Veronika Gasparyan · 275 pages
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“A majority of people will often choose the familiar things instead of the unknown, even if they are making a choice that they know will harm them. People are afraid to take chances, to try or to fight. People pass countless opportunities in their lives just because they are scared to make a move or do something out of character. There were many times when I was faced with hard and risky decisions, but I picked the unknown if the familiar sounded too dangerous.”
“No matter what happens, you need to dream big. Unrealistically big! Even if it sounds totally crazy to you, I need you to still dream it and visualize it. If you come across challenges on the way to your dreams, do not go around them. Do not try to skip or leave them for later. Face them, fight through them, and win. Get to your goal, no matter what, and never lose hope or faith in your positive outcome. And when you achieve it, move on to the next one.”
“In my mind, learning to fly was a very logical alternative. I honestly saw no other way to free myself from this torture other than to fly just like the birds did; the birds were completely free"
“It was mind boggling to know that I would experience such betrayal at such a young age while others live their whole life without knowing what betrayal is”
“I couldn’t comprehend why she still hadn’t stopped him because it’s clearly every mother’s responsibility to protect her children. After all, that’s the trust that bonds a mother and her child together, forever”
“....just a tiny moment of illumination, a heartbeat long.... page 348.”
“Guilford concluded that creative individuals were also far more likely to exhibit "divergent" rather than "convergent" thinking:
In tests of convergent thinking there is almost always one conclusion or answer that is regarded as unique, and thinking is to be channeled or controlled in the direction of that answer....In divergent thinking, on the other hand, there is much searching about or going off in various directions. This is most obviously seen when there is no unique conclusion. Divergent thinking...is characterized...as being less goal-bound. There is freedom to go off in different directions....Rejecting the old solution and striking out in some direction is necessary, and the resourceful organism will more probably succeed.”
“McCoy, drained and hollow-eyed, couldn't take his eyes off the life vest belonging to the boy who'd slipped away from the group during the night. The empty vest spooked McCoy. All its straps were still tightly tied-it looked like some trick that Houdini might've played. Then McCoy peered into the water and got another shock: the boy was floating below him, spread-eagled, about fifteen feet below the surface. He lay motionless until a current caught him; then it was as if he were flying in the depths. Jesus, McCoy thought, Mother of God. He started saying the rosary over and over. McCoy had never been overly religious; his mom was the spiritual one in the family. But now he began the process of what he'd later call his purification; he'd started asking God to forgive him of his sins. He was resolved to live but he was getting ready to die.”
“If I didn’t think it would get me hurt in the end … I’d be the guy who got serious for you.” His”
“- Mais tu sais, l'alcool ne te guérira pas. Il ne faut pas que tu croies ça. Ça apaisera tes blessures, mais cela t'en donnera d'autres, peut-être pires. Tu ne pourras plus te passer de l'alcool, et même si, au début, tu éprouves une euphorie, un bonheur à boire, ça disparaîtra vite pour ne laisser place qu'à la tyrannie de la dépendance et du manque. Ta vie ne sera que brumes, états de sémi-conscience, hallucinations, paranoïa, crises de delirium tremens, violence contre ton entourage. Ta personnalité se désagrégera...
- C'est ce que je veux ! martela Antoine en frappant le comptoir de son petit poing. Je n'ai plus la force d'être moi, plus le courage, plus l'envie d'avoir quelque chose comme une personnalité. Une personnalité, c'est un luxe qui me coûte cher. Je veux être un spectre banal. J'en ai assez de ma liberté de pensée, de toutes mes connaissances, de ma satanée conscience ! ("Comment je suis devenu stupide", p34)”
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