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“There are no safe choices. Only other choices.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“Shall I tell you a story? A new and terrible one? A ghost story? Are you ready? Shall I begin? Once upon a time there were four girls. One was pretty. One was clever. One charming, and one...one was mysterious. But they were all damaged, you see. Something not right about the lot of them. Bad blood. Big dreams. Oh, I left that part out. Sorry, that should have come before. They were all dreamers, these girls. One by one, night after night, the girls came together. And they sinned. Do you know what that sin was? No one? Pippa? Ann? Their sin was that they believed. Believed they could be different. Special. They believed they could change what they were--damaged, unloved. Cast-off things. They would be alive, adored, needed. Necessary. But it wasn't true. This is a ghost story remember? A tragedy. They were misled. Betrayed by their own stupid hopes. Things couldn't be different for them, because they weren't special after all. So life took them, led them, and they went along, you see? They faded before their own eyes, till they were nothing more than living ghosts, haunting each other with what could be. With what can't be. There, now. Isn't that the scariest story you've ever heard?”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“Because you don't notice the light without a bit of shadow. Everything has both dark and light. You have to play with it till you get it exactly right.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“I run after her, not really giving chase. I’m running because I can, because I must.
Because I want to see how far I can go before I have to stop.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
tags: life
“How I'd love to get away from here and be someone else for a while in a place where no one knows or expects certain things from me.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“In every end, there is also a beginning.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“What happens if your choice is misguided?' I ask, softly.
Miss Moore takes a pear from the bowl and offers us the grapes to devour. 'You must try to correct it.'
'But what if it’s too late? What if you can’t?'
There's a sad sympathy in Miss Moore's catlike eyes as she regards my painting again. She paints the thinnest sliver of shadow along the bottom of the apple, bringing it fully to life.
'Then you must find a way to live with it.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“Felicity ignores us. She walks out to them, an apparition in white and blue velvet, her head held high as they stare in awe at her, the goddess. I don't know yet what power feels like. But this is surely what it looks like, and I think I'm beginning to understand why those ancient women had to hide in caves. Why our parents and suitors want us to behave properly and predictably. It's not that they want to protect us; it's that they fear us.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“I wonder how many times each day she dies a little.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
tags: ann
“I'm sorry, Gemma. But we can't live in the light all of the time. You have to take whatever light you can hold into the dark with you.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“There's a lot about discovering who you are and how difficult that is. And it never stops.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“No one asks how or what I am doing. They could not care less. We’re all looking glasses, we girls, existing only to reflect their images back to them as they’d like to be seen. Hollow vessels of girls to be rinsed of our own ambitions, wants, and opinions, just waiting to be filled with the cool, tepid water of gracious compliance.
A fissure forms in the vessel. I’m cracking open.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“If you tell them what they want to hear, they don't bother to try to see.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“May I suggest that you all read? And often. Believe me, it's nice to have something to talk about other than the weather and the Queen's health. Your mind is not a cage. It's a garden. And it requires cultivating.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“But forgiveness...I'll hold on to that fragile slice of hope and keep it close, remembering that in each of us lie good and bad, light and dark, art and pain, choice and regret, cruelty and sacrifice. We're each of us our own...bit of illusion fighting to emerge into something solid, something real. We've got to forgive ourselves that. I must remember to forgive myself. Because there's an awful lot of gray to work with. No one can live in the light all the time.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“It's possible to pretend I'm someone other than who I am, and if I pretend long enough, I can believe it.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“I changed the world; the world changed me.
Everything you do comes back to you. When you affect a situation, you are also affected.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“I want to ask him if it’s possible that a girl can be born unlovable, or does she just become that way?”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“Women who have power are always feared.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“I fear I will always have to chase the things I want. I'll always have to wonder whether I'm truly wanted or whether I've just been settled for.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“I refuse to let the past find me here.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“I had thought Felicity dangerous a moment ago, when she felt powerful. I was wrong. Wounded and powerless, she is more dangerous than I could imagine.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“What do you feel? I’ve never been asked this question once. None of us has. We aren’t supposed to feel. We’re British.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“I can see his pain, see it in the way he runs his fingers through his hair, over and over, and I understand what it costs him to hide it all.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
tags: pain
“I'm an oddity of one, my strangeness too complicated to explain or share.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“We are all unkind from time to time. We all do things we desperately wish we could undo. Those regrets just become part of who we are, along with everything else. To spend time trying to change that, well, it's like chasing clouds.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“And now I understand that truth casts a spell of its own, one I'm not sure of how to hold on to, though I'm desperate to try.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“My misery is reaching epidemic proportions.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
tags: humor
“We're each of us our own chiaroscuro, our own bit of illusion trying to emerge into something solid, something real. We've got to forgive ourselves that. I must remember to forgive myself. Because there's an awful lot of gray to work with. No one can live in the light all the time.”
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
“I've heard it said that God is in the details. It's the same with the truth. Leave out the details, the crucial heart, and you can damn someone with the bare bones of it.”
Libba Bray , A Great and Terrible Beauty

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