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You're an idiot, Maxon Schreave. Your parents have completely sabotaged you. You could have a thousand girls set before you, and it wouldn't matter. You're too stupid to see love when it stands right in front of you. -- Kiera Cass
He grabbed my hand, forcing me to look at him. "You are not a brat." "The first time we really spoke, I corrected your manners." He shrugged. "They needed correcting." I smiled sadly. "I'm not sure why, but that makes me want to cry. -- Kiera Cass
Josie huffed. "I hate you."
I pointed to the door. "Yes, and you can do that from your room just as well as from here. -- Kiera Cass
I'm not so stupid as to believe that you've completely forgotten about your former boyfriend. I know you think there are others here more suited for me and this life, and I wouldn't want you to rush into trying to be happy with any of this. I just ... I just want to know if it's possible ... -- Kiera Cass
Marlee, what are you doing? Get under a tent before you burn your skin."
She gave me a polite smile. "I'm happy here."
"No, really," I said, putting a hand around her arm. "You'll look like my hair. -- Kiera Cass
I wasn't here to win anymore. So how could I go out with a bang? -- Kiera Cass
I had to stop myself from laughing. Who needs help taking a pill? -- Kiera Cass
I admired the thought of a common boy feeling brave enough to face the challenge of becoming prince. But no one was going to tie me down before I was ready, and I was going to make sure those poor suckers knew what they were signing up for. -- Kiera Cass
I kind of wanted someone to rearrange the stars so they spelled out his words. I needed them big and bright, and somewhere I could see then when things felt dark. I love you. And I'm so, so proud. -- Kiera Cass
I'm not as good at showing my emotions as other girls, so it comes across like I don't care, even when I do. I like to keep things to myself. -- Kiera Cass
For you, someone kind of quiet and mysterious-"
"I'm not mysterious," I interrupted.
"You are a little. And sometimes people don't know whether to interpret silence as confidence or fear. They're looking at you like you're a bug so maybe you'll feel like you are one. -- Kiera Cass
Ahren looked at Camille like she hung the sun in the sky every morning. It was beautiful, the way he watched her, enchanted by every breath that came out of her mouth. -- Kiera Cass
Celeste met me halfway, swinging her branch with each step. "What's wrong?"
"Nothing. Just not feeling well, I guess."
"Do. Not. Puke," she ordered. "Especially not on me. -- Kiera Cass
He loved me. He really loved me. And I loved him. In spite of everything that should have kept us apart - our castes, our mistakes, the world around us - we were supposed to be together. -- Kiera Cass
I looked at myself in the mirror and realized I wasn't bitter about that, not like I thought I'd be. I'd miss it, but it was just a piece of who I was now, not everything I was. (p.141) -- Kiera Cass
Live your life. Be happy as you can be, let go of the things that don't matter, and fight. -- Kiera Cass
I wanted everything from and everything for him, because I wanted every piece of him. -- Kiera Cass
All I want is your promise to stay with me, to be mine. Sometimes it feels like you can't possibly be real. Promise me you'll stay."
"Por supuesto. I promise. -- Kiera Cass
By birth you have been blessed, and it is time to acknowledge that blessing. -- Kiera Cass
I love you, Lucy. You take care of me, I take care of you"? -Aspen
"It wasn't a promise, but an invitation. And I nodded my head, accepting it, and stepping into a future bigger than either of us could have hoped for" -Lucy -- Kiera Cass
AND NOW I KNOW THAT YOUR MORAL COMPASS IS PERFECTLY ALIGNED, THAT YOU SEE CLEARLY WHEN THINGS ARE WRONG, AND YOU DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO STOP IT. -- Kiera Cass
Life is pointless. Love is pointless. And still, wouldn't I do every second of it all over again?"
"I'm guessing yes."
"Undoubtedly. Yes. -- Kiera Cass
Beauty is subjective. You know how sometimes what makes a person attractive is the way they make you laugh or how it seems like they can read your mind? -- Kiera Cass
heard Maxon laugh once before shoving me out into the downpour. -- Kiera Cass
For a small period of time, she was the only one who understood what I was feeling. She made me feel less isolated in my sadness. -- Kiera Cass
We swayed, barely moving. I settled my cheek on Maxon's chest, he rested his chin on my head, and we spun to the music of the rain. -- Kiera Cass
her way to me. "You're late," she jokingly scolded. -- Kiera Cass
Don't be so shocked. Friends usually spend time together." My tone added the of course. "Ah, you're cross with me because I've been engaged all week, aren't you? I didn't mean to neglect our friendship, America. -- Kiera Cass
All I learned about was butter." "Then you know everything." In -- Kiera Cass
It's old advice, but it's good: be yourself. -- Kiera Cass
Of all the lies you've told me, that's the one I resent the most. -- Kiera Cass
Maxon, you were the one who said you wanted to stop arguing. So stop giving me reasons to argue with you! -- Kiera Cass
He'd wanted his first kiss to be with me. -- Kiera Cass
You've always kept my secrets. I'll always keep yours -- Kiera Cass
She smiled. Not wanting the crown means you're probably the best person to have it. -- Kiera Cass
It was a delicious feeling, falling in love. I'd had so many luxuries in my life, and I thought I'd had a taste of this before, but I realized now it was merely a cheap imitation of something not meant to be imitated in the first place. -- Kiera Cass
And it's old advice, but it's good: be yourself.
-Queen Amberly, The Selection/The Prince -- Kiera Cass
Are you scared?" he asked. "No." "Me neither." But I was pretty sure we were both lying. -- Kiera Cass
What's this all about?" Anne asked as I closed the door, pressing my ear up against it. "Can you hear anything?" I asked. They both put their ears to the door, too, waiting to see if something intelligible came through. -- Kiera Cass
I wouldn't be surprised if you were actually the ringleader of an all-girl mafia. -- Kiera Cass
If he wanted to play a game with my character, then I was prepared to answer in turn. -- Kiera Cass
In an instant, everything in the room came alive. Like the sunshine had a melody and the sounds of footsteps had a texture I could feel in my fingertips each time anyone moved -- Kiera Cass
Look closer. You probably have friends in places you never expected. -- Kiera Cass
I'd spent time with all those girls trying to find someone who outshone you, who I thought I could want more, and I failed. I felt hopeless. -- Kiera Cass
You are not the world, but you are everything that makes the world good. -- Kiera Cass
He gave me a wink and a crooked smile, and I was left there, grinning like an idiot. -- Kiera Cass
His lips, wet, met mine with a brush of heat. I felt both his hands wrap around my back, holding me to him as if he'd fall apart otherwise. While the rain pummeled the roof, the whole world went silent. -- Kiera Cass
America, tell me you're joking. Tell me you didn't assault the prince. -- Kiera Cass
When I shrugged myself free this time, he didn't fight me. -- Kiera Cass
Because if it was a choice between him or me, I didn't think I'd be able not to put him first. He was the prince, and his life was invaluable to the country. But more than that, it was invaluable to me. -- Kiera Cass
We were friends who realized they didn't want to be without each other. We were the other's opposite in many ways but also so very similar. I couldn't call our relationship fate, but it did seem bigger than anything I'd known before. -- Kiera Cass
And then he left. He just left! -- Kiera Cass
I'm looking at the others, and I'm being fair. It makes me nervous to feel some of the things I do. But I want you to know, I'm still looking at you, too. I think you know by now I can't help it. He shrugged, seeming so boyish at that moment. -- Kiera Cass
At the end of the day, I can't force any of you to treat people the way you should. But it should be on your conscience that whatever law I pass won't do much unless each of you takes it upon yourself to show kindness to your fellow citizens. -- Kiera Cass
Nothing makes you quite so aware of a person's presence as the loss of it. -- Kiera Cass
I hit your thigh!"
"Oh, please. A man doesn't need that long to recover from a knee to the thigh. -- Kiera Cass
Having a boy see you, acknowledge you in such a way that you felt sure no one had ever experienced that feeling before, all the while knowing you'd joined a long line of people who did the same dance to find the person they spend their lives with. -- Kiera Cass
His caramel-colored hair was brushed back, and he walked with his hands in his pockets, as if he'd strolled down these halls before. His demeanor actually threw me for a second. Was he here to meet me, or was I here to meet him? -- Kiera Cass
They might have gone through their lives with much less than I have, but they have enriched my life in ways I can't begin to express. -- Kiera Cass
It wasn't like I made his world better. It was like I was his world. It wasn't some explosion; it wasn't fireworks. It was a fire, burning slowly from the inside out. -- Kiera Cass
There's no stopping that woman." "It must run in the family -- Kiera Cass
Maxon sighed. "Honestly? I was trying to give the other girls a sporting chance. From the beginning, I've really only looked at you, wanted you. -- Kiera Cass
I reached for his hand. I also care enough about you to tell you you're making a mistake. -- Kiera Cass
Was I the only one who saw how flawed I was? -- Kiera Cass
I asked Anne to make me a dress that looked innocent, which made her eyebrows pucker.
