“Being kind is one of the hardest thing to be in high school because you're so terrified of being cut down yourself that you're always on your guard. But don't be like that. Be kind and you will be truly different. A standout. Unique and happy.”
“The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels even better to come back.”
“If you believed that thoughts were energy and energy is matter (E=mc2) and matter never disappears, then a person can never truly leave you unless you stop thinking about them. Everything you shared with a person is still there swirling around in the universe. Love, Cam had to admit, might be real. And love endures. Relationships endure. Because thoughts are energy, energy is matter, and matter never disappears.”
“The present moment can be chopped into infinitely smaller present moments. This moment is forever. And it is all that matters.”
“We weren't put on this earth to go it alone.”
“Kind of like people. We're too lazy to change, so we'll just keep doing what we're doing until it's too late.”
“You can't force your will with the universe. You just have to trust how things unfold.”
“People keep talking about this unfolding. I can't trust the unfolding, okay? If there is some higher power making origami out of the universe, it hates my guts. I was a fat kid whose parents got divorced, whose father died, and then who got cancer herself. So no. I don't trust how things are going to unfold.”
“She’d trained herself for so long not to want or to hope or to wish, that she had a hard time pinning down something to ask for.”
“If Cam finally learned one lesson before she died, it would be that being kind was sometimes more important than being right.”
“Some people say you should pay attention to coincidence. It can show you your path. Besides, these coincidences are enough to keep people believing. To give them some hope.”
“I think some girls get so caught up in the wedding part that they forget about the marriage part, and they end up bonded for life to the wrong person. It's not the wedding part that matters.”
“This is what it felt like to have a broken heart. It felt less like a cracking down the middle and more like she had swallowed it whole and it sat bruised and bleeding in the pit of her stomach.”
“. . . Mind if I take the flamingo?"
"Whoa, Darren, you drive a hard bargain. How about I'm just going to take it?”
“Infinity fascinated her. How systems and universes could keep getting infinitely smaller in one direction and infinitely larger in another. How the shape of an atom so precisely mimicked the shape of the solar system. How there wasn't an end to anything.”
“Get used to that, Nana. He has a way of appearing out of thin air.'
'Oh my. Asher. Hm. Hm. Hm. Turn around. He's beautiful, Campbell. Are you schtupping my granddaughter?' she asked him.
'Well, I give you my permission.'
And just liked that, Cam's love life was ruined forever. If and when she ever 'schtupped' Asher, she'd have to do everything she could not to think of her grandmotehr.”
“We just wanted to see how you were doing,' Asher said.
'Well, that *is* a miracle,' said Perry. She took out her notebook and said out loud as she wrote, "Number forty: Campbell...has...friends.”
“You steal my donkey and then to apologize you bring me a flamingo?'
'He's irresistible, though,' Asher said, lifting Buddy onto his lap and pretending to squeeze his cheeks. 'Look at that face.'
'He is the ugliest thing I have ever seen.'
'I know,' Asher said, 'but he's one of God's creatures.”
“Love'--romantic love, anyway--was a fantasy people indulged in because otherwise, life was just too boring to tolerate.”
“Asher, help!' she cried as she climbed down the steep, twisting path to the beach.
'Help. Don't help. You give me mixed messages.' Asher sighed as he stuck his keys into his pocket and followed Cam to the edge of the lawn.”
“*Go cow-tipping.* Close enough to donkey-napping.”
“Or just don't wear it. Then you can check off the skinny-dipping and kill two birds.'
'I'm not surfing naked, Asher.'
'Rats,' he said.”
“Cam stepped inside the music and let it close around her like a bubble.”
“A'ohe I pau ka 'ike I ka halau ho'okahi, she said. It was a popular hula adage that meant:All knowledge is not contained in only one school.”
“Because thoughts are energy, energy is matter, and matter never disappears...”
“I called your bluff,' he said.
'I see that,' she answered. 'I'll be down in five minutes.'
“If you put a frog in some warm water and slowly turn up the heat, he'll stay there until he boils. Kind of like people. We're too lazy to change so we'll just keep doing what we're doing until it's too late.”
“Hegelian dialectic—a psychological tool used to manipulate the masses. In this case, you create a problem, wait for the reaction, and then offer the solution. What people historically fail to realize, though, is that those offering the solution are the same people who caused the problem in the first place. They also fail to realize that no matter what the solution is, it always ends up providing its creators with more power.”
“Girls, I need to tell you some things about our family," Sabrina said. "Have you ever heard of the Brothers Grimm?”
“Liam looked at Miguel with all the bravado of a young man ready to be tested & determined not to lose. If Miguel didn’t know his own strengths, he might have been intimidated, but the emotion just wasn’t in him. Liam was a boy; Miguel was a killer…there was no comparison.”
“Tenía en mis manos la posibilidad de vivir la vida que yo deseaba; no luchando ni huyendo, sino recurriendo a mi ingenio.”
“And tell me, who will be more successful in life? The kid who knows all the chemical formulae or the one who knows teamwork, passion, discipline and focus?”
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