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1. "I felt like a mouse running through one of those cardboard mazes. I didn't have to think about anything I did. My body just...went. The difference was that, unlike the mouse, there was no hunk of cheese waiting for me at the end. No reward of any kind for making it through. In fact, there was no end at all."
Author: Alicia K. Leppert
2. "I am killed them quick, but they are killing me slow. [Jim Browner in 'The Adventure of the Cardboard Box']"
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
3. "You can do more with a castle in a story than with the best cardboard castle that ever stood on a nursery table."
Author: C.S. Lewis
4. "Trying to explain or define grace is like catching the wind in a cardboard box or describing the color green."
Author: Cathleen Falsani
5. "A few birds flew out from the mountains and glided for a while without sound. Standing out against the sky on high slopes beyond a range of low hills, they saw an endless herd of deer, rendered mute by distance. The landscape was reminiscent of a cardboard cutout, but on a huge scale, which gave the impression they were the ones who had become miniatures…All three of them were equally lost."
Author: César Aira
6. "He humphed and grabbed a carton of milk, then chugged directly from the cardboard spout. Mallory and I watched him, the same grimace on both our faces. Sure, I did the same thing with OJ, but he was a boy, and it was milk. That was just gross."
Author: Chloe Neill
7. "Mr. Fresh sat down on the stool behind the counter and stared into the eyes of the cardboard cutout of Cher, hoping to find answers there. But the bitch was holding out."
Author: Christopher Moore
8. "Earlier that day, a typewriter bomb had exploded at a black market skin house over on Eel Street, sending words raining through the cardboard walls of the boudoirs and tattooing copies of the Machinist's ‘Twelve Terms' on the bodies of whores and patrons alike. Forty pieces of merch ruined. Their bodies had been obliterated by language, all traces of their sexuality buried beneath a storm of words. There was something horrific about the sight of those who had survived a typewriter attack. Their faces scarred with text, as if they had become hostages to some awful advertisement. A few of the victims took to working the streets around the library where bibliophiles sometimes paid them to satisfy their fantasies amid the desolate hush of the reading rooms and the deserted stacks where the only witnesses to this erotic pantomime of the blank body and its printed partner were other words."
Author: Craig Padawer
9. "As they left, Eve watched him slide the coffee sleeve off the drink and put it in his pocket.After they'd walked a few blocks, she questioned him. "Why'd you keep the sleeve?"Blake pulled out the cardboard and looked down at it. "Just to remember I could do it."Eve grabbed it from him quickly, ripped it in half, and threw it in a trashcan on the sidewalk. Blake held his hands up and gave her a What the hell? look."Don't tie your success to anything other than what's inside you." She stepped up to him and gently patted his heart. "You did this, Blake. You. Not the coffee, not me, not Livia. You did this."
Author: Debra Anastasia
10. "Parents who daily read Robert Lewis Stevenson to their children and surrounds them with blocks, plastic animals, and some cardboard boxes or kitchen pots and pans are going to produce a qualitatively different child from those who spend that time on TV or videos, even if their choices ARE only Winnie the Pooh and Mr. Rogers."
Author: Diane Medved
11. "We regarded each other sitting around the breakfast table with its big cardboard boxes of "Fear," "Chix," and "Rats."
Author: Donald Barthelme
12. "When a hot trend turns into a sub-category, new strictures arise along with it. Tropes turn into shortcuts, character paradigms become cardboard cutouts. Publishing pulls the bandwagon, true enough, but when feel-alike fiction floods the market its impact declines because it is starved of what makes fiction rich, surprising, moving, and masterful."
Author: Donald Maass
13. "A bookseller," said grandfather, "is the link between mind and mind, the feeder of the hungry, very often the binder up of wounds. There he sits, your bookseller, surrounded by a thousand minds all done up neatly in cardboard cases; beautiful minds, courageous minds, strong minds, wise minds, all sorts and conditions. There come into him other minds, hungry for beauty, for knowledge, for truth, for love, and to the best of his ability he satisfies them all...yos...it's a great vocation...Moreover his life is one of wide horizons. He deals in the stuff of eternity and there's no death in a bookseller's shop. Plato and Jane Austen and Keats sit side by side behind his back, Shakespeare is on his right hand and Shelley on his left."
