Quotes from Tantalize

Cynthia Leitich Smith ·  310 pages

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“It was funny, though, the things you didn't learn about people until after they died.”
― Cynthia Leitich Smith, quote from Tantalize

“But adulthood," continued the barely twentysomething, "doesn't give you power over what matters most. It doesn't protect you from pain, loss, fate. That's part of being human.”
― Cynthia Leitich Smith, quote from Tantalize

“Men suck.
- Not all men. Just the really good ones.”
― Cynthia Leitich Smith, quote from Tantalize

“Besides, humans aren't prey. They are our natural enemies. They are to be avoided. ”
― Cynthia Leitich Smith, quote from Tantalize

“In the end, I'd loved him enough to let go. From afar, I would love him forever.”
― Cynthia Leitich Smith, quote from Tantalize

“Turned out there was some big, bad Wolf in my good boy after all.”
― Cynthia Leitich Smith, quote from Tantalize

“She seems to think being cryptic is some kind of substitute for having a decent personality.”
― Cynthia Leitich Smith, quote from Tantalize

“There’s always music,” he replied, “if you listen carefully enough.”
― Cynthia Leitich Smith, quote from Tantalize


About the author

Cynthia Leitich Smith
Born place: Kansas City, The United States
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