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Quotations: Nose in Books
& Head in the Clouds

Welcome to my page of quotations about having one’s nose in a book and head in the clouds. I’ve been trying out the tagline “nose in books, head in clouds” on my social media profiles and websites, but when I recently came across a 1999 book with a similar phrase in it, I decided to research how far back this idea goes. Earliest I’ve found thus far is 1881. These quotes are in chronological order.   SEE ALSO:  NOSE IN BOOKS BOOKWORMS BOOKS & READING DAYDREAMING CLOUDS  –Terri

...Jack with his nose in a book, and his head in the clouds, on a fine June day... ~Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing (1841–1885), English children’s author, We and the World: A Book for Boys, 1881

She always has her nose in a book and her head in the clouds. ~Grace Metalious (1924–1964), American author, Peyton Place, 1956

On the other hand we have councillors criticising librarians: “airy-fairy idealists with heads in the clouds and noses in books...” ~M. J. Clark, “Presidential Address,” New Zealand Libraries, March 1964

Rachel, on the other hand, always had her nose in a book and her head in the clouds. A dreamer, Elisabeth had termed her, and the description was not necessarily a compliment. ~Karen Robards, American author, One Summer, 1993,

...Belle, who keeps her nose in books and her head in the clouds... ~Mihai Nadin, Romanian-American researcher, The Civilization of Illiteracy, 1997,

I was condemned to poetry. I was a dreamer: nose in a book, head in the clouds. ~Fred Chappell, American author and poet, Look Back All the Green Valley, 1999

Head in the clouds, heart on my sleeve, nose in a book, camera in my bag. ~@ShutterySugars, Twitter bio, 2012

Bookworm to the very core, I spent as much time with my nose in a book as I did with my head in the clouds. My mom was convinced I’d get hit by a car someday trying to cross the street while reading. I’m happy to say I am still here, alive and well, reading everything and anything always. ~Taya Rogers, “Summer Reading List,”, 2014

If you always have your head in the clouds or your nose in a book… you might be a writer at heart! ~Tricia Cerrone, American author, “Dreams and Schemes of the Writer’s Life,”, 2014

Gale Stanley grew up in Philadelphia PA. She was the kid who always had her nose in a book, her head in the clouds, and her hands on a pad and pencil. ~Gale Stanley, American romance writer, “About Me,”, 2014

nose in books, head in clouds
~Terri Guillemets, 2016

While other children spent their lunchtimes climbing tyre walls or playing kiss-chasey, Melanie spent hers in the library with either her nose in a book, a pen in her hand or her head in the clouds. ~Melanie Coles, romance writer in Australia, “About the Author,” Evan and Darcy: An Aussie Tale of Pride and Prejudice, 2016 (Twitter: @melcolesauthor)

Tabitha Martin writes contemporary and fantasy YA. When she’s not writing, she can be found with her nose in a book, her head in the clouds, her mind on a video game, or eating chips and salsa. ~Tabitha Martin, Pitch Wars author bio, 2017 (Twitter: @tabithamiriam)

Alex grew up in Hampshire with her head in the clouds and her nose in a book, secretly hoping to find Narnia every time she opened a wardrobe. ~Alex English, children’s author in Paris, author bio, 2019,

Nose in a book, feet off the path, head in the clouds, and heart on my sleeve. ~Del, @kittenkaboodle, Instagram bio, 2020

Head in the clouds? Put your nose in a book instead! 📚 Shop Barnes & Noble for intriguing novels today! #gopalladio #barnesandnoble  ~@GoPalladio, shopping mall in Folsom, California, Facebook post, 2022,

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