Author: Elizabeth Goudge
14. "I regard this novel as a work without redeeming social value, unless it can be recycled as a cardboard box."
Author: Ellen Goodman
15. "...I think the moreshe has failed at things like relationshipsand parenting, the more she has cutherself off from feeling bad about thosethings. And if you don't let yourself feelbad, sooner or later you stop feelinggood, too. You insulate yourself. Buildup layers, like stacking paper, everythinggrowing heavier. And when the weightbecomes too much, those layers compress.Become hard. Sad, really, to think thatKristina has turned herself into cardboard."
Author: Ellen Hopkins
16. "Men... be the man of your home.. Love your family and protect your wives... so at the end of the day... it wont matter if you live in a cardboard box... the love between you will always be enough."
Author: Erica Stone
17. "I snatched up the cardboard cup, plastered my lips to the plastic sippy-lid and sucked down a scalding hot mouthful. It burned, but I didn't give a damn. I held the cup to my chest as if it were my most special friend while feeling the instant affect the coffee had on my mood and I smiled. "Hello lover."
Author: Ethan Day
18. "Where the dead walked and the living were made of cardboard."
Author: Ezra Pound
19. "I do feel that I've managed to make something I could maybe call my world…over time…little by little. And when I'm inside it, to some extent, I feel kind of relieved. But the very fact I felt I had to make such a world probably means that I'm a weak person, that I bruise easily, don't you think? And in the eyes of society at large, that world of mine is a puny little thing. It's like a cardboard house: a puff of wind might carry it off somewhere."
Author: Haruki Murakami
20. "Gradually, I was getting worn down. My sense of direction had evaporated by our fourth day. When south became the opposite of east, I bought a compass, but going around with a compass only made the city seem less and less real. The buildings began to look like backdrops in a photography studio, the people walking in the streets like cardboard cutouts."
Author: Haruki Murakami
21. "An old cardboard box: you think it but you don't say it.Leftovers, that are swept up and glued together.I am your alipte, I say, I am your personal trainer and masseuse. I oil you.But there's no ointment against the bad thoughts and phantasms."
Author: Hélène Cixous
22. "What I want is to open up. I want to know what's inside me. I want everybody to open up. I'm like an imbecile with a can-opener in his hand, wondering where to begin – to open up the earth. I know that underneath the mess everything is marvelous. I'm sure of it.I know it because I feel so marvelous myself most of the time. And when I feel that way everybody seems marvelous… everybody and everything… even pebbles and pieces of cardboard… a match stick lying in the gutter… anything… a goat's beard, if you like. That's what I want to write about… and then we're all going to see clearly, see what a staggering, wonderful, beautiful world it is."
Author: Henry Miller
23. "Shooting hell out of a piece of cardboard doesn't prove anything' was his single-line introduction to the Small-arms Defence Manual."
Author: Ian Fleming
24. "His trees were now hung all over with scrawled pieces of paper and bits of cardboard with maxims from Seneca and Shaftesbury, and with various objects; clusters of feathers, church candles, crowns of leaves, women's corsets, pistols, scales, tied to each other in certain order. The Ombrosians used to spend hours trying to guess what those symbols meant: nobles, Pope, virtue, war? I think some of them had no meaning at all but just served to jog his memory and make him realize that even the most uncommon ideas could be right."
Author: Italo Calvino
25. "You're writing, you're coasting, and you're thinking, 'This is the best thing I've ever written, and it's coming so easily, and these characters are so great.' You put it aside for whatever reason, and you open it up a week later and the characters have turned to cardboard and the book has completely fallen apart," she says. "That's the moment of truth for every writer: Can I go on from here and make this book into something? I think it separates the writers from the nonwriters. And I think it's the reason a lot of people have that unfinished manuscript around the house, that albatross."
