“And when that time comes, let's hope your friends outnumber your enemies.”
“Even in the most wretched life, there’s hope.”
“I'm not staring. I'm observing. . . . And what do you observe? . . . A brave young woman who has always fought for what was right, even when it was unpopular.”
“...she refused to leave anything to someone else that she could do better herself.”
“I don't think unhappiness is fated.”
“You mean we won't get to run through burning buildings?" I could see he wanted to laugh, but instead he watched me intently. "What? Why are you staring at me?"
"I'm not staring. I'm observing."
I smiled through my tears. "And what do you observe?"
He brushed his lips against my ear. "A brave young woman who has always fought for what was right, even when it was unpopular. A woman who can't return to the land of her birth, but is wlcome to cross the seas and rebuild Alexandria in mine. And a woman who has suffered enough in Rome and deserves happiness for a change. Will you come to Mauretania and be my queen?"
He drew back to look at me, but I held him closer. "Yes."
I nodded and pressed my lips against his.”
“This isn’t how I imagined our lives would be when I was Queen of Libya and you King of Armenia.”
“Then he’d given Alexander the territories of Armenia, Media, and the unconquered empire of Parthia.”
“trunk. “Only you and Octavian can endure it. Our mother would never”
“New languages are not something you can pick up overnight. They take time. Patience. The willingness to change the way you think about what you already know.”
“There is no real light but just small sparks of happiness we should photograph to contain. But if we stop to photograph, we can’t enjoy them, the flash overexposes them and they disappear.”
“Cowardice can imitate heroism if given no where to flee”
“concern. Tellingly, there were those in the North, such as the prominent intellectual Ralph Waldo Emerson, who as early as August 1862 deeply feared that the Confederacy might preempt the Union and adopt emancipation first. In so doing, he believed that the South would appear before the world as the champion of freedom, gaining recognition from France and England, and putting the North in a disastrous position. Emerson’s fears were hardly unfounded. Within months, in the South, the issue did indeed come under serious debate.”
“I really, really like how you make me feel – like if you looked at me every day, the way you’re looking at me right now, I could do anything, be anything, be more”
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