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"I'm not a particularly big fan of biographies, but maybe reading about my #1 Favorite (and most underrated) President, James Madison, will change that. I already really like Lynne Cheney's narrative." Dec 22, 2014 01:08PM

 

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Navessa added a status update: I'm getting increasingly fed up with how both men and women are portrayed in a lot of fucking genres. It's 2015. Why are we still caricatures of ourselves? Why do the same tired tropes and themes crop up in almost everything I attempt to read?

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
"Oh, COME ON.

Everyone (and I do mean EVERYONE ) loves this hateful book? Kind of makes me weep for the future. It's not even all that clever. It must be the depravity of it all. Suckers.

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“I was within and without. Simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.”
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“There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.”
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William Shakespeare
“Two stars keep not their motion in one sphere.”
William Shakespeare, King Henry IV, Part 1

Veronica Roth
“It must require bravery to be honest all the time.”
Veronica Roth, Divergent

Laini Taylor
“It is a condition of monsters that they do not perceive themselves as such. The dragon, you know, hunkered in the village devouring maidens, heard the townsfolk cry 'Monster!' and looked behind him.”
Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Roald Dahl
“Don't gobblefunk around with words.”
Roald Dahl, The BFG

William Shakespeare
“For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground
And tell sad stories of the death of kings;
How some have been deposed; some slain in war,
Some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed;
Some poison'd by their wives: some sleeping kill'd;
All murder'd: for within the hollow crown
That rounds the mortal temples of a king
Keeps Death his court and there the antic sits,
Scoffing his state and grinning at his pomp,
Allowing him a breath, a little scene,
To monarchize, be fear'd and kill with looks,
Infusing him with self and vain conceit,
As if this flesh which walls about our life,
Were brass impregnable, and humour'd thus
Comes at the last and with a little pin
Bores through his castle wall, and farewell king!

Act 3, Scene 2”
William Shakespeare, Richard II

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