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  • #1
    Alice Sebold
    “Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”
    Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

  • #2
    Murderers are not monsters, they're men. And that's the most frightening thing about them.
    “Murderers are not monsters, they're men. And that's the most frightening thing about them.”
    Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

  • #3
    Alice Sebold
    “These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence: the connections-sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at great cost, but often magnificent-that happened after I was gone. And I began to see things in a way that let me hold the world without me in it. The events that my death wrought were merely the bones of a body that would become whole at some unpredictable time in the future. The price of what I came to see as this miraculous body had been my life.”
    Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

  • #4
    Alice Sebold
    “I had rescued the moment by using my camera and in that way had found how to stop time and hold it. No one could take that image away from me because I owned it.”
    Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

  • #5
    Alice Sebold
    “People grow up by living.”
    Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

  • #6
    Jeyn Roberts
    “The bodies we wear," he said. "They're not the ones we always want. They get damaged. Used. It's who we are on the inside that counts. The person waiting to jump free.”
    Jeyn Roberts, The Bodies We Wear

  • #7
    John Green
    “That's always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they're pretty. It's like picking your breakfeast cereals based on color instead of taste.”
    John Green, Paper Towns

  • #8
    John Green
    “If you don't imagine, nothing ever happens at all.”
    John Green, Paper Towns

  • #9
    John Green
    “Did you know that for pretty much the entire history of the human species, the average life span was less than thirty years? You could count on ten years or so of real adulthood, right? There was no planning for retirement, There was no planning for a career. There was no planning. No time for plannning. No time for a future. But then the life spans started getting longer, and people started having more and more future. And now life has become the future. Every moment of your life is lived for the future--you go to high school so you can go to college so you can get a good job so you can get a nice house so you can afford to send your kids to college so they can get a good job so they can get a nice house so they can afford to send their kids to college.”
    John Green, Paper Towns

  • #10
    John Green
    “Maybe all the strings inside him broke.”
    John Green, Paper Towns

  • #11
    John Green
    “Maybe its like you said before, all of us being cracked open. Like each of us starts out as a watertight vessel. And then things happen - these people leave us, or don’t love us, or don’t get us, or we don’t get them, and we lose and fail and hurt one another. And the vessel starts to crack in places. And I mean, yeah once the vessel cracks open, the end becomes inevitable. Once it starts to rain inside the Osprey, it will never be remodeled. But there is all this time between when the cracks start to open up and when we finally fall apart. And its only that time that we see one another, because we see out of ourselves through our cracks and into others through theirs. When did we see each other face to face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. Before that we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade, but never seeing inside. But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out.”
    John Green, Paper Towns

  • #12
    John Green
    “At some point, you gotta stop looking up at the sky, or one of these days you'll look back down and see that you floated away, too.”
    John Green, Paper Towns

  • #13
    John Green
    “I always thought of it like you said, that all the strings inside him broke. But there are a thousand ways to look at it: maybe the strings break, or maybe our ships sink, or maybe we’re grass—our roots so interdependent that no one is dead as long as someone is alive. We don’t suffer from a shortage of metaphors, is what I mean. But you have to be careful which metaphor you choose, because it matters. If you choose the strings, then you’re imagining a world in which you can become irreparably broken. If you choose the grass, you’re saying that we are all infinitely interconnected, that we can use these root systems not only to understand one another but to become one another. The metaphors have implications. Do you know what I mean?”
    John Green, Paper Towns

  • #14
    John Green
    “But when it came right down to it, the skin of my wrist looked so white and defensless that I couldn't do it. It was as if what I wanted to kill wasn't in that skin or the thin blue pulse that jumped under my thumb, but somewhere else, deeper, more secret, and a whole lot harder to get."

    I know what she's talking about. The something deeper and more secret. It's like cracks inside of you. Like there are these fault lines where things don't meet up right.”
    John Green, Paper Towns

  • #15
    John Green
    “When I've thought about him dying - which admittedly isn't that much - I always thought of it like you said, that all strings inside him broke. But there are a thousand ways to look at it: maybe the strings break, or maybe our ships think, or maybe we're grass - our roots are so interdependent that no one is dead as long as soneone is still alive. We don't suffer from a shortage of metaphors, is what I mean. But you have to be careful which metaphor you choose, because it matters. If you choose the strings, then you're imagining a world in which you can become irreparably broken. If you choose grass, you're saying that we are all infinitely interconnected, that we can use these root systems not only to understand one another but to become one another. The metaphors have implications...
    I like the strings, I always have. Because that's how it feels. But the strings make pain seem more fatal than it is...We are not as frail as the strings would make us believe. And I like the grass, too. The grass got me to you, helped me imagine you as an actual person. But we're not different sprouts from the same plant. I can't be you. You can't be me. You can imagine another well- but not quite perfectly, you know?
    "Maybe, it's more like you said before, all of us being cracked open. Like each of us starts out as a watertight vessel. And these things happen-these people leave us, or don't love us, or don't get us, or we don't get them, and we lose and fail and hurt one another. And the vessel starts to crack open in places. And I mean, yeah, once the vessel cracks open, the end becomes inevitable...But there is all this time between when the cracks start to open up and when we finally fall apart. And it's only in that time that we can see each other, because we see out of ourselves through our cracks and into others through theirs. When did we see each other face-to-face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. Before that we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade but never looking inside. But once the vessel cracks, the like can get in. The like can get out.”
    John Green, Paper Towns

