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Amelia Peabody Quotes to Perk You Up

On any given day, a dose of Amelia Peabody does one’s state of mind good.

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I have one book series that’s my absolute favorite: the Amelia Peabody series. As an adult reader that is. As a child, I read plenty of different series that had various different pros and cons. As an adult, I also read many different series. And with the advent of audio books, I manage to “read” while I do everything else, so I can once again go through five books in a week. Not that I usually get round to doing that, but it happens on weeks when my own writing seems particularly stale and anything to shake me out of the boredom of being a writer is greatly desired. I mean, while I’ve been told I live an extremely exciting life, traveling the globe like a gypsy, most of the time I sit in front of my Mac working on blogs, articles and copy for my clients. Or I search for clients. From time to time I also work on my own ventures, which usually requires more time spent in front of my Mac. And as someone who prefers working with people, I tend to lose the plot and look to stories for inspiration.

Did I digress? I’m so sorry. I’m a writer. And I’m writing about books. Tends to happen.

My point, finally, is that for all the reading I’ve done, Amelia Peabody is still my favorite heroine, mainly because of her ability make me cry from laughter. The books are intelligently put together, filled with humor and interesting details about Egyptology and archeology. I also suspect that I’m rather a lot like Amelia in some ways…and nothing at all like her in others. I run into South African townships, not Egyptian tombs. I tend to fight drug dealers and such, not crazy treasure seekers. But I guess I’m just as loopy as she is and with the same biting sarcasm and sense of humor, though mine is potentially a whole lot dirtier.

Did I digress again? I do apologize. I need to get onto the perking you up part. So, without further ado, here are some Amelia Peabody quotes that always perk me up. Oh and did I mention, Amelia is an archeologist born in the late 1800s who excavates tombs in Egypt and fights bandits with her steadfast umbrella. Quite.

On Men

No woman really wants a man to carry her off; she only wants him to want to do it.

Marriage, in my view, should be a balanced stalemate between equal adversaries.

The combination of physical strength and moral sincerity combined with tenderness of heart is exactly what is wanted in a husband.

Most men are reasonably useful in a crisis. The difficulty lies in convincing them that the situation has reached a critical point.

It is difficult to be angry with a gentleman who pays you compliments, even impertinent compliments. Especially impertinent compliments.

You know how your eyes can deceive you at times--how a group of shapes and shadows can take on a certain form and then shift into another? It wasn't really like that; there was no physical change in him, he was exactly the same as he'd always been. I knew every line of his long body and every curl on his disheveled black head. I'd just never seen him before. You know what I'm trying to say, don't you? The change is in the heart.

A lady cannot be blamed if a master criminal takes a fancy to her.

Your trousers are on fire. I would have told you, but you so dislike advice…

…he continues to cling to the forlorn hope that I will turn into one of those swooning females...and fling myself squeeling at him whenever anything happens. Like all men, he clings to his illusions.

...I felt obligated by friendship as well as duty to make certain they were comfortably housed. Since men seem to measure comfort by the degree of dirt and confusion that prevails, I deduced that they were very comfortable.

It was a needless precaution, I felt sure, but men always enjoy marching around with weapons and flexing their figurative muscles, and I saw no reason to deny them this harmless exercise.

Love has a most unfortunate effect on the brain.

The man had no more romance in his soul than a codfish.

Men are so easy to manipulate, poor things.

As our patient beasts plodded across the sand, I allowed Emerson to remain a few feet ahead, a position he much enjoys and seldom obtains. I could see by the arrogant set of his shoulders that he fancied himself in the role of gallant commander, leading his troops; and I saw no reason to point out that no man can possibly look impressive on donkey-back, particularly when his legs are so long he must hold them out at a forty-five degree angle to keep his feet from dragging on the ground.

On Cats

The way to get on with a cat is to treat it as an equal - or even better, as the superior it knows itself to be.

In the silence I heard Bastet, who had retreated under the bed, carrying on a mumbling, profane monologue. (If you ask how I knew it was profane, I presume you have never owned a cat.)

That must be why some people like dogs; they can be made to feel guilty about anything, including the sins of their owners. Cats refuse to take the blame for anything - including their own sins.

The approval of a cat cannot but flatter the recipient.

Thoughts on Life and General Advice

It is much more sensible to be an optimist instead of a pessimist, for if one is doomed to disappointment, why experience it in advance?

A woman’s instinct, I always feel, supersedes logic.

If all else fails, we will simply have to drug our attendants, overpower the guards, raise the oppressed peasants to arms, and take over the government.

When one is striding bravely into the future one cannot watch one's footing.

I have learned that particularly clever ideas do not always stand up under close scrutiny.

Nothing can be more infuriating than being forgiven over and over again.

