Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: Incorrigible Children Quotes

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Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! If you've been on this blog recently, then you'll know about my obsession with The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place Series. I could not stop reading these books. As soon as I finished one, I was right back at the library, demanding the next in the series. The books are written for children, but I couldn't resist the clever writing and joyfully enthusiastic characters. This series kept me smiling during a stressful time in my life. Today, I'm sharing my 10 favorite Incorrigible Children quotes.

But first, a plot summary:

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood

Middlegrade Historical Fantasy

Found running wild in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander, age ten or thereabouts, keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia, perhaps four or five, has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf, age somewhere-in-the-middle, is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. Only fifteen years old and a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must help them overcome their canine tendencies.

But mysteries abound at Ashton Place: Who are these three wild creatures, and how did they come to live in the vast forests of the estate? Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner? Will Penelope be able to teach the Incorrigibles table manners and socially useful phrases in time for Lady Constance's holiday ball? And what on earth is a schottische?

🏫  Incorrigible Children Quotes  🐺

"When the impossible becomes merely difficult, that's when you know you've won."

"There is no harm in carrying a borrowed umbrella, but toothbrushes and opinions should always be one’s own."

"To be kept waiting is unfortunate, but to be kept waiting with nothing interesting to read is a tragedy of Greek proportions."

“An open mind lets ideas out, as well as in."

"I supposed this is what is meant by 'growing up' . . . Finding out the difference between what one expected one's life would be like and how things really are."

"If both of your shoes are shined, then your best foot will always be forward."

"Nothing good was ever learned from eavesdropping, so mind your business and let others mind theirs."

"There is no alarm clock like embarrassment."

"If you have ever opened a can of worms, boxed yourself into a corner, ended up in hot water, or found yourself in a pretty pickle, you already know that life is rarely (if ever) just a bowl of cherries. It is far more likely to be a bowl of problems, worries, and difficulties. This is normal and should not be cause for alarm."

"If you want fresh ideas in your head, get some fresh mud on your boots."

If I keep writing about this series, I'll eventually learn how to spell "incorrigible." This post was rough on the spelling department.

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  1. I already thought this book (series) sounded fun when I saw it in one of your previous posts, but now I'm convinced! I LOVE all of these quotes so much, I'll definitely need to check out the book itself :)

  2. I haven't read any of the books but these quotes are great. I especially like number two about borrowing umbrellas and not toothbrushes and number three about waiting.

    Have a lovely day.

  3. The Ashton Place book has such a stunning cover, I almost want to read it because of it. Happy reading! My TTT https://readwithstefani.com/top-ten-audiobook-recommendations/

  4. The open mind one is amazing! So true!

  5. I particularly like the quote about umbrellas, toothbrushes, and opinions! It made me smile.

  6. This series sounds amazing! I love these!

  7. Sometimes books just hit us at the right times. :)

    The embarassment one made me smile (so true!!) and I love that last one too about getting fresh ideas by being outside. I kind of want to read this now!

  8. These are great! I've read the first book in this series, but it's been so long and my memory's so bad that I remember very little about it. Time for a re-read, I guess.

    Happy TTT!

  9. OH wow, I can see why you love this series so much. My favorite quote was "There is no harm in carrying a borrowed umbrella, but toothbrushes and opinions should always be one’s own."

  10. I've never heard of these books, but the quotes you've shared here make me want to read them.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

  11. How fun! This sounds like a very clever series.

  12. I recently added this book to my TBR, but I think I need to move it up the priority list. Those quotes were clever, funny, and so so true.

  13. These are brilliant. I especially love: "To be kept waiting is unfortunate, but to be kept waiting with nothing interesting to read is a tragedy of Greek proportions."

  14. I've only read the first book in this series, but I very much enjoyed it!

  15. Fantastic quotes. I will have to use some of them for my weekly quotes, if I may.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT which shows readers on the covers.

    1. Oh, and there is a dance called the "Schottische" but it could be something else because in German it just means "Scottish".

  16. I'm so glad you found such a fun series to love. From the quotations it sounds like one I'd enjoy too.