R.J. Palacio · 303 pages
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“That’s not to say there haven’t been some changes that have happened. As”
“It is always brave to be kind, but in those days, such kindnesses could cost you your life.”
“So what I always say is that it’s always better to err on the side of kindness. That’s the secret. If you don’t know what to do, just be kind. You can’t go wrong. Which is why I asked you three to help me out here, because I’d heard from your lower-school teachers that you’re all really nice kids.” We didn’t know what to say to this, so we all just kind of smiled like goobers. “Just treat him like you would treat any kid you’ve just met,” he said. “That’s all I’m trying to say. Okay, guys?” We nodded at the same time now, too. Bobbling heads. “You guys rock,” he said. “So, relax, wait here a bit, and Mrs. Garcia will come and get you in a few minutes.” He opened the door. “And, guys, really, thanks again for doing this. It’s good”
“Or, what does a poor man have, a rich man need, and you would die if you ate it?”
“Good friendships are worth a little extra effort,”
“Let them fall, Mowgli. They are only tears.”
“Sometimes it’s good to start over.”
“Julian Auguste Beaumier, born October 10, 1930.”
“History isn't like that. History unravels gently, like an old sweater. It has been patched and darned many times, reknitted to suit different people, shoved in a box under the sink of censorship to be cut up for the dusters of propaganda, yet it always - eventually - manages to spring back into its old familar shape. History has a habit of changing the people who think they are changing it. History always has a few tricks up its frayed sleeve. It's been around a long time.”
“Tucker: Why would you tell me now if it's against the rules?
Clara: Because I love you.”
“The in-love experience does not focus on our own growth or on the growth and development of the other person. Rather, it gives us the sense that we have arrived and that we do not need further growth.”
“As Jack slung an arm around his sister's shoulders in an intimate and affectionate way, something in her heart broke.”
“The bristling eyebrows shot up in mock surprise. Mesmerized, the boy watched them disappear under the hanging thatch of white hair. There, almost coyly, they remained just out of sight for a moment, before suddenly descending with a terrible finality and weight.”
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