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“This is why there was music. There were some feelings that just didn't have words big enough to describe them.”
Jodi Picoult
“so i do what i do best. i move in the opposite direction.”
Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper
“Can you imagine what it would be like to know that your life was just going to be a series of days that were
all the same, that were do-overs?”
Jodi Picoult, Between the Lines
“It's easy to say you will do what's right and shun what's wrong, but when you get close enough to any given situation, you realize that there is no black or white. There are gradations of gray.”
Jodi Picoult, The Storyteller
“It's never the differences between people that surprise us. It's the things that, against all odds, we have in common.”
Jodi Picoult, House Rules
“The apple . . . came before Adam and Eve in the story of creation. It had to have been there at least three years because that's how long it takes for a new tree to bear fruit.”
Jodi Picoult, Songs of the Humpback Whale
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“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
“Love is not an equation... It is not a contract, and it's not a happy ending. It is the slate under the chalk and the ground buildings rise from and the oxygen in the air.”
Jodi Picoult, Vanishing Acts
“When a freedom is taken away from you, I suppose, you recognize it as a privilege, not a right.”
Jodi Picoult, The Storyteller
“Wheather it is conscious or not, you eventually make the decision to divide your life in half - before and after - with loss being that tight bubble in the middle. You can move around in spite of it; you can laugh and smile and carry on with your life, but all it takes is one slow range of motion, a doubling over, to be fully aware of the empty space at your center.”
Jodi Picoult, Vanishing Acts
“We'd sit with a big bowl of popcorn, wrapped together in a queen-size blanket, and would escape to a place where magic was ours for the taking, where men rescued the people they loved instead of abandoning them. A place where, no matter how bad things looked at that moment, there would always be a happy ending.”
Jodi Picoult, Between the Lines
“She understood what it was like to stand right in front of people you loved, even though they could not see you.”
Jodi Picoult, Second Glance
“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’m the princess in an ivory tower, except every brick is made of history, and I built this prison myself.”
Jodi Picoult, Leaving Time
“I could not remember my first kiss, but I could have told you Charlotte would be my last.”
Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care
“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
“Nobody, who looks at a shard of flint lying beneath a rock ledge, or who finds a splintered log by the side of the road would ever find magic in their solitude. But in the right circumstances, if you bring them together, you can start a fire that consumes the world.”
Jodi Picoult, The Storyteller
“You're unwilling to go out on a limb because it just might break underneath you.”
Jodi Picoult, Plain Truth
“Instead of doing the best thing, we sometimes have to settle for the rightest thing.”
Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes
“I would rather be in minority and be right, than in the majority and wrong.”
Jodi Picoult, Sing You Home
“There is no cosmic scale on which you can weigh your actions; you learn too late what choices ruin the fragile balance.”
Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care
“There are so many ways to betray someone.
You can whisper behind his back.
You can deceive him on purpose.
You can deliver him into the hands of his enemy, when he trusts you.
You can break a promise.
The question is, if you do any of those things, are you also betraying yourself?”
Jodi Picoult, The Storyteller
“You can't hate someone until you know what it might be like to love them.”
Jodi Picoult, Vanishing Acts
“Do you know how, when you are on the verge of a breakdown, the world pounds in your ears; a rush of blood, of consequence? Do you now how it feels when the truth cuts your tongue to ribbons, and still you have to speak it?”
Jodi Picoult, Change of Heart
“Real mothers don't just listen with humble embarrassment to the elderly lady who offers unsolicited advice in the checkout line when a child is throwing a tantrum. We take the child, dump him in the lady's cart, and say, "Great. Maybe you can do a better job."

Real mothers know that it's okay to eat cold pizza for breakfast.

Real mothers admit it is easier to fail at this job than to succeed.”
Jodi Picoult, House Rules
“Fiction is like that, once it is released into the world: contagious, persistent. Like the contents of Pandora's box, a story that's freely given can't be contained anymore. It becomes infectious, spreading from the person who created it to the person who listens, and passes it on.”
Jodi Picoult, The Storyteller
“Doctors put a wall up between themselves and their patients; nurses broke it down.”
Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes
“i'm sure i'm worth a lot more dead than alive”
Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper
“I imagine how cool it would be if all small talk wasn't lies.”
Jodi Picoult, House Rules
“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


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