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
26. "I don't care if we have our house, or a cliff ledge, or a cardboard box. Home is wherever we all are, together,"
Author: James Patterson
27. "He could afford to do things right this time around, and he didn't intend to settle for anything less. Colby knew hewasn't doing it for the baby, who wouldn't know the difference between a shiny new crib and a cardboard box. He wasdoing it for Diana. He wanted her to take pleasure in everything that had to do with the baby. She was a woman whoappreciated nice things, and he was determined that she would be surrounded by them while she cared for their child.Colby finished adjusting the position of the crib and took one last look around the room. All was in order.This time he was ready.And so was Diana, he had decided"
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
28. "I've lived here ... my whole life. It's where I lost all my baby teeth. Where tiny hamster, gerbil, and bird skeletons lie in rotted-out cardboard coffins beneath the oak tree in our backyard. Also where, if some future archaeologist goes digging, they'll find the remains of a plush toy: a gray terrier named Toto I buried after the accident."
Author: Jennifer McMahon
29. "My mom tries to comfort me by saying that girls like Heather Campbell tend to peak early in life and then quickly fade. That's why she looks so much better than everyone now. But by the time I go to my ten-year reunion, I'll be way prettier than she is. To which I always reply with the same statement, "I don't want to be pretty in ten years. I want to be pretty now."Because what good is it to me now that I might or might not be drop-dead gorgeous when I'm twenty-seven? It's not like I can go to school every day with a big cardboard sign around my neck that says, "Trust me, in ten years, I'll look like this." And then an arrow pointing to a picture of a supermodel."
Author: Jessica Brody
30. "I don't come from a rich family - it's not like we lived in a cardboard box, but we didn't have a ton of money."
Author: Jessica Lynch
31. "Oliver, we've got something to tell you," Dad says, dumping a cardboard box full of garden waste into a toad green mangler. Unlike the doctor, when Dad says we, he means we because Mum is omnipotent. "Who's dead?" I ask, shot-putting a bottle of Richebourg. "No one's dead." "You're getting a divorce?" "Oliver." "Mum's preggers?" "No, we—" "I'm adopted." "Oliver! Please, shit up!"
Author: Joe Dunthorne
32. "The walls were chipped and needed paint. The windows were mostly okay but one pane was blocked with cardboard. There were fleas the exterminator couldn't kill and rats that scrabbled in the walls and mice who left droppings like a cocked snook and roaches that thrived on insecticide, even the illegal kinds."
Author: John Brunner
33. "I can buy baseball cards to view an entire career on the back of a little square of cardboard. But nobody sells major league father cards with key statistics on the back ("Had a great season in 2005: set career highs in unforced expressions of affection and averaged 87 minutes of quality time per day.")"
Author: John Ortberg Jr.
34. "Of course, weakness is strong. It's the primary impulse. You'd probably prefer to sit in your little room and cry. Live in your finite collection of memories, carefully polishing each one. Half a life set behind glass and pinned to cardboard like a collection of exotic insects. You'd like to live behind that glass, wouldn't you?"
Author: Jonathan Nolan
35. "Referencing 2 Corinthians 4:6, Robert Hewitt compares jars of clay in the first century to the same value we would put on a cardboard box. Joni Eareckson Tada queries whether we would question God's right to leave some holes in the box in order to give glimpses of the treasure inside"
Author: Joni Eareckson Tada
36. "Ax-man. Cardboard isn't one of the major food groups, remember?"-Marco"
Author: Katherine Applegate
37. "We could be staying in a cardboard box and I wouldn't care. Just as long as you're there."
Author: Keary Taylor
38. "The last thing Farinoush did on several nights just before she went to bed was to rummage through her cardboard box of old things looking for him. And there he invariably remained, nestled forever between a copy of ‘Jana Aranya' and ‘The Hours'. She read about thirty pages of his still incomprehensible stage-directions before passing out from exhaustion and hoping that the morning would bring him back to her; yearning to be yanked out of bed by him, devoured by him again. But he never returned."
