Veronica Roth · 50 pages
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“What has become clear is that lies are just a temporary solution to a permanent problem. Lying to spare a person's feelings, even when the truth would help them to improve, damages them in the long run.”
“And then I realized that my utopia was a terrible place, and no one should ever put me in charge of creating a perfect society.”
“Lying to protect yourself lasts for so long before the truth emerges. Like a wild animal, the truth is too powerful to remain caged”
“And that gives me a lot of hope, because if I don’t know what perfect means, it’s not something I can reach on my own. Which means that I can stop trying to be perfect and just try to love the people around me and the things I’m doing.”
“Intelligence is a gift, not a right. It must be wielded not as a weapon but as a tool for the betterment of others.”
“Intelligence must be used for the benefit, and not to the detriment, of society. Those who use intelligence for their own personal gain or to the detriment of others have not properly borne the responsibility of their gift, and are not welcome in our faction.”
“Cruel thoughts lead to cruel words, and hurt you as much as they hurt their target.”
“We do not believe that any other virtue is more important than bravery”
“I will be my undoing
If I become my obsession.
I will forget the ones I love
If I do not serve them.
I will war with others
If I refuse to see them.”
“thought processes must be challenged when they”
“I believe the names we choose on our own can be powerful, and they can embody a new identity for us. When”
“if I don’t know what perfect means, it’s not something I can reach on my own. Which means that I can stop trying to be perfect and just try to love the people around me and the things I’m doing”
“I kiss [her] even though I know that if you kiss a girl before you are married to her you might get AIDS.”
“You have wavered uncertainly between two systems, between drawing and coloring, between the painstaking phlegm, the stiff precision, of the old German masters, and the dazzling ardor, the happy fertility, of the Italian painters.”
“Well, Nicole, I was planning on taking her to bed and using her in ways that aren’t even mentioned in the Kama Sutra, but now you’ve told me that, I think I should go take a cold shower instead.”
“But problems are not to be feared. Problems are not curses. Problems
are simply tough games for the athletes of the mind and true athletes
always long to get a game going.”
“Nothing spoils romance so much as a sense of humor in the woman”
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