“What can I say? Payback’s a bitch. But here’s the thing: So am I.”
“Ridley Duchannes. Is there even one stupid tiny little part of you that loves one stupid tiny little part of me?”
“There are only two kinds of Mortals in the backwater town of Gatlin, South Carolina—the stupid and the stuck. At least, that’s what they say.”
“But when you’re in love, you’re not in control of what you think or say or do. And there is nothing I love more than control, and nothing I love less than not having it. So you tell me —what is a person like me supposed to do with a feeling like that?”
“Link held up a spoon. “Bend this fork with your mind.” “It’s a spoon.” “Trick question.” Sampson grabbed it and crushed it in his hand. Link swallowed. “So you think with your fists? Good to know.”
“I hate and I love. You ask why I do this? I do not know, but I feel and I am tormented. —CATULLUS”
“No,” she said suddenly. “It’s not a cage, Nox.” She put her hand on his shoulder. “Love is an open door.”
“Sure, Lena gets the credit for being the most powerful Caster of all time. Whatever. It doesn’t make me any less excellent. Neither does her too-good-to-be-true Mortal boyfriend, Ethan “the Wayward” Wate, who defeats Darkness in the name of true love every day of the week.”
“It’s all a matter of perspective. Here’s mine: I’ve been called a lot of things, but what I really am is a survivor—and while there are more than a few stupid Sirens, there are zero stupid survivors.”
“Let’s get something straight: I’m supposed to be the bad guy. I will always disappoint you. Your parents will hate me. You should not root for me. I am not your role model.”
“There was a special place in Hell for guys like Lennox. It was called life.”
“But you could control her.” “Of course. I’ve got the oldest power of all—an obscene amount of money.”
“No, she certainly is not. She would burst into flames if she set one foot on a good Christian campus, and don’t you forget it.” “Jesus loves everyone, Mom.”
“When I kissed you, I tasted fire. I don’t know what it means. I thought you should know.”
“He looks like ambition, she thought. He looks like danger.”
“Not even the most powerful Natural in a millennium had seen him coming.”
“You must be really proud of yourself for pulling that one off.” His eyes didn’t waver from her face. “I’m almost never proud. They say it goes before a fall, and I’m not planning on falling.”
“This wasn’t how they talked. They threw things at each other. Insults, jokes, sometimes even remotes. They made war and made peace and made up and made out. They didn’t do things like set ground rules. They didn’t do feelings talk. They didn’t get it out in the open.”
“Just for a minute,” she said. He’s not half bad, she thought, as far as princes go. “Just to watch the sunset,” he agreed. He’s not half bad, she thought, as far as enemies go. “Just to see the stars,” she conceded. This isn’t half bad, she thought, as far as wars go. “Just one day,” he said. “You promised.” And just to take another look at one small photograph hanging on the wall, she thought. Lennox Gates, what is your Siren story?”
“A troubled Necromancer. An Illusionist with a secret. An Incubus marked for death. A Darkborn in hiding. A Siren with a past.”
“When it came to relationships, the truth never set anyone free. The truth only set things on fire.”
“If Link and Ridley openly admitted that they were still fighting, it would mean openly admitting that they still cared. If they openly admitted that they still cared, it would mean openly admitting to things like feelings. Feelings implied all sorts of gushy, messy, fuzzy complications.
Feelings were how they'd gotten into this fight in the first place.
Ridley would rather have Link stab her through the heart with a pair of gardening shears than admit to any of those things.”
“Whatever became of the moment when one first knew about death? There must have been one. A moment. In childhood. When it first occurred to you that you don’t go on forever. It must have been shattering, stamped into one’s memory. And yet, I can’t remember it.”
“It’s easy K. on one side of the page you got your costs and on the other side your benefits. All you do is mark which one is which, then you weigh one side against the other and you get your decision just like that. that’s all you ever have to do. i live by this.”
"But what if you don’t know the difference between a benefit and a cost? what if you’ve never been very good at telling a plus from a minus?”
“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.”
“A double-edged sword
One side destroys
I am your Gordian knot
Will you release or destroy me?
Follow truth and you shall:
Find me on water
Purify me through fire
Trapped by earth nevermore
Air will whisper to you
What spirit already knows:
That even shattered
anything is possible
If you believe
Then we shall both be free.”
“If men were equal in America, all these Poles and English and Czechs and blacks, then they were equal everywhere, and there was really no such thing as foreigner; there were only free men and slaves.”
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