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“Never judge someone by their relatives.”
Charles Martin, Chasing Fireflies
“I had this dream that my life was a rolling canvas. Everyday it rolled off the sheet, bleached white, into the beach of my life. Come sunup, I'd begin to paint it with my thoughts and actions. My breathing, my living, and my dying. Some days the pictures pleased me, maybe pleased others, pleased God himself, but some days, some months, even some years, they didn't, and I didn't ever want to look at them again. But the thing is this . . . every day, no matter what I'd painted the day before, I got a new canvas, washed white. 'Cause each night the tide rolled in, scrubbed it clean, and receded, taking it's stains with it. And my dreams . . . I just stood on the beach and watched all that stuff wash out to sea.- Nothing more than ripples in the water. No canvas is ever stained clean through. Not one.”
Charles Martin, Chasing Fireflies
“He picked up one of Lorna's roses and set it in my lap. "Here." I picked it up and smelled it. He poked me in the shoulder. "See what I mean? Thorns don't stop you from sniffing. Or putting them in a vase on the kitchen table. You work around them.... Cause the rose is worth it... Think what you'd miss.”
Charles Martin, Chasing Fireflies
“You take the bad with the good, Rise up through it. Live in the mist of it. It's the bad that lets you know ho good the good really is. Don't let the bad leave you thinking like there ain't any good. There is, and lots of it, too. ”
Charles Martin, Chasing Fireflies
“Well...letting the cat out of the bag is a lot easier than putting it in.”
Charles Martin, Chasing Fireflies
“He thinks the sun comes up just to hear him crow.”
Charles Martin, Chasing Fireflies
“You can put your boots in the oven, but that doesn't make them biscuits. - You can say whatever you want about something, but that doesn't change what it is.”
Charles Martin, Chasing Fireflies
“Scientists say that these things evolved this way over millions of years." He shook his head. "That's a bunch of bunk. I don't think an animal can just all-of-a-sudden decide it wants to make light grow out it's butt. What kind of nonsense is that? Animals don't make light." He pointed to the stars. "God does that. I don't know why or how, but I'm pretty sure it's not chance. It's not some haphazard thing he does in his spare time."

He looked at me, and his expression changed from one of wonder to seriousness, to absolute convicton. "Chase, I don't believe in chance." He held up the jar. "This is not chance, neither are the stars."....."And neither are you. So, if your mind is telling you that God slipped up and might have made one giant mistake when it comes to you, you remember the firefly's butt.”
Charles Martin, Chasing Fireflies
“...forgive your enemies...it messes with their heads.”
Charles Martin, Chasing Fireflies
“It's so dry the trees are bribing the dogs.”
Charles Martin, Chasing Fireflies
“Time to paint your but white and run with antelope-in English- Stop arguing and do as your told.”
Charles Martin, Chasing Fireflies
“She smiled, tilted her head, and . . . have you ever seen video of melting glaciers where huge chunks, the size of skyscrapers, break off and crash into the sea? If hearts could do that, then when her hair slid from behind her ear and down her eyes, and the right side of her lip turned up, I heard my heart crack down the middle.”
Charles Martin, Chasing Fireflies
“Sometimes good judgement comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgement.”
Charles Martin, Chasing Fireflies
“Identity does not grow out of action until it has taken root in belonging.”
Charles Martin, Chasing Fireflies
“Gonna be a real frog-strangling turd-floater.”
Charles Martin, Chasing Fireflies
“If my life were still a movie, this is the part that would end up on the cutting room floor. We were all just fill-ins for a long-running soap opera. The actors changed, but the story seldom did. Certainly not the action.”
Charles Martin, Chasing Fireflies
“The only monster you need to worry about in this life is the one that stares at you from the mirror each morning. You tame him, make friends with him, and the rest of life is nothing you can’t handle.”
Charles Martin, Chasing Fireflies: A Novel of Discovery
“O amor faz destas coisas. Nomeia o inominável e confere voz ao silêncio”
Charles Martin, Chasing Fireflies
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“A change in paperwork [birth certificate] can't erase words stamped on the human heart.”
Charles Martin, Chasing Fireflies
“And they ate supper before they said grace...Oh, um...she moved into his house, stayed awhile, and then they got married.”
Charles Martin, Chasing Fireflies
“I’m no expert, but I know one thing about anger—it’s like alcohol. At some point, if you pour enough in there, it’s coming back up. You may think you’ve built up a tolerance, but the truth is this—no man, not even Unc, can bury it so deep that it doesn’t erupt at some point like Vesuvius and splatter your soul across the earth.”
Charles Martin, Chasing Fireflies: A Novel of Discovery
“If God can make a firefly’s butt light up like a star, then anything is possible. Anything.”
Charles Martin, Chasing Fireflies: A Novel of Discovery
“If manhood is passed down, if it is a mantle cut from the cloth of one and draped across another, it is not done so using titles or accolades. Not hardly. It occurs there—in that spout now resting neck-high—pouring down the spine and into the belly in a language that has never been transcribed, but that every boy on the planet understands and has always understood.”
Charles Martin, Chasing Fireflies: A Novel of Discovery

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