Quotes from The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm

Nancy Farmer ·  311 pages

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“That was the best kind of story: when the teller was as much under its spell as the listener.”
― Nancy Farmer, quote from The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm


“She took to reading with a fervor so extreme, Baba Joseph had to take the books from her hands by force. 'Your eyes are not tractors. They are not meant to pull heavy loads,' he said sternly.”
― Nancy Farmer, quote from The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm


“Knowledge is a house that must be built from the ground up. We know how to make the roof. The information is useless if we don't understand the foundations on which it is to be placed.”
― Nancy Farmer, quote from The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm


“I am one for whom dangers are play-
things
One who empties men of their
strength as a nut from its shell
The charms you use I chop up for
relish on my porridge
Beware! I am a deadly mamba
Wrestler of legends
A hive of hornets
A man among men”
― Nancy Farmer, quote from The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm


“If you squat on a path, you'll get boils on your backside.”
― Nancy Farmer, quote from The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm



“Tendai remembered his last birthday. It seemed one shouldn't make wishes idly. Who knew which spirits were listening. He considered a moment and then thought, I wish for courage. Because with courage, you weren't afraid to look at the truth. You weren't afraid to ask questions or do the right thing.”
― Nancy Farmer, quote from The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm


About the author

Nancy Farmer
Born place: in Phoenix, Arizona, The United States
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