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  • #1
    Stephen Chbosky
    “I just think it's bad when a boy looks at a girl and thinks that the way he sees the girl is better than the girl actually is.”
    Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

  • #2
    Becky Albertalli
    “Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it shouldn't be this big awkward thing whether you're straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I'm just saying.”
    Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

  • #3
    Francesca Zappia
    “There is a small monster in my brain that controls my doubt.
    The doubt itself is a stupid thing, without sense or feeling, blind and straining at the end of a long chain. The monster though, is smart. It's always watching, and when I am cmpletely sure of myself, it unchains the doubt and lets it run wild. even when I know it's coming, I can't stop it.”
    Francesca Zappia, Eliza and Her Monsters

  • #4
    Angie Thomas
    “A lump forms in my throat as the truth hits me. Hard. “That’s why people are speaking out, huh? Because it won’t change if we don’t say something.” “Exactly. We can’t be silent.” “So I can’t be silent.” Daddy stills. He looks at me. I see the fight in his eyes. I matter more to him than a movement. I’m his baby, and I’ll always be his baby, and if being silent means I’m safe, he’s all for it. This is bigger than me and Khalil though. This is about Us, with a capital U; everybody who looks like us, feels like us, and is experiencing this pain with us despite not knowing me or Khalil. My silence isn’t helping Us. Daddy fixes his gaze on the road again. He nods. “Yeah. Can’t be silent.”
    Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

  • #5
    Angie Thomas
    “A’ight, so what do you think it means?”
    “You don’t know?” I ask.
    “I know. I wanna hear what YOU think.”
    Here he goes. Picking my brain. “Khalil said it’s about what society feeds us as youth and how it comes back and bites them later,” I say. “I think it’s about more than youth though. I think it’s about us, period.”
    “Us who?” he asks.
    “Black people, minorities, poor people. Everybody at the bottom in society.”
    “The oppressed,” says Daddy.
    “Yeah. We’re the ones who get the short end of the stick, but we’re the ones they fear the most. That’s why the government targeted the Black Panthers, right? Because they were scared of the Panthers?”
    “Uh-huh,” Daddy says. “The Panthers educated and empowered the people. That tactic of empowering the oppressed goes even further back than the Panthers though. Name one.”
    Is he serious? He always makes me think. This one takes me a second. “The slave rebellion of 1831,” I say. “Nat Turner empowered and educated other slaves, and it led to one of the biggest slave revolts in history.”
    “A’ight, a’ight. You on it.” He gives me dap. “So, what’s the hate they’re giving the ‘little infants’ in today’s society?”
    “Racism?”
    “You gotta get a li’l more detailed than that. Think ’bout Khalil and his whole situation. Before he died.”
    “He was a drug dealer.” It hurts to say that. “And possibly a gang member.”
    “Why was he a drug dealer? Why are so many people in our neighborhood drug dealers?”
    I remember what Khalil said—he got tired of choosing between lights and food. “They need money,” I say. “And they don’t have a lot of other ways to get it.”
    “Right. Lack of opportunities,” Daddy says. “Corporate America don’t bring jobs to our communities, and they damn sure ain’t quick to hire us. Then, shit, even if you do have a high school diploma, so many of the schools in our neighborhoods don’t prepare us well enough. That’s why when your momma talked about sending you and your brothers to Williamson, I agreed. Our schools don’t get the resources to equip you like Williamson does. It’s easier to find some crack than it is to find a good school around here.
    “Now, think ’bout this,” he says. “How did the drugs even get in our neighborhood? This is a multibillion-dollar industry we talking ’bout, baby. That shit is flown into our communities, but I don’t know anybody with a private jet. Do you?”
    “No.”
    “Exactly. Drugs come from somewhere, and they’re destroying our community,” he says. “You got folks like Brenda, who think they need them to survive, and then you got the Khalils, who think they need to sell them to survive. The Brendas can’t get jobs unless they’re clean, and they can’t pay for rehab unless they got jobs. When the Khalils get arrested for selling drugs, they either spend most of their life in prison, another billion-dollar industry, or they have a hard time getting a real job and probably start selling drugs again. That’s the hate they’re giving us, baby, a system designed against us. That’s Thug Life.”
    Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

