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“Paul Darton smiled back and she was certain her ovaries released three eggs for the man to fertilize to make their children. ”
Olivia Gaines, Oregon Trails
Arsalan Iftikhar
“According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, our country has been experiencing an “explosive growth in extremist-group activism across the United States” in recent years. The law center reported that so-called “patriot groups”—right-wing outfits steeped in anti-government conspiracy theories—grew in number from 149 in 2008 to 512 in 2009—an astonishing 244 percent increase that apparently reflected a backlash against the election of America’s first African American president.”
Arsalan Iftikhar, Scapegoats: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies and Threatens Our Freedoms
“Jocelyn, as the bus rolled along, looked across a space of green grass, elm-bordered, to the grey mass of the Cathedral. Its towers rose four-square against the sky and the wide expanse of the west front, rising like a precipice, was crowded with sculptured figures... About them the rooks were beating slowly and over their heads the bells were ringing for five o'clock evensong...
To his left, on the opposite side of the road to the Cathedral, was another, smaller mass of grey masonry, the Deanery, and in front of him was a second archway.
Once through it they were in a discreet road bordered on each side with gracious old houses standing back in walled gardens. Here dwelt the Canons of the Cathedral with their respective wives and families, and the few elderly ladies of respectable antecedents, blameless life and orthodox belief who were considered worthy to be on intimate terms with them.”
Elizabeth Goudge, A City of Bells
Cece Bell
“And being different? That turned out to the best part of all. I found that with a little creativity, and a lot of dedication, any difference can be turned into something amazing. Our differences are our superpowers.”
Cece Bell, El Deafo
Arsalan Iftikhar
“This is the way a civilized society begins to devour itself. By allowing our political leaders and law enforcement officials to scapegoat one segment of our population—to turn innocent people into targets of suspicion, into the enemy—we demean all that is good and decent about our nation.”
Arsalan Iftikhar, Scapegoats: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies and Threatens Our Freedoms
“عندما يدور الحديث عن الطعام ، و هو أمر بالغ الأهمية / لا يمكن إلا للحمقى أو المرضى ألا يولوه ما يستحقه من الاهتمام”
لاورا اسكيبيل, Like Water for Chocolate



