“You never had me, Keaton, but I always had you.”
“Love is the pain of pleasure,” I forced between sniveling sobs, “and pain is the pleasure of love.”
“The sad thing is, I don’t think you’ll ever know what’s true and what’s false about me.”
“Wasn’t that what you were? A pampered princess who couldn’t deal with the big bad world so you ran? Princess.” “And who are you? The villain?” “I’m something much worse than the villain,” he sneered. “Something you’ll never find a definition for.”
“NO SMALL act of kindness goes unremembered.”
“Reven is a sadist who thinks he’s some divine being. This place is a hideaway for a very screwed up sex cult.”
“I’ve got your number, princess. Fucking you, touching you—anything I do to your body that will make you come—will break you.”
“My worst fear was that I would be trained for sex enslavement.”
“Networks need a great number of people to participate in them to generate significant value. But when they do, only a small number of people get paid. That has the net effect of centralizing wealth and limiting overall economic growth.”
“One damn moment. That’s all it takes to change our lives,”
“He heard a woman call out for her children in the flat accent that said States to him, East Coast, North. And seemed so out of place here. Did his voice have that same slightly-out-of-tune sound to it? Here voices should lilt and flow and have old music under each word.”
“But raw numbers can be misleading. In the Middle East heartland of Islam, the Shia are closer to fifty percent, and wherever oil reserves are richest—Iran, Iraq, and the Persian Gulf coast, including eastern Saudi Arabia—they are in the majority.”
“You should try not to talk so much, friend,” he suggested. “You’ll sound far less stupid that way.”
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