Quotes from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

E.L. Konigsburg ·  125 pages

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“Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place, but there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around.”
― E.L. Konigsburg, quote from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler


“I think you should learn, of course, and some days you must learn a great deal. But you should also have days when you allow what is already in you to swell up inside of you until it touches everything. And you can feel it inside of you. If you never take time out to let that happen, then you accumulate facts, and they begin to rattle around inside of you. You can make noise with them, but never really feel anything with them. It's hollow.”
― E.L. Konigsburg, quote from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler


“The adventure is over. Everything gets over, and nothing is ever enough. Except the part you carry with you. It's the same as going on a vacation. Some people spend all their time on a vacation taking pictures so that when they get home they can show their friends evidence that they had a good time. They don't pause to let the vacation enter inside of them and take that home.”
― E.L. Konigsburg, quote from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler


“The eyes are the windows of the soul.... If someone was to look into your eyes, what would you want them to see?”
― E.L. Konigsburg, quote from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler


“I've been the oldest child since before you were born”
― E.L. Konigsburg, quote from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler



“Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away. That is, running away in the heat of anger with a knapsack on her pack. She didn't like discomfort; even picnics were untidy and inconvenient: all those insects and the sun melting the icing on the cupcakes. Therefore, she decided that her leaving home would not be just running from somewhere but would be running to somewhere.”
― E.L. Konigsburg, quote from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler


“Secrets are the kind of adventure she needs. Secrets are safe, and they do much to make you different. On the inside where it counts.”
― E.L. Konigsburg, quote from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler


“A nasty letter or a sarcastic one can make you righteously angry, but what can you do about a polite letter of rejection? Nothing, really, except cry.”
― E.L. Konigsburg, quote from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler


“What happened was: they became a team, a family of two. There had been times before they ran away when they acted like a team, but those were very different from feeling like a team. Becoming a team didn't mean the end of their arguments. But it did mean that the arguments became a part of the adventure, became discussions not threats. To an outsider the arguments would appear to be the same because feeling like part of a team is something that happens invisibly. You might call it caring. You could even call it love. And it is very rarely, indeed, that it happens to two people at the same time-- especially a brother and a sister who had always spent more time with activities than they had with each other.”
― E.L. Konigsburg, quote from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler


“...I didn't run away to come home the same. -Claudia”
― E.L. Konigsburg, quote from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler



“But lying in bed just before going to sleep is the worst time for organized thinking; it is the best time for free thinking. Ideas drift like clouds in an undecided breeze, taking first this direction and then that.”
― E.L. Konigsburg, quote from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler


“If you think of doing something in New York City, you can be certain that at least two thousand other people have the same thought. And of the two thousand who do, about one thousand will be standing in line waiting to do it.”
― E.L. Konigsburg, quote from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler


“There's something nice and safe about having money.”
― E.L. Konigsburg, quote from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler


“Jamie, you know, you could go clear around the world and still come home wondering if the tuna fish sandwiches at Chock Full O'Nuts still cost thirty-five cents.”
― E.L. Konigsburg, quote from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler


“Therefore, she decided that her leaving home would not be just running from somewhere but would be running to somewhere.”
― E.L. Konigsburg, quote from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler



“Jamie: The only kind of deal that I can make is with money, and we haven't got any of that.
Mrs. Frankweiler: You are very poor indeed if that is the only kind of deal you can make”
― E.L. Konigsburg, quote from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler


“Jamie spied a Hershey's almond bar still in its wrapper lying in the corner of the landing. He picked it up and tore open one corner.

"Was it bitten into?" asked Claudia.
"No," Jamie smiled. "Want half?"
"You better not touch it," Claudia warned. "It's probably poisoned or filled with marijuana, so you'll eat it and become either dead or a dope addict".

Jamie was irritated. "Couldn't it just happen that someone dropped it?"

"I doubt that. Who would drop a whole candy bar and not know it? That's like leaving a statue in a taxi".”
― E.L. Konigsburg, quote from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler


“Flattery is as important a machine as the lever, isn't it, Saxonberg? Give it a proper place to rest, and it can move the world.”
― E.L. Konigsburg, quote from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler


“should also have days when you allow what is already in you to swell up inside of you until it touches everything. And you can feel it inside you. If you never take time out to let that happen, then you just accumulate facts, and they begin to rattle around inside of you. You can make noise with them, but never really feel anything with them. It’s hollow.”
― E.L. Konigsburg, quote from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler


“Jamie liked perspiration, a little bit of dirt, and complications.”
― E.L. Konigsburg, quote from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler



“I keep telling you that often the search proves more profitable than the goal.”
― E.L. Konigsburg, quote from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler


“Becoming a team didn’t mean the end of their arguments. But it did mean that the arguments became a part of the adventure, became discussions not threats. To an outsider the arguments would appear to be the same because feeling like part of a team is something that happens invisibly. You might call it caring. You could even call it love.”
― E.L. Konigsburg, quote from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler


“that. I think you should learn, of course, and some days you must learn a great deal. But you should also have days when you allow what is already in you to swell up inside of you until it touches everything. And you can feel it inside you. If you never take time out to let that happen, then you just accumulate facts, and they begin to rattle around inside of you. You can make noise with them, but never really feel anything with them. It’s hollow.”
― E.L. Konigsburg, quote from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler


“you should also have days when you allow what is already in you to swell up inside of you until it touches everything. And you can feel it inside you. If you never take time out to let that happen, then you just accumulate facts, and they begin to rattle around inside of you. You can make noise with them, but never really feel anything with them. It’s hollow.” Both”
― E.L. Konigsburg, quote from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler


“I have such faith in words that when I read about such families as a child, I thought that they were the norm and that the way I lived was subnormal, waiting for normal.”
― E.L. Konigsburg, quote from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler



“We’ll walk from here to the”
― E.L. Konigsburg, quote from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler


“Having words and explanations for things is too modern”
― E.L. Konigsburg, quote from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler


About the author

E.L. Konigsburg
Born place: in New York, The United States
Born date February 10, 1930
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