Bessel A. van der Kolk
“Since then neuroscience research has shown that we possess two distinct forms of self-awareness: one that keeps track of the self across time and one that registers the self in the present moment. The first, our autobiographical self, creates connections among experiences and assembles them into a coherent story. This system is rooted in language. Our narratives change with the telling, as our perspective changes and as we incorporate new input. The other system, moment-to-moment self-awareness, is based primarily in physical sensations, but if we feel safe and are not rushed, we can find words to communicate that experience as well. These two ways of knowing are localized in different parts of the brain that are largely disconnected from each other.10 Only the system devoted to self-awareness, which is based in the medial prefrontal cortex, can change the emotional brain. In the groups I used to lead for veterans, I could sometimes see these two systems working side by side. The soldiers told horrible tales of death and destruction, but I noticed that their bodies often simultaneously radiated a sense of pride and belonging.”
Bessel A. van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
“..."he was in the air with his powerful wings outstretched.”
Anne Marie Dapp
Neil Gaiman
“I've learned over the years that everything is more or less the same amount of work, so you may as well set your sights high and try to do something really cool.”
Neil Gaiman, The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction
Thomas Ligotti
“From where we stand, immortality and death are synonymous: a two-headed monster of
semantics. Having no value for us except as “endness,” they generate value backwards
into life.”
Thomas Ligotti, The Conspiracy Against the Human Race
Donna Kauffman
“I hate to interrupt,” he said, trying like hell not to grin, then drag her into his lap to do what he apparently should have done the moment he’d laid eyes on her again. “But I haven’t heard a word you’ve said since that part where you’ve been lusting after me for two years.”
Donna Kauffman, Starfish Moon
Donna Kauffman
“The way I see it,” she went on, “our friendship, and our working relationship, were solid foundations we built over time. Now you’re here wanting more, and the way we started that next step was with a kiss. So I feel like we’ve done just about everything two people can do in getting to know each other except…finish that kiss. It seemed to me that the logical next step, the next piece of information we needed to know, was what comes next when we let that kiss go to its natural conclusion.”
She did smile then, and her emerald green eyes blazed as she let down a guard he didn’t know she’d still had erected, letting him see for the first time the rest of what she was feeling. “Or at least that was my rationale for finally letting myself have what I fantasized about having, all those months I worked next to you.”
He opened his mouth, then shut it again when her words sank in. “I--what did you just say?”
Her smile remained, but there was a new light flickering in the depths of her eyes now, one that somehow managed to look bold, excited, and endearingly nervous all at the same time. “You weren’t alone, Cooper, in wanting…what you wanted. At least the physical attraction part anyway. I should have been more forthright about that when you showed up at the pub, or afterward. But at least try to see this from my perspective. Suddenly, out of the blue, the man I lusted after all those months was standing, quite improbably, right in front of me, in his full, Technicolor gorgeousness, looking even better than the guy I was sure I’d exaggerated and romanticized. Right there, in the flesh. And before I could even begin to get a grip on that, you went all going down on bended knee on me, and--it was all so much, too much, to even begin to process.”
She let out a short, disbelieving laugh. “Maybe if you’d just dragged me into your arms and not given me a chance to think, I might have surrendered right there on the spot, and the rest of the Cove be damned. But instead you’re all sincere, with your big, beautiful heart hanging on your sleeve, all earnest and lovely, and I so didn’t deserve anything like that, not after the way I left things between me and your entire family. I didn’t have the first clue what to do with that. With you.” Her smile turned decidedly rueful. “So, naturally, I resorted to form. I shut you down, told you to go away. If I couldn’t run away, I was going to make damn sure you did. I mean, it was one thing to leave Cameroo, then insult you and your family by not keeping in touch. It was another thing entirely to do it again, right to your face.”
“I hate to interrupt,” he said, trying like hell not to grin, then drag her into his lap to do what he apparently should have done the moment he’d laid eyes on her again. “But I haven’t heard a word you’ve said since that part where you’ve been lusting after me for two years.”
Donna Kauffman, Starfish Moon
David Levithan
“Some people have lives; some people have music.”
David Levithan, Will Grayson, Will Grayson
“Let us presume that Barchester is a quiet town in the West of England, more remarkable for the beauty of its cathedral and the antiquity of its monuments than for any commercial prosperity; that the west end of Barchester is the cathedral close, and that the aristocracy of Barchester are the bishop, dean, and canons, with their respective wives and daughters.”
Anthony Trollope, The Warden
Lisa Heathfield
“Forgiveness is easy,' he says. 'It's just like a door. You open it and walk through.”
Lisa Heathfield, Paper Butterflies
“How did the nursery rhyme go? “Old Mother Hubbard went to her cupboard and found she was fresh out of blow.” Something like that. Annie”
