the vengee isn't sure who the venger is, is sweeter still.“ The Wednesday Wars

„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.“
The Wednesday Wars

„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.“ The Wednesday Wars

„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?“
Okay for Now

„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.“
Okay for Now


„Whatever it means to be a friend, taking a black eye for someone has to be in it.“ The Wednesday Wars

„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.“ Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

„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.“
The Wednesday Wars

„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.“ Okay for Now


„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.“ The Wednesday Wars

„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.“ The Wednesday Wars

„OKAY. So I was going to the library every Saturday. So what? So what? It's not like I was reading books or anything.“ Okay for Now

„It means, Doug Swieteck, that in this class, you are not your brother.“ Okay for Now