Fragility Quotes

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Cassandra Clare
“Or maybe it's just that beautiful things are so easily broken by the world.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Fallen Angels

Paulo Coelho
“The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility.”
Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

Elizabeth Wurtzel
“Sometimes I wish I could walk around with a HANDLE WITH CARE sign stuck to my forehead.”
Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

Neil Gaiman
“It occurs to me that the peculiarity of most things we think of as fragile is how tough they truly are. There were tricks we did with eggs, as children, to show how they were, in reality, tiny load-bearing marble halls; while the beat of the wings of a butterfly in the right place, we are told, can create a hurricane across an ocean. Hearts may break, but hearts are the toughest of muscles, able to pump for a lifetime, seventy times a minute, and scarcely falter along the way. Even dreams, the most delicate and intangible of things, can prove remarkable difficult to kill.”
Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders

Brandon Sanderson
“Those candle flames were like the lives of men. So fragile. So deadly. Left alone, they lit and warmed. Let run rampant, they would destroy the very things they were meant to illuminate. Embryonic bonfires, each bearing a seed of destruction so potent it could tumble cities and dash kings to their knees.”
Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

Jack Kerouac
“And I said, 'That last thing is what you can't get, Carlo. Nobody can get to that last thing. We keep on living in hopes of catching it once and for all.”
Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Lauren Groff
“They sit here in the darkness, trusting. That the coffee will be hot and unpoisoned. That no raging madman will come in with a gun or bomb.

It leaves him breathless at times, how much faith people put in one another. So fragile, the social contract: we will all stand by the rules, move with care and gentleness, invest in the infrastructure, agree with the penalties of failure. That this man driving his truck down the street won't, on a whim, angle into the plate glass and end things. That the president won't let his hand hover over the red button and, in moment of rage or weakness, explode the world. The invisible tissue of civilization: so thin, so easily rendable. It's a miracle that it exists at all.”
Lauren Groff, Arcadia

Erin Morgenstern
“And there are always those who would watch Alexandria burn.
There always have been. There always will be.”
Erin Morgenstern, The Starless Sea

Becky Chambers
“...sometimes we go, and we try, and we suffer, and despite it all, we learn nothing. Sometimes we are left with more questions than when we started. Sometimes we do harm, despite our best efforts. We are human. We are fragile.”
Becky Chambers, To Be Taught, If Fortunate

Jodi Lynn Anderson
“Sitting there, all delicate and dreamy, she looked as if someone had only given half a life to her.”
Jodi Lynn Anderson, Tiger Lily

Rachel Hartman
“What was rage but a cover for some secret fragility, some sorrow?”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road

Nikita Gill
“You are not made of paper.
If you were, you would have
turned to ash a long time ago.”
Nikita Gill, Great Goddesses: Life Lessons from Myths and Monsters

Sinclair Lewis
“We can go back to the Dark Ages! The crust of learning and good manners and tolerance is so thin! It would just take a few thousand big shells and gas bombs to wipe out all the eager young men, and all the libraries and historical archives and patent offices, all the laboratories and art galleries, all the castles and Periclean temples and Gothic cathedrals, all the cooperative stores and motor factories—every storehouse of learning. No inherent reason why Sissy's grandchildren—if anybody's grandchildren will survive at all—shouldn't be living in caves and heaving rocks at catamounts.”
Sinclair Lewis, It Can't Happen Here

“Resiliency comes from a discovered self, not a constructed self. It comes from the gradual emergence of your unique, inborn abilities in a process called individuation. The better you become, the more unique you become as an individual – and it never ends. If your identity is based mostly on external factors, you will feel anxious about change that threatens your identity sources. You will try to keep the world around you frozen in place. If your identity is based on your personal qualities, abilities, and values, you can let parts of your world dissolve away without feeling threats to your existence. With a strong inner sense of who you are, you can easily adapt to and thrive in new environments.”
Al Siebert, The Resiliency Advantage: Master Change, Thrive Under Pressure, and Bounce Back from Setbacks

Sarah Penner
“Why do we go to such lengths to protect the fragile minds of children? We only robbed them of the truth--and the chance to grow numb to it before it arrived with a hard knock on the door.”
Sarah Penner, The Lost Apothecary

Stephen King
“Guys like this Henry always pushed even the most unfunny joke two steps too far...then looked wounded and misunderstood when someone yelled at them. And it was always Wassa matter? and it was Can'tcha take a joke? and it was Why don'cha lighten up a little?”
Stephen King, The Waste Lands

