Book Quotes

“The brave may not live forever, but the cautious … they, my dear, do not live at all.”
—   The Lotus Effect (Rise Of The Ardent) by Bridget Ladd


“When you’re ready to break free. When you’re ready to be brand-new. Loneliness is an old friend standing beside you in the mirror, looking you in the eye, challenging you to live your life without it. You can’t find the words to fight yourself, to fight the words screaming that you’re not enough never enough never ever enough.”
—   Unravel Me (Shatter Me) by Tahereh Mafi

“Everyone, at some point in their lives, wakes up in the middle of the night with the feeling that they are all alone in the world, and that nobody loves them now and that nobody will ever love them, and that they will never have a decent night’s sleep again and will spend their lives wandering blearily around a loveless landscape, hoping desperately that their circumstances will improve, but suspecting, in their heart of hearts, that they will remain unloved forever. The best thing to do in these circumstances is to wake somebody else up, so that they can feel this way, too.”
—   Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid by Lemony Snickett


“It’s strange. How hollow I feel. Like there might be echoes inside of me. Like I’m one of those chocolate rabbits they used to sell around Easter, the ones that were nothing more than a sweet shell encapsulating a world of nothing. I’m like that.”
—   Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi


“Stories have a way of changing faces. They are unruly things, undisciplined, given to delinquency and the throwing of erasers. This is why we must close them up into thick, solid books, so they cannot get out and cause trouble.”
—   The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente


“Your friend is convinced she is unlovable, unreachable. Depression can do that to a person. She thinks no one can understand her. She ignores all evidence to the contrary, and it has led her to make some very tragic decisions.”
—   Sanctum (Guards of the Shadowlands) by Sarah Fine


“It is only the darkness in our own hearts that will defeat us, in the end.”
—   The Crow by Alison Croggon

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