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“Maybe the world isn't really different, but I am different, and I am in the world.”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
“She still held sorrows, but she was not made of them. Her life was not a tragedy. It was a history, and it was hers.”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
“I gave you two choices as a test: there are never just two choices. That is a lie to keep you from thinking too deeply.”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
“You will wander the dark places under the earth, but you will come back with the sun.”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
“It matters less where you go than that you keep moving.”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
“You can't walk away without also walking towards.”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
“Dying took commitment. It was easier to go on living incompetently.”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
“Your credo goes further than you realized: walk on, yes, but don't walk past people who need you. Uncurl yourself so you can see them and respond.”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
“We curl around our own pain until we can’t see beyond ourselves. You want to walk on? Walk out of that shadow.”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
“Something terrible and wonderful and painful swelled inside Tess, but she could bear it. Tentatively she laid her head upon her sister's shoulder. "You never meant to hurt me."

"We sisters have a particular talent for hurting each other without meaning to," said Seraphina. She hesitated a moment and then leaned her cheek against the crown of Tess's head.

They sat that way for some time, watching the baby, talking quietly. They spoke of childbirth like they were veterans of the same war, comparing wounds, and Tess felt some of the scars on her heart loosen and dissolve.

Phina kissed her cheeks when she left. Tess marveled that she could feel so hurt and comforted at once, so empty and full. Here was a life lived in joy-utl, and she was capable and capacious enough to endure it.”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
“The road was possibility, the kind she'd thought her life would never hold again, and Tess herself was motion. Motion had no past, only future. Any direction you walked was forward, and that was as must be.”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
“The darkness was full, fuller than she would ever have guessed, and she found this curiously comforting.”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
“One foot in front of the other was all she could manage.”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
“Tess trembled so hard her teeth chattered. “So it is with the body,” said the nun, eyes narrowing fiercely. “The hated innocent becomes hateful. Goodness withers when it is continuously ground underfoot. We fulfill our parents’ direst prophecies, then curl around our own pain until we can’t see beyond ourselves.”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
“To Tess's immeasurable disappointment, she woke up.”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
“She was the river, and the river had nothing to be ashamed of.”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
“Anyway, it wasn't that flavor of love. She could leave and carry it with her. Time would not put a dent in it, nor distance snuff it out.”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
“Light requires the high relief of darkness. Seeds sprout in darkness. Children are conceived, and the sun reborn. Death returns us to it. Darkness is not ... it’s not wrong.”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
“The world is surprisingly hard to destroy.”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
Get on with you, mooning about, wallowing in gooey sentiment. It doesn’t change anything.
“It does, though,” said Tess, a blaze igniting in her heart, a blue flame. “Maybe the world isn’t really different, but I am different, and I am in the world.”
Not just in it. She was it.”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
“Love and guilt are like ham and eggs. So many people enjoy them together, but there’s no rule saying you must have one with the other. They don’t even come from the same animal.”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
“You won’t like hearing this, but sometimes you can’t fix what you broke. Sometimes you just have to live with it.”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
“How was the wolf to blame, if the sheep were roaming free?”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
“We are adrift, and the thinnest breeze may blow us where it will.”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
“It’s more like ... she has grown too big and feels trapped in her own skin.”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
“The world is surprisingly hard to destroy, whereas saving it can be done a bit at a time.”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
“We won’t know what hit us, because we’ll be dead; or we will know, and we’ll die in protracted agony. There’s no point worrying about it beforehand.”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
“The words bounced off her like a stone skipping over the surface of a lake.
A stone may skip a long way, but it always sinks eventually.”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
“What was rage but a cover for some secret fragility, some sorrow?”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
All your failures and hopes, your suffering and striving, are inconsequential, compared with this. They are nothing.
You are nothing.

It was a relief to be nothing; it felt deep and beautiful and true.”
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road

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