“This is how I think of time: the past is Before, and the present is the After. Before was reality; the After, a nightmare.”
“All of Them are monsters, but not all monsters are Them.”
“I’d always escaped into books, but now reading had become something more. It allowed me to be somewhere else, to feel something else, not just the numbness that overtook my body and made me wonder if I was still alive.”
“Gareth once told me that ignorance was bliss and I’d responded that ignorance was dangerous. We were both right. But which is better?”
“You don't mind giving up your freedom?"
Vivian tilted her head. "You always have to give up some freedom to live in any society.”
“Doesn’t he know there will always be someone out there who wants to destroy good?”
“People don’t expect a small Japanese girl to be able to break a man’s arm.
“They didn’t assume you were a ninja?”
“Everyone works because everyone is important.” To me this sounded like a great way to spin forced labor.”
“People don’t expect a small Japanese girl to be able to break a man’s arm. “They didn’t assume you were a ninja?”
“You were in the city," Rice explained, "High concentraition of Floraes, hardly any post-aps. In other areas, where there was less population density, children were the ones more likely to survive. Adults probably kept them concealed, took extra measures to protect them. And of course children are good at hiding. Once their instinctual survival skills kick in, they know how to be quiet."
"They believed in monsters before the monsters showed up," I wispered.”
“Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
“And about Shane, I swear, if he doesn't snap out of it, I'm going to punch him in the face. Well, punch him in the face and then run like hell."
- Eve Rosser”
“But Mother, I don't want to go. It's just that...I have to. I can't spend the rest of my life hiding in the attic.
I don't want to be a burden[...]I want to do something with my life. Figure out ways to help other third kids. Make—make a difference in the world.”
“Nothing is like it used to be, lady,” he said. “The world is almost rotten.”
“That, I decided, was what it meant to be a slave: your past didn't matter, in the present you were invisible and you had no claim on the future.”
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