  • #6
    Cassandra Clare
    “Jem seemed to look through her then, as if he were seeing something beyond her, beyond the corridor, beyond the Institute itself. "Whatever you are physically," he said, "male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy--all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside." He smiled them, seeming to have come back to himself, slightly embarrassed. "That's what I believe.”
    Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

  • #7
    J.K. Rowling
    “If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

  • #8
    Oscar Wilde
    “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #9
    Rick Riordan
    “Humans don't exist on the same level as immortals. They can't even be hurt by our weapons. But you, Percy--you are part god, part human. You live in both worlds. You can be harmed by both, and you can affect both. That's what makes heroes so special. You carry the hopes of humanity into the realm of the eternal. Monsters never die. They are reborn from the chaos and barbarism that is always bubbling beneath civilization, the very stuff that makes Kronos stronger. They must be defeated again and again, kept at bay. Heroes embody that struggle. You fight the battles humanity must win, every generation, in order to stay human."

    -Chiron ”
    Rick Riordan

  • #10
    Rick Riordan
    “Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we're related for better or for worse...and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.”
    Rick Riordan, The Sea of Monsters

  • #11
    Cassandra Clare
    “Basia coquum," Simon said. "Or whatever their motto is."
    "It's 'Descensus Averno facilis est.' 'The descent into hell is easy," said Alec. "You just said "Kiss the cook."
    "Dammit," said Simon. "I knew Jace was screwing with me.”
    Cassandra Clare, City of Lost Souls

  • #12
    Cassandra Clare
    “I've got the Mark of Cain," said Simon. "That means nothing can kill me, right?"
    "You can kill yourself," Magnus said, somewhat unhelpfully. "As far as I know, inanimate objects can accidentally kill you. So if you were planning on teaching yourself the lambada on a greased platform over a pit full of knives, I wouldn't."
    "There goes my Saturday.”
    Cassandra Clare, City of Lost Souls

  • #13
    Cassandra Clare
    “Isabelle snorted. 'All the boys are gay. In this truck, anyway. Well, not you, Simon.'
    'You noticed' said Simon.

    'I think of myself as a freewheeling bisexual,' added Magnus.

    'Please never say those words in front of my parents,' said Alec. 'Especially my father.'

    'I thought your parents were okay with you, you know, coming out,' Simon said, leaning around Isabelle to look at Alec, who was — as he often was — scowling, and pushing his floppy dark hair out of his eyes. Aside from the occasional exchange, Simon had never talked to Alec much. He wasn’t an easy person to get to know. But, Simon admitted to himself, his own recent estrangement from his mother made him more curious about Alec’s answer than he would have been otherwise.

    'My mother seems to have accepted it,' Alec said. 'But my father — no, not really. Once he asked me what I thought had turned me gay.'

    Simon felt Isabelle tense next to him. 'Turned you gay?' She sounded incredulous. 'Alec, you didn’t tell me that.'

    'I hope you told him you were bitten by a gay spider,' said Simon.

    Magnus snorted; Isabelle looked confused. 'I’ve read Magnus’s stash of comics,' said Alec, 'so I actually know what you’re talking about' A small smile played around his mouth. 'So would that give me the proportional gayness of a spider?'

