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Middle Grade Quotes


"I really love middle-grade. Middle-grade books have a little more of a magical, light-hearted feel. You can be a little bit more quirky, you can have a little more humor. It doesn't get so dark and deep." - James Dashner

"I moved in fourth grade in the middle of the school year, and I was the new kid in school." - Michael Steger

"Middle grade fiction, to me, is really about emergence of self. It's about expressing the idea that the world is going to start affecting you more, and your parents' influence is going to wane. Middle grade is when a lot of kids discover their passions - art, music, sports, what have you." - Greg Van Eekhout

"All middle men are bad." - Syd Barrett

"I think humor is key [to a successful middle-grade novel]. Kids like to read for entertainment, and the best way to entertain kids is to make them laugh." - Jeff Kinney

"I was bullied from grade one to six. Even middle school was tough for me. Everyone had these pre-existing friendships, and I was the new kid, who was acting, so that didn't help much either. It was really tough." - Devon Bostick

"I'm usually working either on a picture book and a young adult book, or a middle grade book and a young adult book. When I get bored with one, I move to the other, and then I go back." - Jacqueline Woodson

"To change the media, you're gonna have to totally throw out every journalism school and get rid of everybody in every newsroom, and then you're gonna have to change the grade school and middle school and high school curriculum." - Rush Limbaugh

"There is a middle ground in things." - Horace

"In the middle of chaos lies opportunity." - Bruce Lee

"Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman." - Martha Stewart

"I was a man by middle school." - Edgerrin James

"In everything the middle road is best." - Plautus

"Democrats don't relate to middle-class people." - Charles Schumer

"I'm sure everything has a bearing on what I'm doing. My family is a lower-middle-class family, there's lots of children, seven brothers, two sisters grew up together, fighting with each other, went to school. My mother went to school up to 4th grade. My father went to school up to 8th grade. So that's about the education level we had in the family." - Muhammad Yunus

"The middle has not enough class that I think about the middle class." - Karl Lagerfeld

"I suppose middle-aged love is interesting for middle-aged people." - Phyllis Logan

"I only finished first grade." - Amnat Ruenroeng

"My generation is the first in my species to have put fitness next to godliness on the scale of things. Keeping in shape has become the imperative of our middle age. The heaviest burden of guilt we carry into our forties is flab. Our sense of failure is measured by the grade on a stress test." - Ellen Goodman

"I remember one time when all the nuns in my Catholic grade school got around in a semicircle, me and Mom in the middle, and they said, 'Mrs. Farley, the children at school are laughing at Christopher, not with him.' I thought, 'Who cares? As long as they're laughing.'" - Chris Farley

"I had learning problems when I was in elementary school, and didn't really start to read well until high school. I never read any of the middle grade classics that were popular when I was young - 'Harriet the Spy', 'Charlotte's Web', 'The Witch of Blackbird Pond', 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'." - Lauren Tarshis

"When I was 11 or 12, I was really bored with everything on my summer reading list. It was all happy, middle-grade kinds of books. I was getting frustrated, because I liked to read. My mother went to the library and got me a copy of 'The Other Side of Midnight' by Sidney Sheldon. It was my first adult book." - Lauren Destefano

"I stopped going to school in the middle of fourth grade. Everyone grows up with the peer pressure, and kids being mean to each other in school. I think that's such a horrible thing, but I never really dealt with it in a high school way." - Hilary Duff

"My first memory of the Rolling Stones is listening to 'Satisfaction' at a sixth-grade slumber party at a friend's house in Ankara, Turkey, where my family was living at the time. In the middle of our sleepover, my friend's dad stopped the record when he heard the words 'girlie action!'" - Gayle King

"As a kid, I didn't need to be convinced the future promised peril and oppression, so when I started thinking up the middle-grade science fiction novel that became 'The Boy at the End of the World,' it seemed only natural to build the story around a dark vision of the future. In my book, civilization has nearly destroyed itself." - Greg Van Eekhout

"I grew up in Europe, and soccer was the first organized game I played. When we moved back to the U.S. in the middle of 4th grade, I switched to American football and stopped playing competitively until college, when I played intramurals." - Andrew Luck

"Placed on this isthmus of a middle state." - Alexander Pope

"I was not born with enough middle fingers." - Wiz Khalifa

"The philosophers must station themselves in the middle." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Particularly with middle-class people, self-absorption is a struggle." - Benjamin Lewin

"The middle path is the way to wisdom" - Rumi

"In middle age, going naked contributes little to public enjoyment." - Mason Cooley

"Middle-aged adolescents are a libel on the real thing." - Mason Cooley

"Patience makes a women beautiful in middle age." - Elliot Paul

"Economic theology is the opiate of the middle classes." - Thurman Arnold

"True courage lies in the middle, between cowardice and recklessness." - Miguel De Cervantes

"Every revolution destroys the average middle first and most savagely." - Seth Godin

"We need not want what we are the middle of." - James Bertolino

"You die in the middle of your life." - John Green

"The middle of every successful project looks like a disaster." - Rosabeth Moss Kanter