"You make it sound like we've been sending you out in lingerie," she said mockingly. -- Kiera Cass
I didn't worry about the future. Because nothing could matter as much as him loving me. . . -- Kiera Cass
Focus less on what people say and more on what you can accomplish. -- Kiera Cass
Perfect was my only option. -- Kiera Cass
So here I was expecting at the very best a cordial welcome from the girls who were prepared to fight me to the death for someone I didn't want. Instead I was embraced. -- Kiera Cass
Every girl needs to shine once in a while. -- Kiera Cass
Go on a date or something, you need to get a life, -- Kiera Cass
But if it was always a point of speculation, where one person insisted it was a certain way and another denied it, how would anyone ever hold on to the truth? -- Kiera Cass
Try patting them on the back or shoulder and telling them everything is going to be fine. Lots of times when girls cry, they don't want you to fix the problem, they just want to be consoled. -- Kiera Cass
If she's going to win, we need a plan." Her smile was diabolical, and I grinned with her. I'd never met anyone as organized as these girls. If I had them, there was no way I could lose. -- Kiera Cass
I sense that you won't let the world push you into a life you don't want. -- Kiera Cass
Maxon: "To be clear, no one agrees with you."
America: "To be clear, I don't care. -- Kiera Cass
Circumstances being what they are, I haven't had the opportunity to fall in love. Have you?" "Yes, -- Kiera Cass
Let her go!" That was a new voice, young but full of authority. ... There was Prince Maxon.
"Open the doors."
"Open the doors now and let her go. Now! -- Kiera Cass
I was used to watching this on a comfy couch with bowls of popcorn and family commentary. -- Kiera Cass
How had I lost so much in such a short period of time? It would seem like leaving your family, living in some foreign place, and being separated from the person you love should be events that take years to roll into place, not just a day. -- Kiera Cass
It was completely fascinating to me the way that love grew. I kept thinking I'd found a way to give him all that I had, but then I'd learn a new quirk, hear a new story, go through a new experience, and my heart swelled. -- Kiera Cass
The only way to get to the good is to walk through the bad. -- Kiera Cass
Maxon Schreave, you are nothing but a child who has his hands on a toy that he doesn't want but can't stand for someone else to have. -- Kiera Cass
Mercifully, all the girls let out light giggles, so I blended in. The little traitor! -- Kiera Cass
I like my imperfect girls -- Kiera Cass
She was curvaceous and held a near-empty glass of wine that, based on the heavy look in her eyes, was not her first. "Where -- Kiera Cass
You've got to stop thinking of me that way. When it's just you and me, I'm not a Five and you're not a Six. We're just Aspen and America. And I don't want anything in the world but you. -- Kiera Cass
One of the things that I've learned from the Selection so far is that moving forward means joining your life before coming to the palace with the future that lies in front of you. I'm hoping to make another step in joining those two worlds today. -- Kiera Cass
You know how your mother and I met," Dad began.
I rolled my eyes. "Everyone does. You two are practically a fairy tale. -- Kiera Cass
Maybe he knew I'd need to smile. -- Kiera Cass
I didn't want to be royalty. And I didn't want to be a One. I didn't even want to try. -- Kiera Cass
We sure are," Celeste replied sweetly. The man sort of melted a little, you could see it in his eyes. Ah. So this was her game. The captain paused a moment and then -- Kiera Cass
I feel that no good leader can let the masses go unfed -- Kiera Cass
If there are no pop stars churning out those mind-numbing songs, then there are no musicians in the booths backing them up, no clerks running back and forth with tapes, no shop owners selling the music. Taking out one person at the top destroys thousands at the bottom. -- Kiera Cass
I just think we'd make a good us." He smiled. "We'd make a wonderful us. -- Kiera Cass
Those two moods are so different! Is everyone in your family like that?"
Baden nodded. "Good to know. I'll buy a shield and some binoculars. -- Kiera Cass
We would live together and weave out lives into one another's and hold on to a sacred sisterhood that only a handful of women ever experienced. -- Kiera Cass
And of course he would love America! She's so beautiful," Mom swooned. -- Kiera Cass
I wish I was as true an artist as you so that I could find a way to tell you what you've become to me. America, my love, you are sunlight falling through trees. You are laughter that breaks through sadness. You are the breeze on a too-warm day. You are clarity in the midst of confusion -- Kiera Cass
And I knew I was walking into this alone. And that was for the best. -- Kiera Cass
You can be quiet and go back to kissing me, or you can leave. -- Kiera Cass
I didn't know it would be so easy to make you smile -- Kiera Cass
It's because I'm so good-looking, isn't it? -- Kiera Cass
If you want the crown, America, take it. Take it. Because it should be yours. -- Kiera Cass
He was composed, polite, and intelligent. All the things a prince should be. -- Kiera Cass
Besides, I won't be able to rest knowing someone's watching me." They -- Kiera Cass
And you, you make me feel like I could do the stupidest thing in the world, and you'd still like me how I am. -- Kiera Cass
Lowering my gaze , I walked to my seat, settling in next to Kriss.
"Seriously America?" she whispered.
I tilted my head in her direction. "I'm sorry?" I replied, feigning confusion.
She put her silverware down, and we stared at each other. "You look trashy."
"Well, you look jealous. -- Kiera Cass
I was stunned into silence, the way I always was when he touched the sky places of my heart. -- Kiera Cass
This time, I felt like I was on the other side of that, looking past duty and worry and rank, seeing the true heart of a person.
And his was so beautiful. -- Kiera Cass
It's just hard to accept
the possibility of ... I don't know,
"Then don't accept it. -- Kiera Cass
I watched him go and told myself that the only reason I was smiling like that was because the cameras were hidden somewhere, not because of anything Kile Woodwork had done. -- Kiera Cass
When we met, you couldn't stop staring at my breasts."
His face went pale, as if he seriously thought he was so subtle no one would notice. "Make sure you get an equally satisfactory look a my backside as you leave. -- Kiera Cass
That's not much," he noted. "I've never needed very much to be happy. I thought you knew that. -- Kiera Cass
You're breaking a lot of rules, Miss Singer." "You're the prince. You can just pardon me. -- Kiera Cass
Lots of times when girls cry, they don't want you to fix the problem, they just want to be consoled," I advised. "Really?" "Pretty much. -- Kiera Cass
Sometimes I feel like we're a knot, top tangled to be taken apart."
I nodded. "It's true. So much of me is tied up in you. I feel kind of lost without you. -- Kiera Cass
You ask for such simple things, I can't deny you. -- Kiera Cass
I thought about the cameras following me in the terminal and pictured my family watching my entrance on TV. I hoped they'd be proud. -- Kiera Cass
But you should know the love can wear away under the stress of being married. Someone you think you love now, you might start to hate when he couldn't take care of your children, it'd be even worse. Love doesn't always survive under those circumstances. -- Kiera Cass
It'll be the same old oppression under a brand-new name . . . and your people will suffer like never before. -- Kiera Cass
And I know I'm about to play second fiddle to another woman, as I should. But my love for you will never change, Maxon. -- Kiera Cass
I had been so mad at him when I left, I'd given them back. All except for the one that stuck to the bottom of the jar.
He smiled. "They're at home, waiting."
His eyes glittered. "That, I cannot say. -- Kiera Cass
He must love you very much,' Gavril said once I had my footing.
I couldn't look at him. 'What makes you say that?' Gavril sighed. 'I've known Maxon since he was a child. He's never stood up to his father like that. -- Kiera Cass
I'd heard my mom talk about your first love being the one that sticks with you -- Kiera Cass
You have to do whatever it takes to be with the person you love. -- Kiera Cass
It was like they carried the sun inside their souls and let it shine out on everything around them. -- Kiera Cass
I'll love you until my very last breath. Every beat of my heart is yours. I don't want to die without you knowing that. -- Kiera Cass
It was a special feeling, irreplaceable, that was priceless. No queen on the throne could feel more important than me. -- Kiera Cass
[But] I have come across anything so painfully beautiful as that kiss. I wish it was something I could save and share with the world so I could tell the universe: this is what it's like; this is how it feels when you fall. -- Kiera Cass
I hope you find someone you can't live without.I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it's like to have to try and live without them. -- Kiera Cass
I'd been forced to love her from afar. -- Kiera Cass
I prefer being below the radar. That's what I'm used to, you know? -- Kiera Cass
I always wondered if they'd change you. -- Kiera Cass
He gave a dark chuckle. "But you're not, so you had absolutely no qualms about kneeing me in the groin, right?"
"I hit your thigh!"
"Oh, please. A man doesn't need that long to recover from a knee to the thigh," he replied, his voice full of skepticism. -- Kiera Cass
You think you walk, Lucy? I think you fly. You see yourself in a uniform? I see you in a cape. You're a hero, of the quietest but most genuine nature. -- Kiera Cass
I will never forget your fire. I can't wait to see what you do. -- Kiera Cass
When I thought of it that way, the Selection seemed like a rope, something sure I could grab onto. That stupid letter could lift me out of the darkness, and I could pull my family along with me. -- Kiera Cass
Luck was fine and well, but I didn't need it. I had a plan. -- Kiera Cass
Love only yourself a little bit longer, until you can't stand not to love someone else. -- Kiera Cass
If there's one thing I've learned from being in the Selection, it's that some girls have a frightening killer instinct. Don't let the ball gowns fool you, she finished with a smile. -- Kiera Cass
I'd rather have my last memory be of his death than suffer knowing that his last memory was of mine. -- Kiera Cass
Oh, yes. She's still here," Maxon said, not letting his eyes wander from Gavril's face. "And I plan on keeping her here for quite a while. -- Kiera Cass
And when he realized I was on my way, his gaze flew up to mine. In an instant, everything in the room came alive. Like the sunshine had a melody and the sounds of footsteps had a texture I could feel in my fingertips each time anyone moved.
