Quotes from The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear

Walter Moers ·  704 pages

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“Wednesdays were the best thing about Atlantis. The middle of the week was a traditional holiday there. Everyone stopped work and celebrated the fact that half the week was over.”
― Walter Moers, quote from The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear


“Life is too precious to be left to chance”
― Walter Moers, quote from The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear


“On horseback you feel as if you're moving in time to classical music; a camel seems to progress to the beat of a drum played by a drunk.”
― Walter Moers, quote from The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear


“A bluebear has twenty-seven lives. I shall recount thirteen-and-a-half of them in this book but keep quiet about the rest. A bear must have his secrets, after all; they make him seem attractive and mysterious.”
― Walter Moers, quote from The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear


“I never trained, however, because I was a spontaneous talent. Practising spoiled my style.”
― Walter Moers, quote from The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear



“I had dispensed with a rudder on the principal that fate must be given a chance.”
― Walter Moers, quote from The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear


“It's quite simple, just follow the dotted line," the Planmaker explained. "Don't let any bad idea lead you astray. Don't let them persuade you to take a short cut or take one yourself. Life is a winding path. One sometimes has to make detours. That's my humble opinion, anyway.”
― Walter Moers, quote from The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear


“People always covet what they themselves do not possess.”
― Walter Moers, quote from The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear


“Beneath me lay the Lake of Oblivion, above me loomed Insanity.”
― Walter Moers, quote from The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear


“The written word is redundant on the high seas. Why? Because paper gets wet too easily.”
― Walter Moers, quote from The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear



“That's the reward for your good deed,' I explained, 'a clear conscience. It really perks you up.”
― Walter Moers, quote from The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear


“When bad habits become a habit, you have to turn over a new leaf.”
― Walter Moers, quote from The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear


“Da ist auch noch ein anderer Geruch in der Luft, der Geruch von Feuern, die in der Ferne brennen, mit einem Hauch Zimt darin - so riecht das Abenteuer!”
― Walter Moers, quote from The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear


“There are times when the truth is the worst possible thing you can come out with.”
― Walter Moers, quote from The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear


“He wasn't such a bad fellow after all. The rudiments of self-improvement and the intention to achieve it were definitely present.”
― Walter Moers, quote from The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear



“I know people whose lives have been transformed by a good deed.”
― Walter Moers, quote from The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear


“You can't beat a good education!”
― Walter Moers, quote from The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear


“Das Leben ist zu kostbar, um es dem Schicksal zu überlassen.”
― Walter Moers, quote from The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear


“He gave me a look of mingled anticipation, curiosity, and compassion, like a cat with a captive bird in its claws.”
― Walter Moers, quote from The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear


“...but I was urged on by a courage born of despair.”
― Walter Moers, quote from The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear



“...I simply wasn't born to remain in the same place for evermore...”
― Walter Moers, quote from The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear


“It was part of the beauty, but also the tragedy, of this sport that the spectators were the ultimate judges of who sat on the throne.”
― Walter Moers, quote from The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear


“Few minded what their fellow citizens got up to as long as they themselves were left in peace.”
― Walter Moers, quote from The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear


“It felt as if a shaft of lightning had gone in through one ear and out the other...Armies of dead men went marching through my head. I heard a noise like a cosmic scream. My brain turned to ice. Then the ice cracked in all directions and disintegrated into tiny particles like snowflakes, and each snowflake was afflicted by a pain of its very own. In the end, everything went black. I found myself looking out into the universe. Seated on a diminutive planet made of glass was a red dwarf who had twelve important messages for me.”
― Walter Moers, quote from The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear


“WI felt I ought to comment on that, but nothing occurred to me.”
― Walter Moers, quote from The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear



“Αν ίσως μάζευε κανείς δέκα χιλιάδες θαλάσσιους ελέφαντες μέσα σε μια κοιλάδα του βυθού και τους έβαζε να μουγκρίσουν όλοι μαζί από έρωτα, κι αν έβαζε παρέα και ένα εκατομμύριο μπάμπουρες να ζουζουνίζουν βόσκοντας μέλι και γύρη, θα μπορούσε να πλησιάσει κάπως το επίμονο μουγκρητό της ικανοποίησης που έβγαινε από τα χείλια του Βασιλικού Φαλαινόσαυρου.”
― Walter Moers, quote from The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear


“Una buena mentira piadosa es con frecuencia mucho más excitante que una verdad. Es como si se pusiera a la verdad un vestido bonito.”
― Walter Moers, quote from The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear


About the author

Walter Moers
Born place: in Mönchengladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Born date May 24, 1957
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