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Alan Bradley

Twaalf citaten om deze kerstdag een beetje extra glans te geven

Tweede kerstdag, zijn we het vieren al zat? Om de Christmas Spirit er een beetje in te houden delen we een aantal mooie kerst quotes. Uit boeken natuurlijk, of van schrijvers met goede ideeën. Voel je vrij om in de comments je eigen favoriete, literaire kerst citaat achter te laten.

Flavia de Luce

 

Thousands of little lights were burning on the green branches, and gally-colored pictures, such as she had never seen in the shop-windows, looked down upon her. The little maiden stretched out her hands towards them when the match went out. The lights of the Christmas tree rose higher and higher, she saw them now as stars in heaven.
Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Match Girl

 

Markus Zusak

 

Seasonable tokens are about. Red berries shine here and there in the lattices of Minor Canon Corner; Mr. and Mrs. Top are daintily sticking sprigs of holly into the carvings and sconces of the Cathedral stalls, as if they were sticking them into the coal button-holes of the Dean and Chapter. Lavish profusion is in the shops: particularly in the articles of currants, raisins, spices, candied peel, and moist sugar.
Charles Dickens, The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Mr. Dickens schreef wel vaker over kerst. Vandaar eens even niet een quote uit A Christmas Carol.

 

Stephen Fry

 

In London the day after Christmas (Boxing Day), it began to snow: my first snow in England. For five years, I had been tactfully asking ‘Do you ever have snow at all?’ as I steeled myself to the six months of wet, tepid gray that make up an English winter. ‘Ooo, I do remember snow,’ was the usual reply, ‘when I was a lad.’
Sylvia Plath

Herkenbaar Sylvia, erg herkenbaar….

 

Sir Walter Scott

 

“Mistletoe,” said Luna dreamily, pointing at a large clump of white berries placed almost over Harry’s head. He jumped out from under it.
“Good thinking,” said Luna seriously. “It’s often infested with nargles.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

 

Louisa May Alcott

 

Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special! How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food and beer… Who’d have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously?
Bill Watterson, The Essential Calvin and Hobbes

Doel voor 2018: meer Calvin and Hobbes op Ogma.

 

Herman Melville

 

En dan nu het beste idee aller tijden:

Hey, great idea: if you have kids, give your partner reading vouchers next Christmas. Each voucher entitles the bearer to two hours’ reading time *while the kids are awake*. It might look like a cheapskate present, but parents will appreciate that it costs more in real terms than a Lamborghini.
Nick Hornby

 

Arthur Conan Doyle

Tineke Luimstra. Leest over verwoeste werelden, moord en doodslag, lang geleden, vreemde wezens, knusse Britse dorpjes en stoere vrouwen. Droomt over reizen langs de mooiste bibliotheken ter wereld en haar eigen piepkleine, tweedehands boekwinkel. Heeft meer boeken dan geld, dus is eigenlijk rijker dan een miljonair. Life is pretty much perfect!

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