Quotes from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Ransom Riggs ·  352 pages

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“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


“We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing in them becomes too high.”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


“When someone won't let you in, eventually you stop knocking.”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


“Stars, too, were time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries—but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was. Likewise, I never imagined that home might be something I would miss.”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children



“...so one day my mother sat me down and explained that I couldn't become an explorer because everything in the world had already been discovered. I'd been born in the wrong century, and I felt cheated.”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


“Sometimes it's better not to look back.”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


“I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


“..what an unchallenging life it would be if we always got things right on the first go.”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


“Forgive me. I continue to underestimate the breadth of your ignorance.”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children



“I slammed out of the [house] and started walking, heading nowhere in particular. Sometimes you just need to go through a door.”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


“...slow and drunk is no match for fast and scared shitless.”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


“To have endured horrors, to have seen the worst of humanity and have your life made unrecognizable by it, to come out of all that honorable and brave— that was magical.”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


“Sometimes you just need to go through a door.”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


“How many times have I told you? Polite persons do not take supper in the nude.”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children



“I did love her, of course, but mostly because loving your mom is mandatory, not because she was someone I think I'd like very much if I met her walking down the street.”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


“But these weren't the kind of monsters that had tentacles and rotting skin, the kind a seven-year-old might be able to wrap his mind around--they were monsters with human faces, in crisp uniforms, marching in lockstep, so banal you don't recognize them for what they are until it's too late.”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


“I'd been born in the wrong century, and I felt cheated.”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


“She moved to pinch me again but I blocked her hand. I'm no expert on girls, but when one tries to pinch you four times, I'm pretty sure that's flirting.”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


“Millard! Who's the prime minister?"

"Winston Churchill," he said. "Have you gone daft?"

"What's the capital of Burma?"

"Lord, I've no idea. Rangoon?"

"Good! When's your birthday?"

"Will you quit shouting and let me bleed in peace!”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children



“I didn’t know what to call it, what was happening between us, but I liked it. It felt silly and fragile and good.”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


“I don't mean to be rude' I said, 'but what are you people?'
'We're peculiar,' he replied, sounding a bit puzzled. 'Aren't you?;
'I don't know. I don't think so'
'That's a shame.”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


“Their memory was something tangible and heavy, and I would carry it with me.”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


“It's easy to say you don't care about money when you have plenty of it.”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


“If you must fail," he said grandly, "fail spectacularly!”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children



“That's quite a performance you gave earlier [...] I'm sure the theater lost a fine actor when you chose to devote yourself to murder and cannibalism.”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


“Because we weren’t like other people. We were peculiar.”
“Peculiar how?”
“Oh, all sorts of ways,” he said. “There was a girl who could fly, a boy who had bees living inside him, a brother and sister who could lift boulders over their heads.”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


“I thought about how my great-grandparents had starved to death. I thought about their wasted bodies being fed to incinerators because people they didn’t know hated them. I thought about how the children who lived in this house had been burned up and blown apart because a pilot who didn’t care pushed a button. I thought about how my grandfather’s family had been taken from him and how because of that my dad grew up feeling like he didn’t have a dad. And how I had acute stress and nightmares and was sitting alone in a falling down house and crying hot stupid tears all over my shirt. All because of a seventy year old hurt that had somehow been passed down to me like some poisonous heirloom.”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


“Will you quit shouting and let me bleed in peace!”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


“If I never went home, what exactly would I be missing? I pictured my cold cavernous house, my friendless town full of bad memories, the utterly unremarkable life that had been mapped out for me. It had never once occurred to me, I realized, to refuse it.”
― Ransom Riggs, quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children



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Ransom Riggs
Born place: in The United States
Born date February 3, 1979
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