“I will not light myself on fire to keep you warm.”
“You have a heart and you have a soul and you have me. You’re not as awful as you think you are. You’re just not the same as everyone else.”
“You left pieces of your soul inside me.”
“I’m about as perfect as a shattered mirror,”
“All I knew was that I couldn't have him right now. It was impossible. Could I have him in a year? Two years? Five years? Ten years? I didn't know. All I knew was that although the universe was pushing us together, it was also pushing us apart.”
“I'm free now instead of the caged wraith I was then. I know how to embrace my dark side, but it won't consume me. I know where I'm going because of where I've been.”
“Be with someone who is going to ruin your lipstick, not your mascara. So, suck it up, dry your tears, and say yes to the rest of your life.”
“They say scars don’t hurt, but that’s a lie. I’m not sure what hurts worse—the ones you can see or the ones so far beneath that they’ll never really heal.”
“I'm so stupid," I tell her, tears streaming down my face now, blocking my vision.
"You're not stupid. You're just an emotional vampire.”
“You have a heart and you have a soul and you have me. You're not as awful as you think you are. You're just not the same as everyone else.”
“They say that you and your soul mate have a string connecting your hearts—not a literal string, but an invisible one.”
“No one has hit me. My body is fine. It’s my soul that aches. It’s always been my soul.”
“I was always going to do terrible things because it was in my nature.”
“I hate this version of myself because although I think I have all the power, I have none. I am not rational here.”
“There is something. To say there’s nothing is like ignoring the fact that a fire crackles and emits heat. That’s what we do. We crackle. We pop.”
“Roots. I have roots. It both thrills me and kills me that these roots might become a sapling—or God forbid, an entire tree.”
“I didn’t know why I even tried to walk away from him because the invisible grappling hooks that spread from his soul to mine wouldn’t let me get far.”
“I resented death because death had rejected me.”
“Ah,” he says, “a burnt child loves the fire”
“Did you just compare our relationship to the plague?”
“THERE’S A CERTAIN beauty in sleeping beside another person. You’re in their space, and they’re in yours, and you’re both at your most vulnerable.”
“You may have her bones, but I’ll always have her soul.”
“I desire the things that destroy me in the end,”
“the funny thing about perception. I will never be able to experience the words the way you will, and you’ll never see them the way I do.”
“The one person who would understand is the one person I can’t call. Jesse. I’ve sworn off Jesse. No good can come from him. From that. He and I are like two hurricanes colliding from separate bodies of water.”
“Nope, but somehow, I think I’d move bodies night and day for you, Tate McKenna.”
“We’re like oil and water, only someone put the oil on the bottom and then dumped the water in, so I’m forever trying to get over him while simultaneously going through him as the pieces of me try to connect on the other side.”
“Who drops a postcard in someone’s lap? I’m not sure who I think I am. Carmen Sandiego? That girl from Serendipity?”
“I've won, and Hayden is my weapon.”
“My heels click on the tile floor, and I feel like a velociraptor.”
“It looks like the whole city is made out of stars.”
“A rational anarchist believes that concepts such as ‘state’ and ‘society’ and ‘government’ have no existence save as physically exemplified in the acts of self-responsible individuals. He believes that it is impossible to shift blame, share blame, distribute blame… as blame, guilt, responsibility are matters taking place inside human beings singly and nowhere else. But being rational, he knows that not all individuals hold his evaluations, so he tries to live perfectly in an imperfect world…aware that his effort will be less than perfect yet undismayed by self-knowledge of self-failure.
“My point is that one person is responsible. Always. [...] In terms of morals there is no such thing as ‘state.’ Just men. Individuals. Each responsible for his own acts.”
“The way I feel about you . . . it’s crazy.”
“You got the crazy part right,” she snapped, pulling away from me.
“I practiced this in my head the whole time we were on the bike, so just hear me out.”
“I know we’re fucked-up, all right? I’m impulsive and hot tempered, and you get under my skin like no one else. You act like you hate me one minute, and then you need me the next. I never get anything right, and I don’t deserve you . . . but I fucking love you, Abby. I love you more than I’ve loved anyone or anything, ever. When you’re around, I don’t need booze or money or the fighting or the one-night stands . . . all I need is you. You’re all I think about. You’re all I dream about. You’re all I want.”
“Have you ridden over anyone you shouldn't?”
“Why love the woman who is your wife? Her nose breathes in the air of a world that I know; therefore I love that nose. Her ears hear music I might sing half the night through; therefore I love her ears. Her eyes delight in seasons of the land; and so I love those eyes. Her tongue knows quince, peach, chokeberry, mint and lime; I love to hear it speaking. Because her flesh knows heat, cold, affliction, I know fire, snow, and pain. Shared and once again shared experience.”
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