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[30 Mar 2009|02:00pm]

I just finished Time's Arrow by Martin Amis, a book that tells the story of a man's life completely backwards. Said man ends up being a doctor, who winds up having been a doctor in a concentration camp. Being told backwards, as the story begins it seems he is taking people apart, and then as it winds down, it seems he is putting the Jews back together. Intensely strange and quite confusing, it's a GREAT book. Anyway, here are just a few of my favorite quotes...

"It seems to me that you need a lot of courage, or a lot of something, to enter into others, into other people. We all think that everyone else lives in fortresses, in fastnesses: behind moats, behind sheer walls studded with spikes and broken glass. But in fact we inhabit much punier structures. We are, it turns out, all jerry-built. Or not even. You can just stick your head under the flap of the tent and crawl right in. If you get the okay."

"Everybody's like this, I realize: touchingly-no, grippingly-vulnerable. We have nowhere to hide."

"When I meet people, I wait for a pulse from their inner being, which tells me things like-how much fear, how much hate, how much forgiveness. I suppose I really am the soulful type."

"Now and then, when the night is starless, I look up and form the hilarious suspicion that the world will start making sense."
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random. [29 Nov 2008|08:22pm]

"People are always asking me what my lyrics mean; well, I say what any decent poet would say if you dared asked him to analyze his work: if you see it, darling, then it's there." - Freddie Mercury
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[26 Nov 2008|08:44pm]

On account of my being sick and me being a high speed reading freak, I read A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini--the author of The Kite Runner--starting yesterday and finished it this morning. Now, I loved The Kite Runner, but everyone I spoke with who had read both said that this book was by far the better read. After having read it, I must say that I earnestly disagree. The book is about the suffering of women in Afghanistan, and though it is tragic and heartbreaking, I was much more deeply touched by The Kite Runner, and found this book to read for the first two thirds as more of a history text than a story with dramatic tragedy interjected to keep the reader's interest. I'd say at the end it was a rather decent book, but I wasn't at all blown away with it. That being said, I have only a few quotesCollapse )
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[25 Nov 2008|11:22am]

Two days ago I started My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult, and I finished it last night, and it was AMAZING. She is such an inspired writer, and there were SOOOOO many quotes that I wanted to write down, but out of context they weren't nearly as good. If anyone is interested in the plot, it's about a family whose two year old daughter was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia that requires an exact genetic match, so they create an embryo that is, who spends thirteen years as basically a constant doner to her sister. Finally, her sister's kidneys fail, and her parents tell her she must give her sister a kidney, and she files for medical emancipation, which sends her entire life and family into turmoil. It's a phenomenal read with a CRAZY twist at the end. I would highly recommend it.

as she gets sicker, she fades a little more, until I am afraid one day I will wake up and not be able to see her at all.Collapse )
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Story People [17 Nov 2008|07:59am]

These are quotes from my favorite book, Story People, by Brian Andreas. He is brilliant.

I'm not so good at taking my own advice, she said. But that doesn't mean I don't know what's right.Collapse )
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[16 Nov 2008|09:00am]

"I believe love is an energy, and thus follows the same rules. It exists in all of us, yet can neither be created or destroyed, only change form or shape. I didn't stop loving her. I started loving other things more." --Brett Erickson
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[13 Nov 2008|03:40pm]


Quotes from every music artist's lyrics, A-Z (and # too)!!!
Posted in alphabetical order with tags to view each when you want.
Come JOIN today!
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Ender's Game [09 Sep 2008|01:13am]

I just finished the book Ender's Game.

Ender's Game

Before that, I finished the book Bangkok Haunt, which was also good, but I finished it on holiday, so I didn't write down a lot of quotes from it. But, here's some from this book:

“Sometimes lies were more dependable than the truth.”

“There’s only one thing that will make them stop hating you. And that’s being so good at what you do that they can’t ignore you.”

“The power to cause pain is the only power that matters, the power to kill and destroy, because if you can’t kill you are always subject to those who can, and nothing and no one will ever save you.”

“Perhaps it’s impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be.”

“Welcome to the human race. No one controls his own life, Ender. The best you can do is choose to be controlled by good people, people who love you.”

“I’ve lived too long with pain. I won’t know who I am without it.”

