The characters on Once Upon a Time might have their hands full with breaking curses and slaying dragons and whatnot, but that doesn’t mean they’re too busy for a good zinger.
 
We've rounded up the 10 best quotes from this week’s episode, Season 2, Episode 11: “The Outsider,” including Belle teaching the villagers the importance of literacy.

10. Emma [to Henry]: “You plotting your escape from Shawshank, kid?”
It’s probably a good idea to keep all rocks and hammers away from Henry.

9. Villager [about Belle bringing books to fight the Yaoguai]: “Maybe she means to bore it to death.”
We’re guessing these villagers aren’t in a book club. Also, please excuse us as we break out into song: “With a dreamy, far-off look and her nose stuck in a book, what a puzzle to the rest of us is Belle...”

8. Claude: “Wait you’re a...”
Mulan: “Yeah, I know.”
Mulan is presumably aware she’s a woman, but thanks for the heads-up, Claude.

7. Henry [after Archie’s answering machine says he’s with a patient]: “Or dead.”
If it were up to Henry, answering machine messages would be far more macabre.

6. Regina: “You really should be nicer to your traveling companions right, Claude?”
Is Regina really the one to be lecturing people on being nicer?

5. Hook: “Go ahead, crocodile. Do your worst.”
Rumple: “I intend to.”
Don’t encourage him, Hook.

4. Belle [to Claude]: “A book. I trust you’ve seen one before.”
Maybe Claude does all his reading on his Kindle.

3. Hook: I’ve always wanted to dissect a cricket.”
If dissecting an insect is Hook’s lifelong aspiration, he might want to start dreaming bigger.

2. Belle [to Phillip]: “You’re not the first beast I’ve faced.”
After dealing with Rumple, anything else is a piece of cake.

1. Hook: “I know this ship like the back of my well, you know.”
At least he knows the ship like the back of his right hand.

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Catch an all-new episode of Once Upon a Time on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.