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Sara Gruen’s “Water for Elephants” Quotes (39 Quotes)


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  • Do you have any idea how much an elephant drinks?
    (Sara Gruen, "Water for Elephants")

  • I've decided it's not about me at all. It's a protective mechanism for them, a way of buffering themselves against my future death, like when teenagers distance themselves from their parents in preparation for leaving home.
    (Sara Gruen, "Water for Elephants")

  • Hey! Shouts Camel. There ain't no woman in the world worth two bottles of whiskey!
    (Sara Gruen, "Water for Elephants")

  • Just when you're getting the hang of life, it knocks your legs out from under you and stoops your back. It makes you ache and muddies your head...
    (Sara Gruen, "Water for Elephants")

  • Honey, I plan to marry you the moment the ink is dry on that death certificate.
    (Sara Gruen, "Water for Elephants")


  • Keeping up the appearance of having all your marbles is hard work, but important.
    (Sara Gruen, "Water for Elephants")

  • I am further back, surrounded on all sides by wailing men, their faces shiny with tears. Uncle Al promised three dollars and a bottle of Canadian whiskey to the man who puts on the best show. You've never seen such grief-- even the dogs were howling.
    (Sara Gruen, "Water for Elephants")

  • Life is the greatest show on earth!
    (Sara Gruen, "Water for Elephants")

  • I had my whole life planned.. I knew exactly where it was taking me..
    (Sara Gruen, "Water for Elephants")

  • Life is the most spectacular show on earth ?
    (Sara Gruen, "Water for Elephants")

  • I hate this bizarre policy of protective exclusion, because it effectively writes me off the page.
    (Sara Gruen, "Water for Elephants")

  • Sometimes I think if I had to choose between an ear of corn or making love to a woman, I'd choose the corn.
    (Sara Gruen, "Water for Elephants")

  • I just can't. I'm married. I made my bed and now I have to lie in it.
    (Sara Gruen, "Water for Elephants")

  • Sometimes the monotony of bingo and sing alongs, ancient dusty people parked in the hallway in wheelchairs makes me long for death, particularly when -- remember that I'm one of the ancient dusty people, filed away like some worthless chotski.
    (Sara Gruen, "Water for Elephants")

  • I roll onto my side and stare out the venetian blinds at the blue sky beyond. After a few minutes I'm lulled into a sort of peace. The sky, the sky--same as it always was.
    (Sara Gruen, "Water for Elephants")


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