The world woke up when I looked at him. -- Kiera Cass
If this were a simple matter, I'd have eliminated everyone else by now. I know how I feel about you. Maybe it's impulsive of me to think I could be so sure, but I'm certain I would be happy with you. -Prince Maxon, The Selection -- Kiera Cass
It's hard to get a hug wrong. -- Kiera Cass
The Best people all have some sort of scar- America Singer, The One -- Kiera Cass
I love you beyond paint, beyond melodies, beyond words. And I hope you will always feel that, even when I'm not around to tell you so. -- Kiera Cass
I never thought to question the lack of truth until it had been placed in front of me. Why did the king just let us guess? -- Kiera Cass
She wanted to be herself at all costs. -- Kiera Cass
And for you to be my wife is all I want in the world. I love you. I was afraid to admit it for a long time, but I know it now. -- Kiera Cass
Watching the abuse and worry he dealt with firsthand made me see how time and fear could shape a person into someone who is, by most accounts, evil. -- Kiera Cass
This Maxon, he is handsome. How can I get into the Selection? -- Kiera Cass
It was dark, so I couldn't make out much of her face, but she had brilliant red hair, like honey and roses and the sun altogether. -- Kiera Cass
And when he broke, it was a miracle he managed to find all the pieces of himself again. -- Kiera Cass
Every day you say something or do something that challenges me, changes me. -- Kiera Cass
I worked, and I was excited about the next time the five of us had a joint class.
When that time came, Silvia started by asking us what we were passionate about. I scribbled down my family, music, and then, as if the word demanded to be written, justice. -- Kiera Cass
Thank you," he whispered. "At least I can know for certain that, for one brief moment of our time together, you and I felt the same thing. -- Kiera Cass
I smiled to myself, thinking of America, measuring her against the other girls. She was pretty, if a bit rough on the edges. It was an uncommon type of beauty, and I could tell she wasn't aware of it. -- Kiera Cass
That's why you can't give up. Heroes don't give up. -- Kiera Cass
I know there was a time, when our country was new, when the assignment of these numbers helped organize something that was on the brink of not existing. But we are no longer that country. We are so much more now. -- Kiera Cass
You've changed me forever. And I'll never forget you. -- Kiera Cass
Prince Maxon surveyed the room and found me. Our eye met for a moment, and he smiled. -- Kiera Cass
The Selection was no longer something that was simply happening to me, but something I was actively a part of. I was an Elite. -- Kiera Cass
I'd decided that I was going to stop dressing like a princess and start dressing like a queen. -- Kiera Cass
Welcome to the first ever Selection Variety Show, starring a bunch of losers competing for your attention. -- Kiera Cass
And that was how the Selection did its first act in my favor: if I had her here, at least I had the chance to try. -- Kiera Cass
Love. Like clothes, I had guessed it was something that fit no two people exactly the same way. I was still unsure what the word looked like for me, but I sensed that sooner or rather than later, it would be fully defined. All that remained to be seen was if I could be satisfied with the definition. -- Kiera Cass
America Singer, one day you will fall asleep in my arms every night. And you'll wake up to my kisses every morning. -- Kiera Cass
This girl? Imagine that she depends on you. She needs you to cherish her and make her feel like the Selection didn't even happen. Like if you were dropped on your own out in the middle of the country to wander around door to door, she was always the one you would have picked. - America -- Kiera Cass
Just remember, your mother doesn't let things happen to her. When something tries to ruin her life, she drags it into the street. -- Kiera Cass
We've got to stop being afraid of the change. -- Kiera Cass
I want it to be as easy as breathing for you to say yes. -- Kiera Cass
Something about being that close to him all the time made my bones feel weak. -- Kiera Cass
And this might also sound trivial, but I don't think you'd make attractive children."
"Daddy!" I yelled, causing a bit of a stir. I buried my head in my hand as Dad doubled over in laughter.
"I'm just saying! -- Kiera Cass
Vehemently denying something always implies guilt. -- Kiera Cass
Akinli: You never told me your favorite color before you left
Kahlen: So many, but mostly I like the color of autumn
Akinli: The color of autumn...yea how everything looks like it's on fire
Kahlen: But it's dying! Death never looked so lovely -- Kiera Cass
It's a funny thing that to be a product of a fairytale romance. It's another thing to think you might find one yourself. You can read the stories and watch the movies, you can think you know how it all unfolds. But the truth is love is as much fate as it is planning, as a beauty as it is a disaster. -- Kiera Cass
Each day I'm thankful for being chosen. Sometimes I try to imagine what it would have been like if we'd never met ... I'd rather lose you now than have gone a lifetime without this. -- Kiera Cass
Henri grabbed my face, looking deeply into my eyes. "Love you," he vowed. "Love you." Then he turned and clutched Eikko's arm. "And love you. My good friend. Very good friend. -- Kiera Cass
All i wanted to do was heal. I wanted to find a way to wrap myself up thingtly enough so that the pain and sadness couldn't cut through. After talking to the Ocean, i wasn't sure that was possible. Maybe i had to exist in constant sadness -- Kiera Cass
You were the one who changed us when you left me in the tree house; and you keep thinking that if you push hard enough, you can make everything go back to before that moment. It doesn't work that way. Give me a chance to choose you. -- Kiera Cass
I felt the little beads of sweat pooling on my temple. Sit here and look nice ... I could do that. But answer questions? I knew I wasn't going to win this little game; that wasn't the issue. I just really, really didn't want to look like a moron in front of the entire country. -- Kiera Cass
Don't tug your ear with someone else. That's mine -- Kiera Cass
Instead of worrying about taking, we should worry about giving. We can't stop the take. But we can do a hell of a lot about the give. -- Kiera Cass
It is fine to be upset, but that won't get you anywhere. You gotta think about what you can learn from this. So far, looks like all you've learned is how to beat up on something that can't beat you back. -- Kiera Cass
I've shown you so many of my secrets, defended you in every way I can. But when you aren't pleased with me, you act rashly. You shut me out, blame me, or, most impressively, try to change the entire country. -- Kiera Cass
When he went back to untangle himself, she planted a kiss on his lips that he promptly
and in as polite a manner as possible
wiped away after his back was turned. -- Kiera Cass
She had brillant red hair, like honey and roses and the sun all together. -- Kiera Cass
Had he liked her all along? Was she the girl he saw every day and was I the girl who fed him and showered him with kisses once a week? It occurred to me that maybe all the time he omitted in our stolen conversations wasn't simply long, boring hours of inventory. I was too angry to cry. -- Kiera Cass
And my approval is hanging on by a thread as it is. -- Kiera Cass
Daphne: You're the only person who really knows me. The only person I feel I truly know myself
Maxon: Knowledge isn't love.. -- Kiera Cass
He wasn't my boyfriend, he wasn't me husband, and he wasn't my friend. He was family. -- Kiera Cass
Where I used to imagine you as a girl with a bag full of stones, ready to throw them at any foe who crossed her path, you have become the stone itself. -- Kiera Cass
It felt like a wonderful secret that I could revisit in the middle of one of Silvia's boring lessons or another long day in the Women's Room. -- Kiera Cass
Dad has been exhausted. Mom has never slowed down. You were in love, and I tried to talk you out of it. There's a word for what I am, but I'm too much of a lady to say it. -- Kiera Cass
If you live," I whispered, "I'll let you call me your dear. I won't complain, I promise. -- Kiera Cass
So why, here and now, in this frozen, useless time, did someone have to make me feel this way? -- Kiera Cass
He reached up and tugged his ear. And I did the same. -- Kiera Cass
How are you feeling?" "Your eyes look like chocolate," I mumbled. He smiled. "And yours look like the morning sky." "Can I have water?" "Yes. Lots," he promised. "Let's get her upstairs," he said to someone else. And I fell asleep to the rocking of his steps. -- Kiera Cass
Maxon broke the kiss and looked at me. "You're so pretty when you're a mess. -- Kiera Cass
I really was more than my caste. -- Kiera Cass
I didn't really care for coffee-it was too bitter for my tastes-but I knew it would help wake me up, so I braced myself to take a drink.
Before I could even sip, Maxon slid the bowl of sugar in front of me. Like he knew. -- Kiera Cass
Is it strange that I feel better about going into a den of rebels than I did when I had to entertain the women of the Italian royal family? -- Kiera Cass
She would want me to forget all about him. But how could eyes not notice the light? How could lungs not acknowledge the air? There are just some things you can't ignore. -- Kiera Cass
America, I might have my family, but imagine how embarrassing it is to have your parents watch as you attempt to date for the first time. And not just your parents - the whole country! Worse than that, it's not even a normal style of dating. -- Kiera Cass
What was so wrong with me that I got rejected simply for being myself? -- Kiera Cass
Maxon, that's not going to happen," I whispered into his neck. "If anything, you're going to realize I'm not good enough."
His lips were at my ear. "Darling, you're perfect. -- Kiera Cass
I still couldn't see any rhyme or reason to fighting through countless obstacles for love only to have it leave you powerless in the end. -- Kiera Cass
I feel so rude-O don't even know your name.