“He could see Bonzo's anger growing hot. Hot anger was bad. Ender's anger was cold, and he could use it. Bonzo's was hot, and so it used him.”

“Carn Carby left, and Ender mentally added him to his private list of people who also qualified as human beings.”

"Real respect takes longer than official respect."

"The trouble with coins is, when one face is up, the other face is down."

"I think it's impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them they way they love themselves."

"We have to go. I'm almost happy here."

"Knocking him down won the first fight. I wanted to win all the next ones, too. So they'd leave me alone."

“I have to win this now, and for all time, or I’ll fight it every day and it will get worse and worse.”

“As a species, we have evolved to survive. And the way we do it is by straining and straining and, at last, every few generations, giving birth to genius. The one who invents the wheel. And light. And flight. The one who builds a city, a nation, an empire.... Human beings are free except when humanity needs them. Maybe humanity needs you. To do something.”

"‘In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them-..... I destroy them. I make it impossible for them to ever hurt me again. I grind them and grind them until they don’t exist.’”

“Humanity does not ask us to be happy. It merely asks us to be brilliant on its behalf. Survival first, then happiness as we can manage it.”
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[28 Aug 2008|11:13pm]

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"Heroes didn't leap tall buildings or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; they didn't wear boots or capes. They bled, and they bruised, and their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving. Heroes were ordinary people who knew that even if their own lives were impossibly knotted, they could untangle someone else's. And maybe that one act could lead someone to rescue you right back."

From 'Second Glance' by Jodi Piccoult. Amazing book. :)


"I am completely, completely in love with you. I even love the things about you that I hate. Because you make me feel like I don't have to be anyone other than who I am. And to me, that feels like family and that's what I want us to be. I want us to be a family because that never ends."
Kevin to Scotty, Brothers and Sisters, series two.

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Rant [25 Jul 2008|05:34pm]

Ok, I just finished Rant by Chuck Palahniuk.


It was amazing. Here are some of my favorite quotes:

"Rant goes, 'really truly with her entire heart, does Echo hate somebody?' I go, 'doesn't Rant mean "love"?' and Rant shrugs and says, 'ain't it the same thing?'"

"you're a different human being to everyone you meet."

"the future you'll have tomorrow won't be the future you had yesterday."

"Some people are just born human. The rest of us, we take a lifetime to get there."

"I sometimes wonder if we didn't invent Rant Casey. The group of us. If, perhaps, we didn't need some wild, mythic character to represent our own vanishing lives. A marvelous, glittering antihero to be the challenge whom the rest of us...had survived to tell about."

"We live in the present moment of reality, and no matter what's come before, no matter how much we loved a person or a dog, when it attacks us we react to that moment of danger."

"Everyone want to feel special--attain a special status among their peers--but not too special. Most kids only want to be special the same way their friends are special."

"The big reason why folks leave a small town," Rant use to say, "is so they can moon over the idea of going back. And the reason they stay put is so they can moon about getting out."
Rant meant that no one is happy, anywhere."

“You grow up to become living proof of your parent's limitations. Their less-than-masterpiece.”

"Beginning with Santa Claus as a cognitive exercise, a child is encouraged to share the same idea of reality as his peers. Even if that reality is patently invented and ludicrous, belief is encouraged with gifts that support and promote the common cultural lies."

"In a world where billions believe their deity conceived a mortal child with a virgin human, it's stunning how little imagination most people display."
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[04 Jul 2008|11:25pm]

I just finished the book "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel


Thought I would share with you a couple great quotes from the book...

"I must say a word about fear. It is life's only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unerring ease. It begins in your mind, always. One moment you are feeling calm, self-possessed, happy. Then fear disguised in the garb of mild-mannered doubt, slips into your mind like a spy. Doubt meets disbelief and disbelief tries to push it out. But disbelief is a poorly armed foot soldier. Doubt does away with it with little trouble. you become anxious. Reason comes to do battle for you. You are reassured. Reason is fully equipped with the latest weapons technology. But, to your amazement, despite superior tactics and a number of undeniable victories, reason is laid low. You feel yourself weakening, wavering. Your anxiety becomes dread."

"If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams."

"These people fail to realize that it is on the inside that God must be defended, not on the outside. They should direct their anger at themselves. For evil in the open is but evil from within that has been let out. The main battlefield for good is not the open ground of the public arena but the small clearing of each heart. "

"If you stumble at mere believability, what are you living for? Isn't love hard to believe?"