"Goodness can be found sometimes in the middle of hell." - Charles Bukowski

"You can't spell believe without a lie in the middle" - Fabolous

"Irene's got a middle name, and it's Global Warming." - Bill Mckibben

"Patience makes a woman beautiful in middle age." - Elliot Paul

"I'm just happy being dumpy. Dumpy, fat and middle-aged." - Steven Morrissey

"Before the endgame, the Gods have placed the middle game" - Siegbert Tarrasch

"Safety lies in the middle course. [Lat., Medio tutissimus ibis.]" - Ovid

"I'm a middle-bracket person with a middle-bracket spouse / And we live together gaily in a middle-bracket house. / We've a fair-to-middlin' family; we take the middle view; / So we're manna sent from heaven to internal revenue." - Phyllis Mcginley

"The middle years of life come on like thunder." - Nellie L. McClung

"Danger could be my middle name... But it's John." - Eddie Izzard

"Reality has no inside, outside, or middle part." - Bodhidharma

"This middle-budget drama movies are just gone." - Ewan Mcgregor

"A whole is that which has beginning, middle, and end." - Aristotle

"Middle age, my boy. No memory at all." - John Williams

"Look, miracles in the Middle East are a reality." - Ehud Olmert

"We are in the middle of an education recession." - Rod Paige

"No one seems to wash in Middle-earth." - Ian Mckellen

"One thing Middle-earth is short on is the feminine." - Ian Mckellen

"Every band always tells you to raise your middle finger..." - Patrick Stump

"Melting icebergs aren't beheading Christians in the Middle East," - Reince Priebus

"No money, no family, 16 in the middle of Miami." - Iggy Azalea

"In dress, seek the middle between foppery and shabbiness." - Horace Mann

"Your biggest challenge is a middle class mindset; PFS goes against the traditional, middle class way of thinking." - Shane Perry

"Well, trouble's my middle name. Actually, my middle name is Marion, but I don't want you spreading that around." - Woody Allen

"The pupil is ... 'schooled' to confuse teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with competence, and fluency with the ability to say something new." - Ivan Illich

"Whatever your grade or position, if you know how and when to speak, and when to remain silent, your chances of real success are proportionately increased." - Ralph C. Smedley

"Always consider investing in a grade-A man with a grade-B idea. Never invest in a grade-B man with a grade-A idea." - Georges Doriot

"I never finished the ninth grade." - James Garner

"I've been homeschooled since ninth grade." - Jessica Sanchez

"I did plays in grade school." - Colin Hanks

"I grew up as a fan of the original Star Trek series. When I was in middle school, I think in the 6th grade, I remember going to a book fair and finding a book called The Making of Star Trek, by Stephen Whitfield, and I grabbed it and took and home and just devoured it, over and over again. It was a really influential book. It was very nuts and bolts." - Ronald D Moore

"He was over at my house every day between fifth grade and eighth grade." - James Blake

"My mother had been a grade-school teacher, and my father had an eighth-grade education." - Gordon Bell

"I was a paper boy, beginning the summer between my fourth-grade and fifth-grade years." - David Boies

"This is what it means to be in the middle of love, I thought. Being in the middle of love is like being in the middle of a war zone." - Tiffanie DeBartolo

"Wes Clark put forward a middle class tax plan, but it only helps a quarter of middle class families, none without minor children at home, .. And mine helps 98 percent of the middle class." - Joe Lieberman

"When you invite a middle-aged moralist to address you, I suppose I must conclude that you have a taste for middle-aged moralizing." - C S Lewis

"Inferior guards play on the sidelines and great guards play in the middle. Isiah, Magic, Chris Paul, all get to the middle" - Rick Pitino

"I'm one of the undeserving poor... up ugen middle-class morality all the time... What is middle-class morality? Just an excuse for never giving me anything." - George Bernard Shaw

"The impact had cut your upper lip in two, he had said, clean down the middle. Clean down the middle. Like a harelip." - Khaled Hosseini

"If literary fiction is reduced to only middle-class families dealing only with middle-class angst, then it's really finished as a force for grappling with the world." - J. M. Ledgard

"When you're at the beginning, do' obsess about the middle, because the middle is going to look different once you get there." - Chip Heath

"Growing up in Vancouver, it's not like growing up in Middle America or the middle of Canada. It's a very movie town." - Evan Goldberg

"If literary fiction is reduced to only middle-class families dealing only with middle-class angst, then it's really finished as a force for grappling with the world." - J. M. Ledgard

"A fourth-grade reader may be a sixth-grade mathematician. The grade is an administrative device which does violence to the nature of the developmental process." - B F Skinner

"Change is hardest at the beginning, messiest in the middle and best at the end." - Robin S. Sharma

"Human development, not secularization, is what's key to women's empowerment in the transforming Middle East." - Dalia Mogahed

"Rich people buy luxuries last, while the poor and middle class tend to buy luxuries first." - Robert Kiyosaki

"In everything, it is no easy task to find the middle." - Aristotle

"Know the philosophy, know the details, and ignore everything in the middle." - Gary Vaynerchuk

"Middle Age, a restful, welcome break from real life, brings some unique opportunities." - Marilyn Suzanne Miller

