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  • #1
    Susane Colasanti
    “Walks are never as good during the day. At night, when everyone's apartments are lit up and you can see inside, that's where the action is. Everything about this fascinates me. Windows, lampposts, building facades. Looking into other people's lives. The way it all comes together, this entity greater than the sum of its parts. I feel inspired. I'm excited about my future life. ”
    Susane Colasanti, Take Me There

  • #2
    Demosthenes
    “Nothing is easier than self-deceit.
    For what every man wishes,
    that he also believes to be true.”
    Demosthenes

  • #3
    David Levithan
    “The three of us do not go out very often as the three of us. I think Daniel is perfect for Jed, which is the highest compliment I can give. But my friendship isn't with him, and Jed understands that. When we hit the road, we hit it together alone.

    We get to the bridge, out undestined destination. Even though there's no sign, no arrow, Jed turns at the last minute and parks us in a verge right before the bridge leaves the ground.
    The trunk pops open, and Jed runs round back to retrieve a bag of oranges and a sweatshirt that fits me better.

    Shall we make like lizards and leap? he asks.

    I never felt the urge to jump off a bridge, but there are times I have wanted to jump out of my life, out of my skin.

    Would you stroll me down the promenade instead? I ask back.

    Most certainly, my splendid.

    There is no word for our kind of friendship. Two people tho don't see each other a lot, but can make each other effortlessly happy.”
    David Levithan, The Realm of Possibility

  • #4
    David Levithan
    “We'd said we'd keep in touch. But touch is not something you can keep; as soon as it's gone, it's gone. We should have said we'd keep in words, because they are all we can string between us--words on a telephone line, words appearing on a screen.”
    David Levithan, How They Met, and Other Stories

  • #5
    David Levithan
    “Here’s what I know about the realm of possibility— it is always expanding, it is never what you think it is. Everything around us was once deemed impossible. From the airplane overhead to the phones in our pockets to the choir girl putting her arm around the metalhead. As hard as it is for us to see sometimes, we all exist within the realm of possibility. Most of the limits are of our own world’s devising. And yet, every day we each do so many things that were once impossible to us. ”
    David Levithan, The Realm of Possibility

  • #6
    David Levithan
    “Just because a person is beautiful doesn't mean there's no soul beneath. Doesn't mean that person hasn't suffered like everyone else, doesn't mean they don't hope to still be a good human being in an awful world.”
    David Levithan, Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List

  • #7
    David Levithan
    “We pencil-sketch our previous life so we can contrast it to the technicolor of the moment. ”
    David Levithan, Boy Meets Boy

  • #8
    David Levithan
    “I think one of the highest compliments you can give a person is that when you are talking to him, you are not thinking about the fact that you are talking to him. That is, your thoughts and words all exist on a single, engaged level. You are being yourself because you aren't bothering to think about who you should be. It is like when you talk in a dream.”
    David Levithan, How They Met, and Other Stories

  • #9
    David Levithan
    “I have no idea how he knows when I need him. We can go weeks without speaking, and then, when my blue moods threaten to turn black, he will show up and tell me my moods are
    azure
    indigo
    cerulean
    cobalt
    periwinkle
    and suddenly the blue will not seem so dark, more like the color of a noon-bright sky.
    He brings the sun.”
    David Levithan, The Realm of Possibility

  • #10
    Brent Runyon
    “So what does that make you think about God?
    I think that maybe, if human beings have souls, that maybe their souls are in their eyes. That maybe that's what the color is. Their souls.”
    Brent Runyon, The Burn Journals

  • #11
    Henry David Thoreau
    “I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
    Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

  • #12
    Henry David Thoreau
    “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms...”
    Henry David Thoreau

  • #13
    “What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.”
    Henry Stanley Haskins, Meditations in Wall Street

  • #14
    Henry David Thoreau
    “Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.”
    Henry David Thoreau, Walden and Other Writings

  • #15
    Henry David Thoreau
    “As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.”
    Henry David Thoreau, Walden

  • #16
    Henry David Thoreau
    “Say what you have to say, not what you ought. Any truth is better than make-believe.”
    Henry David Thoreau

  • #17
    “As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”
    Wilfred Arlan Peterson

  • #18
    Henry David Thoreau
    “To be awake is to be alive. I have never yet met a man who was quite awake.”
    Henry David Thoreau

  • #19
    Henry David Thoreau
    “Soon the ice will melt, and the blackbirds sing along the river which he frequented, as pleasantly as ever. The same everlasting serenity will appear in this face of God, and we will not be sorrowful, if he is not.”
    Henry David Thoreau

  • #20
    Henry David Thoreau
    “I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
    Henry David Thoreau

  • #21
    Henry David Thoreau
    “The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly.”
    Henry David Thoreau

  • #22
    Stephen Goodwin
    “Kat and Will must have been quietly plotting their escape for years, and I'd been so intent on making sure that their homework was done and their desks were tidy and their shoelaces tied that I'd missed all the signs.”
    Stephen Goodwin, Breaking Her Fall

  • #23
    Stephen Goodwin
    “So I just live with my insomnia. I do crossword puzzles, or wander out to the music room and fool around on the piano, or read. Those late hours when the world is completely still, when the only sound is the rustle of the air in the vents and the wind visiting the trees outside, when the darkness is tucked tight around the house and you feel as life itself the movements of your own consciousness-these are wonderful hours to read. There is no interruption.”
    Stephen Goodwin, Breaking Her Fall

  • #24
    Stephen Goodwin
    “I knew that somehow this loneliness was linked to all my other fears and worries and premonitions and to my sense, that fall, of the terrible fragility of everything around me.”
    Stephen Goodwin, Breaking Her Fall

  • #25
    Jodi Picoult
    “You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not.”
    Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper

  • #26
    Jodi Picoult
    “You know it's never fifty-fifty in a marriage. It's always seventy-thirty, or sixty-forty. Someone falls in love first. Someone puts someone else up on a pedestal. Someone works very hard to keep things rolling smoothly; someone else sails along for the ride.”
    Jodi Picoult, Mercy

  • #27
    Jodi Picoult
    “Maybe who we are isn't so much about what we do, but rather what we're capable of when we least expect it.”
    Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper

  • #28
    Jodi Picoult
    “He began to trace a pattern on the table with the nail of his thumb. "She kept saying she wanted to keep things exactly the way they were, and that she wished she could stop everything from changing. She got really nervous, like, talking about the future. She once told me that she could see herself now, and she could also see the kind of life she wanted to have - kids, husband, suburbs, you know - but she couldn't figure out how to get from point A to point B.”
    Jodi Picoult, The Pact

  • #29
    Jodi Picoult
    “When you love someone, you say their name different. Like it's safe inside your mouth.”
    Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care

  • #30
    Dave Cullen
    “The final portrait is often furthest from the truth.”
    Dave Cullen, Columbine



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