Kathy Cooperman, Crimes Against a Book Club
Morgan Rhodes
“Still seasick?” Milo asked. “What does it look like?” Milo laughed. “I’ll take that as a yes. I can’t believe you’ve never been to sea before.” “Believe it. Now go away and leave me to die.” “Don’t worry, it won’t be much longer now. I can see land from here.” Felix managed to raise his bloodshot eyes to see that, far in the distance, across miles upon miles of churning, open sea— His stomach flopped and gurgled. —was the edge of land. “Praise the goddess,” Felix groaned. “I think I might stay in Kraeshia forever.” “I”
Morgan Rhodes, Frozen Tides
“Freedom is to depend only on the law and not on men's whims.”
Elly Blake
“Frostbloods are fully capable of feeling in every way. The danger is that those emotions, while powerful and deep, may be covered with a layer of ice that prevents the natural expression of them.”
Elly Blake, Frostblood
“The Declaration of Independence states that we the people have the right to revolution, the right to overthrow a government that has committed abuses and seeks complete control over the people. This is in order to clean out the corrupted, rotten officials that develop out of any type of capitalistic systems.”
Rodolpho "Corky" Gonzales, Message to Aztlan: Selected Writings
Donna Kauffman
“So,” he said, clearing the roughness out of his throat. “Where should we set up?”
There was a narrow galley belowdeck and, he knew from Tom’s brief tour earlier, there was also a small cabin tucked up in front, with a snug queen-size bed wedged inside and a small shower between the two. All completely outfitted, ready for its next occupants. He tried like hell not to think about that.
He knew she’d been about to say or do something when she’d closed the lid of the bin, but whatever it was, she let that go. He had no doubt she’d get back to it, if it was important to her.
“Foredeck,” she said, motioning with her free hand to the expanse of white fiberglass and sealed teak that formed the raised, flat, front end of the boat, where the thick masts soared upward, rigged out under full sail. “You okay to maneuver up there? I can take the hamper.”
“No worries,” he said. “I’ve got it.” Given the way things were going and the war he was waging with his body, better to keep his hands full for as long as humanly possible.”
Donna Kauffman, Starfish Moon
Rachel Caine
“His divine wisdom can kiss my common arse”
Rachel Caine, Ink and Bone
“I am desperately seeking love, but also desperately avoiding it”
Frances Ivy
Thomas Ligotti
“To repeat: we can tolerate existence only if we believe—in accord with a complex of
illusions, a legerdemain of impenetrable deception—that we are not what we are. We are creatures with consciousness, but we must suppress that consciousness lest it break us with a sense of being in a universe without direction or foundation. In plain language, we cannot live with ourselves except as impostors.”
Thomas Ligotti, The Conspiracy Against the Human Race
Morgan Rhodes
“I’m in love with you, you stupid arse, and I’m not losing you. Got it?” she whispered against his lips before kissing him again. Her confession had stolen his breath, so all he could do was nod. “Now, once again, how do we fix you?” she asked, when they finally parted. To”
Morgan Rhodes, Frozen Tides
John Green
“you have to get lost before you find yourself.”
John Green, Paper Towns
Donna Kauffman
“He’d slide his hands around her waist, cup that beautiful backside of hers, and pull her in close so he could lean down and taste each perfectly tight, plump nipple, taking his time to savor them, until her head tipped back and she offered herself up to him, pressing her hips into his, and--
“Cooper? You feeling okay?”
At Kerry’s shouted query, he blinked his eyes open and found himself staring straight up at the sky, his hands gripping the rail so tight his knuckles were likely white.
“If you’re feeling queasy--”
“No,” he said, choking back a bark of a laugh. About ready to climb out of my skin and on top of yours, maybe. “Just enjoying the moment,” he called back over the rumbling engine, speaking truthfully enough. He subtly tried to clear the gravel from his throat, looking anywhere but directly at her, and added, “I can see why you love it out here.”
Donna Kauffman, Starfish Moon
“Sometimes the nicest people are the ones who've been hurt the most”
Frances Ivy
Felix Wantang
“God cannot force you to accept Jesus Christ because God cannot force you to reject hell. Your choices are very limited; hell or paradise. Salvation is a choice. John 3:16”
Felix Wantang, God's Blueprint of the Holy Bible: Volume Two
Morgan Rhodes
“Yes, of course, very well,” the barkeep sputtered. “My best bottle of Paelsian wine. Coming right up.” He disappeared into a back room, returning almost immediately with a dark green glass bottle roughly etched with the Paelsian symbol of a grapevine. As the barkeep uncorked it, Magnus spared a glance at Nic. “That’s forbidden.” Nic gestured toward the bottle. “Bad Prince of Blood. Very bad!” Magnus”
Morgan Rhodes, Frozen Tides
ابن الفارض
“يا قلبُ!أنتَ وعدتَني في حُبّهمْ.. صبراً فحاذرْ أنْ تضيقَ وتضجرا
إنّ الغَرامَ هوَ الحَياة ، فَمُتْ بِهِ .. صَبّاً، فحقّكَ أن تَموتَ، وتُعذَرَا”
ابن الفارض
Virginia Woolf
“A whole lifetime was too short to bring out, now that one had acquired the power, the full flavour; to extract every ounce of pleasure, every shade of meaning- which both were so much more solid than they used to be.”
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
Donna Kauffman
“First time on a sailboat?” she asked, as casually as if she wasn’t standing there, gripping the wheel of a sleek, forty-foot sailing vessel while looking like sex candy on a stick.
“First time on any boat,” he told her.
