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“I imagine how cool it would be if all small talk wasn't lies.”
Jodi Picoult, House Rules
“My grandmother told me that her father used to ask her a riddle: What must you break apart in order to bring a family close together?

Bread, of course.”
Jodi Picoult, The Storyteller
“When you showed someone how you felt, it was fresh and honest. When you told someone how you felt, there might be nothing behind the words but habit or expectation.”
Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care
“I could not remember my first kiss, but I could have told you Charlotte would be my last.”
Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care
“You know, he told me once, completely exasperated, you've got one glass of water inside your head, with all the tears for a lifetime. If you waste them over nothing, then you won't be able to cry for real when you need to.”
Jodi Picoult, Lone Wolf
“I am not a religious man. I have not attended a service for many years. But I do believe in God. My own practice of religion, you could say, it a nonpractice. I personally feel that it's just as worthy on a weekend to rake the lawns of an elderly neighbor or to climb a mountain and marvel at the beauty of this land we live in as it is to sing hosannas or go to Mass. In other words, I think every many finds his own church- and not all of them have four walls - Judge Haig (Page 399)”
Jodi Picoult, Change of Heart
“Or in other words, it's the substance you've got when you start that determines the outcome.”
Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care
“But once you throw a stone, there are ripples in the pond, even if you remove the rock.”
Jodi Picoult
“God, what had we done? It didn't really matter. Piper had been the kind of friend with whom I didn't have to fill in the spaces with random conversation. It was okay to just be with her. She knew that sometimes I needed that - to not have to take care of anyone or anything, to simply exist in my own space, adjacent to hers.”
Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care
“Instead of doing the best thing, we sometimes have to settle for the rightest thing.”
Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes
“A world that was crowded with people could still be a very lonely place.”
Jodi Picoult, Plain Truth
“But what if your obsession has nothing to do with drugs or thrills or money? What if what you want most in the world is to recapture the way life was a week, a month, a year ago-and you are willing to do whatever it takes?”
Jodi Picoult, Perfect Match
“It's the child who's supposed to cry, and the mom who makes it all better, not the other way around, which is why mothers will move heaven and earth to hold it together in front of their own kids.”
Jodi Picoult, House Rules
“When you're pregnant, you can think of nothing but having your own body to yourself again, yet after having given birth you realize that the biggest part of you is now somehow external, subject to all sorts of dangers and disappearance, so you spend the rest of your life trying to figure out how to keep it close enough for comfort. That's the strange thing about being a mother: until you have a baby, you don't even realize how much you were missing one.”
Jodi Picoult, Vanishing Acts
“If it's us", she whispered, "how come you get to decide?"

When he didn't answer - couldn't answer - she turned and stared out the front window. As it turned out, they were still in the parking lot.

They hadn't gotten anywhere at all.”
Jodi Picoult, The Tenth Circle
“That's the crazy thing about lies. You start to fall for them, yourself.”
Jodi Picoult, Vanishing Acts
tags: fall, lie
“We Pisces, we're a special breed.”
Jodi Picoult, Sing You Home
“Then they scrambled through the window and into the darkness, determined to turn themselves into what they were not.”
Jodi Picoult, Second Glance
“If you choose to go looking for something, you'd better be ready for whatever it is you find. Because it may not be what you've been expecting.”
Jodi Picoult, Vanishing Acts
“For better or for worse, music is the language of memory. It is also the language of love.”
Jodi Picoult, Sing You Home
“Just because you didn't speak the facts out loud didn't erase their existence. Silence was just a quieter way to lie.”
Jodi Picoult, The Tenth Circle
“anyone can understand anything. You just have to know how to present your information.”
Jodi Picoult, Songs of the Humpback Whale
“What being home-schooled has taught me, more than anything, is what a waste of a life high school is.”
Jodi Picoult, House Rules
“Everyone would remember Peter for nineteen minutes of his life, but what about the other nine million? Lacy would be the keeper of those, because it was the only way for that part of Peter to stay alive. For every recollection of him that involved a bullet or a scream, she would have a hundred others: of a little boy splashing in a pond, or riding a bicycle for the first time, or waving from the top of a jungle gym. Of a kiss good night, or a crayoned Mother's Day card, or a voice off-key in the shower. She would string them together - the moments when her child had been just like other people's. She would wear them, precious pearls, every day of her life; because if she lost them, then the boy she had loved and raised and known would really be gone.”
Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes
“I don't know the first thing about holding together a family, especially one that resembles an heirloom vase, shattered but glued back together for its beauty, and no one mentions that you can see the cracks as plain as day. ”
Jodi Picoult, Songs of the Humpback Whale
“A place like this wears down everything, and tolerance is no exception. In here, coexistence passes for forgiveness. You do not learn to like something you abhor; you come to live with it...You live and let live, and eventually that becomes enough.”
Jodi Picoult, Change of Heart
“I was starting to see that what looks like garbage from one angle might be art from another. Maybe it did take a crisis to get to know yourself; maybe you needed to get whacked hard by life before you understood what you wanted out of it.”
Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care
“As Lacy waited for her turn to speak on Peter's behalf, she thought back to the first time she realized she could hate her own child.”
Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes
“She wondered if this was true of every parent: if, prior to having children, they all used to be someone else.”
Jodi Picoult, The Tenth Circle
“Peter curled his hands into fists at his sides. 'Kiss me,' he said.
She leaned towards him slowly, until her face was too close to be in focus. Her hair fell over Peter's shoulder like a curtain and her eyes closed. She smelled like autumn-like apple cider and slanting sun and the snap of the coming cold. He felt his heart scrambling, caught inside the confines of his own body.
Josie's lips landed just on the edge of his, almost his cheek and not quite his mouth. 'I'm glad I wasn't stuck in here alone,' she said shyly, and he tasted the words, sweet as mint on her breath.”
Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes


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