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Bud Not Buddy quotes by chapter

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Susan Silveira

on 21 March 2013

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Transcript of Bud Not Buddy quotes by chapter

Quotations Bud Not Buddy "It was like something was telling me there was a message for me on this flyer but I didn't have the decoder ring to read what it was." (Chapter 1) "I knew that the blood squirting out of my nose was only the beginning of a whole long list of bad things that were about to happen to me." (Chapter 2) "If i was a normal kid, I would've busted out crying." (Chapter 2) "Just like there's a time that a smart person know enough is enough, there's a time when you know you've got to fight." (Chapter 3) "Most folks don't have sense enough to carry a blanket around with them, but you never know when you might be sleeping under a Christmas tree at the library so i always keep mine handy." (Chapter 5) "A bud is a flower-to-be. A flower in waiting. Waiting for just the right warmth and care to open up. It's a little fist of love waiting to unfold and be seen by the world. And that's you." (Chapter 5) "And there were more people sitting around that I first thought, too, mostly it was men and big boys, but there were a couple of women every now and then and a kid or two. They were all the colors you could think of, black, white and brown, but the fire made everyone look like there were different shades of orange. There were dark orange folks sitting next to medium orange folks sitting next to light orange folks." (Chapter 8) "But I guess you're different, aren't you, Bud? I guess you sort of carry your family around inside of you huh?" [Bud replies.] " I guess I do. Inside my suitcase, too." (Chapter 8) "I started dreaming about the man with the giant fiddle. He was walking away and I kept calling him but he couldn't look back. Then the dream got a lot better, I turned away from were Herman E. Calloway was and there stood Deza Malone. I told her, 'I really like your dimple.' She laughed and said, 'see you in seven years.''' (Chapter 8) "There comes a time when you're losing a fight that it just doesn't make sense to keep on fighting. It's not that you're being a quitter, it's just that you've got the sense to know when enough is enough." (Chapter 2) "...no matter how bad things look to you, no matter how dark the night, when one door closes, don't worry, because another door opens." (Chapter 5) " I promise you suitcase will be safe here. I remembered the Amoses had promised the same thing." (Chapter 8) [Bud has just told Deza that it was ok that his mother had died.] " No it's not, and you should quit pretending that it is." [Bud replies,] "who said I'm pretending anything ?" (Chapter 8) "Thank you very much, but we're white people. We ain't in need of a handout." (Chapter 8) "It's funny how ideas are, in a lot of ways they're just like seeds. Both of them start real, real small, and then... woop, zoop, sloop... before you can say Jack Robinson they've gone and grown a lot bigger than you ever thought they could." (Chapter 9) " This is America, boys, you're sounding like a bunch of Commies, you know i can't let you on this train. I got kids to feed, too, and I'd lose my job." (Chapter 8) "But it was like a miracle, the flyer flipped over three times and landed right in my hand. I slowed down and put it in my pocket." (Chapter8) "Man, this is one tough suitcase, you couldn't even tell what it had been through, it still looked exactly the same." (Chapter8) "Maybe someone was trying to tell me something, what with me is missing the train and the blue flyer floating back to me, maybe Deza Malone was right. Maybe I should stay here in Flint." (Chapter 8) "Momma must've known she wasn't going to be around too long and was trying to leave me a message about who my daddy was and why she couldn't never talk about him." (Chapter 9) "I wonder how grown folks know so doggone much by just looking at you." (Chapter 10) "...Before my brain could stop it my stomach told the rest of me to slide my suitcase deeper into the weeds and walk out." (Chapter 10) "Sometimes it's terrible to have been brought up proper." (Chapter 11) "We hadn't been driving for a minute before he started asking a whole slew of questions. Questions that I had to be very careful about giving the right answers to." (Chapter 11) "I kept my eyes closed and smiled. I knew I was going to be safe, because I'd never herd of a vampire that could drive a car and I'd never seen one that had such a good sense of humor. Besides, I kept my jackknife open under my leg..." (Chapter 11) "I sucked in a jumbo gulp of air and opened the front door again. This time I pushed the second set of doors open and walked in." (Chapter 12) "It was the exact same thought I'd had when I got whipped by Toddy boy! Only two folks with the same blood would think them just alike! I sucked in a big gulp of air, got a good grip on my suitcase and walked into the light of the stage." (Chapter 12) "I put this Thug guy on my list of people not to pay any mind to. Herman E. Calloway seemed like the kind of person that would rather get bit in the behind by a snaggletooth mule than have somebody give him a kiss." (Chapter 13) "All of a sudden I knew that of all the places in the world that I'd ever been in this was the one. That of all the people I'd ever met these were the ones. This was where I was supposed to be." (Chapter 14) "Go ahead and cry, Bud, you're home." (Chapter 14) "Herman E. Calloway didn't have to worry, I was a liar, not a thief." (Chapter 15) "I took in a deep, deep breath and it felt like I was sleeping with my own blanket wrapped around my head. I took in a couple more deep breaths and I could hear Momma starting to read another story to me." (Chapter 15) "That's what I needed to know, are you attached to the suitcase, or is it the things inside that are important?" [Bud replied,] I'd never thought about that before, I'd always thought of the suitcase and the thighs inside together." (Chapter 16) "...Herman E. Calloway didn't even know how much fun I was having. Making somebody work hard isn't as easy as it looks, some folks are good at it and some folks aren't." (Chapter 17) "I'd finally put her somewhere where she wanted to be, back in her own bedroom, back amongst all her horses." (Chapter 19) "Deza Malone was right, I was carrying Momma inside me and there wasn't anyone or anything that could take away from that or add to it either." (Chapter 19) "I could tell those were the squeaks and squawks of one door closing and another one opening." (Chapter 19)
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