She turned that smile on him again, and his body leaped to attention, while his mind leaped to wondering just what it was she had in mind. Looks might be deceiving. But he was beginning to hope they weren’t.
“Looks like you’ll be getting a few firsts this afternoon, then.” With that little bombshell dropped, she calmly looked back to the water as she navigated the boat away from the pier and through the other vessels tied up along the maze of docks and piers, some of them sailboats but more of them working ones.
With nothing else to do, and fairly certain if he stared at her in that tropical print napkin any longer he’d simply lunge at her, he made his way over to the picnic basket and cooler and stowed both in one of the big storage bins Thomas had showed him earlier.”
Donna Kauffman, Starfish Moon
“There is nothing in the world more powerful than an idea. No weapon can destroy it, no power can conquer it except the power of another idea.”
James Roysmith
“And since the portions of both the large and the small are equal in amount, in this way too all things would be in everything; nor can they be separate, but all things have a portion of everything. Since there cannot be a smallest, nothing can be separated or come to be by itself, but as in the beginning now too all things are together. But in all things there are many things, equal in amount, both in the larger and the smaller of the things being separated off.”
Ángeles Arrien
“Eternal Friend, help me to be thoughtful and to resist committing acts that are evil in Your eyes. Whatever sins I have committed, please blot them out in Your abundant kindness and spare me suffering or harmful illnesses. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart find acceptance before You, Eternal Friend, who protects and frees me. Forgiveness”
Ángeles Arrien, The Second Half of Life
Eric Hoffer
“No one is truly literate who cannot read his own heart.”
Eric Hoffer
Ángeles Arrien
“Eternal Friend, I hereby forgive anyone who hurt, upset, or offended me; damaging my body, my property, my reputation, or people whom I love; whether done accidentally or willfully, carelessly or purposely; whether done with words, deeds, thoughts, or attitudes; whether in this lifetime or another incarnation. I forgive every person; may no one be punished because of me. After”
Ángeles Arrien, The Second Half of Life
Craig Detweiler
Craig Detweiler, iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives
Roshani Chokshi
“All war is philosophical. That's why we call it war. Strip it of its paint and it's nothing more than murder.”
Roshani Chokshi, A Crown of Wishes
Joe Namath
“When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.”
Joe Namath
Elle Kennedy
“Who am I to decide what someone should or shouldn’t do? People skip funerals and memorials all the time, for all sorts of reasons. Maybe they want to grieve for their loved ones in private. Maybe it’s too hard for them. Maybe they just don’t believe in funerals. It’s not my place to judge”
Elle Kennedy, The Score
Friedrich A. Hayek
“At least insofar as the rules providing for coercion are not aimed at me personally but are so framed as to apply equally to all people in similar circumstances, they are no different from any of the natural obstacles that affect my plans.”
Friedrich A. Hayek, The Constitution of Liberty
“Is that all you want, Paul?"  "No, it's not.  I would also like some hot sex twice a week, and meat and potatoes on Wednesday would be really nice," he said, chuckling at this own boldness.  She made him feel confident.  He liked that.  "You make it sound so simple," she said to him. ”
Olivia Gaines, Oregon Trails
Roshani Chokshi
“Beauty, coveted though it was, could not outlive you. Only actions would.”
Roshani Chokshi, A Crown of Wishes
Sierra Simone
“It was too much, too much, even though he’d just started, but I’d never felt this before, never felt what a silky wet mouth could do to silky wet flesh. Never known how the gentle nip of teeth would feel on my clit, the sucking of lips on the same, never guessed what having my hole circled and then fucked with a strong tongue would be like. If I had known—Jesus, if I had known, I would have never turned down those myriad offers of dates and drinks at Cambridge.”
Sierra Simone, American Queen
Ivy Smoak
“to touch me. I needed him to touch me. He slowly untied the string at the top of my skirt, taking his time. My”
Ivy Smoak, A Christmas Wish
Ivy Smoak
“He continued his torturous decent, leaving a trail of kisses down my stomach, stopping right above the waistline of my jeans. I wanted him”
Ivy Smoak, A Christmas Wish
“Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.”
Donna Kauffman
“A clearing of a gravelly throat pulled him from his thoughts. He turned and looked at Thomas, the boat captain, who was seventy if he was a day.
“I think that’s your party there,” the older man said, nodding toward the gravel lot at the end of the dock. If he seemed a bit uncomfortable, Cooper chalked it up to the rather taciturn older man being thrust into what, based on the bits and pieces of the conversations Cooper had overheard while eating breakfast at the café that morning, was the biggest gossip story to hit the Cove in ages. Maybe the boat captain had been secretly hoping Kerry wouldn’t show and he’d be excused from chaperoning duties.
Cooper was too relieved that Kerry had come to get distracted by what the captain was thinking or feeling. He turned around, a welcoming grin on his face, then went completely, utterly still. Even his heart seemed to have stuttered to a stop. Holy jumping mother of--what in the hell was she wearing? He’d just been hoping she’d show at all and assumed he’d have to cajole her out of being annoyed with him for his high-handedness. Again. Only she sure didn’t look annoyed.
