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Revolution Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
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“Together in our house, in the firelight, we are the world made small.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
“Life’s all about the revolution, isn’t it? The one inside, I mean. You can’t change history. You can’t change the world. All you can ever change is yourself.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
“I don't like hope very much. In fact, I hate it. It's the crystal meth of emotions. It hooks you fast and kills you hard. It's bad news. The worst. It's sharp sticks and cherry bombs. When hope shows up, it's only a matter of time until someone gets hurt.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
“For mad I may be, but I will never be convenient.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
“I'm wishing he could see that music lives. Forever. That it's stronger than death. Stronger than time. And that its strength holds you together when nothing else can.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
“It goes on, this world, stupid and brutal.
But I do not.
I do not.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
“There is only one thing I fear now-love. For I have seen it and I have felt it and I know that it is love, not death, that undoes us.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
“I will rain down silver and gold for you. I will shatter the black night, break it open, and pour out a million stars. Turn away from the darkness, the madness, the pain. Open your eyes and know that I am here. That I remember and hope. Open your eyes and look at the light.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
“Hope is the crystal meth of emotions. It hooks you fast and kills you hard.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
“Stop yelling. If everyone’s yelling, no one can be heard.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
“History is a Rorschach test, people. What you see when you look at it tells you as much about yourself as it does about the past.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
“I will go out again this very night with my rockets and fuses. I will blow them straight out of their comfortable beds. Blow the rooftops off their houses. Blow the black, wretched night to bits. I will not stop. For mad I may be, but I will never be convenient.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
tags: teen
“I have done this—made the sad prince laugh. Made his grieving parents smile. None but me. Think you only kings have power? Stand on a stage and hold the hearts of men in your hands. Make them laugh with a gesture, cry with a word. Make them love you. And you will know what power is.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
“I play until my fingers are blue and stiff from the cold, and then I keep on playing. Until I'm lost in the music. Until I am the music--notes and chords, the melody and harmony. It hurts, but it's okay because when I'm the music, I'm not me. Not sad. Not afraid. Not desperate. Not guilty.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
“Most of the mess that is called history comes about because kings and presidents cannot be satisfied with a nice chicken and a good loaf of bread.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
“Turn away. From the darkness, the madness, the pain. Open your eyes and look at the light.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
“Cry your grief to God. Howl to the heavens. Tear your shirt. Your hair. Your flesh. Gouge out your eyes. Carve out your heart. And what will you get from Him? Only silence. Indifference. But merely stand looking at the playbills, sighing because your name is not on them, and the devil himself appears at your elbow full of sympathy and suggestions. And that's why I did it....Because God loves us, but the devil takes an interest.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
“She's got a big belt around her hips. It has a shiny buckle with PRADA on it, which is Italian for insecure.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
“If I had coal and fire
And metal fine and true
I’d make an iron band
An iron band for you
I’d pick up all the pieces
From where they fell that day
Fit them back together
And take the pain away
But I don’t have the iron
And I don’t have the steel
To wrap around your broken heart
And teach it how to heal
Somewhere in the fire
Somewhere in the pain
I’d find the magic that I need
To make you whole again
I’d make the iron band so strong
I’d make it gleam so bright
I’d fix the things I’ve broken
I’d turn my wrongs to right
But I don’t have the steel
To wrap around your broken heart
Wish I could make it heal
Wish I could make it heal
(Ch. 27)”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
“Little by little, the old world crumbled, and not once did the king imagine that some of the pieces might fall on him.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
“Becuse God loves us, but the devil takes an interest.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
“Who knew that listening to a guy sleep could be so much deeper than sleeping with a guy.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
tags: teen
“Beautiful people don't need coats. They've got their auras to keep them warm.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
“The more obscure our tastes, the greater the proof of our genius.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
“The world goes on, stupid and brutal, but I do not. Can't you see? I do not.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
“It's a good thing you and your pills weren't around a few hundred years ago or there never would have been a Vermeer or a Caravaggio. You'd have drugged "Girl with a Pearl Earring" and "The Taking of Christ" right the hell out of them.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
“Happiness was useless to me. It was heartache that filled my purse. What happy man has need of Shakespeare?”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
“One expects decent people to stand up for the good of all. Decent people shut their doors and hide behind them as decent people do. Massacres could never happen if it weren't for decent people.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
“There were nights when I got nothing, [but] I still played. With no one to hear me and no one to pay me, and it did not matter.

On those nights, the words were for me alone. They came up unbidden from my heart. They slipped over my tongue and spilled from my mouth. And because of them I, who was nothing and nobody, was a prince of Denmark, a maid of Verona, a queen of Egypt. I was a sour misanthrope, a beetling hypocrite, a conjurer's daughter, a mad and murderous king.

It was dark and it was cold on those nights. The world was harsh and I was hungry. Yet I had such joy from the words. Such joy.

There were times when I lifted my face to the sky, stretched my arms wide to the winter night, and laughed out loud, so happy was I.

The memory of it makes me laugh now, but not from happiness.

Be careful what you show the world.

You never know when the wolf is watching.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
“It has an L on it. L for love. See? It's the key to the universe, Dad. You said you were looking for it. You told Mom you were. I found it for you so you don't have to look anymore. So you can come home at night.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution

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