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“Maybe everyone is just waiting for someone else to save them.”
Margaret Peterson Haddix, Among the Brave
tags: life
“...even the most independent people sometimes needed help. And if I'd learned nothing else from my life thus far, it was that you don't always end up where you think you're going.”
Margaret Peterson Haddix, Just Ella
“I am not just what I remember. I am also what I dream.”
Margaret Peterson Haddix
“I can tell you that you will have your hearts broken more by the people you love than by the people you hate. But you must still dare to love. The rewards are worth far more than the risks.”
Margaret Peterson Haddix, Into the Gauntlet
“I want to Live! Not Die, Not Hide, LIVE!”
Margaret Peterson Haddix, Among the Hidden
“I like to know what I'm celebrating before I put on a party hat.”
Margaret Peterson Haddix, Into the Gauntlet
“Governments will rise, and governments will fall, and man will do evil to man, and all we can do is turn our hearts to good.”
Margaret Peterson Haddix, Among the Enemy
“Sure you can be a coward and hope somone else changes the wrld for you. You can hide up in that attic of yours until someone knocks on the door and says, 'Oh, hey, they freed the hidden. Want to come out?' Is that what you want"
Luke didnt answer
"You've got to come, Luke, or you'll hate yourself the rest of your life. When you dont have to hide anymore, even years from now, there'll always be some small part of you whispering 'I don't deserve this. I didnt fight for it. I'm not worth it.' And you are, Luke, you are. You're smart and funny and nice, and you should be living life, instead of being buried alive in that old house of yours”
Margaret Peterson Haddix, Among the Hidden
“Jen, we did it. Everyone's free now.”
Margaret Peterson Haddix, Among the Free
“The Government justifies keeping everyone else in poverty because people seem to work the hardest when they're right on the edge of survival.”
Margaret Peterson Haddix, Among the Hidden
“Hope doesn't mean anything. ... Action's the only thing that counts.”
Margaret Peterson Haddix, Among the Hidden
“We'll have a 'rest of our lives' now,”
Margaret Peterson Haddix
“You know how to steer a yacht?" Mr. McIntyre asked Ian worriedly.
"I was born knowing how to steer a yacht," Ian said. Then a stricken look came over his face. "But–do you suppose Jonah prepaid the full amount for renting this? Once my dad hears what Natalie and I did, he'll cancel our credit cards."
"You mean we're...we're poor now?" Natalie gasped.
"Penniless," Ian said grimly.
"Actually," Mr. McIntyre said, "I should have mentioned this before the others left. Grace had an addendum to her will regarding everyone who made it through the gauntlet. There were eight of you–you will all receive double the amount you turned down to get the first clue."
"It was a million dollars originally," Ian said. "So Natalie and I each get two million dollars? I suppose we could live on that."
Natalie beamed.
"That is such a relief!" she said. "Being poor wasn't quite as bad as I thought it would be, but still–"
"You were only poor for about two seconds!" Dan protested, rolling his eyes.”
Margaret Peterson Haddix, Into the Gauntlet
“bitter is a bad way to live!”
Margaret Peterson Haddix, Among the Impostors
“There's hope around the corner.”
Margaret Peterson Haddix, Because of Anya
“I have a choice.”
Margaret Peterson Haddix, Among the Free
“I snorted "oh, beauty. What's that good for?"
Mary stared, her eyes round.

"It won you the prince, did it not?"

I snorted again, I prefer to think that he was captivated by my charming personality." I giggled to let Mary know I was trying to make fun of myself.”
Margaret Peterson Haddix, Just Ella
“There is nothing more valuable than the printed word.”
Margaret Peterson Haddix
tags: other
“A thousand times today I've started to open my mouth, started to squeak out, "Can you tell me...? But then I'd look into the front seat, at my mother's silent shaking, my father's grim profile, the mournful bags under his eyes, and all the questions I might ask seemed abusive. Assault and battery, a question mark used like a club. My parents are old and fragile. I'd have to heartless to want to hurt them.”
Margaret Peterson Haddix, Double Identity
“And yet, I felt a surge of exhilaration just thinking about that night. Not just because I'd met the prince and fallen in love and started on my course toward happiness ever after, but because I'd made something happen. I'd done something everybody had told me I couldn't. I'd changed my life all by myself. Having a fairy godmother would have ruined everything.”
Margaret Peterson Haddix, Just Ella
“I rise up on my tiptoes. He's already bending his head down, moving his lips toward mine. And then, well, I haven't exactly studied this, but I'm pretty sure that ours is not the most expert kiss in Sualan history. It's a little hard to figure out how we should tilt our heads so our noses don't bump. But this kiss is a promise, a vow. Come to think of it, it doesn't really matter that ours is not the most expert kiss in Sualan history. It's still the best.”
Margaret Peterson Haddix, Palace of Mirrors
“A ssure you, the more I travel through time, the more I witness, the more I realize that there are things that are both strange and wonderful, far beyond human comprehension.”
Margaret Peterson Haddix
“The sudden silence is horrifying, and it seems to catch my mother off guard. A tiny whimper escapes her, the sound amplified in the stillness. Surely, my father hears her now; surely he and I can't go on pretending she isn't crying.”
Margaret Peterson Haddix, Double Identity
“That porch is a happy-looking place, and my father - burdened, stoop-shouldered, cadaverously thin - doesn't seem to belong on it.”
Margaret Peterson Haddix, Double Identity
“I wish, peevishly, that he didn't know anything about how soldiers sleep, how they protect their fellow soldiers. It would be nicer if I could share the cloaks warmth with him, if we could lie with our faces together, whispering into the night.”
Margaret Peterson Haddix, Palace of Mirrors
“I leaned my head back and closed my eyes, my mind a jumble. So much for breaking it off gently, I thought. The humor helped my mind clear, but I couldn't laugh. What would happen next?”
Margaret Peterson Haddix
“I don't know what you two are up to," Hobart said. "But you be careful now, you hear? Don't do anything I wouldn't do."
"Well now, that doesn't restrict us very much, does it?" Mark teased back.”
Margaret Peterson Haddix, Among the Brave
“He looked at the piles of food again, and it was like he was seeing it with new eyes. "This is wrong", he thought, "Letting food rot while people die of hunger. It's evil."....
He breathed in the too-sweet smell of rotting food, "I can stop this evil.”
Margaret Peterson Haddix, Among the Enemy
“I wished I'd known weeks ago that we didn't have to be chaperoned. I remembered my old daydreams: the prince and I, alone together, cuddling and whispering... I probably would have wised up and brocken the engagement sooner.”
Margaret Peterson Haddix
“And Nedley started saying,'Shut Up!Quit that! And i knew it really meant something to him. So I asked for his help,"Mark said. "Don't tell the story like that," Nedley laughed. "What he said was 'Quit pretendin you're a bad guy I need your help, and I need it now!”
Margaret Peterson Haddix, Among the Brave

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