He bowed. I'm Erik.
Huh. I expected something a bit different.
He shrugged. Well, that's the closet translation. -- Kiera Cass
I've met nearly every woman in this room, and I can't think of one who would make a better friend. I'd be glad to have you stay."
My relief was inexpressible.
"Do you think," Maxon asked, "That I could still call you 'my dear'?"
"Not a chance." I whispered. -- Kiera Cass
I told myself this was probably a bad idea, to let him kiss me into a confession. But, I reasoned, if there was ever a way to cave, this was it. -- Kiera Cass
Trust me, Mer, any man who passes up the chance to be with you is the stupid one."
"You tried to pass me up," I reminded him.
"That's how I know," he replied with a smile. -- Kiera Cass
Technically, I'm not supposed to meet you until tomorrow, and I don't want anyone getting upset. Though I wouldn't call you yelling at me anything close to a romantic tryst, would you? -- Kiera Cass
Don't forget Mer. This government sat by while you went without food. They let my brother get beaten in the square. All the talk in the world won't undo what we are. They put us in a corner we could never get out of on our own, and they're not I'm a rush to pull us out. Mer, they just don't get it. -- Kiera Cass
You're the only thing I've ever wanted to fight for. -- Kiera Cass
I woke early the next morning, well before the others, and smiled at my brothers, my protectors. The sister in me wanted to stay. But the princess in me got up and went to prepare for the new day. -- Kiera Cass
I peeled off my right sleeve, trying not to irritate the wound any more than necessary. My hands were trembling, either from fear or adrenaline, and just bending my arm made me want to scream. I bit my lips together to keep the sound in, but even with that my muffled whimpers escaped into the night. -- Kiera Cass
This is a dandelion, " I told him. He shrugged. "I know. Some see a weed; some see a flower. Perspective. -- Kiera Cass
Exactly,' the queen said. 'I've been where you are, and I know how difficult it is. You second guess the things you do; you second guess everything he does. You wonder over every conversation, trying to read into the breaths between sentences. It's exhausting. -- Kiera Cass
It was a bubble of pure joy.
There were no cameras around to capture it, no reporters to tell the world about it. And for some
reason, that made it so much better. -- Kiera Cass
I'm not sure what it is, but you look like you've made and broken a lot of things and then made them all over again. -- Kiera Cass
I couldn't help but
notice it was always this way. At state events or important dinners, Mom was beside Dad or situated
right behind him. But when they were just husband and wife - not king and queen - he followed her
everywhere. -- Kiera Cass
It's a strange thing to discover how much you matter to people you didn't really know you mattered to. -- Kiera Cass
You know when he takes your hand and puts it in the hand of the person you marry? That's the only part I've ever really wanted." Embarrassingly enough, it was true. -- Kiera Cass
Oh, Celeste was making it clear that if I hurt you, she'd make me cry, he said with a smile. -- Kiera Cass
I only really ever hug my mother. Is this okay?" he asked.
I laughed. "It's hard to get a hug wrong. -- Kiera Cass
Anything you need, anything you want, say the words. I will do everything I can for you. -- Kiera Cass
I walked away, hoping my words would linger after me. The game was over, and they couldn't be left doubting that. -- Kiera Cass
It turns out I'm terrible at staying away from you. It's a very serious problem."
I smiled. "Have you really tried?"
He pretended to think about it. "Well, no. And don't expect me to start." -America and Maxon -- Kiera Cass
I looked down at my bedspread, tracing the seams with my finger. -- Kiera Cass
America Singer, you get back here." He ran in front of me, wrapping an arm around my waist as we stood, chest to chest. "Tell me," he whispered. I pinched my lips together. "Fine, then I shall have to rely on other means of communication." Without any warning, he kissed me. -- Kiera Cass
had to stop myself from laughing. Who needs help taking a pill? "I -- Kiera Cass
The look in Marlee's eyes was triumphant, and the smile hiding behind her cup of tea said, 'Gotcha'! -- Kiera Cass
I'm so sorry." He reached up his hand and covered mine. "No, I'm sorry," he said. "I was about to ruin both our lives. -- Kiera Cass
Maybe the key for me to move forward wasn't to eliminate everything I was feeling; maybe all I needed to do was focus on the feeling that made all others seem small. -- Kiera Cass
like drops of poison so small someone didn't realize they'd ingested something dangerous until it had overtaken them. "Anyway, -- Kiera Cass
How did thie person-someone I'd imagined would be my polar opposite-always seem to find the things that would make me the happiest? -- Kiera Cass
I don't know if I'm supposed to be holding on or letting go. I don't want to give up, but if there's nothing for me to hope for, then tell me. -- Kiera Cass
I want everything with you, America. I want the holidays and the birthdays, the busy season and lazy weekends. I want peanut butter fingertips on my desk. I want inside jokes and fights and everything. I want a life with you. -- Kiera Cass
It's like you get three lives. One with no idea how to live it, one with more power than anyone could imagine, and one with a true sense of self and the ability to pursue anything you want. -- Kiera Cass
Didn't the sky know the world was falling apart? How could the sun shine today? -- Kiera Cass
But what I liked the best was that, while the room giggled at her request, she didn't duck her head or blush or think to ask for something else. She wanted what she wanted.
There was something charming about that. -- Kiera Cass
And the cameras came and went, stealing pieces of our lives to entertain the people. -- Kiera Cass
Lord knows what would happen to the country with you at the helm." I laughed along because he was right. "I'd probably ruin it." Maxon continued to smile when he spoke. "But maybe it needs ruining. -- Kiera Cass
I love you, America Singer. As long as I live, I'll love you." There was some deep emotion in his voice, and it caught me off guard.
"I love you, Aspen. You'll always be my prince. -- Kiera Cass
Miss America Singer of Carolina, Five." I -- Kiera Cass
Correct. President Wallis was the president before the Chinese assault and continued leading the United States throughout the war, -- Kiera Cass
P.S. May, don't these strawberry tarts just make you want to cry? -- Kiera Cass
Let the world go to hell around you so long as you can get to her -- Kiera Cass
Would you like me to let you go home to your love today?" he asked. It was obvious that my preference for someone else bothered him, but instead of choosing to ve angry, he showed compassion. -- Kiera Cass
A solid 90 percent of my readers are teenage girls. You are a force. You influence art and fashion and culture. You're eight different kinds of cool. You get overlooked far too much, but my 17 year old soul loves you endlessly. -- Kiera Cass
You can't have a relationship in a bubble. It won't survive. -- Kiera Cass
It's amazing how photography can capture just a split second of something exquisite. -- Kiera Cass
To add to the effect, he hadn't shaved in a day or two, and a shadow of dark blond fuzz covered the bottom half of his face like a smile. -- Kiera Cass
She clung to him, song after song, staring into his eyes they way she used to stare into mine. -- Kiera Cass
We'll when he lets his guard down he's okay. Like when he just talks without checking his words or you catch him just looking at something like ... He's really looking for the beauty in it. -- Kiera Cass
And then it was my turn to blink back the tears. It wasn't like I was ever going to replace my mother; but it felt special to be accepted, with all my flaws, by the mother of the person I might marry (p.200) -- Kiera Cass
I love you," he said simply. "I should have told you a long time ago. Maybe we could have avoided so many stupid mistakes if I had. Then again," he added, beginning to smile, "sometimes I think it was all those obstacles that made me love you so deeply. -- Kiera Cass
I squinted. " You guys fought?"
"All. The. Time." For some reason that brought a smile to her face. -- Kiera Cass
But no one wants that anymore. People want a choice." Maxon shook his head. "You're terrifying to him, but he can't expel you. They adore you, America.
I swallowed. "Adore?"
He nodded. "And ... I feel similarly. So, no matter what he says or does, don't lose faith, this isn't over. -- Kiera Cass
Are you all right? You seem tense," Maxon noted. "You get confused by crying women, I get confused by walks with princes," I said with a shrug. -- Kiera Cass
Do you need me to break her leg? I could make it happen." She chuckled to herself. "I'm kidding. -- Kiera Cass
What would I fight for in this world if I wasn't fighting for her? -- Kiera Cass
Your name will be in a history book one day, and some bored ten-year-old will memorize it for a test and then forget all about you. You have a job, just like everyone in the world. Stop acting like it makes you more or less than anyone else. -- Kiera Cass
I lay on my bed, lost in my thoughts. -- Kiera Cass
Criticism was heavy these days, and that one scrap of praise was like water in the desert. -- Kiera Cass
If only I could sit and patch them up for him. That was my great ambition. -- Kiera Cass
Eventually you will find something to put that energy into and you will be unstoppable. Even now with something you take no joy in, you do your task dutifuly, because it's all you can do. There's something beautiful in that, Collin. -- Kiera Cass
We kept eating for a while and I though maybe this would be enough for one night. We'd moved into a very safe territiory. I could talk about desserts for hours! But then, without warrning, he started talking about his life again. -- Kiera Cass
My shoes I got to pick. I chose worn-out red flats. I figured I should make it clear from the start that I wasn't princess material. -- Kiera Cass
The sky is blue, the sun is bright, and Aspen endlessly loves America. -- Kiera Cass
A lot of things are yours, America -- Kiera Cass
It hurt me to be away from him. Some days I went crazy wondering what he was doing. And when I couldn't handle it, I practiced music. I really had Aspen to thank for me being the musician that I was. He drove me to distraction.
