“1. You left a multipack of Mars Bars on top of your wardrobe. Can I have one? Dad x
2. I had three. Hope that's OK. Dad x
3. I'm just going to have one more. Dad x
4. Harriet, your Dad's made himself sick on an entire multipack of Mars Bars again. Please don't leave sweets where we can find them. A x”
“That's the truth about people with obsessively organised plans: we're not trying to control everything in our lives. We're trying to block out the things we can't.”
“Never underestimate the power of a well-placed apostrophe.”
“I suddenly realise that it doesn't matter how far I go, or how lost I am, or how lonely I feel. I fit in here. I always will.
That's how I know I'm home.”
“It's 4:40am and i'm standing in the middle of a Quentin Tarantino version of Finding Nemo”
“Does a caterpillar sit on the same leaf when it's a butterfly? No! It goes for a little fly and sees something of the world. Does the tadpole stay in the same pond once it's a frog? No! It stretches its legs, goes for a jump, explores other waters. Did Cinderella go back cleaning hearths once she married the prince? ... Transformation means moving forward. If a butterfly stays on the same leaf and a frog stays in the same pond, then they may as well have stayed a caterpillar or a tadpole. There was no point in metamorphosing.”
“There are 7,123,024,873 people in the world, and nick keeps choosing me”
“That's the beauty of the summer holidays. It's as if life is just a big Etch-a-Sketch, and once a year you get to shake it vigorously up and down and start again.”
“Don't you get it yet,Harriet?" Nick says in total exasperation. "i like that you know about the stars in the rain and the shapes of the clouds and the heartbeat rate of the hummingbird. I like that you know that giraffes don't have vocal cords and the sharks can't stop moving. I like the way you stick your little nose in the air.....”
“Scientist say that music can change the speed of a heartbeat. They failed to add: so can a text message.”
“Did you know that the chances of being in a plane crash are less than 0.00001 per cent? That means that you’re more likely to be killed by a donkey or to naturally conceive identical quadruplets.” Bunty”
“Adults almost never like doing their jobs from what I can tell.”
“99.99999999999999999 per cent of every atom consists of empty space. It”
“Because that's the truth about people with obsessively organised plans: we're not trying to control everything in our lives. We're trying to block everything we can't.”
“But sometimes stuff happens and we find ourselves lost, and suddenly we're standing in a place we don't recognize and can't remember walking-or falling-there, and we're unsure how to get back or if we even want to.”
“Royce’s tone shifted between amazed and angry but finally settled on a nice restrained tempest.”
“– Тогава за какво е цялата работа, татко?
– Заради живота, където и едничка стъпка накриво може да доведе до трагични последици.
– О, боже, звучиш като мъдрост от курабийка с късметче.
– Така ли? Така значи? Не като притеснен баща, а като курабийка с късметче? Така звуча, когато говоря със сина си за бъдещето, което го очаква и което може да се провали и от най-малкото, от най-миниатюрното нещо?
– О, мътните го взели бъдещето! – изкрещях аз и изтичах навън, питайки се откъде да открадна кола, за да стигна до Скрантън и да поиграя билярд, а защо не и да си лепна гонорея?”
“Look at the children of the land leaving in droves, leaving their own land with bleeding wounds on their bodies and shock on their faces and blood in their hearts and hunger in their stomachs and grief in their footsteps. Leaving their mothers and fathers and children behind, leaving their umbilical cords underneath the soil, leaving the bones of their ancestors in the earth, leaving everything that makes them who and what they are, leaving because it is no longer possible to stay. They will never be the same again because you cannot be the same once you leave behind who and what you are, you just cannot be the same.”
“It’ll take years of therapy. Probably for all of us: a long uphill battle. But we’re still on the field fighting the good fight, battered and beaten though we are, and I understand just what a great gift that is.”
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