“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”
“Portia Kane, Official Member of the Human Race! This card entitles you to ugliness and beauty, heartache and joy—the great highs and lows of existence—and everything in between. It also guarantees you the right to strive, to reach, to dream, and to become the person you know (deep down) you are meant to be. So make daring choices, work hard, enjoy the ride, and remember—you become exactly whomever you choose to be.”
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
“Teachers have to believe. You have to care, and that takes a lot of work and effort. Teachers need people to give back once in a while too, if only a little.”
“The books we read in literature classes--just innocuous letters and symbols on paper, until we run the words through our brains and allow the fiction to manifest in the real world.”
“the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
“This wasn't supposed to be like this. It was supposed to be beautiful. What the fuck?”
“Do people actually do that--go back and thank their teachers years later, when they're no longer handicapped by youth and ignorance, when they figure out just how much their teachers actually did for them?”
“The world is a hard place and can be hardest on the hopeful,”
“Do you know what happens when you do nothing? Nothing.”
“I haven’t been home for years. My mother’s lack of a filter.”
“Another thought hits me hard as a lawn dart to the eye: this moment is so terribly unimportant to the rest of the world, yet it means everything to me somehow - and it's enough.
So I sign and I sign and I sign.”
“All the time in the world may sound nice in theory, but in practice it can become a swift kick to the balls. CHAPTER 7 Harper’s is the local convenience store around here, only it’s nothing like the Wawas and 7-Elevens I frequented when I lived in the Philadelphia area.”
“You know what you call a herd of unicorns? A blessing. True.”
“PS. Docendo discimus. (Latin. By teaching, we learn.)”
“You’ll be with my husband, and I’ll be with so many sisters who see no visions. Who have no eyes to see, nor ears to hear—”
“Aquello está sobre las brasas de la tierra, en la mera boca del infierno. Con decirle que muchos de los que allí se mueren al llegar al infierno regresan por su cobija.”
“I lean into him, because I'm cold and he's always warm. And because I like to remind him that I'm not afraid of him.”
“Hey you, long face,' shouted an elderly gent who must have been at least seventy years old, but who was dancing through the flooded, rainy streets, waving a rolled umbrella like a sword. 'Don't you sing those Tragedy Songs round here.”
“The puppeteer unrolled completely. 'Did I hear you call me cute?”
“She wore a dress Ronan thought looked like a lampshade. Whatever sort of lamp it belonged on, Gansey clearly wished he had one.
Ronan wasn't a fan of lamps.”
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