Jessica Day George · 336 pages
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“Love you always, miss you always... running day and night, leaving the place of sun and moon, of ice and snow.
Never look back, never forget.”
“And the prince who had once been a bear pulled close the girl who had once had no name, and kissed her.”
“Love’? What do you know about love?”
"It’s at the heart of every story,” Rollo said with authority. “If humans could avoid falling in love, you would never get yourselves into any trouble.”
“Wind does not need translation. It speaks the language of men, of animals and birds, of rocks and trees and earth and sky and water. It does not eat or sleep, or take shelter from the weather. It is the weather.
And it lives.”
“This book was made possible by the letter “ø.”
“It was a palace, made entirely of gold, sitting on an island of silver snow at the very top of the world. East of the sun, and west of the moon.”
“Love? ... It's at the heart of every story.”
“It is a fine thing, to set your sights on crystal towers and golden thrones," Hans Peter said quietly. "But first you had better see what lurks within those towers, and what sits on those thrones.”
“Every palace needs a foundation, Askeladden. Make sure that yours isn't of human bones.-Hans Peter”
“If it's easter than east and wester than west, it must be north.”
“And so they lived for many a long year, as happy and lighthearted as the birds in the trees and the flowers on the hill in spring.”
“Be careful. Wait out your year. Come home.”
“This book was made possible by the letter “ø.” Also the letter “æ.” The first time I saw them, I fell in love and just had to learn the language they belonged to. That language turned out to be Norwegian, with its rich history of folk tales about trolls and polar bears and clever young lads and lasses out to make their fortune. I only hope that I didn’t offend my Danish blacksmith forbears by choosing to study Norwegian instead of Danish in college.”
“As they traveled the sun and moon dipped in the sky and then rose again, moving around them in a stately dance. In the summer months, at the top of the world, neither sank below the horizon. The sky was both dark and light, the sun a tiny pale ball and the moon a long thin crescent, lying on its back like a bowl. Then, for a time, the sun was directly below the moon, looking insignificant and weak.”
“My big move was to get out of my underpants without snagging my foot and falling on my face.”
“Thank you for your news, Princess. It is none of it happy, but only a fool desires cheerful ignorance and I try not to be a fool. That is my heaviest burden.”
“Cilvēks var būt atbildīgs vienīgi par to, ko pats nodarījis. Un arī tikai tad, ja tas nav darīts pēc pavēles.”
“Sometimes love can be an ugly thing.”
“The Humvee came to a stop right in front of me and I tracked around to the driver’s window. Summer took up station on the passenger side, standing easy. The driver rolled his glass down. Stared out at me. “I’m looking for Major Marshall,” I said. The driver was a captain and his passenger was a captain too. They were both dressed in Nomex tank suits, with balaclavas and Kevlar helmets with built-in headphones. The passenger had sleeve pockets full of pens. He had clipboards strapped to both thighs. They were all covered with notes. Some kind of score sheets. “Marshall’s not here,” the driver said. “So where is he?” “Who’s asking?” “You can read,” I said. I was wearing last night’s BDUs. They had oak leaves on the collar and Reacher on the stencil.”
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