  • #16
    John Green
    “But there are a thousand ways to look at it: maybe the strings break, or maybe our ship s sink, or maybe we're grass--our roots so interdependent that no one is dead as long as someone is still alive. We don't suffer from a shortage of metaphors, is what I mean. But you have to be careful which metaphor you choose, because it matters.”
    John Green, Paper Towns

  • #17
    John Green
    “Everything's uglier close up," she said.
    "Not you," I answered.”
    John Green, Paper Towns

  • #18
    John Green
    “Even with everything broken and decided inside her she couldn't quite allow herself to disappear for good.”
    John Green, Paper Towns

  • #19
    John Green
    “You listen to people so that you can imagine them, and you hear all the terrible and wonderful things people do to themselves and to one another, but in the end the listening exposes you even more than it exposes the people you're trying to listen to.”
    John Green, Paper Towns

  • #20
    J.K. Rowling
    “Do you remember me telling you we are practicing non-verbal spells, Potter?"
    "Yes," said Harry stiffly.
    "Yes, sir."
    "There's no need to call me "sir" Professor."
    The words had escaped him before he knew what he was saying.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  • #21
    J.K. Rowling
    “It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  • #22
    J.K. Rowling
    “Dumbledore says people find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  • #23
    J.K. Rowling
    “The thing about growing up with Fred and George," said Ginny thoughtfully, "is that you sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.”
    J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  • #24
    J.K. Rowling
    “You'd think people had better things to gossip about," said Ginny as she sat on the common room floor, leaning against Harry’s legs and reading the Daily Prophet. "Three Dementor attacks in a week, and all Romilda Vane does is ask me if it’s true you’ve got a Hippogriff tattooed across your chest."
    Ron and Hermione both roared with laughter. Harry ignored them.
    What did you tell her?"
    I told her it's a Hungarian Horntail," said Ginny, turning a page of the newspaper idly. "Much more macho."
    Thanks," said Harry, grinning. "And what did you tell her Ron’s got?"
    A Pygmy Puff, but I didn’t say where.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  • #25
    J.K. Rowling
    “An Unbreakable Vow?" said Ron, looking stunned. "Nah, he can’t have.... Are you sure?"
    "Yes I’m sure," said Harry. "Why, what does it mean?"
    "Well, you can’t break an Unbreakable Vow..."
    "I’d worked that much out for myself, funnily enough.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  • #26
    J.K. Rowling
    “We'll be there, Harry," said Ron
    "What?"
    "At your Aunt and Uncle's house," said Ron, "And then we'll go with you wherever you're going."
    "No-" said Harry quickly; he hadn't counted on this, he had meant them to understand that he was undertaking the most dangerous journey alone.
    "You said it once before," said Hermione quickly, "that there was time to turn back if we wanted to. We've had time, haven't we? We're with you whatever happens.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  • #27
    J.K. Rowling
    “When we come face-to-face with one down a dark alley, we're going to be having a shufti to see if it's solid, aren't we, we're not going to be asking, 'Excuse me, are you the imprint of a departed soul?”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  • #28
    J.K. Rowling
    “You see!" said a strained voice. Tonks was glaring at Lupin. "She still wants to marry him, even though he's been bitten! She doesn't care!"
    "It's different," said Lupin, barely moving his lips and looking suddenly tense. "Bill will not be a full werewolf. The cases are completely-"
    "But I don't care either, I don't care!" said Tonks, seizing the front of Lupin's robes and shaking them. "I've told you a million times...."
    And the meaning of Tonk's Patronus and her mouse-colored hair, and the reason she had come running to find Dumbledore when she had heard a rumor someone had been attacked by Greyback, all suddenly became clear to Harry; it had not been Sirius that Tonks had fallen in love with after all.
    "And I've told you a million times," said Lupin, refusing to meet her eyes, staring at the floor, "that I am too old for you, too poor....too dangerous...."
    "I've said all along you're taking a ridiculous line on this, Remus," said Mrs. Weasley over Fleur's shoulder as she patted her on the back.
    "I am not being ridiculous," said Lupin steadily. "Tonks deserves somebody young and whole."
    "But she wants you," said Mr. Weasley, with a small smile. "And after all, Remus, young and whole men do not necessarily remain so."
    He gestured sadly at his son, lying between them.
    "This is....not the moment to discuss it," said Lupin, avoiding everybody's eyes as he looked around distractedly. "Dumbledore is dead...."
    "Dumbledore would have been happier than anybody to think that there was a little more love in the world," said Professor McGonagall curtly...”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  • #29
    J.K. Rowling
    “We must try not to sink beneath our anguish, Harry, but battle on.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  • #30
    J.K. Rowling
    “Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, spite spawns lies.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince



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