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“But remember. Just because you don't believe in something doesn't mean it isn't real.”
Katherine Howe, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
“Of course mothers and daughters with strong personalities might see the world from very different points of view.”
Katherine Howe, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
“She was always puzzled that people say that darkness falls. To her it seemed instead to rise, massing under trees an shrubs, pouring out from under furniture, only reaching the sky when the spaces near the ground were full.”
Katherine Howe, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
“Just because you don't believe it[] [...]doesn't mean that it's not true.”
Katherine Howe, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
“...You can have this whole entire life, with all your opinions, your loves, your fears. Eventually those parts of you disappear. And then the people who could remember those parts of you disappear, and before long, all that's left is your name in some ledger. This...person -- she had a favorite food. She had friends and people she disliked. We don't even know how she died...I guess that's why I like preservation better than history. In preservation I feel like I can keep some of it from slipping away.”
Katherine Howe, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
“When a Girl's on a pedestal, there's nothing some people would like better than to shove her off it, just to know what kind of noise she'd make when she shattered.”
Katherine Howe, Conversion
“In his voice resonated the timbre of a man who thinks he has convinced himself of an idea, but masks his own doubt by laboring to persuade others.”
Katherine Howe
“The philosophers stone is just an allegory. It represents everything that man wants and can never have.”
Katherine Howe, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
“Everyone has wounds as want healing. Seems like they all find me.”
Katherine Howe, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
“Il est bon à savoir. It is good to know.”
Katherine Howe, Conversion
“But an attentive researcher--like you--might be able to see something that all the experts can't see. If she asks the right questions.”
Katherine Howe, Conversion
“Mentally Connie gathered her strands of thinking into thick handfuls, trying to braid them into a coherent whole.”
Katherine Howe, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
“I was impressed. She had already mastered the art of not saying much of anything at all.”
Katherine Howe, Conversion
“God shields the souls of the innocent the best He can from the Devil's torments.”
Katherine Howe, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
“Every memory we have changes slightly each time we think about it. We add stuff we learn in other places, or we forget stuff that doesn't seem important anymore. Or you think you remember something, like from your childhood, but actually you've just seen so many pictures of it, and your parents have told you about it, so you think you remember it, but you don't. A memory is a process. Instead of a thing. Like a story we tell ourselves that changes from the standpoint we're looking at it.”
Katherine Howe, The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen
“Only by being present can you be happy. Too much attention to the past and the future takes the now away. And once it's gone, you never get it back.”
Katherine Howe, The House of Velvet and Glass
“Okay, he says. They both say it, all the time. I've finally started to figure out what it means. It means "yes" and "all right". It also means less than all right, and a begrudging no. It means everything, and nothing, all at once.”
Katherine Howe, The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen
“In this world, everyone is friends with everyone else. In a way.”
Katherine Howe, The House of Velvet and Glass
“Of course, it was a rather hard lot, to be cherished. The beloved can so easily disappoint when they inevitably prove to be human.”
Katherine Howe, The House of Velvet and Glass
“When she said that last part, she raised her eyebrows, or at least, I thought that's what she was trying to do. The Botox made it so all she could do was widen her eyes until they bulged.”
Katherine Howe, Conversion
“Pizza is good medicine for disappointment.”
Katherine Howe, The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen
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“Her freckles were delectable. Most fellows didn't care for freckles as a rule, thinking they were tough-looking. But Betty's were appealing. Like cake batter you could wipe off with your thumb, buttery and sweet.”
Katherine Howe, The House of Velvet and Glass
“The Lord works in mysterious ways. What's true to one man, a wonder and a marvel, might not seem so to another, as God didn't intend it for him.”
Katherine Howe, Conversion
“resent her, or feel like she was so much smarter than them that it was annoying. She played field hockey well enough that”
Katherine Howe, Conversion
“right. So. Here’s”
Katherine Howe, Conversion
“She wasn’t even sick, not really. She’d just had a bad reaction to a vaccine. What had been a theory at school in the morning had solidified into fact, at least within my own self.”
Katherine Howe, Conversion
“I desire to lie in the dust,”
Katherine Howe, Conversion
“She slipped into this rhythm without thinking about it, like a clock that moved its hands without knowing why.”
Katherine Howe, The House of Velvet and Glass
“A weird artifact of the past, aiming at the future. An intrusive, constructive contradiction.”
Katherine Howe, The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs
“Besides, it’s not as big a deal as people make it out to be. You just have to be prepared to answer any question on any of the four hundred books you’ve read so far in graduate school. And if you get it wrong, they kick you out,” she said. He fixed her with a look of barely contained awe while she stirred the salad around her plate with the tines of her fork. She smiled at him. Part of learning to be a professor was learning to behave in a professorial way. Thomas could not be permitted to see how afraid she was. The oral qualifying exam is usually a turning point—a moment when the professoriate welcomes you as a colleague rather than as an apprentice. More infamously, the exam can also be the scene of spectacular intellectual carnage, as the unprepared student—conscious but powerless—witnesses her own professional vivisection. Either way, she will be forced to face her inadequacies. Connie was a careful, precise young woman, not given to leaving anything to chance. As she pushed the half-eaten salad across the table away from the worshipful Thomas, she told herself that she was as prepared as it was possible to be. In her mind ranged whole shelvesful of books, annotated and bookmarked, and as she set aside her luncheon fork she roamed through the shelves of her acquired knowledge, quizzing herself. Where are the economics books? Here. And the books on costume and material culture? One shelf over, on the left. A shadow of doubt crossed her face. But what if she was not prepared enough? The first wave of nausea contorted her stomach, and her face grew paler. Every year, it happened to someone. For years she had heard the whispers about students who had cracked, run sobbing from the examination room, their academic careers over before they had even begun. There were really only two ways that this could go. Her performance today could, in theory, raise her significantly in departmental regard. Today, if she handled herself correctly, she would be one step closer to becoming a professor. Or she would look in the shelves”
Katherine Howe, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

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