She looked…like an edible tray of ripe, luscious fruit. With him being the only guest invited to the bountiful buffet. Sweet Jesus. How was he supposed to keep his hands to himself with her wearing nothing more than a glorified bandana?
She drew closer, and her smile turned a shade smug. She was clearly enjoying his all but cartoon character worthy, goggling reaction. And well, hell, what did she expect? He was a red-blooded male whose bed had remained strikingly empty since her departure. Since long before then, truth be told.
“Hi, Thomas,” she called to the boat captain as she closed the remaining distance between them, still smiling brightly. If she was uncomfortable in her little getup in front of the older man--a man, Cooper supposed, she had to know, given everybody knew everyone in such a small village--she didn’t show it. Instead, she said, “Did they rook you into being our captain today?”
The old man’s cheeks were beet red in a way that had nothing to do with decades of harsh weather. He nodded somewhat tensely. “Did indeed, Miss Kerry. Good to, uh, good to see ya,” he managed to choke out, trying to look anywhere but at the expanse of bare leg and curvy cleavage.
Cooper would have felt sorry for the man, but he was too busy trying to get his own voice back.”
Donna Kauffman, Starfish Moon
John Gray
“The process of learning requires not only hearing and applying but also forgetting and then remembering again.”
John Gray
“A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the full value of time and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.”
Octavio Paz
“Self-discovery is above all the realization that we are alone: it is the opening of an impalpable, transparent wall - that of our consciousness - between the world and ourselves.”
Octavio Paz, The Labyrinth of Solitude and Other Writings
صلاح جاهين
“ياللي بتبحث عن إله تعـبده
بحث الغريق عن أي شيء ينجده
الله جميل وعليم ورحمن رحــيم
أحمل صفاته .. وانت راح توجده
صلاح جاهين
Laure Lacornette
“For all I see, humanity is lost. It's devastatingly sad.”
Laure Lacornette
Naomi Alderman
“One of them says, 'Why did they do it?'
And the other answers, 'Because they could.'
That is the only answer there ever is.”
Naomi Alderman, The Power
tags: power
“The quicker we iterate, the more steps we can take in the direction of this mythical point of perfect fit.”
Antonio Garcia Martinez, Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley
“Während die Deutschen die Wegnahme eines Geniestreichs fürchten, lebt Kalifornien in der permanenten Angst, vom intellektuellen Austausch abgeschnitten zu sein und nicht jeden Impuls aufzunehmen, der sich anbieten.”
Christoph Keese, Silicon Valley: Was aus dem mächtigsten Tal der Welt auf uns zukommt
Chris Pepple
“My truth asked people to understand and to learn about depths of pain they had previously walked past…. I had kept my silence for a reason. - from Without a Voice by Chris Pepple”
Chris Pepple, Without a Voice
“When I hear the word 'culture' I reach for my gun.”
Hans Johst
“Die meisten Gründer im Silicon Valley haben Ingenieurwissenschaften, Computer-Technik oder Naturwissenschaften studiert. In ihren Köpfen laufen andere Muster ab als bei Kaufleuten. Betriebswirte haben gelernt, in wirtschaftlichen Zusammenhängen zu denken. Sie versuchen, mit kleinstmöglichem Aufwand den größtmöglichen Ertrag zu erreichen. Neuen Produkten geben sie meist nur einen kleinen Vorsprung vor der Konkurrenz. Einen Vorsprung, der gerade groß genug ist, um als Argument in der Werbung zu helfen. Dann wird die Trommel gerührt und der winzige Vorsprung als großer Vorteil verkauft.”
Christoph Keese, Silicon Valley: Was aus dem mächtigsten Tal der Welt auf uns zukommt
Howard Tayler
“A soft answer turneth away wrath. Once wrath is looking the other way, shoot it in the head.”
Howard Tayler
Jay Asher
“It's up to the reader to decipher the code, or the words, based on everything the know about life and emotions.”
Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why
Naomi Alderman
“Nothing special has happened today; no one can say she was more provoked than usual. It is only that every day one grows a little, every day something is different, so that in the heaping up of days suddenly a thing that was impossible has become possible. This is how a girl becomes a grown woman. Step by step until it is done.”
Naomi Alderman, The Power
“God's nothing more than a twelve-year-old kid with an ant farm. He's always watching, but He's never gonna do anything.”
John Constantine
Laure Lacornette
“If only stupid people could have the mere intelligence to shut up while discussing serious matter, the world would go along so much better !”
Laure Lacornette
“There are things in the universe that are simply and purely evil. A warrior does not seek to understand them, or to compromise with them. He seeks only to obliterate them.”
Timothy Zahn, Star Wars: Thrawn
Friedrich A. Hayek
“Law in its ideal form might be described as a ‘once-and-for-all’ command that is directed to unknown people and that is abstracted from all particular circumstances of time and place and refers only to such conditions as may occur anywhere and at any time.”
Friedrich A. Hayek, The Constitution of Liberty
Anton Chekhov
“I love him, love him. He's a millstone round my neck - he'll take me to the bottom with him. But I love this millstone of mine - I can't live without it.”
Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard
tags: love
Naomi Alderman
“He feels excited. He feels ashamed. He wants to talk to her, but he is afraid. Maybe he imagined it all. Maybe she will call him a bad name if he asks her what happened.”
Naomi Alderman, The Power
Steven Heighton
“An Elegy, Years After Sarah”

