“Her eyes were of different colors, the left as brown as autumn, the right as gray as Atlantic wind. Both seemed alive with questions that would never be voiced, as if no words yet existed with which to frame them. She was nineteen years old, or thereabouts; her exact age was unknown. Her face was as fresh as an apple and as delicate as blossom, but a marked depression in the bones beneath her left eye gave her features a disturbing asymmetry. Her mouth never curved into a smile. God, it seemed, had withheld that possibility, as surely as from a blind man the power of sight. He had withheld much else. Amparo was touched—by genius, by madness, by the Devil, or by a conspiracy of all these and more. She took no sacraments and appeared incapable of prayer. She had a horror of clocks and mirrors. By her own account she spoke with Angels and could hear the thoughts of animals and trees. She was passionately kind to all living things. She was a beam of starlight trapped in flesh and awaiting only the moment when it would continue on its journey into forever.” (p.33)”
“Sadness is never bad," said Amparo. "Sadness is the mirror of being happy”
“Let the morrow bring on what it would, he thought, for it didn't exist. Only now could lay any claim to forever...”
“He who has not known war has not known God.”
“Men, and pigs, are hard on women who sacrifice their virtue, especially for love." Mattis Tannhouser”
“In the end, every man's life is but a tale told to him that's lived it, and to him alone.”
“Whoa, the baby Jesus lives in Chamberlain?” “In an igloo next to the inn. Try again.” “Um,”
“Reseph had never been cruel or callous,
had lived in fear of succumbing to his evil side. And if he was that bad now that his Seal had been broken… Ares was screwed.”
“ever there was a broken heart—one crushed and blighted by the rude grasp of suffering misfortune—it was Patsey’s.”
“But people were stupid. A chronic condition of our society, that so many people somehow thought they were special, the exception to the rule. In this panicked crowd, every rule was being broken.”
“A mother is always a mother, since a mother is a biological fact, whilst a father is a movable feast.”
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