Adriana Trigiani
“How fragile love is. How delicate and small in its first buds, when it’s just an idea, a wish filled with hope. It is so easy to turn away from it entirely and choose to live alone in your own private fear. I had one moment of courage, and it changed my life. I didn’t turn to love out of loneliness. Or out of habit. I let love change me.”
Adriana Trigiani, Big Cherry Holler

Gail Honeyman
“I felt like a newly laid egg, all swishy and gloopy inside, and so fragile that the slightest pressure could break me. There was already an e-mail waiting for me by the time I sat down at my desk.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

“Gardiyan elindeki tepside ağır bir çaydanlık ve iki kulpsuz Japon fincanıyla girdi. Çayı bardaklara sarsak hareketlerle, evcil bir ayıymış gibi boşalttı. Sanki zarafetten nasibi olmamak erkekliğin kanıtıymış gibi.”
Trevanian, Shibumi

“I realized that beauty for most people is characterized by fragility and powerlessness. True beauty needs to be supported by an internal strength, and develop itself through sensations like terror and brutality, from which you can both draw strength and meet your death. In weapons, this beauty is expressed to the full.”
Cixin Liu, Ball Lightning

“Frágil no es lo mismo que débil. (De la semilla)”
Giancarlo Pucci, Flor de madera. Un viaje a la intimidad del árbol. A journey to the intimacy of the tree.

Donna Goddard
“Fragility is the mask of mastery.”
Donna Goddard, Waldmeer

Karl Kristian Flores
“Dried leaves that stomp on other dried leaves--
This is man.
Snails pretending to have tortoise shells--
This is man.

We're so good, aren't we, at saying we're not cold--
Assuring others even as we shiver and turn blue.
But I know you're lying, you might as well fold,
Because I'm pretending to be pink while shivering, too.”
Karl Kristian Flores, Can I Tell You Something?

Jean Baudrillard
“One may justify the existence of men in power in many different ways. Yet power remains a pernicious thing for what justifies it is inexpiable.

Fragility, which belongs to the realm of appearances, is to be preferred to the fractal which is merely the quality of a mathematical object.

It is exciting to hear one of your fondest ideas formulated in one fell swoop, better than you could have done it yourself. You feel no intellectual jealousy at seeing yourself outstripped in this way. You only feel jealous when you are overtaken by your shadow.”
Jean Baudrillard, Cool Memories

Jean Baudrillard
“4. Which gives rise to the truly mysterious question: how does this irresistible global power succeed in undifferentiating the world, in wiping out its extreme singularity? And how can the world be so vulnerable to this liquidation, this dictatorship of integral reality, and how can it be fascinated by it - not exactly fascinated by the real but by the disappearance of reality? There is, however, a corollary to this: what is the source of the fragility of this global power, of its vulnera-bility to minor events, to events that are insignificant in themselves ('rogue events', terrorism, but also the pictures from Abu Ghraib, etc.)?”
Jean Baudrillard, Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?

Justin Alcala
“The stain glass man marvels at his colors, but he doesn't know he's made of broken pieces.”
Justin Alcala, A Dead End Job

Karl Kristian Flores
“If I told you the few things keeping me alive,
Don’t run, don’t laugh, don’t cry.
Just forgive me for being soft in life,
I am one of those things that die”
Karl Kristian Flores, The Goodbye Song

Karl Kristian Flores
“Fearlessness. The hack for adults who had lost this quality was to buy cheap things. When there was no pressure to break an expensive object, one then used it, beats it up, and made it theirs. Overly fragile possessions we’re afraid of breaking almost always resulted in never being used. This may apply with people, too.”
Karl Kristian Flores, The Goodbye Song

Ramani Durvasula
“Given that narcissists can often be quite vulnerable, again, because their self-esteem is so fragile and reliant on the judgments of other people, depression is not a surprising part of this picture. At times when they are depressed, especially for men, it is quite possible that their mood will be even more irritable than usual, or they will become more withdrawn, and seemingly more focused on themselves. The big-ticket symptoms we would like to see changed—the lack of empathy, the chronic entitlement, the grandiosity—tend to be most resistant to change, since they are linked so strongly to the core deficits of the disorder, such as an inability to regulate self-esteem.”
Ramani Durvasula, Should I Stay or Should I Go?: Surviving a Relationship with a Narcissist

Laura Imai Messina
“...fragility does not reside in things so much as in flesh. An object can be repaired or replaced, but the body cannot. Perhaps it is stronger than the soul, which once broken can remain so forever, but it is weaker than wood, lead, or iron.”
Laura Imai Messina, The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World

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