Fists and rocks and clubs can do a limited amount of harm, but a gun is entirely different. It makes a weak man feel like a hero and a strong man feel as if he is immortal, and it removes the last inhibition a killer might feel. You don't have to be close to a man to put a bullet in him. You don't have to have to see his face.

Many persons lead lives of crushing boredom.

His lips parted, but long years of experience with Ramses, and to some extent, Emerson, had taught me how to turn a conversation into a monologue.

On History and God

Everything has happened before - not once, but over and over again. We may not be able to solve our problems through what are pompously called "the lessons of history," but at least we should be able to recognize the issues and perhaps avoid some of the solutions that have failed in the past. And we can take heart in our own dilemma by realizing that other people in other times have survived worse.

I would not be at all surprised to find that it was for gold that Cain committed the first murder. (It happened a very long time ago, and Holy Writ, though no doubt divinely inspired, is a trifle careless about details. God is not a historian).

I always carry the book of Holy Writ...and something to read...

You can find out more about the Amelia Peabody series on Goodreads


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Once someone has read a book, they can to leave a review on a popular website, and this can take place even if they have bought the book offline. In addition to this, they can also leave a review if they bought the book on another site.

However, even though one has the opportunity to do this, it doesn’t mean that they will. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean they didn’t enjoy the book; it could simply come down to the fact that they can’t be bothered.

Other Priorities

For example, when one has read the book, they could end up moving onto the next one. Or, they could have other things that consume their attention, and this could show that they don’t even think about leaving one.

If they enjoyed reading the book, they might not feel the need to do anything else; it is then going to be as if they have got what they need and that’s all there is to it. But even if they didn’t enjoy reading it, they could still move on.

Feedback

This could be different if one reads a lot of books and their friends are also the same. In this case, they could talk to them about what they thought of it, and one could tell them to read it if they enjoyed it.

Yet, if they didn’t enjoy it, they could still recommend it, and this can show that they don’t believe that their view is the only view. Alternatively, they could say that it’s not a good book and that they shouldn’t waste their time with it.

One-Sided

If one was to read a book and they felt the need to leave a review, it could be sad that there is a strong chance that it wasn’t what they expected. There could be a number of things that they didn’t like about it.

Having said that, it could be far worse than this, and one could wonder why it was ever published. This is then similar to how people are more likely to talk about a bad meal than a good one.

Survival

It is said that human beings are programmed to focus on negativity, and this is seen as something that would have kept them alive in the past. As if one was to focus on the positive, their life might improve, but if they avoided the negative, they could die.

Times have now changed and it is no longer necessary to behave in his way, however, the brain is still responding to how life used to be. Therefore, if one was to read a book and it blew them away, for instance, it is not going to have the same effect as it would if it didn’t meet their expectations.

Out of Balance

Based on this, it could be said that it can be a challenge to understand how good a book is simply by looking through what people have said. With this in mind, one could miss out on a good book if they were to purely listen to what other people have said.

But if they were to allow other people to decide for them, it could be said that this will also be a result of evolution. Many, many years ago, doing what other people did would have also increased their chances of survival.

A Reaction

During this time, if one was to see a lot of people running and they were to think about what is going on, they could end up being eaten alive. It would have been in their best interest to do what other people were doing.

Going along with others would have been the best thing to do; whereas if would have been a risk for people to come to their own conclusions. Nowadays, even though it is generally in one’s best interest to think for themselves, it can be easier to follow the crowd.

Taking the Plunge

If one was to buy a book even though the reviews were not all positive, they could be in for a pleasant surprise. They could find it hard to understand why other people didn’t have the same outlook.

At the same time, they could read a book that has only received positive reviews and end up feeling disappointed. In the first example, they would have used their own brain and, in the second example, they would have put it to one side.

Another Position

If one was to reflect on this, they might see that it shows how they can’t always trust what other people say. When it comes to someone who has written a book (or a number of them), they could end up experiencing a negative reaction if another person was to leave a negative review.

What they could do here is to step back from how they feel and to look into what has been said. At this time, they could think about how this only going to be the other persons opinion.

A Subjective Experience

Ultimately, no matter what their book is like, it is not going to be possible for everyone to like it. When they read their book, there is the chance that this person was comparing it to another one they had read.

This can then mean that it doesn’t match up with this book, and this can be a book that also has negative reviews. If they have left a really bad review, it can be a sign that they are not currently in a good place themselves.

Conclusion

While one can be affected by what has been said, they might not respond in this way if they knew who wrote it. For example, if an athlete had just performed at their best and another person who had no idea what they were talking about said it was rubbish, there would be no reason for them to take it seriously.

One can see if there is anything positive to take from it, and if there isn’t, they can ignore it; what matters is that they don’t allow a negative review to hold them back. And if they don’t write to please others, it will be easier for them to keep going.

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