“Some would say the Creator is a lamb. Some would say he's a lion. Some would say both. The fact is, he is neither a lamb nor a lion. These are fiction. Metaphors. Yet the Creator is both a lamb and a lion. These are both truths.”
“Come hither, my dear. Come hither, that I mightest protectest thou!”
“This was the Great Romance. To love at any cost.”
“The point is, we were created to love beauty. We love beauty because Elyon loves beauty. We love song because Elyon loves song. We love love because Elyon loves love. And we love to be loved because Elyon loves to be loved. In all these ways we are like Elyon. In one way or another, everything we do is tied to this unfolding story of love between us and Elyon.”
“Adrenaline dulls reason; panic kills it.”
“How can there be love without a true choice? Would you suggest that man be stripped of the capacity to love?”
“Not evil. Not any more evil than the colored trees are good.Evil and good reside in the heart, not in trees and water.”
“Not wonderful that you've forgotten, mind you. Wonderful that you have so much to discover.”
“And to understand how love unfolds, you must understand how Elyon loves.”
“These were his people--a strange thought. Maybe not his very own people, as in father, mother, brother, sister, but people just like him. He was lost but not so lost after all.”
“The fact is not kill entire populations is able to infect entire regions of land and control the only cure.”
“Because evil provides his creation with a choice,” the child said as though the concept was very simple indeed. “And because without it, there could be no love.” “Love?” Tom stopped. The boy’s hand slipped out of his. He turned, brow raised. “Love is dependent on evil?” Tom asked. “Did I say that?” A mischievous glint filled the boy’s eyes. “How can there be love without a true choice? Would you suggest that man be stripped of the capacity to love?”
“What man would not romance a woman who had invited him? And what woman would not romance a man who had chosen her? It was the nature of the Great Romance.”
“Then maybe you can tell me something else. How is it that Elyon can allow evil to exist in the black forest? Why doesn’t he just destroy the Shataiki?” “Because evil provides his creation with a choice,” the child said as though the concept was very simple indeed. “And because without it, there could be no love.”
“A kind of annihilation, was what Serena called their coupling, and though Pemberton would never have thought to describe it that way, he knew her words had named the thing exactly.”
“He only knew that he had lived up to his best impulse, and that is all any one can do.”
“I love you. I’ll fight for you. For us. I’ll never give up, and I’ll love you more every day.”
“We’re not going to die,” I promised my mates. “Emma, hold my staff.” “Your—Oh, right.” She took the staff gingerly as if I’d handed her a rocket launcher, which I suppose it could’ve been with the proper spell. “Liz,” I ordered, “watch the baboon.” “Watching the baboon,” she said. “Rather hard to miss the baboon.”
“I think I’m going to like you, Pick Ryan.”
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