And that was bad. -- Kiera Cass
When my father is stern, no one chastises him. I don't think it's fair that when I act similarly, I'm seen as cruel. I'm making a huge decision, and I'm trying to be wise about it. -- Kiera Cass
I pulled myself out of the guard's arms and ran like a drunk into the garden. -- Kiera Cass
Miss Fiona Castley of Paloma, Three." A brunette with smoldering eyes this time. Maybe my age, but she seemed more . . . experienced. I turned to Mom and May on the couch. "Doesn't she seem awfully - " "Miss America Singer of Carolina, Five. -- Kiera Cass
What ? said Josie, able to hear her name if it was so much as tapped out in Morse code on a different continent. -- Kiera Cass
hoping that everything would go back to normal after the Capital Report broadcast the names. I -- Kiera Cass
He wrapped his fingers around the handle. "I've wanted to share this with you, and I think it's well past the time. It's not exactly something special, but it's mine. So, I don't know, I just want you to see it." "Okay." I -- Kiera Cass
Whatever happened, I'd met my person, the one my soul connected to. -- Kiera Cass
But Aspen and I were never just friends. From the moment I became truly aware of him, I was in love with him. -- Kiera Cass
I pulled the sheet off the bed as i stood, wrapping it around me.
He lay back and watched me go. 'Of all your dresses, that's my favorite. -- Kiera Cass
On the contrary, he was a mystery I was excited to solve. -- Kiera Cass
I clutched my chest, feeling my heart racing. You treacherous, treacherous thing. What have you done? -- Kiera Cass
CAN YOU JUST PUT YOUR hand on the page and pretend I'm giving you a high five? Seriously. How else do I thank you for reading my books? -- Kiera Cass
He stood and went to read my pin as I approached. "America, is it?" he said, a smile playing on his lips.
"Yes, it is. And I know I've heard your name before, but could you remind me? -- Kiera Cass
Fight, America. You might not want to fight for the things that most others would fight for, like money or notoriety, but fight all the same.
Whatever it is that you want, America, go after it with all that you have in you.
Keep from letting fear make you settle for second best. -- Kiera Cass
The best people all have some kind of scar. -- Kiera Cass
Eh. Everything doesn't seem like anything when you love someone. Especially when you're young." I -- Kiera Cass
He was control to her chaos, she was levity to his seriousness. -- Kiera Cass
Was that my voice? Really? I sounded like a five-year-old girl with a smoking problem. -- Kiera Cass
Leave it to you to find beauty in something others would say ruins a day. -- Kiera Cass
But shouldn't there be a least? Shouldn't there be a bare minimum that life should give you? Is it too much to ask for a job you don't hate, or for someone to truly have and hold? Is it too much to ask for one child? Even one some would call flawed? Couldn't I at least have that? -- Kiera Cass
Eadlyn, you're under a lot of stress. We understand. And short of becoming an ax murderer, there's nothing you could do to make me love you less."
I laughed. "An ax murderer? That's your limit?"
"Well...maybe even then." She winked at me. -- Kiera Cass
i was fine not liking you. i was fine not liking anyone. and now i'm in the middle of this and so lost i can hardly think straight. but now that you matter, and i don't know what to do about it. - Eadlyn -- Kiera Cass
If it would make you happy, I could let the staff know you prefer the garden. Then you can come out here at night without being manhandled by the guard. I would prefer if you had one nearby, though. -- Kiera Cass
Is he?" Dad seemed happy about this. "Oh, yes. I think it's important to him that we all feel like we could be successful, you know? So he's really great -- Kiera Cass
I suppose it's one way to forget what's going on around them -- Kiera Cass
We need to find something to hold your pants up or it's going to be a very scandalous evening. Well, more so than it already is. -- Kiera Cass
I don't mind mistakes," I shot back. "I mind the uncertainty. Most of the time I can't tell what's going on. -- Kiera Cass
What's wrong? You're excited to meet the queen, aren't you?" I asked.
"I am. It's just ... "
She sighed. "How am I supposed to go back to khakis after all this? -- Kiera Cass
She stepped closer. "But didn't those actions come with consequences?" "Yes." "And you probably knew they would. But you acted for those who couldn't speak up for themselves. That's special, America. -- Kiera Cass
You're absolutely right. And I don't know if that will scare the rebels off or make them more determined, but there's no doubt you changed the game. -- Kiera Cass
Our lovely Princess Eadlyn,
It's hard to rhyme your name.
And though we really ticked you off,
We love you all the same. -- Kiera Cass
What am I supposed to call you?'
'Your Royal Husbandnes. It's required by law, I'm afraid -- Kiera Cass
Not that I'm cheering for him or anything, but if he can't see how amazing you are, he's an idiot. -- Kiera Cass
My head didn't ache, but my heart did. The longing for Aspen's arms was so familiar, it was like it never left. -- Kiera Cass
Don't worry. The best people all have some kind of scar. I thought of Marlee's hands and Maxon's back. They both held permanent marks of their bravery. I was honored to join them. -- Kiera Cass
She shook her head. I didn't stand a chance, did I? It's been you the whole time. -- Kiera Cass
Besides, I wouldn't want to end up with a man who's in love with someone else. -- Kiera Cass
You don't do that. You don't just leave your family. Sticking together ... it's the only way to survive. -- Kiera Cass
He's trying so hard to catch you, and every time he gets close you push him away. -- Kiera Cass
America: You didn't have to do that.
Maxon: I know. But sometimes it's about what you want to do, not what you have to. -- Kiera Cass
Not only me," I admitted. "Kriss. She's at the top, too." "Do you need me to break her leg? I could make it happen." She chuckled to herself. -- Kiera Cass
He's very romantic. When he wants to be, -- Kiera Cass
Sometimes it's what you want to do, not what you have to do. -- Kiera Cass
I felt a warm hand touch my forehead. And then my cheek. I held my act steady though Akinli's touch made me feel more than awake.
"Where in the world did you come from, you beautiful, silent girl?" he whispered. -- Kiera Cass
I'd be surrounded by scores of guards at the palace, but I couldn't imagine a place safer than my father's arms. -- Kiera Cass
It's true, I'd planned to wait -- Kiera Cass
That was my great ambition. Not to be Illea's princess. To be Aspen's. -- Kiera Cass
Between Dad's confession that Mom wasn't even supposed to be a choice and Mom's revelation
that she didn't want to be a part of the choosing in the first place, I wondered how they had managed
to find each other at all -- Kiera Cass
I wanted to be his dear, his darling. I wanted to be Maxon's alone. -- Kiera Cass
I never got to tell you so many things. Like how I wish I
could command a room like you. It's so impressive. Or how your eyes sparkle when you make a joke.
It's really pretty. -- Kiera Cass
If you're about to tell me that I need to stop fighting for you, that's not a conversation I want to have" ~Aspen -- Kiera Cass
America, there's no question that you've had my heart from the beginning. By now you have to know that -- Kiera Cass
But you just said you loved me."
"I do, Mer. That's the point. I can't make you like me. I can't stand the thought of you hungry or cold or scared. I can't make you a Six. -- Kiera Cass
It's funny how you think you've said something when you never really did.
It's also funny how you can think you've heard something when you never really did. -- Kiera Cass
Yes, Maxon," I whispered. "It's possible. -- Kiera Cass
It's weird, all the things that go into that feeling of being home. -- Kiera Cass
Why does she even bother sleeping?" I heard Elizabeth ask quietly. "You'd think by now she'd stop trying. We don't need it."
I paused, waiting to hear Miaka's response. "She must have a really wonderful dream often enough to make the bad ones worth it. -- Kiera Cass
This was how I wanted to end our night, with hope. Well, and maybe one more thing. I bit my lip and leaned into Maxon, asking with my eyes. Without a second of hesitation, he bent to kiss me. It was warm and gentle, and it left me feeling adored and somehow aching for more. -- Kiera Cass
It's the fear of looking stupid the keeps you from being awesome. -- Kiera Cass
It's always the fear of looking stupid that stops you from being awesome. -- Kiera Cass
Maxon looked down at my wrist. "Do you..." He looked up at me, seeming to rethink his question. "Do you want to dance?"
I nodded. "But I'm awful."
"We'll go slow. -- Kiera Cass
And I couldn't even deal with that feeling because I had to put on my brave face for my sisters. What had I said it was like? Pulling on a familiar coat? Well, set the coat on fire and fill the pockets with lead. That was what I wore in the face of my sisters. -- Kiera Cass
It seems to me that we value individuality, but only to a point. When what sets one person apart from another is beyond our understanding or becomes too much to handle, we dismiss the quirk and the soul that accompanies it to give ourselves the greatest comfort. What does that accomplish? -- Kiera Cass
Am I talking too much? He paused, staring into my eyes, genuine worry coloring his face.
