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“Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother's was worth a pocket watch.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray
“Sometimes there is such beauty in awkwardness.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray
“We'd been trying to touch the sky from the bottom of the ocean.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray
“Krasivaya. It means beautiful, but with strength. Unique.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray
“I wept because i had no shoes,
until i met a man who had no feet.”
Ruta Sepetys, Salt to the Sea
“Good men are often more practical than pretty " said Mother. "Andrius just happens to be both.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray
“Was it harder to die, or harder to be the one who survived?”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray
“November 20. Andrius's birthday. I had counted the days carefully. I wished him a happy birthday when I woke and thought about him while hauling logs during the day. At night, I sat by the light of the stove, reading Dombey and Son. Krasivaya. I still hadn't found the word. Maybe I'd find it if I jumped ahead. I flipped through some of the pages. A marking caught my eye. I leafed backward. Something was written in pencil in the margin of 278.
Hello, Lina. You've gotten to page 278. That's pretty good!
I gasped, then pretened I was engrossed in the book. I looked at Andrius's handwritting. I ran my finger over this elongated letters in my name. Were there more? I knew I should read onward. I couldn't wait. I turned though the pages carefully, scanning the margins.
Page 300:
Are you really on page 300 or are you skipping ahead now?
I had to stifle my laughter.
Page 322:
Dombey and Son is boring. Admit it.
Page 364:
I'm thinking of you.
Page 412:
Are you maybe thinking of me?
I closed my eyes.
Yes, I'm thinking of you. Happy birthday, Andrius.
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray
“Sometimes kindness can be delivered in a clumsy way.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray
“Sometimes there is such beauty in awkwardness. There's love and emotion trying to express itself, but at the time, it just ends up being awkward.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray
“Andrius, I'm...scared."

He stopped and turned to me. "No. Don't be scared. Don't give them anything Lina, not even your fear.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray
“Whether love of friend, love of country, love of God, or even love of enemy—love reveals to us the truly miraculous nature of the human spirit.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray
“I leapt eagerly into books. The characters’ lives were so much more interesting than the lonely heartbeat of my own.”
Ruta Sepetys, Out of the Easy
“I planted a seed of hatred in my heart. I swore it would grow to be a massive tree whose roots would strangle them all.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray
“My husband, Andrius, says that evil will rule until good men or women choose to act. I believe him. This testimony was written to create an absolute record, to speak in a world where our voices have been extinguished. These writing may shock or horrify you, but that is not my intention. It is my greatest hope that the pages in this jar stir your deepest well of human compassion. I hope they prompt you to do something, to tell somone. Only then can we ensure that this kind of evil is never allowed to repeat itself.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray
“You stand for what is right, Lina, without the expectation of gratitude or reward.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray
“I became good at pretending. I became so good that after a while the lines blurred between my truth and fiction. And sometimes, when I did a really good job of pretending, I even fooled myself.”
Ruta Sepetys, Salt to the Sea
“Sometimes we set off down a road thinkin' we're goin' one place and we end up another. But that's okay. The important thing is to start.”
Ruta Sepetys, Out of the Easy
“What had human beings become? Did war make us evil or just activate an evil already lurking within us?”
Ruta Sepetys, Salt to the Sea
“...we're dealing with two devils who both want to rule hell.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray
“I wanted to stay locked away from the pain and destruction. I didn't want to be strong. I didn't want to be the 'smart girl'. I was so very tired. I just wanted it all to be over.”
Ruta Sepetys, Salt to the Sea
“I left the jutra to chop wood. I began my walk through the snow, five kilometers to the tree line. That's when I saw it. A tiny silver of gold appeared between shades of gray on the horizon.
I stared at the amber band of sunlight, smiling.
The sun had returned.
I closed my eyes. I felt Andrius moving close. "I'll see you," he said.
"Yes, I will see you," I whispered "I will."
I reached into my pocket and squeezed the stone.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray
“Per aspera ad astra, Papa,' I whispered. Through hardship to the stars.”
Ruta Sepetys, Salt to the Sea
“War is catastrophe. It breaks families in irretrievable pieces. But those who are gone are not necessarily lost.”
Ruta Sepetys, Salt to the Sea
“He threw his burning cigarette onto our clean living room floor and ground it into the wood with his boot.
We were about to become cigarettes.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray
“We'd been trying to touch the sky from the bottom of the ocean. I realized that if we boosted one another, maybe we'd get a little closer.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray
“Guilt is a hunter.
Fate is a hunter.
Shame is a hunter.
Fear is a hunter.”
Ruta Sepetys, Salt to the Sea
“Sometimes kindness can be delivered in a clumsy way. But it's far more sincere in its clumsiness than those distinguished men you read about in books. Your father was very clumsy.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray
“Killers aren't always assassins. Sometimes, they don't even have blood on their hands.”
Ruta Sepetys, Salt to the Sea
“I looked down at the little pink face in the bundle. A newborn. The child had been alive only minutes but was already considered a criminal by the Soviets.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray

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