“He said to me that we belonged toghether because he was born with a flower and I was born with a butterfly and that Flower and Butterfly need each other to survive”
“I love you, Anna Covey,' he said, his voice barely audible. And slowly, clumsily, he leant forward, and his lips found hers, and as Anna felt him kiss her awkwardly, she knew that she wasn't a Surplus anymore. And nor was Peter.
Surplus meant unnecessary. Not required.
You couldn't be a Surplus if you were needed by someone else. You couldn't be a Surplus if you were loved.”
“But there was nothing beautiful about the word "brainwash". To clean the brain. To strip it bare.”
“Reading and writing were a dangerous business; they made you think.”
“...Sometimes her curiosity got the better of her and she found herself furtively asking questions about his life before Grange Hall, pretending as she did so that she wasn't really that interested. The truth was that Peter was a window through which Anna could glimpse the world outside, and the temptation to keep looking was quite overwhelming.”
“But was falling such a bad thing, she wondered. Was it, perhaps better to see the top of the mountain, even if only for a moment, than never to even try? Or was it that the higher you allow yourself to climb, the further you have to come crashing down to earth?”
“Nature is not about preserving old things, but about creating new ones. New life. New ideas.”
“Everyone would fear her again. And love her, of course. Mrs Pincent needed to be loved as much as wanted to be feared-to her they were two sides of the same coin. Both gave her total control.”
“It was his eyes, so challenging and with a piercing look about them. They were eyes that trusted in nothing and they made her uncomfortable around him, self-conscious.”
“Il dit qu'on est faits l'un pour l'autre, parce qu'il est né avec une fleur et moi un papillon, et que les fleurs et les papillons ont besoin les uns des autres pour survivre.”
“But each time, nothing was done, because change carried risks, because change led to instability, because new technology meant using precious energy, and because, at the end of the day, no one really cared.”
“The snow is not falling for you.”
“What does time matter when every moment is stolen anyway?”
“I know that we have to live each moment because we won’t be here for ever, and that I wouldn’t want to be anyway, because knowing something’s going to end makes you appreciate it more, makes you want to savour every moment.
And I know that I won’t sign the Declaration, even if it makes me different, even if it makes me suspicious. Because no one needs to live for ever.
I think that sometimes you can outstay your welcome.”
“But sometimes they all craved a little bit of danger, of excitement, of meaning, even if only to reinforce how very comfortable and secure their lives really were.”
“But I do know that the world is the most beautiful place to be and that we're very lucky to be here. I know that we have to live each moment because we won't be here for ever, and that I wouldn't want to be anyway, because knowing something's going to end makes you appreciate it more, makes you want to savour every moment.”
“But it was a restless sleep, and throughout the night her dreams were filled with crying children, a woman screaming and a little butterfly, trapped in a cold, grey prison.”
“Se había puesto a escribir sin pensar. Y una vez empezó se dio cuenta de que no quería parar. Pensamientos y sentimientos que normalmente yacían ocultos tras las preocupaciones y el agotamiento empezaron a aflorar como si les faltara el aire”
“Le encantaba aprender palabras y expresiones nuevas, las atesoraba como si fueran objetos preciosos que podría usar cuando eligiera”
“¿Tan malo era caer?, �se preguntó. �¿o era mejor, quizá, alcanzar la cumbre de la montaña, aunque sólo fuera un instante, a ni siquiera intentarlo?”
“Usually she loved to learn new words, treating them as exciting possessions that she could employ as she chose-in her journal, in her conversation-relishing the newness and beauty of each one.”
“There's a whole world out there, Anna, a whole world for us to explore.”
“It doesn't feel dangerous, it feels exciting, even though they're probably the same thing.”
“I vow to serve, to pay my dues
And train myself for Legal use.
I vow to bear the Surplus shame
And repay Nature for the same
I vow to listen, not to speak;
To steel myself when I am weak.
I vow to work and most of all
To serve the State if it should call.”
“¿Tan malo era caer?, se preguntó. ¿o era mejor, quizá, alcanzar la cumbre de la montaña, aunque sólo fuera un instante,a ni siquiera intentarlo?”
“I think flowers can be just as important as food, sometimes. I think id depends what you're hungry for.”
“I can't live in the dorms and I can't stop people from calling me a freak, but I can always solve for X.”
“LOVE i saw a very old man buying pads for a woman today. that’s the kind of love i want. old man buying feminine hygiene products kind of love.”
“Taking power back around your money is about getting the balance right. Taking too much or too little responsibility holds you back from having a beautiful, healthy and abundant relationship with your true wealthy self. You don’t need to get evicted, lose all your friends or break up your marriage to learn the lesson. Take a look at where money is a pain in the butt for you and ask yourself: Where has this shown up in the past? What’s the pattern? What’s the Universe trying to tell you? What are you afraid of? What are you no longer willing to put up with?”
“There had been talk of cutting Luke from Trigon, but then everyone on Luke’s team had wept and had nervous breakdowns at the idea of cutting Luke from Trigon, so nobody talked about it anymore.”
“I’d hoped being tapped meant they were willing to listen to someone like me. Apparently, what it really meant is that they hoped they could make someone like me listen to them.”
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