I shook my head. No, I thought, I'd listen to you talk about nearly anything. You make phone calls sound like an adventure. -- Kiera Cass
No wonder I'd never had any friends. I was shockingly bad at it. -- Kiera Cass
The picture of me just after I'd found out Aspen was saving up to marry me. I looked radiant, hopeful, beautiful. I looked like I was in love. And some idiot thought that love was for Prince Maxon. -- Kiera Cass
We danced. Remember? I was so proud to have you there, in my arms,in front of other people. Even if you did look like you were having a seizure. -- Kiera Cass
It's possible, my love, that you are the sun, and I feel your warmth as if I walk in the rays of your happiness, even from here. -- Kiera Cass
It was almost like this terrible thing had made life a little better. -- Kiera Cass
She couldn't have been more than twelve years old. In her hands was a sign that said RED-HEADS RULE! with a little crown painted in the corner and tiny stars everywhere. I knew I was the only redhead in the competition, and I noticed that her hair and mine were very nearly the same shade. -- Kiera Cass
You are so spoiled, and you are so obnoxious ... but I'm here. -- Kiera Cass
On the contrary, Maxon held me so close I could smell his cologne and feel his stubble against my cheek. -- Kiera Cass
I think there are pieces of yourself that you will always guard. -- Kiera Cass
But your life is yours, singular and sacred, and you should be with the person who makes it feel that way every blessed second you live it. -- Kiera Cass
I'm sure you would have stopped it if you could have."
"In a heartbeat. -- Kiera Cass
Every girl will come with pros and cons. Some people will choose to focus on the worst in some of your options and the best in others, and it will make no sense to you why they seem so narrow minded. But I'm here for you, whatever your choice. -- Kiera Cass
If you like the lovable sound of an asthma attack in your ear every time you tell a joke. -- Kiera Cass
You're too beautiful for your own good. Once you leave, we'll have to send some of the guards with you. You'll never survive on your own, poor thing. -- Kiera Cass
know how to lead. I was a twin who was on her own. I was a daughter with missing parents. I had a half dozen suitors and wasn't sure how to be in love. The -- Kiera Cass
I breathed. It was the only way to get from any moment to the next. Breathe in, breathe out. -- Kiera Cass
Maybe it's not the first kisses that are supposed to be special. Maybe it's the last ones. -- Kiera Cass
The truth is, I'm still getting to know most of them, -- Kiera Cass
A note caught my ear, and I dropped my hands, my fear and worries fading away as the song took hold. It -- Kiera Cass
Bravery hides in amazing places. -- Kiera Cass
No matter what happens ... there will always be a string tying you to me. I'll never not worry about you. I'll never not care about what you do. You'll always be something to me. -- Kiera Cass
Celeste had been raised to be a specific kind of pretty. That beauty depended on covering things up, shifting the light, and seeking to be perfect at all times. But there is a different kind of beauty that comes with humility and honesty, and she was glowing with it now. Maxon -- Kiera Cass
People will throw food at me, people will throw words at me, and I have to be stronger than that if I'm going to survive. -- Kiera Cass
It makes the idea of in sickness and in health that much more real to see it play out in front of you. -- Kiera Cass
Then go ahead and say anything." He smirked. "Only if you will." "Fine, -- Kiera Cass
I'm to old for this -- Kiera Cass
For now I will play by the rules and go as far as I can with that. -- Kiera Cass
His world looked like a storm. I was going to be its center. -- Kiera Cass
Maybe you stole me. Because I distinctly remember belonging to myself once, but now I'm all yours. -- Kiera Cass
I wanted to make a good first impression with these girls - and a good second impression with one - and apparently I was convinced this all hung on picking out the right tie. I sighed. These girls were already turning me into a puddle of stupid. -- Kiera Cass
Aspen would not have the satisfaction of breaking my heart anymore. He'd put me here, and I would just have to take advantage of it. -- Kiera Cass
Do you think, that I could still call you 'my dear'? -- Kiera Cass
Heal my heart and make it clean, open up my eyes to the things unseen, show me how to love like you have loved me. -- Kiera Cass
It's nice out tonight. You couldn't pick a better evening to go and get yourself lost. I mean, look at that moon. Perfect night for going missing, don't you think? -- Kiera Cass
Sometimes you have to give the hurt a noise and let it out. If you don't, it fills you up with its emptiness. -- Kiera Cass
Peace? I thought. Are you kidding? -- Kiera Cass
i'd like to see you try -- Kiera Cass
The dress was a deep red, strapless and practically backless, and I was almost positive my maids had used magic to make it stay up at all. -- Kiera Cass
It was like he knew how to treat a lady, he just didn't know how to treat a date. -- Kiera Cass
Cinderella never asked for a prince, she asked for a night off and a dress -- Kiera Cass
When has anything in either of our lives ever been fair? -- Kiera Cass
You can't seem to keep your eyes in one place. I can tell that you're paying attention, but you seem to be looking for something." I -- Kiera Cass
But if he does pick you . . . that'll be good. You deserve to be happy." That was it. I slapped him. "You idiot!" I whisper-yelled at him. "I hate him! I loved you! I wanted you; all I ever wanted was you! -- Kiera Cass
Opinions change. Don't let that one moment bring you down too much. -- Kiera Cass
I'm smart and beautiful and strong. I don't need to be rescued. -- Kiera Cass
You put on a smile, and you wear it to the last second. -- Kiera Cass
When we died, no one would know, and that fraction of a moment that was so important to who we were would be gone. -- Kiera Cass
I wish you were safe at home, but I'm really glade you're here -- Kiera Cass
I kept waiting for something to happen, which isn't how life works. In closed environments, everything just repeats. -- Kiera Cass
You said that to get things right one of us would have to take a leap of faith. I think I've discovered the canyon that must be leaped, and I hope to find you waiting for me on the other side. -- Kiera Cass
I walked over to Osten, who looked like he was itching to climb on something.
"What are you up to today?" I asked.
"I don't know."
"Go find the Selected guys and ask them awkward questions. Report back."
He laughed and went running.
"Where's he off to?" Dad asked quietly.
"Nowhere. -- Kiera Cass
Not love, maybe not even affection, but something a degree or two beyond basic concern. -- Kiera Cass
We're sorry. We thought you two were in love. We didn't realize we were asking for something he'd be opposed to. -- Kiera Cass
If you love me, love me now. dont hold yourself so badly until tears starts to mean nothing -- Kiera Cass
Maybe there would be one person who'd still want to kiss me when I had a runny nose or would rub my shoulders after a long day of meetings. -- Kiera Cass
This was joy. This was love. So many words you hear about or read about and now ... now I knew them. -- Kiera Cass
Elise smiled. "I don't need a line. I just need one."
"Well, I need a line," Celeste said -- Kiera Cass
It felt as if we were the whole world just then. -- Kiera Cass
Any girl who would risk her life for someone she loves certainly deserves to be called a lady. -- Kiera Cass
I kept thinking that I couldn't live my life for other people, that love was nothing but chains. And maybe it was, but so help me, I needed these chains. -- Kiera Cass
Perhaps our country is flawed, but we cannot deny its strength. My fear is that, without change, that strength will become stagnate. And I love our country too much to let that happen. I hope too much to let that happen. -- Kiera Cass
I smiled, thinking that Hale and I were in very similar situations: charging headlong into the future with no guarantee of a happily ever after. All the same, it meant something that we ran, didn't it? I liked to think so. -- Kiera Cass
Darling, you're perfect. -- Kiera Cass
Aspen had shifted to fill a desperate place in my life. Not my boyfriend, not my friend, but my family. -- Kiera Cass
I was being pushed into a corner from every angle, and I was missing out on all the things that had always mattered to me. -- Kiera Cass
He had dark hair and green eyes, and this smile that made you think he had a secret. He was tall, but not too tall. Thin, but not too thin. -- Kiera Cass
And I'm not fighting. My plan is to enjoy the food until you kick me out. -- Kiera Cass
Don't call me that! I am no more dear to you than the thirty-four other strangers you have here in your cage. -- Kiera Cass
I'm desperate for peace. I think you might be the only chance I have at that." I smiled. "The center of your storm?" He exhaled, looking relieved. "Yes. -- Kiera Cass
And then there was America, her mouth stuffed with a strawberry tart, her eyes rolling like she was in heaven. I stifled a laugh, and suddenly I had a plan. -- Kiera Cass
He let out a breath I didn't see he was holding.. -- Kiera Cass
I'm not sure anyone knows what they're looking for until they find it. -- Kiera Cass
Ah yes, the man or the crown. I'm afraid some can't tell the difference. -- Kiera Cass
That's because I am. And I'm way too smart to be in love with a stupid girl. So you can drop that right now. -- Kiera Cass
I remembered how angry I was when I saw his name come up the day of the drawing, like I was being cheated somehow. Now I didn't care how that form ended up in the pile; I was just glad it did.
I hoped that he felt the same way. -- Kiera Cass
Maybe the rules are wrong! -- Kiera Cass
Pfft." Dad turned to her. "What do you know about picking
husbands? Last time you tried that, you got stuck with me."
She smiled and hit his arm.
"You two are so gross, you ruin everything." I spun and headed
toward the door. -- Kiera Cass
Perhaps the highlight was Natalie on top of the table, doing some kind of dance that made her look like an octopus. -- Kiera Cass
WHO WAS THE PRESIDENT OF the United States during the Third World War? -- Kiera Cass
I loved those little bits of luxury in my day. Dresses made to
my exact measurements, exotic desserts flown in simply because it was Thursday, and an endless
supply of beautiful things were all perks; and they were easily my favorite parts of the job. -- Kiera Cass
You're such a good cook. You're going to make someone very fat and happy one day," he said, his mouth half full with a bite of apple.
