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“Just remember, Callum when you’re floating up and up in your bubble, that bubbles have a habit of bursting. The higher you climb, the further you have to fall.”
Malorie Blackman, Noughts & Crosses
“That just the way it is. Some things will never change. That's just the way it is. But don't you believe them.”
Malorie Blackman, Noughts & Crosses
“Don't you know that boys don't cry?' Adam grinned.
'Shall I tell you something I've only recently discovered,' I replied, not attempting to hide the tears rolling down my face and not the least bit ashamed of them. 'Boys don't cry, but real men do.”
Malorie Blackman, Boys Don't Cry
“The news lies all the time. They tell us what they think we would want to hear.”
Malorie Blackman, Noughts & Crosses
“I pulled him closer to me, wrapping my arms around him, kissing him just as desperately as he was kissing me. Like if we could just love long enough and hard enough and deep enough, then the world outside would never, could never hurt us.”
Malorie Blackman, Noughts & Crosses
“I used to comfort myself with the belief that it was only certain individuals and their peculiar notions that spoilt things for the rest of us. But how many individuals does it take before it's not the individuals who are prejudiced but society itself?”
Malorie Blackman, Noughts & Crosses
“She stays lost in the middle of her own world somewhere. We can’t get in and she doesn’t come out. Not often anyway, and certainly not for any length of time. But her mind takes her to somewhere kind, I think, to judge by the peaceful, serene look on her face most of the time. ”
Malorie Blackman, Noughts & Crosses
“I hadn't fully realized just how powerful words could be before this. Whoever came up with the saying 'sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me' was talking out of his or her armpit.”
Malorie Blackman, Noughts & Crosses
“Dear God, please let him have heard me. Please.
Please.
If you're up there.
Somewhere.”
Malorie Blackman, Noughts & Crosses
“You're a Nought and I'm a Cross and there's nowhere for us to be, nowhere for us to go where we'd be left in peace...That's why I started crying. That's why I couldn't stop. For all the things we might've had and all the things we're never going to have.”
Malorie Blackman, Noughts & Crosses
“The point is, you have family and friends who love you. You have a world out there just waiting for you to conquer it. You have a life that will be anything you make it. That's the point.”
Malorie Blackman, Boys Don't Cry
“So why did you want to kiss me?"
"We're friends aren't we?" Callum shrugged.
I relaxed into a smile. "Of course we are."
"And if you can't kiss your friends who can you kiss?" Callum smiled.”
Malorie Blackman, Noughts & Crosses
“Sometimes the things you're convinced you don't want turn out to be the thing you need the most in this world.”
Malorie Blackman, Boys Don't Cry
“Love was like an avalanche, with Sephy and I hand-in-hand racing like hell to get out of it's way-only, instead of running away from it, we kept running straight towards it.”
Malorie Blackman, Noughts & Crosses
“He pulls the hood over my head. I try to pull back. I'm not trying to run away. I just want to see her... One last time...”
Malorie Blackman, Noughts & Crosses
“People are people. We'll always find a way to mess up, doesn't matter who's in charge.”
Malorie Blackman, Noughts & Crosses
“The truth isn't going to bend itself to suit you.”
Malorie Blackman, Boys Don't Cry
“And things go unsaid soon get forgotten”
Malorie Blackman, Noughts & Crosses
“Because my mum and dad brought me up to believe that people are different but equal. And that I should treat everyone, no matter who, with the same respect I'd like to be shown.”
Malorie Blackman, Knife Edge
“Boys don't cry, but men do.”
Malorie Blackman, Boys Don't Cry
“But remember this if nothing else: I love you more than there are words or stars. I love you more than there are thoughts and feelings. I love you more than there are seconds or moments gone or to come. I love you.”
Malorie Blackman, Checkmate
“When did we stop being people, being human?”
Malorie Blackman, Knife Edge
“For once I didn't look away immediately. I forced myself to meet her contemptuous gaze. I allowed myself be swept away by it, to drown in it - the way I'd done so many times before. The way I would willingly do again. Because at least she was here to hate me. At least I had that. I watched my daughter conjure up the filthiest look in her vast arsenal before she turned away with complete disdain. I didn't mind that so much. It meant I could watch her, drink her in without her protest.
Look at our daughter, Callum. Isn't she beautiful, so very beautiful? She laughs like me, but when she smiles... Oh Callum, when she smiles, it's picnics in Celebration Park and sunsets on our beach and our very first kiss all over again. When Callie Rose smiles at me, she lights up my life.
When Callie Rose smiles at me.”
Malorie Blackman, Checkmate
“Never, ever allow yourself to feel. Feelings kill.”
Malorie Blackman, Knife Edge
“D'you ever wonder what it would be like if our positions were reversed?' I ask. At Jack's puzzled look I continue. 'If we whites were in charge instead of you Crosses?'

'Can't say it's ever crossed my mind,' Jack shrugs.

'I used to think about it a lot,' I sigh. 'Dreams of living in a world with no more discrimination, no more prejudice, a fair police force, an equal justice system, equality of education, equality of life, a level playing field...”
Malorie Blackman, Noughts & Crosses
“Jude's rule number five: Never get to close to anyone or anything that you can't walk away at a moment's notice if you have to.
When you have to.”
Malorie Blackman, Knife Edge
“But the Good Book said a lot of things. Like 'love thy neighbor' and ' do unto others as you would have them do unto you'. If nothing else, wasn't the message of the Good Book to live and let live? So how could the Crosses call themselves 'God's chosen' and still treat us the way they did?”
Malorie Blackman, Noughts & Crosses
“I suppose it doesn't occur to you that I can think the system just as unjust as you do.”
Malorie Blackman, Knife Edge
“Who did it, Sephy?' She repeated. 'Who beat you up? 'Cause whoever it was, I'll kill them.”
Malorie Blackman, Noughts & Crosses
“Five years off my life...

I wondered with a wry smile, would people be immortal if they didn't have kids?”
Malorie Blackman, Boys Don't Cry

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