"Middle age is when you get in the car and immediately change the radio station." - Patricia Penton Leimbach

"Interesting things happen along borders - transitions - not in the middle where everything is the same." - Neal Stephenson

"Middle School is about as bad as it gets, and then it gets better." - R. J. Palacio

"Beware of wishing for anything in youth, because you will get it in middle age." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Middle age is when the best exercise is one of discretion." - Laurence J Peter

"You will never see the end, if you give up in the middle" - Joyce Meyer

"The middle income families in America have been crushed over the last four years," - Mitt Romney

"As a child I was middle-aged and cautious compared to my impulsive father." - Mason Cooley

"In middle age, I practiced feeling old, but the real thing has been a rude surprise." - Mason Cooley

"Some eras worship infancy; some, the aged. None as yet has adored middle age." - Mason Cooley

"The beginning, middle, and end are parodied, reversed, and hidden by modernism, but not abandoned." - Mason Cooley

"No deal means a greater chance of more war in the Middle East..." - Barack Obama

"In antiquity and the Middle Ages reading was necessarily reading aloud." - Marshall Mcluhan

"Strong jealousy in a beautiful love is the autumn in the middle of a hot summer!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"Unless man anchors the real love, man will always drift in the middle of nowhere!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"I get sometimes; I get lonesome right in the middle of a crowd." - Elvis Presley

"I'm the woman who used to think that middle-age spread was a cocktail dip." - Phyllis Diller

"I want you to live in the middle of a move of God." - Steven Furtick

"I don't have any children, I have four middle-aged people." - Dick Van Dyke

"You are, at this moment, standing, right in the middle of your own "acres of diamonds." - Earl Nightingale

"I believe every church is either supernatural or superficial. I don't believe there's any middle ground." - Leonard Ravenhill

"The Middle Ages burned its heretics and the modern age threatens them with atom bombs." - Harold Innis

"I had an Edinburgh, middle-class childhood and a public school education," - Rory Bremner

"Marriage is like the Middle East, isn't it? There's no solution." - Willy Russell

"Everything we care about lies somewhere in the middle, where pattern and randomness interlace." - James Gleick

"The most pro-business thing you can do is to help middle-class people thrive." - Nick Hanauer

"Thirty spokes are joined in the wheel's hub. The hole in the middle makes it useful." - Laozi

"I don't know any redneck that's not into fun. That's their middle name: Red-Fun-Neck." - Si Robertson

"The golden years become lower-middle-class life revisited. That's a bittersweet ending." - Tim Ferriss

"I dress up as a middle-aged prostitute and do a game show." - Paul O'Grady

"The look in Manny's eye was the ocular equivalent of a middle finger..." - J.R. Ward

"I do not like to see men walk away from women in late middle age." - Peter D. Kramer

"Luck is my middle name. Mind you, my first name is Bad." - Terry Pratchett

"Even in the middle of barking dogs, you can hear the footsteps of a big revolution!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"Great rationalizations. All of which her adrenal gland middle-fingered and then carried right on." - J.R. Ward

"Don't be over complacent or too feverish, take a middle path." - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

"And people like you are the reason we have middle fingers." - Alexandra Bracken

"Middle age is when you still believe you'll feel better in the morning." - Bob Hope

"Would that I could live without care in the middle rank of life." - Euripides

"They can keep their heaven. When I die, I"d sooner go to Middle Earth." - George R R Martin

"In everything the middle course is best: all things in excess bring trouble to men." - Plautus

"In the struggle between those seeking power there in no middle course." - Tacitus

"Sober Evening takes her wonted station in the middle air, a thousand shadows at her beck." - James Thomson

"Not too isolated, not too many relationships, the middle, that's wisdom." - Confucius

"The middle class male thinks he has a monopoly on objectivity." - Grayson Perry

"Homesickness hits hardest in the middle of a crowd in a large, alien city." - Christos Tsiolkas

"Rule No. 12: shop the peripheries of the supermarket and stay out of the middle." - Michael Pollan

"A whole is that which has a beginning, a middle and an end." - Aristotle

"You know you've reached middle age when your weightlifting consists merely of standing up." - Bob Hope

"It's a terrible thing to be lonesome, especially in the middle of a crowd." - Marilyn Monroe

"He who walks in the middle of the road gets hit from both sides." - George P Shultz

"The first, the middle and the last thing to do is to pray." - Henry B Eyring

"Middle age snuffs out more talent than even wars or sudden death." - Gerald Brenan

"Lampard fired straight through the middle of a non-existent wall." - Paul McKenna

"Dancing With the Stars' is so Middle America, and people take it so seriously." - David Alan Grier

"Success is becoming in middle adulthood what you dreamed to be in late childhood." - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"The kids would be thrown into the middle, to choose sides." - Nick Carter

"I've been promoted to middle management. I never thought I'd sink so low." - Tim Gould

"The Buddha's insight into the middle way is not simply about a balance between extremes. This conventional understanding misses the deeper revelation of the middle way as being the very nature of unexcelled enlightenment. The middle way is an invitation to leap beyond nirvana and samsara and to realize the unborn Buddha mind right in the middle of everywhere." - Adyashanti



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