“My grief was cold. It was nothing to share. It was nothing to speak about, nothing to feel.”
“I didn’t want to be prideful anymore. I wanted to be as hard as and brittle as the stones I carted into the woods. Stones that could not feel or cry or see. I wished not to feel anything at all.
In no time, what I wished for, I became.”
“She was so busy forgetting, she couldn't take a single step into the future.”
“I wasn't good company, that was true, and people avoided me, but that was all right. I was too busy dreaming.”
“I understood wanting to forget. Things that made you remember cut like pieces of glass.”
“No one called out my name. Finally, I went to open the door. I could smell burning metal.”
“One day she would surely vanish altogether, and there was no way to stop her. She was so busy forgetting, she couldn't take a single step into the future”
“I had lost my mother and my father and my sister, and sometimes when I caught a glimpse of myself in a shop window, I wondered if perhaps I hadn't lost myself as well”
“I was making a different sort of heart, one that was black, one that was protected by thorns, by bats, by raven's wings, by sorrow, by my aloneness, my armour”
“I thought about how it was impossible to forget, no matter how hard anyone might try.”
“If sparrows were meant to fly, and hawks to hunt, and greyhounds to run, then a boy such as Diamond was meant to search for his mother. If he didn't go, if he forgot or thought of himself first, then he wouldn't be Diamond.”
“I started to feel as though I were disappearing. Perhaps I myself was figment of my own imagination, a storm cloud, a wisp of smoke, a burning ember.”
“I want you . . . your beautiful face, your taste, your mouth full of lies, your sad, violet eyes—I hate them, but I want them.” “Kricket,”
“And while positivity is the seed of many a great thing, wishful thinking alone doesn't make a good foundation for marriage.”
“Do not hide behind such superficialities as whether you should or should not give a dime to a beggar. That is not the issue. The issue is whether you do or do not have the right to exist without giving him that dime. The issue is whether you must keep buying your life, dime by dime, from any beggar who might choose to approach you. The issue is whether the need of others is the first mortgage on your life and the moral purpose of your existence. The issue is whether man is to be regarded as a sacrificial animal. Any man of self-esteem will answer: “No.” Altruism says: “Yes.”
“How easily Neverland is corrupted into the deserted island of Lord of the Flies. How quickly Tinkerbell regresses to being one of the flies pestering the gouged eye sockets of the pig that the lost boys butcher.”
“He had a lot of different smiles, and Jane was getting to know them all.”
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