“If every life is a river, then it's little wonder that we do not even notice the changes that occur until we are far out in the darkest sea. One day you look around and nothing is familiar, not even your own face.
My name once meant daughter, grandaughter, friend, sister, beloved. Now those words mean only what their letters spell out; Star in the night sky. Truth in the darkness.
I have crossed over to a place where I never thought I'd be. I am someone I would have never imagined. A secret. A dream. I am this, body and soul. Burn me. Drown me. Tell me lies. I will still be who I am.”
“Just because something is unspoken doesn't mean that it disappears.”
“Once you know some things, you can't unknow them. It's a burden that can never be given away.”
“In losing a friend, she is reminded of all she has lost and all she stands to lose again. There is nothing to be done to make it any easier.
We all grieve alone.”
“I know who you are in your heart,' Andres said. 'That's all that matters.' And that was it. That was the moment. Now I knew how I would feel if I ever lost him. That was how you knew love. My mother had told me that. All you had to do was imagine your life without the other person, and if the thought alone made you shiver, then you knew.”
“Some people say, 'Save yourself and you save your ways.' I say, 'Be yourself and you save your soul.”
“Some things you cannot wish away or think away. They become part of you when you remember them.”
“Still, I couldn't help but wonder if it was a mistake for people like us to be tied to a place. If we weren't meant to be ready and willing to wander. If everything we needed was contained in who we were.
And what we remember.”
“You cannot dispute the ridiculous. You cannot argue reasonably with evil.”
“Those you love will not drown or burn. They will fly away.' ...'Now we both have people we love who are like birds. They have flown far from anything in this world that can hurt them. They're flying away still.”
“I have crossed over to a place where I never thought I’d be. I am someone I would have never imagined. A secret. A dream. I am this, body and soul. Burn me. Drown me. Tell me lies. I will still be who I am.”
“But most important of all, she explained that it was all right to say 'No. I disagree.' that was a gift. I understood it was power. The power to think my own thoughts. The power to believe in myself.”
“We had to survive to remember. Otherwise everything we were would disappear. Those people we loved would fade as though we'd never loved them, as if they'd never walked and talked and burned, forgetting them was the real evil. That was the hole of darkness.”
“Women know things that men will never know. We keep the best secrets. We tell the best stories.”
“Every time someone forgets, someone else disappears,' my brother wrote.”
“...but now the worst crime was pretending to be something you were not.”
“I was beginning to understand.My grandmother's love was cold because she was afraid of things;that was why everything had to be perfect.”
“Maybe a hundred years ago our people should have run away from this place, I said...
And then run from the next place and the next place and the place after that? You run once, what makes you think you won't have to run all the rest of your life?... We love moment to moment... Everything changes. One minute we are part of the river, and the next we are joined with the sea.”
“Never look at other people's bad fortune,' my mother said. 'If you do, it will come back to find you instead of its rightful owner.”
“That's the way love sounds, my mother told me. You think it should feel like honey, but instead it cuts like a knife.”
“My mother, Abra, had taught me that all people are made from the same dust. When our days here are gone, all men and women enter the same garden. ”
“And then I understood that she had no idea what she'd done to my family. She thought love and hatred were equal.”
“Everything we knew condemned us, and our questioning condemned us most of all. Knowledge was the way of our people, and knowledge was dangerous. It was the first thing that freed you and the thing that put you in peril. It was the key to the ten gates. I saw them clearly now, each and every one, the gates that were there for me. Ashes, Bones, Grass, Heart, Stone, Love, Sorrow, Blood, Earth, Sky.”
“I wasn't quite as certain that I knew her soul.
When it came right down to it, I wasn't sure she knew me either.”
“That's why there are ten gates to pass through before you reach the garden. If life were easy there would be one gate. There would be no gates at all.”
“Let everyone see the blood,' he said. 'Don't clean it up. That's the only way people remember.'... I could see the blood inside my head. It was with me forever, whether or not I wanted to forget.”
“Abra DeMadrigal didn't look young enough to be my sister anymore. Her sorrow weighed her down and aged her. She was still beautiful, but she looked very far away. No wonder our people had raven eyes, so distant, so sad. No matter how wise she was, my mother looked like a woman who hadn't truely believed how much evil there was in our world. Not until this moment. ”
“This kind of knowing you can never tell to anyone. If you want us to survive, you cannot trust a soul'... 'Not for any reason on this earth. You can never tell,”
“What did you see?' he asked then.
Nothing,' I told him. 'Because nothing is what you wanted me to see, though the man on the table might disagree.”
“I saw the end of his life right there in that single moment. His pride, his decency, his secrets, his death.”
“It was completely unprofessional to speak about your boss like that to someone who wasn’t a trusted friend or family member you leaned on for the requisite boss-venting.”
“So much for keeping things business when it came to Jenna Darrow. If this had been a test, he figured he’d just failed it with flying colors.”
“I cried and cried. But then I had to stop. One thing about me was that when I was having a serious wish session, I tried never to wish impossible wishes. I might have wished for sixteen crayons instead of eight, but even when I was little, I never wished for a thousand crayons, because I knew a thousand different crayons did not exist. So on that forty-ninth day I did not wish Lynn could be alive again, because I knew she was gone.”
“The truth gets uglier the longer you try to hold it down.”
“So this is hell. I'd never have believed it. You remember all we were told about the torture-chambers, the fire and brimstone, the "burning marl." Old wives' tales! There's no need for red-hot pokers. Hell is—other people!”
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