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  • #1
    Markus Zusak
    “I had to decide what I was going to do, and what I was going to be.
    I was standing there, waiting for someone to do something , till I realised the person I was waiting for was myself.”
    Markus Zusak, Underdog

  • #2
    Markus Zusak
    “I'm always finding humans at their best and worst. I see their ugly and their beauty and I wonder how the same can be both.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

  • #3
    Markus Zusak
    “Have you ever noticed that idiots have a lot of friends? It's just an observation.”
    Markus Zusak, I Am the Messenger

  • #4
    Markus Zusak
    “I guess that’s the beauty of books. When they finish they don’t really finish.”
    Markus Zusak

  • #5
    Markus Zusak
    “Why me?' I ask God.
    God says nothing.
    I laugh and the stars watch.
    It's good to be alive.”
    Markus Zusak, I Am the Messenger

  • #6
    Markus Zusak
    “Ed?" Ritchie says later. We're still standing in the water. "There's only one thing I want."
    "What's that, Ritchie?"
    His answer is simple.
    "To want.”
    Markus Zusak, I Am the Messenger

  • #7
    Markus Zusak
    “The injury of words.
    Yes, the brutality of words.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

  • #8
    Markus Zusak
    “I just want to write someone’s favorite book.”
    Markus Zusak

  • #9
    “You should date a girl who reads.
    Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

    Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

    She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

    Buy her another cup of coffee.

    Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

    It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

    She has to give it a shot somehow.

    Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

    Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

    Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

    If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

    You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

    You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

    Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

    Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”
    Rosemarie Urquico

  • #10
    Morgan Matson
    “It was like hitting the snooze button on your alarm—your sleep in that window is never very good, since you know it’s borrowed time, and that it will be over all too soon.”
    Morgan Matson, Since You've Been Gone

  • #11
    C.S. Lewis
    “Being in love is a good thing, but it is not the best thing. There are many things below it, but there are also things above it. You cannot make it the basis of a whole life. It is a noble feeling, but it is still a feeling. Now no feeling can be relied on to last in its full intensity, or even to last at all. Knowledge can last, principles can last, habits can last but feelings come and go. And in fact, whatever people say, the state called ‘being in love’ usually does not last. If the old fairy-tale ending ‘They lived happily ever after’ is taken to mean ‘They felt for the next fifty years exactly as they felt the day before they were married,’ then it says what probably never was nor ever would be true, and would be highly undesirable if it were. Who could bear to live in that excitement for even five years? What would become of your work, your appetite, your sleep, your friendships? But, of course, ceasing to be ‘in love’ need not mean ceasing to love. Love in this second sense — love as distinct from ‘being in love’ — is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by (in Christian marriages) the grace which both partners ask, and receive, from God. They can have this love for each other even at those moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself. They can retain this love even when each would easily, if they allowed themselves, be ‘in love’ with someone else. ‘Being in love’ first moved them to promise fidelity: this quieter love enables them to keep the promise. it is on this love that the engine of marriage is run: being in love was the explosion that started it.”
    C. S. Lewis
    tags: love

  • #12
    C.S. Lewis
    “We may give our human loves the unconditional allegiance which we owe only to God. They they become gods: then they become demons. Then they will destroy us, and also destroy themselves. For natural loves that are allowed to become gods do not remain loves. They are still called so, but can become in fact complicated forms of hatred.”
    C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

  • #13
    C.S. Lewis
    “It is easy to acknowledge, but almost impossible to realize for long, that we are mirrors whose brightness, if we are bright, is wholly derived from the sun that shines upon us.”
    C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

  • #14
    Robert Fulghum
    “If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience.”
    Robert Fulghum

  • #15
    Mary E. Pearson
    “If I could only reach out and touch the stars, I would know everything. I would understand.”
    Mary E. Pearson, The Kiss of Deception

  • #16
    Sarah   Williams
    “Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
    I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”
    Sarah Williams, Twilight Hours: A Legacy of Verse

  • #17
    If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use
    “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #18
    C.S. Lewis
    “We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito.”
    C.S. Lewis
    tags: god

  • #19
    C.S. Lewis
    “Nothing you have not given away will ever really be yours.”
    C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

  • #20
    Tyler Knott Gregson
    “I overheard the man
    "I am a lover
    not a fighter,"
    and to myself
    I thought
    am in fact,
    For is it love
    at all
    if it's not worth
    Tyler Knott Gregson

  • #21
    Markus Zusak
    “... because a fight's worth nothing if you know from the start that you're going to win it. It's the ones in between that test you. They're the ones that bring questions with them.”
    Markus Zusak, Fighting Ruben Wolfe