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“Once a heart breaks…it doesn’t just grow back. It’s not a lizard’s tail. It’s more like a huge stained glass that shattered into a million pieces, and it’s not going back together. Least not the way it was. You can mush it all into one piece, but that doesn’t make it a window. That makes it a pile of broken colored glass. Shattered hearts don’t mend and they don’t heal. They just don’t work that way.”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but if you want to hurt someone...way down deep, use words.”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“the mountain between us is one i cannot climb .”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“Forgiveness is a tough thing. Both in the offering…and the accepting.”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“loving somebody gets better the more you do it.”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“love is worth doing. No matter how much it hurts.”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“I’m one half of a two-piece puzzle.”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“this…living with a broken heart is living half dead, and that doesn’t mean you’re half alive. It means you’re half dead. And…that’s no way to live.”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“I think when two people really love each other...way down deep...like where the souls sleep and dreams happen, where pain can't live 'cause there's nothing for it to feed on...then a wedding is a bleeding together of those two souls. Like two rivers running together. All that water becoming the same water. Mine did that.”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“I'm not leaving you. Not going it alone. Not looking at the memory of you everytime I close my eyes.”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“When you laugh...I want to smile. And when you cry...' She brushed the tears off of my face. 'I want the tears to roll down my cheeks.' She shook her head once, whispering, 'I'm not leaving you...won't.”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“Ashley tried to speak. Tried again and still could not find the words. Finally she wiped her eyes, pressed her ear to my chest, and whispered. 'Give me all the pieces.”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“Never make it without the compass. In the trees, I'd lose all sense of perspective. Direction. Maybe life is like that.”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“... Broken people just need piecing back together.
For so long I'd carried the pieces of me. Every now and then I'd drop one like a breadcrumb. So I could find my way home. Then Ashley came along and gathered the pieces and somewhere between 11,000 fee and sea level, the picture began taking shape. Dim at first, then clearer. Not yet clear. But these things take time.
Maybe each of us was once a complete whole. A clear picture. A single piece. Then something happened to crack and shatter us. Leaving us disconnected, torn and splintered. Some of us lie in a hundred pieces. Some ten thousand. Some are edged with sharp contrast. Some dim shades of gray. Some find they are missing pieces. Some find they have too many. In any case, we are left shaking our heads. It can't be done.
Then someone comes along who mends a tattered edge, or returns a lost piece. The process is tedious, painful, and there are no shortcuts. Anything that promises to be one is not.
But somehow, as we walk from the crash site - away from he wreckage - whole sections start taking shape, something vague we see out of the corner of our eye. For a second, we stop shaking our heads. We wonder. Maybe...just maybe.
It's risky for both of us. You must hope in an image you can't see, and I must trust you with me.
That's the piecing.”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“If the worst is a possibility, then you keep it on the table. Don't hide from it. Don't run. It can happen. And if and when it does, you need to have thought about it ahead of time. That way you're not crushed when your worst thought becomes your reality.”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“Do you do that with all your friends?"
"What's that?"
"Prepare them for the worst."
She nodded. "If the worst is a possibility, then you keep it on the table. Don't hide from it. Don't run. It can happen. And if and when it does, you need to have thought about it ahead of time. That way you're not crushed when your worst thought becomes reality.”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“Pessimist, are you?"
"I'm a doctor. That makes me an optimist with realistic notions.”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“I stared out the window, at the whitecapped mountains in the distance. It was strange, looking at them from the other side. A month ago I had stood in the Salt Lake City Airport and wondered what was on the other side. Now I knew. I imagine prison bars are the same way. Maybe a grave.”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“It’s complicated.” “Yeah? Welcome to Earth. Everything here is complicated.”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“Granted, there are a lot of folks whose fires die out, I get that, but I also think there are a lot of couples out there who have been married thirty, forty, fifty years that know a whole lot more about the loving part of marriage than we give them credit for. We think we’re young, we’ve got the monopoly on passion.” I shook my head. “Not so sure. They might give Dr. Phil a run for his money.”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“You’re skinny.” “It’s this crash weight loss diet I’ve been trying out.”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“Told me that if I wasn’t willing to do the dirty work, I’d better find another profession. That what folks need is a doctor who’s willing to get his hands dirty and still look at them with compassion and dignity. You might say that ‘attitude adjustment’ became the basis of my bedside manner. Made me consider what people need versus what I, in my ivory tower, wanted to give them.”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“Thinking about life and how short it is. How we’re always just a breath away from overturned in the ditch with a fireman cutting you out with the Jaws of Life. It was just one of those moments where I knew, really knew, that life is not guaranteed. That I take it for granted. I wake up each day thinking I’ll wake up tomorrow, too. It’s not necessarily true.”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“It’s amazing what we value when we’re at our lowest.”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“Marry the man who’s going to walk with you through the next fifty or sixty years. Open doors, hold your hand, make your coffee, rub lotion on the cracks of your feet, put you up on a pedestal where you belong. Is he marrying your face and your bottle-blond hair, or will he love you when you look like whoever you’re going to look like in fifty years?”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“Pessimist, are you?” “I’m a doctor. That makes me an optimist with realistic notions.”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“I was in the process of zooming in when the screen on the GPS flickered to black. I tapped it on the side, as”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but if you want to hurt someone…way down deep, use words.”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“Waiting for somebody does that. It turns minutes to hours, hours to days, and days to several lifetimes.”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
“Darkness does that. It speaks fears that, left alone, remain unspoken, yet real.”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us

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