Author: Kunal Sen
39. "Good with languages," she murmured. With everything she learned about him, he got more and more interesting. Or more mysterious, depending on how you looked at it. "So, good with languages, shovels, and igloos. Anything else?"The smug look he tossed at her was so wicked it shivered right down her spine. Walked right into that, hadn't she. She shook her head and, looking away to hide her blush, moved her cardboard forward one spot. Without a doubt, he would be good at...other stuff. Jesus."
Author: Laura Kaye
40. "The outside of the building was covered with faded poster advertising what was sold, and by the eerie light of the half-moon, the Baudelaires could see that fresh limes, plastic knives, canned meat, white envelopes, mango-flavored candy, red wine, leather wallets, fashion magazines, goldfish bowls, sleeping bags, roasted figs, cardboard boxes, controversial vitamins, and many other things were available inside the store. Nowhere on the building, however, was there a poster advertising help, which is really what the Baudelaires needed."
Author: Lemony Snicket
41. "[T]he cardboard bookcase of her character had already collapsed under the strain."
Author: Lionel Shriver
42. "To those of us accustomed to newspaper headlines, 'PIZZAS' in inverted commas suggests these might be pizzas, but nobody's promising anything, and if they turn out to be cardboard with a bit of cheese on top, you can't say you weren't warned."
Author: Lynne Truss
43. "You can't cure people of their character,' she read. After this he had crossed something out then gone on, 'You can't even change yourself. Experiments in that direction soon deteriorate into bitter, infuriated struggles. You haul yourself over the wall and glimpse new country. Good! You can never again be what you were! But even as you are congratulating yourself you discover tied to one leg the string of Christmas cards, gas bills, air letters and family snaps which will never allow you to be anyone else. A forty-year-old woman holds up a doll she has kept in a cardboard box under a bed since she was a child. She touches its clothes, which are falling to pieces; works tenderly its loose arm. The expression that trembles on the edge of realizing itself in the slackening muscles of her lips and jaw is indescribably sad. How are you to explain to her that she has lost nothing by living the intervening years of her life? How is she to explain that to you?"
Author: M. John Harrison
44. "I feel that I see John Lennon now as not a celebrity. I did then. I saw him as a cardboard cutout on an album cover."
Author: Mark David Chapman
45. "It's Annie and me they're all sitting around here like cardboard people judging; It's Annie and me. And what we did that they think is wrong, when you pare it all down, was fall in love."
Author: Nancy Garden
46. "One can see [...] that the so-called governing powers are cardboard characters that mask the true ruling factors of our culture. Of course, those who manipulate the nation are not stupid. Rulers throughout history are only as powerful as the people who support them allow them to be."
Author: Peter Moon
47. "The woman knelt among the books, touching the drenched leather and cardboard, reading the gilt titles with her fingers while her eyes accused Montage."You can't ever have my books," she said."
Author: Ray Bradbury
48. "My father bought me a little cardboard accordion, and when I was three I got this little machine."
Author: Toots Thielemans
49. "Rose worked and played so hard that kids all across the country—not just in Cincinnati—were emulating him on sandlots everywhere, proud to dirty their jerseys doing a headfirst "Pete Rose" dive into cardboard boxes used for bases … whether they needed to slide or not."
Author: Tucker Elliot
50. "It was not long after that Ganesh saw a big new notice in the shop, painted on cardboard.‘Is Leela self who write that,' Ramlogan said. ‘I didn't ask she to write it, mind you. She just sit down quiet quiet one morning after tea and write it off.'It read:NOTICENOTICE, IS. HEREBY; PROVIDED: THAT, SEATS!ARE, PROVIDED. FOR; FEMALE: SHOP, ASSISTANTS!Ganesh said, ‘Leela know a lot of punctuation marks.'That is it, sahib. All day the girl just sitting down and talking about these puncturation marks. She is like that, sahib."
Author: V.S. Naipaul

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