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“Someday, we’ll run into each other again, I know it.
Maybe I’ll be older and smarter and just plain better. If that happens,
that’s when I’ll deserve you. But now, at this moment, you can’t hook
your boat to mine, because I’m liable to sink us both.”
Gabrielle Zevin, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
“Sometimes books don't find us until the right time.”
Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
“It was strange, really. A couple months ago, I had thought I couldn’t live without him. Apparently I could.”
Gabrielle Zevin, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
“You know everything you need to know about a person from the answer to the question, What is your favorite book?
Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
The words you can’t find, you borrow.
We read to know we’re not alone. We read because we are alone. We read and we are not alone. We are not alone.
My life is in these books, he wants to tell her. Read these and know my heart.
We are not quite novels.

The analogy he is looking for is almost there.
We are not quite short stories. At this point, his life is seeming closest to that.
In the end, we are collected works.
Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
“I was crying a little for the boy I had wanted him to be and the boy he hadn’t turned out to be.”
Gabrielle Zevin, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
“We aren’t the things we collect, acquire, read. We are, for as long as we are here, only love. The things we loved. The people we loved. And these, I think these really do live on”
Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
“There will be other lives.
There will be other lives for nervous boys with sweaty palms, for bittersweet fumblings in the backseats of cars, for caps and gowns in royal blue and crimson, for mothers clasping pretty pearl necklaces around daughters' unlined necks, for your full name read aloud in an auditorium, for brand-new suitcases transporting you to strange new people in strange new lands.
And there will be other lives for unpaid debts, for one-night stands, for Prague and Paris, for painful shoes with pointy toes, for indecision and revisions.
And there will be other lives for fathers walking daughters down aisles.
And there will be other lives for sweet babies with skin like milk.
And there will be other lives for a man you don't recognize, for a face in a mirror that is no longer yours, for the funerals of intimates, for shrinking, for teeth that fall out, for hair on your chin, for forgetting everything. Everything.
Oh, there are so many lives. How we wish we could live them concurrently instead of one by one by one. We could select the best pieces of each, stringing them together like a strand of pearls. But that's not how it works. A human's life is a beautiful mess.”
Gabrielle Zevin, Elsewhere
“You forget all of it anyway. . . You forget who was cool and who was not, who was pretty, smart, athletic, and not. . . You forget all of them. Even the ones you said you loved, and even the ones you actually did. They’re the last to go. And then once you’ve forgotten enough, you love someone else.”
Gabrielle Zevin, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
“You forget all of it anyway. First, you forget everything you learned-the dates of the Hay-Herran Treaty and Pythagorean Theorem. You especially forget everything you didn't really learn, but just memorized the night before. You forget the names of all but one or two of your teachers, and eventually you'll forget those, too. You forget your junior class schedule and where you used to sit and your best friend's home phone number and the lyrics to that song you must have played a million times. For me, it was something by Simon & Garfunkel. Who knows what it will be for you? And eventually, but slowly, oh so slowly, you forget your humiliations-even the ones that seemed indelible just fade away. You forget who was cool and who was not, who was pretty, smart, athletic, and not. Who went to a good college. Who threw the best parties Who could get you pot. You forget all of them. Even the ones you said you loved, and even the ones you actually did. They're the last to go. And then once you've forgotten enough, you love someone else.”
Gabrielle Zevin, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
“We are not quite novels.
We are not quite short stories.
In the end, we are collected works.”
Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
“But I believe good things happen everyday. I believe good things happen even when bad things happen. And I believe on a happy day like today, we can still feel a little sad. And that's life, isn't it?”
Gabrielle Zevin, Elsewhere
“On, there are so many lives. How we wish we could live them concurrently instead of one by one by one. We could select the best pieces of each, stringing them together like a strand of pearls. But that's not how it works. A human life is a beautiful mess.”
Gabrielle Zevin, Elsewhere
“Remember, Maya: the things we respond to at twenty are not necessarily the same things we will respond to at forty and vice versa. This is true in books and also in life.”
Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
“It’s difficult to ever go back to the same places or people. You turn away, even for a moment, and when you turn back around, everything’s changed.”
Gabrielle Zevin, Elsewhere
tags: loss
“They should tell you when you’re born: have a suitcase heart, be ready to travel.”
Gabrielle Zevin
“No one actually needs another person or another person's love to survive. Love is when we have irrationally convinced ourselves that we do.”
Gabrielle Zevin, Elsewhere
“They had only ever discussed books but what, in this life, is more personal than books?”
Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
“I can promise you books and conversation and all my heart.”
Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
“...lies can sound awfully pretty when a girl is in love with the person telling them.”
Gabrielle Zevin, All These Things I've Done
“It is the secret fear that we are unlovable that isolates us,” the passage goes, “but it is only because we are isolated that we think we are unlovable. Someday, you do not know when, you will be driving down a road. And someday, you do not know when, he, or indeed she, will be there. You will be loved because for the first time in your life, you will truly not be alone. You will have chosen to not be alone.”
Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
“Love stories are written in millimeters and milliseconds with a fast, dull pencil whose marks you can barely see, they are written in miles and eons with a chisel on the side of a mountiantop”
Gabrielle Zevin, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
“People, you'll find, aren't usually all good or bad. Sometimes they're just a little bit good and a whole lot bad. And sometimes they're mostly good with a dash of bad. And most of us, well, we fall in the middle somewhere.”
Gabrielle Zevin, Elsewhere
“Above all, mine is a love story. Unlike most love stories, this one involves chance, gravity, a dash of head trauma. It began with a coin toss. The coin came up tails. I was heads. Had it gone my way, there might not be a story at all. Just a chapter, or a sentence in a book whose greater theme had yet to be determined. Maybe this chapter would've had the faintest whisper of love about it. But maybe not. Sometimes, a girl needs to lose.”
Gabrielle Zevin, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
“A place ain’t a place without a bookstore,”
Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
“I did learn something about insanity while I was down there. People go crazy, not because they are crazy, but because it's the best available option at the time.”
Gabrielle Zevin, All These Things I've Done
“Someday, you may think of marrying. Pick someone who thinks you're the only person in the room.”
Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
“No Man Is An Island; Every Book Is A World.”
Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
“A life isn't measured in hours and minutes. It's the quality, not the length.”
Gabrielle Zevin, Elsewhere
tags: life
“I wondered if the person who really loves you is the person who knows all your stories, the person who WANTS to know all your stories.”
Gabrielle Zevin, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

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