Quotes from The Great Unexpected

Sharon Creech ·  226 pages

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“What's important is the ambition that results from our weakness.”
― Sharon Creech, quote from The Great Unexpected


“A driver had been sent to meet us. He was gray-haired, short, and nimble and introduced himself. "I am Patrick and so is every fourth man in Ireland, and the ones in between are named Sean or Mick or Finn, and I'll be driving you.”
― Sharon Creech, quote from The Great Unexpected


“I wondered If things that might seem frightening could lose their hold over you. I wondered If we find the people we need when we need them. I wondered If we attract our future by some sort of invisible force, or If we are drawn to it by a similar force. I felt I was turning a corner and that change was afoot.”
― Sharon Creech, quote from The Great Unexpected


“Lizzie said that if you imagined you were standing on the moon, looking down on the earth, you wouldn't be able to see the itty-bitty people racing around worrying you wouldn't see the barn falling in or the cow stuck in the pond; you wouldn't see the mean Granger kids squirting mustard on your white dress. You would see the most beautiful blue oceans and green lands, and the whole earth would look like a giant blue-and-green marble floating in the sky. Your worries would seem so small, maybe invisible.”
― Sharon Creech, quote from The Great Unexpected


“Mrs. Mudkin closed her eyes. "We should pray."
"I ain't praying," Crazy Cora said.
Mrs. Mudkin said, "Lord, please bless---"
"I ain't praying."
"--this land and the people who--"
"I ain't praying."
"--have toiled on this earth--"
"Stop that praying."
"I can pray if I want to."
"Then be quiet about it.”
― Sharon Creech, quote from The Great Unexpected


“But I thought about all the things that had to have spun into place in order for us to be alive and for us to be right there, right then. I thought about the few thing we thought we knew and the billions of things we couldn't know, all spinning, whirling our there somewhere.”
― Sharon Creech, quote from The Great Unexpected


“Joe, my guardian and a man of few words, once said about Lizzie, “That girl could talk the ears off a cornfield.”
― Sharon Creech, quote from The Great Unexpected


About the author

Sharon Creech
Born place: in South Euclid, Ohio, The United States
Born date July 29, 1945
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