    'Only if it was a really gay spider,' said Magnus, and he yelled as Alec punched him in the arm. 'Ow, okay, never mind.”
    Cassandra Clare, City of Lost Souls

  • #14
    Cassandra Clare
    “I stabbed you. With a massive sword. You caught on fire."
    His lips twitched, almost imperceptibly. "Okay, so maybe our problems aren't like other couples.”
    Cassandra Clare, City of Lost Souls

  • #15
    Cassandra Clare
    “I've noticed the Fair Folk often say 'perhaps' when there is a truth they want to hide," Clary said. "It keeps you from having to give a straight answer."
    "Perhaps so," said the Queen with an amused smile.
    "'Mayhap' is a good word too," Alec suggested.
    "Also 'perchance,'" Izzy said.
    "I see nothing wrong with 'maybe'," said Simon. "A little modern, but the gist of the idea comes across.”
    Cassandra Clare, City of Lost Souls

  • #16
    Cassandra Clare
    “Speaking of hope, did you see that shot Alec got off with his bow? That's my boyfriend.”
    Cassandra Clare, City of Lost Souls

  • #17
    Cassandra Clare
    “You may have the worst timing since Napoleon decided the dead of winter was the right moment to invade Russia.”
    Cassandra Clare, City of Lost Souls

  • #18
    J.K. Rowling
    “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are far more than our abilities.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

  • #19
    Becky Albertalli
    “White shouldn't be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn't even be a default.”
    Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
    tags: glbt

  • #20
    Becky Albertalli
    “It is definitely annoying that straight (and white, for that matter) is the default, and that the only people who have to think about their identity are the ones who don't fit that mold. Straight people really should have to come out, and the more awkward it is, the better. Awkwardness should be a requirement.”
    Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
    tags: glbt

  • #21
    J.K. Rowling
    “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  • #22
    J.K. Rowling
    “Mr. Moony presents his compliments to Professor Snape, and begs him to keep his abnormally large nose out of other people's business.
    Mr. Prongs agrees with Mr. Moony, and would like to add that Professor Snape is an ugly git.
    Mr. Padfoot would like to register his astonishment that an idiot like that ever became a professor.
    Mr. Wormtail bids Professor Snape good day, and advises him to wash his hair, the slimeball.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  • #23
    J.K. Rowling
    “He was my mum and dad's best friend. He's a convicted murderer, but he's broken out of wizard prison and he's on the run. He likes to keep in touch with me, though...keep up with my news...check if I'm happy...”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  • #24
    J.K. Rowling
    “You think the dead we loved truly ever leave us? You think that we don't recall them more clearly in times of great trouble?”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  • #25
    J.K. Rowling
    “Don't let the muggles get you down.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  • #26
    J.K. Rowling
    “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
    J.K.Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  • #27
    J.K. Rowling
    “Are you insane? Of course I want to leave the Dursleys! Have you got a house? When can I move in?”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  • #28
    Angie Thomas
    “Right. Lack of opportunities," Daddy says. "Corporate America don't bring jobs to our communities, and they damn sure ain't quick to hire us. Then, shit, even if you do have a high school diploma, so many of the schools in our neighborhoods don't prepare us well enough. That's why when your momma talked about sending you and your brothers to Williamson, I agreed. Our schools don't get the resources to equip you like Williamson does. It's easier to find some crack that it is the find a good school around here.
    "Now, think 'bout this," he says. "How did the drugs even get in our neighborhood? This is a multibillion-dollar industry we talking 'bout, baby. That shit is flown into our communities, but I don't know anybody with a private jet. Do you?"
    "No."
    "Exactly. Drugs come from somewhere, and they're destroying our community," he says. "You got folks like Brenda, who think they need them survive, and then you got the Khalils, who think they need to sell them to survive. The Brendas can't get jobs unless they're clean, and they can't pay for rehab unless they got jobs. When the Khalils get arrested for selling drugs, they either spend most of their life in prison, another billion-dollar industry, or they have a hard time getting a real job and probably start selling drugs again. That's the hate they're giving us, baby, a system designed against us. That's Thug Life.”
    Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

  • #29
    Angie Thomas
    “That's the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?”
    Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

  • #30
    Angie Thomas
    “Funny. Slave masters thought they were making a difference in black people’s lives too. Saving them from their “wild African ways.” Same shit, different century. I wish people like them would stop thinking that people like me need saving.”
    Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give



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