So her ceiling a map of stars. First time we made love
late afternoon late winter, and after she slept
how her room fogged up with dusk
and paper stars she’d stuck up there in childhood
came out in strange constellations
and I missed the earth
till her room was night her breath deepening the stars
cooling down: I said come closer and her eyes
— half-open, flashing back whatever light there was — went out.”
Steven Heighton, The Ecstasy of Skeptics
Rudyard Kipling
“His name was Charlie Mears; he was the only son of his mother who was a widow, and”
Rudyard Kipling, Indian Tales
“Soon enough the days will close over their lives, the grass will grow over their graves, until their story is just an unvisited headstone.”
M. L. Stedman
Lewis Carroll
“Cheshire Puss,' she began, rather timidly, as she did not at all know whether it would like the name: however, it only grinned a little wider. 'Come, it's pleased so far,' thought Alice, and she went on.
'Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?'

'That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,' said the Cat.

'I don't much care where—' said Alice.

'Then it doesn't matter which way you go,' said the Cat.

'—so long as I get SOMEWHERE,' Alice added as an explanation.

'Oh, you're sure to do that,' said the Cat, 'if you only walk long enough.”

Alice felt that this could not be denied, so she tried another question. `What sort of people live about here?'

`In that direction,' the Cat said, waving its right paw round, `lives a Hatter: and in that direction,' waving the other paw, `lives a March Hare. Visit either you like: they're both mad.'

`But I don't want to go among mad people,' Alice remarked.

`Oh, you can't help that,' said the Cat: `we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad.'

`How do you know I'm mad?' said Alice.

