“Yeah, sometimes life really sucks,” she says. “But you know what I’m holding on for?”
I raise my eyebrows.
She raises hers, too, mimicking me.
“The moments that don’t suck,” she says. “The trick is to notice them when they come around.”
― Veronica Roth, Allegiant
There’s always that one quote that you read over and over again and each time you read it everything inside you turns to mush. This is mine:
“What?” she asks, but I don’t answer. Instead I kiss her, one time, and try to tell her in that single gesture everything that she’ll forget as soon as she turns away. I tell her I love her. I tell her I’ll miss her. And then I let her go.”
What I don’t understand about war is why the hell do we have it? What is the point in sending thousands and sometimes millions of people to their deaths while they plot the deaths of others? What is the point of having a war when it is inevitable that one side will win and the other will lose? What’s the point it playing a massive game of chess with real lives and real bombings, when we could just play a normal game of chess where the only loss is a few pieces of wood.
“War makes monsters of men, you once said to me Todd. Well, so does too much knowledge. Too much knowledge of your fellow man, too much knowledge of his weakness, his pathetic greed and vanity, and how laughably easy it is to control him.”
Monsters of Men
“They won the war but lost the peace”
Rot and Ruin
“Wars are often waged not because of what we believe, but because of the things we want others to believe”
Guernica is a painting by Pablo Picasso. It was created in response to the bombing of Guernica, a Basque Country village in northern Spain, by German and Italian warplanes at the behest of the Spanish Nationalist forces on 26 April 1937 during the Spanish Civil War. (Wiki)
My favourite quotes are usually sarcastic witticisms or particular moments that made me laugh or cry. Most of the time they are stupid one-liners or puns or both. But some of my absolute favourite quotes are from a lovely, beautiful, fantastic book that is both funny and sweet, but also extremely intense and dark. It is the sardonic wit and poetic writing that carries the reader through the book, even through the traumas of Esther’s life.
“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.”
“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”
“To the person in the bell jar, blank and stopped as a dead baby, the world itself is a bad dream.”
Since lately we have been getting more and more busy there has been less time to read (the horror) and less time to post 😦
So we are starting this awesome-ish-hopefully-awesome new section with just a whole load of quotes which when we read we fall in love with, cry, hug, makes our tummy rumble, melt, feel rage bubble up inside us, etc…
So for the first of this section we have none other than the most awesome-est book (fact not opinion) in the world: The Knife of Never Letting Go:
“Without a filter, a man is just chaos walking”
“We are the choices we make”
“I think maybe everybody falls,” I say. “I think maybe we all do. And I don’t think that’s the asking.”
I pull on her arms gently to make sure she’s listening. “I think the asking is whether we get back up again”