"I'm going to make you fat and happy. You know that."
"Ah, to be fat! -- Kiera Cass
- Just that. Your family must be very different from mine.
- I'd say so. - I laughed. - For one, no one wears their tiaras to breakfast.
- Maxon smiled. - More of a dinner thing at the Singer house?"
- "Of course. -- Kiera Cass
I pulled up the covers, protecting the words from the world, -- Kiera Cass
Shhh, don't say a word. If anyone hears, there'll be hell to pay. Just let me look at you. And so I obeyed. I stayed there, quiet and still, while Aspen stared into my eyes. -- Kiera Cass
I let myself be sad. I let myself think of him. -- Kiera Cass
I wished I could erase everything else and hold on to this moment, this brief second when he and I knew how much we meant to each other. -- Kiera Cass
I wanted to be his dear, his darling. -- Kiera Cass
yesterday made me think of something. -- Kiera Cass
I had been raised a musician, but I was surrounded by artists. -- Kiera Cass
Are you all right? I know last night was kind of scary."
"I just didn't expect it. It was asparagus ... He literally punched someone over a vegetable."
Kile laughed. "See, this is why you stick with butter."
"Oh, you and your stupid butter." -- Kiera Cass
No, I should have been more open." "I should have been more patient." "I should have proposed that night in your room." "I should have let you. -- Kiera Cass
I've tried to make choices. You don't really trust me to. -- Kiera Cass
My heart was skipping beats already. I was in way too deep. I didn't exactly stop myself from falling, but he did a whole lot of pulling, whether he knew it or not. -- Kiera Cass
Our friendship--if I could even call it that--was obviously awkward and flawed, but at least it was honest. "~America Singer, -- Kiera Cass
-understand. She'll want to visit her family."
"If she does, it can only be for a day at the most. I don't approve of her, but the people are fond of her, not to mention the Italians. It would be very inconvenient if she died. -- Kiera Cass
What I said was true. My heart is yours to break. As you already know, I'd rather die than see you in pain. In the moment I was hit, when I fell to the floor sure my life was ending, all I could think about was you. -- Kiera Cass
Well, the one thing I've thought about is having dad give me away. You know when he takes your hand and he puts it in the hand of the person you marry? That's the only part I've ever wanted. -- Kiera Cass
I guessed princesses-in-training didn't wear pants. -- Kiera Cass
If you don't want me to be in love with you, you're going to have to stop looking so lovely. First thing tomorrow I'm having your maids sew some potato sacks together for you. -- Kiera Cass
Only a true friend would try to get someone she cared about to become princess over herself. -- Kiera Cass
You know, I once read a book about people who practiced polygamy. One man with several wives. Crazy. I was just in a room with eight very unhappy woman and I have no idea why anyone would choose that. -- Kiera Cass
I've seen a lot of people let the bad around them make them hard or stubborn. In the end, they miss the chance to make their world better because they only see the worst in it. -- Kiera Cass
Not to worry, darling. I'll see you at dinner. Yes, I thought, but you'll see all of us at dinner. -- Kiera Cass
Because even though you're dating five other women, I think I'm cheating on you. -- Kiera Cass
This letter has gotten foolish, and I think you know how I detest looking like a fool. But still I do. For you. -- Kiera Cass
Don't tug your ear with anyone else. That's mine." I gave him a tight smile. "A lot of things are yours, America. -- Kiera Cass
I should have known that if any girl was going to disobey an order, it would be you. -- Kiera Cass
I was wondering If I was going to get a dance at all," I commented, trying to sound playful.
Maxon managed to pull me even closer. "I was saving this one. I've put in time with all the other girls, so my obligations are over. Now I can enjoy the rest of my evening with you. -- Kiera Cass
Maxon managed to pull me even closer. "I was saving this one. I've put in time with all the other girls, so my obligations are over. Now I can enjoy the rest of the evening with you. -- Kiera Cass
It was nice to hear your breaths as they came and went, something quiet and close, keeping me from feeling so alone. -- Kiera Cass
Of course you have. Because when you're on the bottom, your only choice is to blame the top. -- Kiera Cass
America, you are full of nothing but bad ideas. Great intentions but awful ideas. -- Kiera Cass
I looked at his face, unsure of how many more of his smiles I'd have. -- Kiera Cass
I pulled back the covers and leaped into the morning. -- Kiera Cass
It was like staring at a piece of art or the stars in the sky. I just had to watch him.
-Kahlen, The Siren -- Kiera Cass
I could tell in his face that I could burn the house down, and he'd just get out marshmallows and thank me for the lovely flame. I'm not sure I could make a mistake big enough for him not to forgive. -- Kiera Cass
He'd do anything for the people he loved, and I knew without question that I was the person he loved the most. -- Kiera Cass
Yes, you're trying to make it to the end, but not by beating someone else. -- Kiera Cass
Do you think that was good enough?"
"I ... um ... don't know,"
"Just to be sure. -- Kiera Cass
I only have one heart, and I'm saving it. -- Kiera Cass
Forgive what? Our stupid little fight? It's already forgotten. Your feelings being a little slower than mine? I'm prepared to wait. I don't think there's anything you could do that I couldn't forgive. -- Kiera Cass
I'd felt certain I was looking at my future queen, so I figured the least you deserved was a curtsy. -- Kiera Cass
Fine. No more carelessly tossing people out through the gate."
"And more sword fights!" Kaden yelled. -- Kiera Cass
America, I don't think you can change history." All the same, his expression looked hopeful.
"Sure we can. Besides, who'd ever know about it but you and me? -- Kiera Cass
My dad was a rebel. A half-destroyed history book hidden in his room, friends at his funeral I knew nothing about . . . a daughter named America. If I'd paid attention at all, I would have seen it years ago. -- Kiera Cass
It was over, and I knew that. But you don't love someone for almost two years and then turn it off overnight ... -- Kiera Cass
Though I still occasionally questioned my desire to be the princess, there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to be Maxon's. -- Kiera Cass
I took the jar and placed it on my windowsill, leaving it where it should have stayed a long time ago. -- Kiera Cass
How can the truth make anything worse? -- Kiera Cass
Don't worry," I said, as the feeling retreated. "I'm not interested in that Neanderthal. -- Kiera Cass
I giggled. "You're reading my mind. -- Kiera Cass
Accepting help is its own kind of strength -- Kiera Cass
Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway. -- Kiera Cass
You're the only person who really knows me. The only person I feel I truly know myself."
"Knowledge isn't love," I contradicted. -- Kiera Cass
Wanting to cry doesn't mean you can. Or at least not in any way that can give you some sort of satisfaction. It's a luxury really. The same goes for songs and laughter, or the words whispered in the ear of a friend. -- Kiera Cass
Celeste looked like she was ready to break something. I sat there. I kept telling myself that -- Kiera Cass
A bullet wound and a broken heart would seem like two different injuries. -- Kiera Cass
True love is usually the most inconvenient kind. -- Kiera Cass
So far, I had a solid collection of my honest opinions ... -- Kiera Cass
Time. I was asking for a lot of it these days. I hoped that if I had enough, everything would somehow fall into place. -- Kiera Cass
All I could do was move forward and hope that whenever we drifted, we would somehow find a way back to each other. -- Kiera Cass
I vote for a comedy," I said as we went down the stairs, Maxon leading the way. "I vote for action." "Well, you just said I was worth it, so I think I'm going to win this one. -- Kiera Cass
Where I used to image you as a girl with a bag full of stones, ready to throw them at any foe who crossed her path, you have become the stone itself. You are steady and able. -- Kiera Cass
How could I explain that no one was looking for me because my only family was a bunch of slightly mythological girls and they knew I couldn't get myself into much more trouble than I was already in? -- Kiera Cass
And I want us to find our own thing or maybe find out that our own thing is everything, because I feel like if I have him, even the stupid stuff would matter -- Kiera Cass
He seemed forceful, and she combated that with a calming nature. She was a quiet listener, and he always seemed to have something to say. -- Kiera Cass
He said to use your position. He said to play by the rules. He said not to be afraid -- Kiera Cass
I'm not sure if fate or destiny is real. But I can
tell you that sometimes the very thing you've been hoping for will walk through the door, determined
to fend you off. And still, somehow, you will find that you are enough. -- Kiera Cass
Go, faithful subject, and pay your debt to the king. -- Kiera Cass
You've already done something pretty empowering. Well, she did, August said, dipping his head in my direction. -- Kiera Cass
Dear America, will you do me a favor? He took my hand again. He was persistent. -- Kiera Cass
I looked away. That wasn't something I could promise. I weighed Maxon and Aspen in my heart over and over, and neither of them ever had a true edge. Except, maybe, when I was alone with one of them. Because, at that moment, I was tempted to promise Maxon that I would be there for him in the end. -- Kiera Cass
I was so over crying. -- Kiera Cass
Hale dropped down and lay in front of me, wrapping an arm around my shoulder. Don't worry, I've got you. -- Kiera Cass
Fine," I said. "But I'm telling you, this won't work." With an impish grin on his face, he came very close and gave me a long, slow kiss. "And I'm telling you it will. -- Kiera Cass
I am not a
commodity! And neither are they! I
wish for once you would look at me
and see a person.- Maxon -- Kiera Cass
Should I get more butter?"