`You must be,' said the Cat, `or you wouldn't have come here.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Kylie Scott
“Alone meant absolutely no one giving me shit, involving me in shit, or generally being a shit. Alone didn't care what you wore or how many days it'd been since you washed your hair or shaved your pits. Alone accepted you exactly how you were. It never lied to me or let you down. For all of these reasons and more, I loved alone. We'd probably wed.”
Kylie Scott, Twist
tags: alone
“There are still more days to travel in this life. And he knows that the man who makes the journey has been shaped by every day and every person along the way. Scars are just another kind of memory.”
M. L. Stedman
“You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day. You have to keep remembering all the bad things. I would have to make a list, a very, very long list and make sure I hated the people on it the right amount. That I did a very proper job of hating too: very Teutonic! No" - his voice became sober - "we always have a choice. All of us.”
M. L. Stedman
Friedrich A. Hayek
“The coercion which a government must still use … is reduced to a minimum and made as innocuous as possible by restraining it through known general rules, so that in most instances the individual need never be coerced unless he has placed himself in a position where he knows he will be coerced. Even where coercion is not avoidable, it is deprived of its most harmful effects by being confined to limited and foreseeable duties, or at least made independent of the arbitrary will of another person. Being made impersonal and dependent upon general, abstract rules, whose effect on particular individuals cannot be foreseen at the time they are laid down, even the coercive acts of government become data on which the individual can base his own plans.”
Friedrich A. Hayek, The Constitution of Liberty
Leo Tolstoy
“The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity by contributing to the establishment of the kingdom of God, which can only be done by the recognition and profession of the truth by every man.”
Leo Tolstoy, The Kingdom of God Is Within You
Friedrich A. Hayek
“Freedom is order through law.”
Friedrich A. Hayek
Friedrich A. Hayek
“The basis of freedom as well are [sic] the restraints commonly accepted by the members of the group in which the rules of morals pre­vail. The demand for ‘liberation’ from these restraints is an attack on all liberty possible among human beings.”
Friedrich A. Hayek
Morgan Rhodes
“looking fiercely at Kyan. “Lucia,” Kyan said calmly, taking a seat again. “It’s fine.” “No, it’s not.” In the space of a heartbeat, Lucia had grown ready to peel the skin from this loathsome thief one inch at a time for this insult. “Oh, you’ve got some fire in you, don’t you?” The thief’s loathsome gaze slid over her open cloak as he nodded with leering approval. “I like pretty young girls with fight in them. Makes it more interesting.” “Kyan,” Lucia snarled. “Can I kill him?” “Not quite yet.”
Morgan Rhodes, Frozen Tides
Friedrich A. Hayek
“Restraint is a condition, not the opposite of free­dom.”
Friedrich A. Hayek
Emma Chase
“My mother asks quickly, “Who’s Kate?”

My father answers between bites, “Katherine Brooks, new employee. Brilliant girl. And quite the firecracker. She gave Drew a run for his money when she first started.”

My mother looks at me with glittering, hopeful eyes. The way Paula Deen looks at a tub of lard, imagining the delicacy just waiting to be made.”
Emma Chase, Tangled
Emma Chase
“We eat in silence for a few minutes, and then Alexandra says, “That reminds me. Matthew, could you escort me to a charity dinner the second Saturday in December? Steven is going to be out of town.” She looks toward me. “I would ask my darling brother to do it, but we all know he spends his Saturday nights with the city slu—” she glances at her daughter “—undesirables.”

Before Matthew can answer, Mackenzie puts her two cents in. “I don’t think Uncle Matthew can come, Momma. He been too busy bein’ pussy whipped. Wha’s pussy whipped, Daddy?”

As soon as the words leave her angelic little lips, a horrendous chain reaction is set off:

Matthew chokes on the black olive in his mouth, which flies out and nails Steven right in the eye.

Steven doubles over, holding his eye and yelling, “I’m hit! I’m hit!” and then goes on about how the salt from the olive juice is eating away at his cornea.

My father starts coughing. George stands up and begins pounding on his back while asking no one in particular if he should perform the Heimlich.

Estelle knocks over her glass of red wine, which quickly seeps into my mother’s lace tablecloth. She makes no move to clean up the mess, but instead chants, “Oh, my goodness. Oh, my goodness.”

My mother runs around the dining room like a chicken with its head cut off, searching for non-cloth napkins to wipe up the stain, all the while assuring Estelle that everything’s fine.

And Frank…well…Frank just keeps eating.

While the chaos continues around us, Alexandra’s death-ray glare never wavers from Matthew and me. After squirming under it for about thirty seconds, Matthew caves. “It wasn’t me, Alexandra. I swear to Christ it wasn’t me.”