"I know what you want. You want a story that won't suprise you. That will confirm what you already know. That won't make you see higher or further or differently. You want a flat story. An immobile story. You want dry, yeastless factuality."

“Then Richard Parker, companion of my torment, awful, fierce thing that kept me alive, moved forward and disappeared forever from my life.”

"The reason death sticks so closely to life isn't biological necessity — it's envy. Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only a thing or two of no importance, and gloom is but the passing shadow of a cloud."

"Whatever the reason for wanting to escape, sane or insane, zoo detractors should realize that animals don't escape to somewhere but from something."

"If Christ spent an anguished night in prayer, if He burst out from the Cross, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?' then surely we are also permitted doubt. But we must move on. To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation."

"When you've suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling."

"The world isn't just the way it is.
It is how we understand it, no?
And in understanding something,
we bring something to it, no?

Doesn't that make life a story?"
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My brother graduates today and this is what I told him this morning [29 May 2008|09:53am]

In the end, what we regret the most are the chances we never took. No dream is too big, and no goal is so out of reach that you can't do it. Life is messy and sometimes full of nothing but chaos, but in the midst of all the broohahah, remember that there is ALWAYS time for a cup of coffee.
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New Quote Community! [13 May 2008|10:19am]


Quotes from every music artist's lyrics, A-Z (and # too)!!!
Posted in alphabetical order with tags to view each when you want.
Come JOIN today!
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[22 Apr 2008|02:33pm]

A Judy Blume moment is realizing that even as we get older, even as our lives and the people around us are changing-even as we're changing-we'll always be the girls who play in the waves and giggle with our friends.

-Jennifer O'Connell, "We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Programming for a Judy Blume Moment" from Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume
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[18 Mar 2008|12:33am]

"For the first time in my life I feel nothing for you, nothing for your death; and for the first time I feel everything for you, feel the sorrow of your loss as if I have never before known feeling.."

Interview with the Vampire.
Anne Rice.
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[28 Feb 2008|02:59pm]

We are bits of stellar matter that got cold by accident, bits of a star gone wrong.

--Sir Arthur Eddington
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[12 Feb 2008|04:20pm]

That's the worst of growing up, and I'm beginning to realize it. The things you wanted so much when you were a child don't seem half so wonderful to you when you get them. -Anne of Green Gables

It was the last night before sorrow touched her life, and no life is ever quite the same again when once that cold, sanctifying touch has been laid upon it. -Anne of Green Gables

I shall give life here my best, and I believe it will give its best to me in return. When I left Queen's my future seemed to stretch out before me like a straight road. I thought I could see along it for many a milestone. Now there's a bend in it. I don't know what lies around the bend, but I'm going to believe that the best does. It has a fascination of its own, that bend. I wonder how the road beyond it goes - what there is of green glory and soft, checkered light and shadows - what new landscapes - what curves and hills and valleys further on. -Anne of Green Gables

If the path set before her was to be narrow, she knew that flowers of quiet happiness would bloom along it. The joys of sincere work and worthy aspiration and congenial friendship were to be hers; nothing could rob her of her birthright of fancy or her ideal world of dreams. -Anne of Green Gables
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a couple life lessons from my mama [02 Feb 2008|12:39am]

People are poison. Its up to you to decide which ones you can live with, and which ones you can live without.


Never settle for second best, and never settle for anything less than what you are.
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[28 Jan 2008|05:46pm]

Two of my favorite quotes from the book Violet and Claire by Francesca Lia Block.

"I have briefly entertained the notion of becoming president when I grew up...I wanted to change the world. I was disgusted by what I saw on the news, but not defeated by it. I believed in myself."

"There is nothing so good almost as dancing with a great girl dancer. It seems so much more natural than some stiff guy who won't look you in the eye. If he's shy he'll watch the walls and if he's an asshole he'll ogle your tits, but a great girlfriend dancer will look at you with the knowledge that between you, you are weaving a magic circle where music and beauty live. She will not be afraid of any expression of power. She will say to you with her eyes, 'This is our spell we are casting.'"
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[22 Jan 2008|01:08pm]

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh!" he whispered. "Yes, Piglet?" "Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. "I just wanted to be sure of you." ~A.A. Milne
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