"Shut up, Eadlyn, -- Kiera Cass
If I could face reporters and dignitaries, I could face a boy. -- Kiera Cass
Wanting to cry doesn't mean you can. -- Kiera Cass
I love you beyond paints, beyond melodies, beyond words. -- Kiera Cass
See there," she said, pointing to my eyes. "Not the same color, but the same determination. And your lips, they have the same hopeful smile. I know you have your grandmother's coloring, but you're your mother's daughter, through and through. -- Kiera Cass
He wasn't allowed to come with me there - my own rule for this
Good-bye, Aspen. -- Kiera Cass
There are some things you don't learn about yourself until you let someone else into the most intimate places of your heart. -- Kiera Cass
You made me proud, America. Sometimes I'm surprised at the things you say, but I don't know why. You were always stronger than you knew. -- Kiera Cass
Do you really want to get me by default? -- Kiera Cass
I stored up every moment like it was a physical thing. I'd thumb through memories whenever things were still. I spent more time with her than she ever knew. -- Kiera Cass
The knock came at the door, and I blew out the match, bolted over to the bed, and fanned out my dress. Why yes, Maxon, this is how I always look when I read. -- Kiera Cass
I'd waited an eternity for this. I'd have waited all over again if I had to. I was meant to kiss this boy, designed to be held by him. -- Kiera Cass
I hope one of those books is a primer on etiquette. You seriously need a refresher."
"You're not queen yet, Eadlyn. Take it down a notch." He walked away, and I was furious with
myself for not getting the last word. -- Kiera Cass
I'm Eadlyn Schreave and no one in the world is as powerful as me. -- Kiera Cass
I know. For all the planning I was doing to get you to show the people who you are, it turns out you just do it on an impulse. It's so you. -- Kiera Cass
Mistakes mean it's real. -- Kiera Cass
Fourteen boys in her life. None of them -- Kiera Cass
And Carolina will be cheering on the beautiful daughter of Magda and Shalom Singer, the new Lady America Singer! -- Kiera Cass
As I looked into his eyes, I felt that unnameable feeling that was growing between us. -- Kiera Cass
Just head over to the risers, Lady America," she said. "You may sit anywhere you like. So you know, most of the girls have already claimed the front row." She looked sorry for me, as if she were delivering bad news.
"Oh, thank you," I said, and went happily to take a seat in the back. -- Kiera Cass
Either way, I'm sure I failed. He fidgeted with -- Kiera Cass
She must have been debating staying in the line or forcing me to run home and change. -- Kiera Cass
Sometimes his words were like single lines of poetry. -- Kiera Cass
More time meant more opportunities to embarrass myself. -- Kiera Cass
It took only one charged second to hear the heart that I'd had so little faith in. -- Kiera Cass
He looked down on me from the corner of his eyes, for all the world as if there were some mortal feud unavenged between us. -- Kiera Cass
You are Eadlyn Schreave. You are the next person in line to run this country, and you will be the
first girl to do it on your own. No one," I said, "is as powerful as you. -- Kiera Cass
I don't want you to think that your life has been wasted while you have been so precious to me. -- Kiera Cass
I couldn't call our friendship fate, but it was bigger than anything I'd know before -- Kiera Cass
I can't help it." I sighed. "One can never help being born into perfection. -- Kiera Cass
Ivan held both hands in front of him as if this was very serious. My current approach is using one fork for each bite and then making a pile of them in the middle of the table. -- Kiera Cass
Don't worry, Mer. I'll take care of you. -- Kiera Cass
No, I'm not choosing him or you. I'm choosing me. -- Kiera Cass
America, my dear, I do hope you find something in this cage worth fighting for. After all this, I can only imagine what it would be like to see you actually try. -- Kiera Cass
There is no shame in loving who you love, and there is great honor in doing what is right. It's a pity those two things don't overlap for us, but that makes this moment no less important to me. -- Kiera Cass
When you know who matters most to you, giving things up, even yourself, doesn't really feel like a sacrifice. -- Kiera Cass
I got through breakfast and most of a meeting before thoughts of you consumed me. I told everyone I was sick and am now hiding in my room, writing to you, hoping this will make me feel like your home again.
-Maxon -- Kiera Cass
As always, I thank God for words. I'm so glad I don't have to try to communicate this story to you with my antennae or something. Words are so delicious, and I'll be forever happy they exist. -- Kiera Cass
One rebellious penny that must have been sticky stayed glued to the bottom. -- Kiera Cass
If she cries, I want to wear pants for a week," I offered.
"Done," Maxon said. "And if she doesn't, you owe me a walk around the grounds tomorrow afternoon."
"You drive a hard bargain, sir, but I accept. -- Kiera Cass
Grandma Singer was a fearsome creature. If we ever did have a war under my rule, my plan was to send her to the front lines. She'd come home holding the enemy by his ear within a week. -- Kiera Cass
I found myself admiring them, wondering at the courage it took to run toward danger for the sake of other people. -- Kiera Cass
Your Highness," he greeted.
"It's 'Royal Pain in the Ass' to you, sir. -- Kiera Cass
The calls are for updates and to see how her day went. The letters are for the things I can't always say out loud. -- Kiera Cass
Damn it. I had to let her stay. -- Kiera Cass
Surely he loved me. Right? Why wouldn't he just say it? We're alone, Maxon. If you say it, I'll say it back. -- Kiera Cass
He chuckled. "He'd be outside. You wouldn't even know he was there." "I would too," I complained. "I'd sense his presence. -- Kiera Cass
It felt like an eternity had passed since we'd kissed this deeply, but we fell into it so easily. -- Kiera Cass
Despite the knowledge that her affections were unattainable, I couldn't help but be drawn to try. -- Kiera Cass
That's what we were in the eyes of our employers: meant to be heard and not seen. -- Kiera Cass
Once he was gone, I closed my eyes and pulled in everything from our short time together: the way he stared at me, the playful smiles, the sweet kisses. I thought about them over and over as I got ready for bed, wondering if Maxon was doing the same thing. -- Kiera Cass
At home I sometimes ran for fun, to play with Gerad or just to feel the ache of exertion. -- Kiera Cass
I don't care what anyone says, Lady America. You're leaving in style, -- Kiera Cass
I'm not changing everything about me to cater to some guy I don't even know." Or like, I added in my head. "Oh, my. Do we have an individual here? -- Kiera Cass
comfort. I'd decided Lucy -- Kiera Cass
He walked closer, not seeming at all offended by my loose speech. He just looked . . . thoughtful. It was an interesting expression on his face. His -- Kiera Cass
Love is the best and worst thing you can ever experience -- Kiera Cass
I obeyed, and as the dress cinched me in again, I thought of a soldier going to war. Different armor but the same idea. Tonight I was taking down a man. -- Kiera Cass
You can be brave and still be feminine. You can lead and still love flowers. Most importantly, you can be queen and still be a bride. -- Kiera Cass
He smiled. "You are always just Eadlyn. And you are always the queen. You are everything to everyone. And infinitely more to me." - Erik -- Kiera Cass
My country can never be taken away from me now; I'd happily given it away. -- Kiera Cass
Great. Now the queen thought I was a misfit, too. -- Kiera Cass
He'd said all the words I'd ever hoped to hear: queen, wife, adore. The dreams I'd stored in my heart were actually comint true. -- Kiera Cass
The Swendish queen - whose name I couldn't pronounce to save my life. -- Kiera Cass
We'd be Fives together, like you said. -- Kiera Cass
I was home. And I finally found my voice. Yes. -- Kiera Cass
Your impression of everyone is probably wrong in some way. -- Kiera Cass
It's okay, Kriss. Have some pie," Natalie offered. -- Kiera Cass
Maxon has to pick you," Lucy cried. "You're the only one -- Kiera Cass
You deserved to be loved. And I hope you get to marry for love and not a number. -- Kiera Cass
I don't think the lady should go. As if he's won the argument, Maxon looked at me with a face that said, See! -- Kiera Cass
So he enjoys a girl who stands up to him," Dad said once we all calmed down. "I like him more already. -- Kiera Cass
I couldn't imagine anything strong enough to take that happiness away. -- Kiera Cass
Ha!" she exclaims as the music shifts. "Wait until tonight." "Marlee! -- Kiera Cass
Knowledge isn't love -- Kiera Cass
Maybe what I wanted was stupid. Maybe it wasn't even something I could have. But, still it was mine. I didn't think I could sacrifice my dreams, no matter how much my family meant to me. -- Kiera Cass
If this were a simpler matter, I'd have eliminated everyone else by now. -- Kiera Cass
WHEN WE GOT THE LETTER in the post, my mother was ecstatic. She had already decided that all our -- Kiera Cass
You're so pretty when you're a mess. -- Kiera Cass
It was almost comforting, this mutual acceptance of our secrets. -- Kiera Cass
Part of me thinks the slowness is on your side. -- Kiera Cass
It was the color of ice and honey and sky and rain mixed together into a sheet of flawless glass with broken frothy edges that tickled my feet -- Kiera Cass
Everything doesn't seem like anything when you love someone. Especially when you're young. -- Kiera Cass
The Angeles air was quiet, and for a while I laid still, listening to the sound of Maxon breathing. -- Kiera Cass