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“And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.”
Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing
“People have a habit of inventing fictions they will believe wholeheartedly in order to ignore the truth they cannot accept.”
Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing
“You can never really know someone completely. That’s why it’s the most terrifying thing in the world, really—taking someone on faith, hoping they’ll take you on faith too. It’s such a precarious balance, It’s a wonder we do it at all. And yet..”
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“In each of us lie good and bad, light and dark, art and pain, choice and regret, cruelty and sacrifice. We’re each of us our own chiaroscuro, our own bit of illusion fighting to emerge into something solid, something real. We’ve got to forgive ourselves that. I must remember to forgive myself. Because there is a lot of grey to work with. No one can live in the light all the time.”
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“Do you ever feel that way?"
"Lonely?"
I search for the words. "Restless. As if you haven't really met yourself yet. As is you'd passed yourself once in the fog, and your heart leapt - 'Ah! There I Am! I've been missing that piece!' But it happens too fast, and then that part of you disappears into the fog again. And you spend the rest of your days looking for it."
He nods, and I think he's appeasing me. I feel stupid of having said it. It's sentimental and true, and I've revealed a part of myself I shouldn't have.
"Do you know what I think?" Kartik says at last.
"What?"
"Sometimes, I think you can glimpse it in another.”
Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing
“I should never be left alone with my mind for too long.”
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“We all do things we desperately wish we could undo. Those regrets just become part of who we are, along with everything else. To spend time trying to change that, well, it's like chasing clouds.”
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“Shall I tell you a story? A new and terrible one? A ghost story? Are you ready? Shall I begin? Once upon a time there were four girls. One was pretty. One was clever. One charming, and one...one was mysterious. But they were all damaged, you see. Something not right about the lot of them. Bad blood. Big dreams. Oh, I left that part out. Sorry, that should have come before. They were all dreamers, these girls. One by one, night after night, the girls came together. And they sinned. Do you know what that sin was? No one? Pippa? Ann? Their sin was that they believed. Believed they could be different. Special. They believed they could change what they were--damaged, unloved. Cast-off things. They would be alive, adored, needed. Necessary. But it wasn't true. This is a ghost story remember? A tragedy. They were misled. Betrayed by their own stupid hopes. Things couldn't be different for them, because they weren't special after all. So life took them, led them, and they went along, you see? They faded before their own eyes, till they were nothing more than living ghosts, haunting each other with what could be. With what can't be. There, now. Isn't that the scariest story you've ever heard?”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“There are no safe choices. Only other choices.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“Sometimes we seek that which we are not yet ready to find.”
Libba Bray, Rebel Angels
“I am a jumble of passions, misgivings, and wants. It seems that I am always in a state of wishing and rarely in a state of contentment.”
Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing
“What if evil doesn't really exist? What if evil is something dreamed up by man, and there is nothing to struggle against except out own limitations? The constant battle between our will, our desires, and our choices?”
Libba Bray, Rebel Angels
“I know because I read...Your mind is not a cage. It's a garden. And it requires cultivating.”
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“It is funny how you do not miss affection until it is given, but once it is, it can never be enough; you would drown in it if possible.”
Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing
“There is an ancient tribal proverb I once heard in India. It says that before we can see properly we must first shed our tears to clear the way.”
Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing
“But we can't go back. We can only go forward.”
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“When I dream, I dream of him. For several nights now he’s come to me, waving from a distant shore as if he’s been waiting patiently for me to arrive. He doesn’t utter a word, but his smile says everything: I’ve missed you.”
Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing
“Why do girls always feel like they have to apologize for giving an opinion or taking up space in the world? Have you ever noticed that?" Nicole asked. "You go on websites and some girl leaves a post and if it's longer than three sentences or she's expressing her thoughts about some topic, she usually ends with, 'Sorry for the rant' or 'That may be dumb, but that's what I think.”
Libba Bray, Beauty Queens
“Because you don't notice the light without a bit of shadow. Everything has both dark and light. You have to play with it till you get it exactly right.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“Power changes everything till it is difficult to say who are the heroes and who the villains.”
Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing
“We're all strangers connected by what we reveal, what we share, what we take away--our stories. I guess that's what I love about books--they are thin strands of humanity that tether us to one another for a small bit of time, that make us feel less alone or even more comfortable with our aloneness, if need be.”
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“I run after her, not really giving chase. I’m running because I can, because I must.
Because I want to see how far I can go before I have to stop.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
tags: life
“How I'd love to get away from here and be someone else for a while in a place where no one knows or expects certain things from me.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“I do not want to pass the time. I want to grab hold of it and leave my mark upon the world.”
Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing
“To those who will see, the world waits.”
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“In every end, there is also a beginning.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“These are hard times. The world hurts. We live in fear and forget to walk with hope. But hope has not forgotten you. So ask it to dinner. It's probably hungry and would appreciate the invitation.”
Libba Bray, Going Bovine
“We sit and listen and are enthralled anew, for good stories, it seems, never lose their magic.”
Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing
“What happens if your choice is misguided?' I ask, softly.
Miss Moore takes a pear from the bowl and offers us the grapes to devour. 'You must try to correct it.'
'But what if it’s too late? What if you can’t?'
There's a sad sympathy in Miss Moore's catlike eyes as she regards my painting again. She paints the thinnest sliver of shadow along the bottom of the apple, bringing it fully to life.
'Then you must find a way to live with it.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“You must remember, my dear lady, the most important rule of any successful illusion: First, the people must want to believe in it.”
Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing

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