Chicken shit.

Thanks, Matthew. Way to leave my ass blowing in the wind. Remind me never to go to war with him as my wingman.

But as The Bitch glower is turned full force on me alone, I forgive him. I feel like at any moment I’ll be reduced to a smoking pile of Drew ash on the chair. I dig deep and give her the sweetest Baby Brother smile I can manage.

Take a look. Is it working?

I’m so fucking dead.

See, there’s one thing about Bitch Justice you should know. It’s swift and merciless. You won’t know when it’s coming; all you can be certain of is that it will come. And when it does, it will be painful. Very, very painful.”
Emma Chase, Tangled
Ann Radcliffe
“As she mused upon the book before her, she involuntarily exclaimed, ‘Are these, indeed, the passages, that have so often given me exquisite delight? Where did the charm exist?—Was it in my mind, or in the imagination of the poet? It lived in each,’ said she, pausing. ‘But the fire of the poet is vain, if the mind of his reader is not tempered like his own, however it may be inferior to his in power.”
Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho
Chris Pepple
“Healing starts the moment you accept the truth about what has happened. But healing doesn’t come quickly. When you know that death or pain has come, you face a moment when you stare that pain in the eyes and declare that you will not be defeated by it. Then you turn away and grieve." -Chris Pepple, Without a Voice”
Chris Pepple, Without a Voice
Ann Radcliffe
“You speak like a heroine,’ said Montoni, contemptuously; ‘we shall see whether you can suffer like one.”
Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho
Sameer  Khan
“Is the murk which lives inside me,
actually a dead star?”
Sameer Khan, Eerie Edges
Ilona Andrews
“I once took a city with five men and a lame goat. If I can do that, you can convince the necromancers to pledge themselves to you. Do this or die.”
Ilona Andrews, Magic Binds
Sameer  Khan
“All I want to do is, help you rebuild yourself.
Restructure your devastated heart. For I
know, it's impossible to build the exact same
shrine once destroyed in a place but at least
you can make a garden of bliss over a
Sameer Khan, Eerie Edges
Sameer  Khan
“Stop there, Breathe.
For a while you need to leave, live.
Stop pushing your face into that photo called
past, stuck in the photo frame of time. Stop
scratching your heart, give the wound time to
heal. For i know, when the photo frame falls
down, the broken pieces of glass fall apart,
just like memories. But no, you want to keep
it to the chest, close to your heart. You know
you shouldn't but you're too coward to let go.
It keep sucking your heart, into a black hole
of muddy memories. Making you a dark
shattered soul, incapable of finding solace.
So stop. For a while let's just live. Let's just
breathe. Let's just love ourselves, for it's you
who need it the most.”
Sameer Khan, Eerie Edges
Sameer  Khan
“The writings are built by imagination. Emotions fill the colours to them.”
Sameer Khan, Eerie Edges
Dorothy Parker
“Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.”
Dorothy Parker
Barry J. Hutchison
“Cal Carver’s last day on Earth started badly, improved momentarily, then rapidly went downhill. It began with him being sentenced to two years in prison, and ended with the annihilation of two thirds of the human race. Somewhere in between, there was a somewhat enjoyable moment when he ate a lemon drop, but otherwise it was a pretty grim twenty-four hours all round. The”
Barry J. Hutchison, Space Team: The Collected Adventures: Volume 1
Brené Brown
“Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world.”
Brené Brown
“I’m starved for connection, not attention.”
TaraShea Nesbit
“A few of us had the curse of truthfulness, which gave us little power.   N”
TaraShea Nesbit, The Wives of Los Alamos
Noam Chomsky
“In fact quite generally, commercial advertising is fundamentally an effort to undermine markets. We should recognize that. If you’ve taken an economics course, you know that markets are supposed to be based on informed consumers making rational choices. You take a look at the first ad you see on television and ask yourself … is that it’s purpose? No it’s not. It’s to create uninformed consumers making irrational choices. And these same institutions run political campaigns. It’s pretty much the same: you have to undermine democracy by trying to get uninformed people to make irrational choices.”
Noam Chomsky, The Kind of Anarchism I Believe in, and What's Wrong with Libertarians

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